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.
We may love to explore new foods and add them to our diets, but we never really stray too far from the comfort of a burger. Burgers are pretty much mandatory on the summer menu, but even during the cold, winter seasons, they can bring much warmth to the ordinary eater. The burger is a symbol of good old comfort eating and is one of the culinary world’s most recognized creations. It’s simple and yet, always perfect to the conscious eater. Did you know there are even four days in the year devoted to the burger? I kid you not, and no one knows burgers than master culinary chef, Paul Wahlberg and his famous younger brothers, Donnie and Mark.
Hmm, sound familiar? Yep. It’s those Wahlbergs! Donnie, known for being one-fifth of the “New Kids on the Block” turned TV star; and his younger brother Mark, the popular movie star, help beef up prime-time with their brother, Paul in a new docuseries for A&E Television called Wahlburgers. The Dorchester-bred family invites viewers into a glimpse of their life and how they run their two Hingham, Massachusetts gourmet restaurants Alma Nove andWahlburgers, offering a fresh and more intimate look at the famous family. The show served up some tasty ratings in its season premiere last Wednesday, dishing up a hot 3.3. million viewers for the network.
This past summer my travels found me visiting the ever congenial and lush city of Indianapolis. While on my trip, not only was I taking in the many sights and sounds by walking around the city or visiting museums, but I was indulging in fine dining in and around Circle City. One such restaurant that caught my eye—and stomach—was the Chicago import known as Adobo Grill located on Washington Street in downtown Indy.
This stylish and upscale Mexican restaurant located smack in the middle of downtown Indy is snazzy and adds a great intimate touch to the fine dining experience. Bringing authentic Mexicana feel to the city, there’s a great warm feeling when you arrive at the Adobo Grill. Walking in you immediately notice the unique structure of the building from the winding staircase to the warm pumpkin colored walls accented by bright bold artwork. The overall ambiance is inviting and though the restaurant offers two-story seating, it’s still very cozy and amiable with a two-story bar that serves over 90 different tequilas of the best selection. When I got in around two o’clock for lunch, the hungry crowd was buzzing with enthusiasm and were clearly foodies highly appreciative of savory and succulent cuisine that fills the restaurant with the aromatic scent of their fiery, mouthwatering grill—a tip of just what’s in store for customers and their taste-buds!