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Starbucks to Add a Spring in Your Step With Its Newest Menu

With spring officially here and warmer days ahead, Starbucks is celebrating the excitement of a new season in more ways than one — and we couldn’t be more happy!

Starbucks has been our go-to for years and this season, they are stepping up their game with a plethora of menu items we cannot wait to get a hold of.

After announcing its limited-edition pastel cups featuring whimsical illustrations inside blank white circles for the blossoming season, the Seattle-based coffeehouse just released a plethora of delicious new menu items, teas and a cold brew that is sure to satisfy your coffee and snack addiction this summer.

In honor of a new season and thanks to their consumers’ evolving tastes, Starbucks said in a press release that they are expanding their menu with new food items guaranteed to fuel the warmer days ahead.

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Restaurant Guide: Goshen, Indiana

There’s a beautiful charm about small towns that captures the attention of everyone. With Indiana celebrating their bicentennial this year, it’s time to skip the urban jungles of this beautiful state and tap into what is one of the most “sweetest” cities in northern Indiana. Nicknamed “The Maple City” and known for its Amish country, Goshen, Indiana is rich in history, while booming with a vibrant arts and culture scene.

As one of my favorite cities and a spot I’ve been frequenting often, this central stop along the beautiful Heritage Trail is a magnet for creative minds who want a bit of wholesome Americana with a twist. From specialty boutiques to cozy cafés, Goshen is alive with a delicious restaurant scene that is not only one of a kind, but perfect for a night out on the town.

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3 Ways to Eat Clean for Optimal Health

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Summer entails not just sunshine and opportunities for travel, but plenty of occasions to indulge in some of our favorite foods. But as the season’s sunshine helps smash the blues, a cleanse or detox just in time for quality summer fun can chase away the sluggishness that often slows down our bodies after a long winter.

Eating clean to optimize your health is an excellent way to refresh your eating habits. You may have heard of the “clean-eating” craze thanks to its popularity of foodie photos on social media and the countless hashtags like #cleaneating or #eatclean, but the spirit of eating clean lies in how it’s delivered to your table—meaning, as natural as possible. And while many see it as a diet, it’s more about creating a happy and healthy lifestyle for yourself for an improved wellness, one meal at a time. That said, it also means, eating minimally processed and packaged foods, and cooking more at home with good ingredients.

Touted as the best way to rev up your natural detoxification process by experts and nutritionists through the consumption of whole, real foods like veggies, fruit, whole grains, protein, nuts, seeds and oils, clean eating is a nutritious and beneficial way to support your body’s well-being.

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Café Guide: Indianapolis, IN

Nicknamed “Nap Town,” Indianapolis has long been branded the “corniest” city of the Midwest, but that perception has changed in recent years as inspired Hoosiers thrive to contribute artisanal goods for an inimitable experience. Ranked by Livability in 2015 as one of the best downtowns in the nation thanks to its booming nightlife, inventive arts scene, increasing retail experience, and of course the rich food choices, the Circle City is fast approaching the forefront of the Midwest as a leader in offering more than just brand name options.

Though there’s still a Starbucks at every corner, Indianapolis takes pride in its authenticity and artisanal treats as the city brews up delicious blends for those who relish in a good cup of coffee. When you’re in the Circle City, check out six of these hot cafés.

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Coffee Guide: Toronto, Ontario

The coffee scene has exploded in Toronto within the last few years with cafés popping up in and around the city at a rapid rate. From independent cafés to cookie cutter chains like Tim Horton’s on every street corner, the mega Canadian city has found bean bliss! And we don’t blame them. With creative, innovative ways to serve java juice, this metropolitan city is one of the best places to find a hot cup of joe. When heading north, check out some of the T-Dot’s best and hottest coffee spots. You won’t want to miss out!

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Coffee, Cream and Charity: Serving Up Social Change at The Well

Call it an homage to my roots and how I initially started writing back in the day, but I absolutely love talking to those making a difference in their communities. I feel featuring and lifting up others who pay it forward is one of the more important aspects of feature writing. One such company I deeply admire is The Well, a nonprofit coffeehouse nestled in the heart of South Bend’s River Park neighborhood that donates 100% of its profits to helping residents. Introduced to this amazing cafe thanks to my father and his many visits for work to the city, I knew this was a company that others need to model their business strategy on.

In addition to hosting a slew of events, The Well will be hosting a Princess Fundraiser event to support Lauran and local Iraqi war veteran, Brian Cuyler as they fight to treat Brian’s Stage IV brain cancer.

For more information about The Well and the fundraising event, check out my latest for The Hudsucker where I chat with manager, Megan Chandler of The Well about coffee, community and social change.

The Hudsucker | Coffee, Cream and Charity: Serving Up Social Change at The Well

Whether you call it java, brew, or jitter juice, it’s evident through the frantic morning rush to work you need your caffeine fix. Nestled between hundreds of Starbucks and the independent cafés is one glimmering coffeehouse making a difference, one cup at a time.
Situated in the heart of South Bend’s River Park neighborhood, The Well is the only nonprofit coffeehouse where 100% of the profits go back to the community. Utilizing a pay-what-you-want consumer plan with suggested price donations, customers can pay the amount they are capable of paying in exchange for ethical and delicious coffee.
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Bakery Guide: Indianapolis, Indiana

Great bakeries with an extensive assortment of sweets and savories are essential to any neighborhood. And in Indianapolis, the city is blessed with a plethora of options for Hoosiers looking to satiate their sweet tooth. From local mom-and-pop shops to citywide chains, it all comes down to style and preference.

Whether it’s French patisseries you crave, moist doughnuts or a layered cake, Indy offers a slew of standout bakeries across the city with confectioners dedicating their bona fide sugar rush talents to comfort desserts.

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Diner Guide: Indianapolis, Indiana

If you’ve ever been inside an authentic diner, you immediately feel it take you back to a certain place of comfort and nostalgia. Synonymous with apple pie and old-fashioned milk shakes, diners are a real American tradition with a classic vintage touch. Similar to the long open road, today there are thousands of longstanding establishments carrying forth the fashionable foodie category’s rich traditions of affordable comfort food and soulful intimacy.

While there are millions of greasy spoons across the country with delicious fare and an atmosphere inciting nostalgia, we share some of the most acclaimed diners in and around Indianapolis, Indiana. As the state celebrates its bicentennial this year, we know there will be a lot of partying for those traveling to or within the state—and partying means hangovers that require quality greasy food, indulging your core.

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