Preview: Lafayette Farmer’s Market

With the weather getting nicer and the month of May fast approaching, it’s finally nice enough to spend time outdoors and discover all that Lafayette has to offer. One of my favorite things is to visit the historic Lafayette Farmer’s Market. It has been around for over 165 years with an interesting history and is just a short distance from campus. Visiting a farmer’s market is the perfect way to get the freshest produce and support the local community.

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On Saturdays, from early May through late October, the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

What: Lafayette Farmer’s Market

Where: 5th Street, between Main & Columbia Street

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

There is also a smaller farmer’s market that takes place on the Memorial Mall every Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is the perfect place to stop for lunch on campus and support the local vendors. There is different produce offered throughout the summer; you can view the calendar here.

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Restaurants You Didn’t Know Had A Secret Menu

It’s no secret that Starbuck’s has a “secret-menu”. But a lot of restaurants are able to whip up different dishes that aren’t offered on their regular menu. I found a site called Hack The Menu that gives you access to everything on these less known menus, some you might not have been aware of. A lot of the restaurants can be found here in Lafayette.

1. Chick-fil-A

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The Chik-fil-A secret menu includes the fried chicken sandwich (pictured), the buffalo chicken sandwich, a chicken quesadilla and a blueberry cheesecake milkshake. If you want a free soft serve cone, simply order a kid’s meal and ask for ice cream instead of a toy– at no extra cost to you.

2. Chipotle

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At Chipotle you can order a concoction known as the quesarito (pictured), which is any burrito wrapped in a cheese quesadilla. You can get a burritodilla, which is a burrito grilled up like a quesadilla.

3. Dairy Queen

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At Dairy Queen you can get a coffee Blizzard like the one pictured, or a banana split Blizzard, frozen hot chocolate or you can add marshmallow topping to any ice cream.

4. Five Guys

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A patty melt, cheese fries, a double-grilled cheeseburger and asking for your fries to be well-done are all items you might not have known you could get from Five Guys

5. McDonald’s

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Have you ever wanted a Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken but couldn’t decide which one to get? Well, with McDonald’s Land, Sea and Air burger, you can get all three. You can also get a McChicken sandwiched inside two McGriddles (the Chicken McGriddle), fries with Big Mac sauce, a Big Mac with chicken patties instead of buns (the Big McChicken), a hotcake filled with a yogurt parfait (the McCrepe), and did you know how many sauces they have? EIGHT

 

Hack The Menu is worth checking out if you’re looking for a way to switch up your restaurant experience or wow your friends with obscure information. Happy eating.

Preview: Sunday Brunch At Three Sisters Cafe

I, like many people I know, don’t really care for Sundays. I guess it’s more of a love/hate relationship. It’s still technically the weekend but the impending doom of Monday looms like a dark cloud. However, there is one thing that makes Sunday wonderful. That something is the Sunday brunch. Brunch is a magical combination of breakfast and lunch that allows you to sleep in but also eat bacon and eggs for lunch and drink mimosas at noon.

There are brunch places popping up everywhere, but tomorrow I’m planning on brunching at 3 Sisters Cafe in Broadripple. It’s a bit of a drive from Lafayette but is the perfect way to end a weekend. Three Sisters describes itself as having Indianapolis’ finest breakfast and vegetarian meals for over 15 years, is located right in historic downtown Broadripple and has a homey and eclectic feel to it.

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The restaurant was featured on The Food Network and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. On Sundays they offer a variety of brunch specials that are worth checking out, especially if you are an avid bruncher. I highly recommend the build your own omelette.

If you do plan on venturing to Three Sisters, it’s important to get there early and get your name in. It’s quite a popular spot and fills up quickly. If you are in the mood to brunch but don’t want to leave campus, Lafayette also has some great brunch spots.

Put A Little More Pizza In Your Life

Since it’s the weekend and I’m sure we could all use a few laughs after a long week, here’s a little cheesy pizza humor to make you chuckle. Buzzfeed is one of my favorite places to waste time on the internet and while I was bored and hungry I typed ‘pizza’ in the search bar to see what came up. Buzzfeed has some seriously strong opinions about pizza, much like myself. There are a lot of (mostly humorous) articles or quizzes that are sure to bring a smile to your face. These are a few of my favorite ones.

How Extreme Is Your Devotion To Pizza?

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A quick checklist that begs the question, “How pizza are you really?” This quiz is clearly based on a series of extremely logical questions. For anyone wondering, I am a Pizza Champion.

Life Lessons From Pizza

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The author of this post claims that “everything you need to know about life and love you can learn from pizza”. From finding love in unexpected places to keeping an open mind, this list actually makes more sense than you might think. Plus it has some mouth-watering photos to go along with it.

Pizzastrology!

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Ever wondered what kind of pizza you were, based on your star sign? Yah, me either, but now you can find out anyways. As an “artistic and passionate” Pisces with “my head in the clouds”, Buzzfeed says I am a pan pizza. I’m not sure if I’ve learned anything profound about myself, but I definitely want a pan pizza now.

What Does Your Favorite Pizza Topping Say About You?

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*Disclaimer: this might be the most difficult decision you’ll ever have to make. Please take your time.

What Kind of Pizza Slice Are You?

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Apparently my spontaneous attitude makes me a slice of pizza that has been dropped on the ground. I’m not sure what exactly this means, but I’m sure it’s important. So, what kind of slice are you?

10 Scientific Reasons to Eat More Pizza

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As if you needed another reason to eat more pizza. These are obviously very important because they’re based on science.

 

5 Guys: Best Burgers On Campus?

If you’ve ever heard of 5 Guys, you’ve probably also heard that it has the best burgers and fries around. So many people I know rave about 5 Guys and I felt like I was missing out on something huge so I decided to go there with my friend earlier this week. I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about.

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They have a small menu, with mostly just burgers, fries and hotdogs, which made my decision a lot easier. Apparently, a regular burger comes with two patties and since I’m not a total fatty, I opted for the Little Cheeseburger with just one patty. I could get as many toppings as I want, for free, which is a step above most fast food restaurants. I also got a Little Fry with the cajun seasoning, getting more excited by the minute and ready for my mouth to explode with delicious flavor.

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It’s very obvious by the newspaper and magazine articles that decorate the walls that 5 Guys takes their reputation of being the best very, very seriously.

When I finally got my food I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about the growing amount of grease that was gathering at the bottom of my bag. I was scared my arteries might explode on the spot when I took a bite, which is saying a lot because I might be the most unhealthy person I know. My hunger and curiosity got the best of me in the end though.

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I suppose my hopes were too high going into it because the burger was just… okay. It was very good, don’t get me wrong, I just figured that there had to be something really special about 5 Guys burgers that put it above and beyond any other. It’s hard to describe because I just felt like the burger was missing something, that magic ingredient that everyone else got that made them think these were the greatest burgers in the world. I think the real winners in this scenario were the fries. Oh man, those were good. I probably won’t go back to 5 Guys any time soon, but if I do I’m definitely opting for the bigger sized fries.

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Make Your Own Sushi, Save $$$

Though it’s not for everyone, sushi is one of my favorite things to eat. My family loves sushi as well, but sometimes going out to eat is pretty pricey. Bargain Babe shows how much money you can save by making sushi at home as opposed to going out to eat at a sushi restaurant. My dad loves to make his own sushi, and it’s a fun activity to do when we’re all together. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. Here are some main tips from Bargain Babe’s site.

1. Prepare sushi rice. It’s not just boiled Japanese rice.Sushi-two-rolls

2. Chop all roll ingredients, such as fish, avocado, cucumber, and lay out any extras like sesame seeds or spicy sauce.

3. Lay a sheet of seaweed paper onto your roller, shiny side down. Note the suggested cut marks for later.

4. Lightly press a THIN layer of rice on the bottom 2/3 of the sheet, making sure to spread the rice to the edges. Have a bowl of water handy to unstick the rice when you are done. Or, wear rubber gloves and rub a dollop of mayo onto your hands. Friction be gone!

5. Add toppings across the middle of the rice. Add more fish than you think you need.

6. Grab the edge of the paper closest to you and pull it across the toppings using the bamboo rollers. When the edges of the rice meet, give the rollers a light squeeze, then continue rolling until there is just an inch of the seaweed paper showing. Dab a finger into a bowl of water and moisten the edge of the paper. Roll the rest of the way, give your creation one more squeeze, then pull back the bamboo roller. Cut your roll into about 6 pieces and take a bite!

This past weekend I went home to celebrate my mom’s birthday and we made our own sushi and nigiri, which is just sliced raw fish on top of a ball of rice. We also got the chance to Skype with my sister who is currently living in Japan. While we ate dinner, she was eating breakfast. We all think that preparing dinner together is a really great way to get closer as a family and my sister loves making sushi at home because, since she’s a little pickier, she can customize her rolls.

Food Documentaries You Should Watch

You know what they say about April showers and May flowers? Well, unfortunately it looks like we’re in the middle of said showers and it doesn’t seem like this rain is letting up anytime soon. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curling up and watching a movie? Since you’re going to be stuck indoors anyway, you might as well learn something too. I’m a huge fan of the documentary section of Netflix, and I found a really interesting list of some of the best food documentaries that you can stream right now. A lot of the films look like they’re meant to scare people, but some of them take an interesting journey into the world of different foods. You can view the full list here, but these are some of the ones I think look really interesting and will probably end up watching sooner or later.

“Spinning Plates” takes a look at three very different restaurants and shows all the work that goes into creating a great restaurant

 

“A Matter of Taste” follows perfectionist chef Paul Liebrandt through his journey of starting his own Michelin-starred restaurant

 

I’m actually really jealous of this guy. “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” follows filmmaker Matt Reynold’s cross-country as he searches for the perfect chicken wing. What a great job.

 

I had to watch “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” for a previous class and it is a really interesting piece that takes a look into the Japanese culture by focusing on Jiro, the owner of an extremely popular sushi restaurant. I guarantee your mouth will be watering by the time this one is over.

 

“At its core, “Forks Over Knives” is a convincing case for veganism. Through interviews with scientists and doctors, the film suggests that a whole grain and vegetable-based diet could help banish heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and other major health issues.” This one hits close to home for me, since heart disease runs in my family.