FOOD/DRINK

PopKorn! New Store South of the Square

Now located at 122 S. College, PopKorn! Kernels with a Twist offers over 30 sweet and savory popcorn varieties flavored with real foods like cheeses, peppers, nuts, and banana chips.

Bloomington & Vine: Keep It Fine, Cellar Your Wine

Where do you keep that special bottle of wine, the one gifted on your birthday or brought back from a European vacation? It’s probably forgotten on top of the refrigerator or under the stairs. One day you’ll remember that bottle and wonder if it’s still good.

Soups & Starters to Swoon Over

When I eat out or order in—and that’s frequently—I’ve often thought the best dishes are not the entrées or even the desserts, but what comes first: the appetizers. Here are a few that I crave.

One World Catering: The Focus Is on Fresh

Chef Corbin Morwick was honing his culinary craft in Boston when One World Catering owners Jeff Mease and Lennie Busch hired him as their first and only executive chef 11 years ago.

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FOOD/DRINK

PopKorn! New Store South of the Square

Now located at 122 S. College, PopKorn! Kernels with a Twist offers over 30 sweet and savory popcorn varieties flavored with real foods like cheeses, peppers, nuts, and banana chips.

Bloomington & Vine: Keep It Fine, Cellar Your Wine

Where do you keep that special bottle of wine, the one gifted on your birthday or brought back from a European vacation? It’s probably forgotten on top of the refrigerator or under the stairs. One day you’ll remember that bottle and wonder if it’s still good.

Soups & Starters to Swoon Over

When I eat out or order in—and that’s frequently—I’ve often thought the best dishes are not the entrées or even the desserts, but what comes first: the appetizers. Here are a few that I crave.

One World Catering: The Focus Is on Fresh

Chef Corbin Morwick was honing his culinary craft in Boston when One World Catering owners Jeff Mease and Lennie Busch hired him as their first and only executive chef 11 years ago.

Bloomington & Vine: Visit Wineries Far & Near

Old friends in San Luis Obispo, California, are avid fans of the wines made in their county, so when we visit they enjoy introducing us to new wineries. And wineries there are—more than 300 in this part of the California Central Coast.

Tapped Into Bloomington: Explore Beers that Are Bourbon Barrel-Aged

One of the trends taking a firm foothold in craft brewing is aging beer in bourbon barrels, which add richness and complexity. Some of these beers can be pricey. That’s because of the need to procure bourbon barrels in an increasingly competitive market, then store the beer for months of aging without any guarantee of a successful end product.

Fat Dan’s: A Chicago-Style Deli Not for Dainty Eaters

The first thing I did when the food arrived at our table at Fat Dan’s Chicago-Style Deli, 221 E. Kirkwood, was roll up my sleeves to my elbows. With three locations in Indianapolis, the restaurant now brings its version of Windy City flavor to Bloomington.

Tapped Into Bloomington: Choose White Ales for Winter

With the arrival of winter, many people turn to dark, heavy beers—almost chewy in their rich, caramelly sweetness. I prefer to head in the other direction and look at this as the perfect time of year for something festive and bright to balance dark winter nights. Nothing does that better than a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale.

The New Lennie’s: Better Than Ever

When Lennie’s opened in Crosstown Plaza in 1989, the goal of its owners, Jeff Mease and Lennie Busch, was to create a near-campus spot that would be home to students, faculty, and staff.

Candy Kitchen: Home of Handmade Candy Canes

Although they keep candy canes in stock year round, the last week of October initiates what the Badger family, owners of the Martinsville Candy Kitchen, lovingly call “cane season.”

Bloom’s Greatest Hits: Holiday Entrees

The holidays are upon us, and with it, the season of food. Whether you’re looking for the perfect dish for a family potluck or something warm and cozy to try at home, these holiday recipes for entrees are sure to hit the spot.

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