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Lulu’s Coffee + Bakehouse

10 Apr

Coffee shops. Indy may not be Seattle where Starbucks are on almost every corner. And because of that, we have other great, local coffee shops that we are able to pop in before work. Lulu’s is one of them. Lulu’s Coffee + Bakehouse, formerly named Lulu’s Electric Cafe, has not only changed their name and locations (moved from 86th and Ditch towards Township Line), but also the overall feel of their space.

A casual, slightly artsy type of environment, Lulu’s is a relaxed third space for a group of 10-15 individuals at one time. A few small tables, a comfy couch here, and a little game playing area there behind the coffee beans for sale. I really liked the vibe of the shop. But unfortunately, it was a little before 8am and I had to get to work for the day. Sitting down and enjoying the paper wasn’t an option on that Friday morning.

My co-worker (and friend) and I ordered our drinks from the friendly man behind the counter. He was thoughtful in explaining the different brews available that day as we perused the menu of the items available. Of course, with perfect placement by Lulu’s, I had to grab a cinnamon chip scone for my breakfast nibble. The scone was very light, not dense or heavy like I normally anticipate with a scone. And though it wasn’t what I anticipated, I still enjoyed every bite. Almost like a cinnamon muffin with more fluff. The cinnamon spice was perfect in the baked good as I quickly ate it all. And the coffee, I had ordered their medium roast, was a good cup of coffee. It was hot in temperature, not too strong or light in flavor either. Not to mention, the fancy top kept the coffee in place when driving.

I look forward to stopping in Lulu’s again, especially with the image of the scone in my head. Maybe a sandwich next time?

Lulu’s Coffee + Bakehouse* 2292 W. 86th Street * Indy, 46260 *317.879.1995

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Holy Cow Cupcakes

13 Oct

If you are looking for an extremely personal baker, you must make a stop at Holy Cow Cupcakes.  Karen, owner, and I have tweeted back and forth, she’s donated cupcakes to a fundraiser (Wii Olympics) that I hosted two years ago, and she now has moved her location to less than a block from my house.  We don’t really know each other on a personal level by any means, but I like to purchase from local vendors, especially when they are directly in my neighborhood.

But, for a while, I hadn’t stopped in.  I had bought cupcakes multiple times from her previously, but it was because she is extremely friendly and the cupcakes are good.  They weren’t great, but they were decent.  But something has changed.  There is a newness not only to the store, but I am changing my mind and shifting good to delicious.  This could be dangerous due to the proximity of my house.

Why the change?  Well, I always thought the frosting was good, but the cupcakes tended to be dry at times.  It wasn’t consistent enough for me.  But now, things are different.  In the best way possible.

After dining at Scratch Truck the other day, I made my way inside for the best cupcake to come out of that shop.  The pumpkin spice.  It is tender and delicious.  Holding the right amount of spice in the pumpkin cake and a creamy, not overly sweet cinnamon spice cream cheese frosting.  I have to admit, it didn’t take me long to eat this one.  And I now have to admit I’ve gone back multiple times for more.

 

 

 

It gets worse.  And by worse, I obviously mean better.  I bought a cinnamon roll that day too.  I ate it for dessert that evening – it was one of the best I’ve had.  No photos of it for you, but I encourage you to buy one if they are available – which is not daily.  Both times I went back for pumpkin spice, I also went back for cinnamon rolls, but left only with pumpkin spice.  I’ll keep stalking looking until I get another one in my hands.  And I probably won’t share that one like I did the first time with hubs (no offense hubs…I’m just sayin’).

Holy Cow Cupcakes * 61 West City Center Drive * Carmel, 46032 * 317.571.1500

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Walt Disney World Dining, Part II

5 Jul

In WDW, there are many places to dine other than the parks as I originally reported.  Here are just a few more…

Boardwalk

Big River Grille & Brewing WorksThis is the second time I’ve eaten there and I’m still not really impressed.  I began with a cup of beer cheese soup.  It needed a little something, but was still decent in brew flavor and cheddar sharpness. 

Hubs and I decided to share a few appetizers, but we made a mistake of not varying it up since there aren’t a lot of options.  Chips & cheese and then an order of chicken nachos.  The chips and cheese were okay; a cheese dip without much flavor.  I’m also not a fan of their chips – they are the whole grain type that aren’t really whole grain.  I don’t mind them so much for the dip, but I really would prefer the basic chip for my nachos.

They used the same dip on the nachos, but also layered it with jalapenos, tomatoes, sour cream and chicken.  As mentioned, I wasn’t a huge fan of the corn chips, but I wasn’t a huge fan of  the chicken that adorned it either.  I prefer chopped grilled chicken, but this was chicken that was probably used in burritos and other Mexican dishes at the restaurant.  A one stop shop kind of chicken if you will.  It had been soaking in a mild salsa type mixture which just made the nachos more messy than normal.  For a brewery though, it is a good place to grab a drink.

 

Boardwalk Bakery – a great place to grab breakfast or a sweet treat.  I had a chocolate chip muffin that was tender and delicious for breakfast one morning; I couldn’t resist the shape.  

They have everything that one could possibly want in a baked good for breakfast.  Not to mention, an afternoon snack as well.  They have these cupcakes that look beautiful – unfortunately, I didn’t make it back to try them but have added to the ‘must do’ list.

Resort Dining

The Wave (The Contemporary Resort) – I rarely eat at sit-down restaurants at the resorts, and now I am asking myself why not?  The wave was very busy, but more of a restaurant than any of the others we enjoyed throughout the week.  There were many children around, which surprised me for some unknown reason (yes, I know, it is Disney.  I guess I didn’t think about it…)  Despite the noisy restaurant, the food spoke for itself.  Hubs and I shared the appetizer for two, which included crab-rock shrimp cakes and sea scallops.  It was fantastic – nothing was fishy.  The cakes were great, a mixture of the seafood without much breadcrumb filling.  They were served on a bed of fresh and light veggies, including tomatoes and cucumbers.  And the scallops had a great crust and weren’t overcooked – we both really enjoyed them. 

For dinner (I apologize for the grainy photos), I continued the seafood theme with their whole grain pasta, mixed with clams, shrimp and mussels.  The fennel and tomato broth was much spicier than anticipated, but it was perfect.  Hubs ordered the espresso-barbecue short rib, complete with a mustard based potato salad and slaw.  He ate it all, so I know he enjoyed it as well.

Snacks & Treats

Some people may say the heat makes ice cream a necessity.  But, there are two things I always have when in Disney because I just love them.  The Dole whip, which is pineapple ice cream (you can also get vanilla) covered with pineapple sauce and chunks.  Mmm…  The other is a Mickey bar or the Mickey cookies and cream ice cream bar.  They may be insanely hard if it isn’t hot enough to melt them, but that just makes them more satisfying.

Hope you enjoyed the quick recap.  Though some of the food is what you expect at a theme park, you may find yourself surprised if you go in with an open mind!

The Illinois Street Food Emporium

14 Apr

This is one of those places that I have driven by so many times, yet haven’t given it much thought.  So when I was meeting up with a group of colleagues for lunch and one of them suggested we dine at the Illinois Street Food Emporium, I eagerly shook my head with a yes.

I had no clue what to expect, because from the outside on a cold spring day, it didn’t look extremely inviting.  But once you walk through those doors and see the cases full of baked goods, you know you are in for something good.  From cakes to pies, danishes to doughnuts, there was so many baked items to try.  But I didn’t visit for something sweet (despite me thinking about changing my mind), I came for savory.  I turned and waited in line to order some food.  Little did I know, while waiting for the counter, they set you up next to these refrigerators full of some great looking products including sandwiches, quiches and more.  If you are in the mood to grab something quick for dinner, but still have it be fresh and homemade, this may be a stop to add to your list.

I tweeted to see what I should get, and received an overwhelming response to try their chicken salad.  Guess what I ordered?  On a soft, fresh and flaky croissant of course.  I also added a small cup of their soup of the day – cream of broccoli.  The woman who took my order was extremely friendly and helpful as I asked what was in the chicken salad that made it so great.  Good service and a wide selection – so far so good.

We had sat down and waited for our food, which was extremely quick.  A mere 5 minutes later, I had this very large, flaky croissant stuffed with chicken salad sitting in front of me.  The croissant – let me start there because it was the best part – was flaky and tender.  It may have been one of the best croissants I’ve ever had.  Subtly buttery, light and airy, I don’t think I could have had a better vehicle to get that chicken salad into my mouth.  Chunks of chicken, which I think may have been poached for preparation, were tender and perfectly bite sized for portion.  To my surprise (and why I can see so many people liking it), there were chunks of pineapple and mandarin oranges mixed into the creamy base.  The fruit gave the sandwich a subtly sweet taste and interesting bite.  It was a heavier type of chicken salad, so I would lean towards the idea that they used mayo rather than yogurt mix (which I prefer.)  Though random, I loved the garnish supplied with the sandwich: two pieces of apple, two slices of cheese (maybe gouda?) and an orange peel.  Better than your standard side of lettuce, that is for sure. And that is something I’ll remember.  I guess when it comes to cheese, I’ll always remember it.

Not going to comment too much on the soup – it seemed to be a standard cream of broccoli to me.  Decent flavor, little bites of broccoli rather than chunky, and more watery than creamy.  It still had good flavor, but I leaned towards the sandwich for bites rather than the soup.

On the way out, I did grab a sample of their brownie.  It was absolutely delicious, chocolaty in all the right ways without being overly sweet.  Bits of chocolate chunks graced the bite I had, but I did see others had walnuts present.  I may need to get a dessert next time I’m there.

It may be a little pricey for a sandwich and soup.  I got both and an iced tea for about $14.  But, overall a great lunch spot.  It wasn’t busy when we got there, but I could see how it would be during the work week.   Good service, good food and a good location.

The Illinois Street Food Emporium Bakery & Deli * 5550 N. Illinois Street, Indy * 317.253.9513

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