FOOD & DRINK

Arepas Venezuelan Gastropub: A New Take on Hispanic Cuisine

Having introduced Bloomington to arepas, traditional Venezuelan corn patties (imagine a tamale crossed with a tortilla) via Juancho’s Munchies food truck, owners Juan Palacios and Darlene Gonzalez are now bringing Venezuelan cuisine and culture to downtown Bloomington with a brick-and-mortar space that opened in April.

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Afraid of Grappa? Don’t Be

Grappa is a misunderstood drink in this country and deserves more positive attention than it gets. I ask friends to try it, but after one sniff (the braver ones take a taste) they wrinkle their noses and push it away, the scaredy cats.

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Silly Wines & Sexist Labels

In the October 30 edition of The Wall Street Journal, wine columnist Lettie Teague asks “Do Women Really Want Wine That’s Sweet, Pink and Silly?” expressing her outrage at wines that pander to women with their sexist labels.

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FOOD & DRINK

Arepas Venezuelan Gastropub: A New Take on Hispanic Cuisine

Having introduced Bloomington to arepas, traditional Venezuelan corn patties (imagine a tamale crossed with a tortilla) via Juancho’s Munchies food truck, owners Juan Palacios and Darlene Gonzalez are now bringing Venezuelan cuisine and culture to downtown Bloomington with a brick-and-mortar space that opened in April.

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Afraid of Grappa? Don’t Be

Grappa is a misunderstood drink in this country and deserves more positive attention than it gets. I ask friends to try it, but after one sniff (the braver ones take a taste) they wrinkle their noses and push it away, the scaredy cats.

Read More

Silly Wines & Sexist Labels

In the October 30 edition of The Wall Street Journal, wine columnist Lettie Teague asks “Do Women Really Want Wine That’s Sweet, Pink and Silly?” expressing her outrage at wines that pander to women with their sexist labels.

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Brut IPA Craze: Some Like It Dry

Last spring, I wrote about an emerging craze in craft brewing—a hazy, “juicy” IPA that brought a rich mouthfeel and sweet edge to this hop-heavy style. In the spirit of the ever-changing beer scene, this spring I invite you to try the newest IPA craze, which happens to be the exact opposite of last year’s Big New Thing.

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Fresh, Local Food Available at Winter Farmers’ Market

While backyard gardens have largely shut down for the winter, fresh, local produce is within reach. Thirty-six vendors offer goods at the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market, and everything is sourced within 100 miles of Bloomington, according to Jen Laherty, this season’s market master.

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Feta Kitchen + Café: Bring the Kids and Eat Healthy

My husband and I have regularly eaten out since the birth of our daughter, Maddie, now 3, but it can feel like choosing between a menu we will enjoy and a venue that will keep her interested. I can tell you the number of times we’ve left a restaurant and heard her shout, “Wow, that was a fun one!”

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BLU Boy Has Special Sweets For Weekend Date Nights

BLU Boy Chocolate Café and Cakery has been serving hand-crafted chocolates, pastries, ice cream, and hot drinks in the little shop next to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater since 2008, and while owner David Fletcher is a practicing physician, he’s spent time over the last 10 years perfecting the art and craft of pastries and chocolate.

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The Schmutz in Your Glass

If you’ve ever finished a bottle of wine, you’ve probably had the experience of pouring the last of it out and finding some unappetizing schmutz in the bottom of your wineglass. So what is it, and how did it get there?

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Munich Dunkel: Don’t Fear the Dark

Each autumn, everyone who loves beer seems to turn German, celebrating Oktoberfest and drinking its namesake beer. While that style is certainly laudable, another notable beer style that hails from those same Bavarian breweries is often overlooked—the Munich dunkel.

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What’s for Dinner? Alpaca, Kangaroo, Camel!

At The Butcher’s Block you can get the standard tailgate and backyard barbecue favorites—steaks and ribs, brats and chicken. But behind the counter, a chalkboard also lists some 20 lesser-known exotic meats, everything from alligator and antelope to elk and kangaroo.

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