Indy Fuel Public Open House at Newly Renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum

Indiana State Fairgrounds ColiseumAre you ready to get in the game with Indy Fuel? Indianapolis’ new ECHL hockey league is excited to preview their venue and get you in their seats for the first game of the 2014-2015 season.

Indy Fuel recently announced their five-year partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks to return professional hockey to Indianapolis. This allows the Blackhawks to assign players to Indy Fuel for development, and in turn, provide opportunities for Indy Fuel players to be evaluated by the NHL.

With that exciting news comes the announcement and unveiling of the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum renovations, Indy Fuel’s home ice, which is nearing its $63 million renovation. Interested in being one of the first to see what all the hype is about? Join Indy Fuel at their public open house on Sunday, April 27 from 3 pm to 5 pm where you can tour the newly renovated coliseum including the locker room and merchandise store.

2014-2015 season tickets are on sale for a mere $50.00 deposit. Starting in October, Indy Fuel will play 36 home games. Partial season plans will go on sale July 1 and individual game tickets will go on sale September 1. For more information about tickets, the open house or to learn more about Indy Fuel, click here.

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5 Reasons to Attend an Indianapolis Indians Game at Victory Field

With the start of Spring comes baseball season and the Indianapolis Indians are off to a great start after winning their opening home game at Victory Field. For the past two years, I’ve frequented Victory Field for Indians games because of the affordable fun in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere.

Never been to a game, you say? Besides the obvious fact that the Indianapolis Indians are a stellar team with a great record, I’ve outlined 5 reasons why you should buy tickets in 2014 below.

5 Reasons to Attend and Indianapolis Indians Game at Victory Field

1) Fresh, local beer – Sun King Brewing prepared a special Indians Lager that can only be found at Victory Field during Indians games. This Vienna Style brew features a balanced malt flavor that finishes crisp, thanks to the addition of German Noble hops. It is the perfect light but flavorful beer for basking in the sun and enjoying the view. Osiris, Wee Mac and Cream Ale are also available at various stations throughout Victory Field.

2) The view – Victory Field is in the shadows of the JW Marriott and, when sitting in the reserved or box section, overlooks the beautiful downtown Indianapolis skyline. From that area you can see the manufacturing plant, the corporate office buildings, and White River State Park. For me, I see three different aspects of Indianapolis that remind me why I enjoy living in a diverse city. Stay for the whole game and on select nights you can view a one-of-a-kind fireworks show!

3) Affordable and family friendly entertainment – Most sports games are not cheap to attend, especially when you’re bringing the whole family. Indians games are not only affordable but they foster family fun throughout every inning. From engaging the crowd through t-shirt tosses to games during the breaks, Indians games are something that each member of your family can enjoy. Monday games are Dollar Monday’s, which means that hot dogs, Cracker Jack’s, popcorn buckets and sodas are only a dollar a piece and tend to be packed with families enjoying an affordable night out.

4) Rowdie Bear and Victory Field Ducks – Mascots have to have some level of enthusiasm to fill their roll, but Rowdie Bear takes it to another level. Whether he’s on the filed causing a ruckus or dancing on top of the Indians dugout, Rowdie Bear brings a high level of energy that will make anyone smile. Yesterday I saw that the Victory Field Ducks were following me on Twitter! I really like how interactive Victory Field has become so that fans really feel engaged with the game beyond the 9th inning.

5) Stadium eats – I have no shame in saying I am a bottomless pit when it comes to food at Victory Field. From ultimate nachos to foot long hot dogs, there’s something about the stadium that makes me want to eat everything in sight! What is even better is that it is all moderately priced (and even cheaper on Dollar Monday’s) so I can afford to get more than just a bag of peanuts. Victory Field is designed so that you do not have to walk far to find what you want to eat. Pizza, Mexican food, burgers and fries and more are available so you don’t have to miss much of the game waiting in line. You can also head up to the Captain’s Cove and order food off of their specialty menu, even if you aren’t sitting in that area.

Ready to pick up your baseball cap and watch a game? Click here to view the home game schedule and reserve your seats today!

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Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street

Checkout Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis

Playlist not motivating you to run? Same ‘ole workout DVD sounds boring today? Tired of spinning your wheels indoors? Looking for a chance to get up and move in the middle of your day? It’s time to get on the move when you Visit Indy! You can burn those extra winter calories away with Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street.

From Zumba to Beach Body Workouts, every Wednesday from noon to 12:45 pm, you can drop in for a FREE class. Motivating instructors and upbeat music are certain to knock you right out of your fitness slump. Workout Wednesdays are always completely free and certain to help clear out the cobwebs from your head without clearing out the dollars from your bank account.

Just another of the fantastic offerings from the ever-busy Georgia Street corridor, you can check out the entire schedule for Workout Wednesdays to choose your favorite class here. As you plan your visit to the Circle City, be sure to investigate all of the other great regular Georgia Street events like Food Truck Fridays and weekly Happy Hour.

I’m particularly excited about a few of the special events planned for the month of May on Georgia Street, too. Mark your calendar for Monday, May 7 and attend the Red Kettle Cook-Off supporting the Indiana Division of the Salvation Army. Celebrities will face-off in a battle of burgers with the proceeds supporting the Bed & Bread Club which aims to end homelessness. Have a car nut in your family? Be sure to head to the 2014 EDTA: Ride, Drive, and Charge event Monday, May 19 – Wednesday, May 21. See firsthand the latest technology in electric vehicles and even take a test drive! Friday, May 30 from noon to 2 pm, check out God of this City where the worship band Sixteen Cities will play and your kids can enjoy special free activities.

Georgia Street is the perfect place to get on the move, sit and people watch, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy a special event. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this fun area when you Visit Indy.

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Tanjerine: A Fashion, Film, and Food Experience

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Bartenders competing, chefs creating, films being shown, and fashion being highlighted are all expected at Tanjerines four-day event. April 16 kicks things off, with the main event on Saturday, April 19 at the Sanctuary on Penn (701 N. Pennsylvania St).

Tanjerine is a new event that is an interactive experience of fashion, film, and food, with each day will present a new experience within one of the categories. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the best creatives in Indy.

The week kicks off with a craft cocktail bartending competition, and an underground film lounge. Fashion lovers will want to make sure to check out the Pattern container pop-up shop, as well as the unique fashion parade happening on Friday, April 18. The event leads up to the final night on Saturday, April 19 with a full experience of some of the reasons why we love Indy.

Tanjerine tickets are sure to sell-out, so make sure you get your tickets quickly via Eventbrite. Here is a taste of what to expect in the four day experience:

Wednesday, April 16
7 pm – 12 am
Craft cocktail bartending competition finals and the underground film lounge.

Thursday, April 17
7 pm – 12 am
An evening of food and craft beer featuring local beers and chefs.

Friday, April 18
7 pm – 12 am
The TANJERINE “Fashion Parade,” food trucks, and other surprises.

Saturday, April 19
7 pm – 12 am
TANJERINE 2014: An Interactive Experience of Fashion, Film and Food.

Pattern Indy (A fashion networking group and producers of an international fashion magazine) will have a special pop-up shopping experience available each throughout the entire four-day event. 

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Easter Weekend in Indy

Spring has sprung my friends! This weekend, Indianapolis will be a hoppin’ with great Easter activities and events. From a delicious brunch to a church service to an opportunity to hunt eggs, you’re certain to find a special activity to delight your family and enjoy this holiday season. Here are some unique and fun opportunities to celebrate Easter in Indy.

Hunt for Heat

Great Downtown Indy Hunt for Heat. On Friday, April 18  you’re invited to hunt for heat (well, St. Elmo shrimp cocktail sauce, that is)! Clues on Facebook will drive the scavenger hunt.  Not only will you win the famous sauce, but you’ll win a great prize from the hidden destination including gift certificates to concerts, attractions, restaurants, hotels, and more. There will also be one grand prize — The Golden Egg — which will include a fun summer downtown experience. Finders can redeem the prize at the Georgia Street prize redemption booth located on Harry & Izzy’s patio Friday, April 18, 8-11 am.

Make Your Own Glass Easter Egg. On Friday, April 18, GRT Hot Glass Studio is offering a class where you can make your own beautiful glass Easter Egg. Check out all of the details and cost here.

Conner Prairie Egg-stravaganza. Egg rolling, egg hunting, egg and spoon games, and so much more area part of this award winning interactive history park’s weekend plan. From live bunnies you can pet to science lessons with Peeps, everyone in your family will find something to do and love on Saturday, April 19! Check out the full schedule here, along with admission prices.

A Very Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt. The Indiana State Museum is busy hiding eggs this week! This special event features Indiana’s own Raggedy Ann, Mother Goose, and the Easter Bunny himself plus plenty of his little hoppy hellpers. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the event will move indoors for a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Tickets are required and are $23 for adult members, $15, children of members; $28, adult nonmembers, $20, children of nonmembers. You can read about all of the fun here.

Worship Services at Indy’s Churches. A number of wonderful churches throughout Indianapolis will be holding special services on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Choose from one listed on the Visit Indy site or comment below with what part of the city you’ll be visiting and I’ll try to help find a place.

Easter at the Zoo. Go wild for Easter at the Indianapolis Zoo! On Sunday, April 20, the Zoo will host an Easter event filled with animal flare. Special family activities, Easter-inspired treats, an “egg hunt” that requires no basket (find 10 of the 19 large animal-print egg signs hidden throughout the Zoo and White River Gardens to win a special prize), and so much more. The activities are all free with your admission. Buy your tickets online now to save money.

Free Egg Hunts Throughout the City. There are more bunnies and eggs in Indy this weekend than you can shake a basket at. The best round-up of the many Egg Hunts happening all around Indianapolis at attractions, churches, and civic group locations is over on Indy with Kids.

How will you spend Easter weekend in Indy? What events or destinations would you recommend? 

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Three Affordable Dates in Indy

Robert Indiana Love sculptureTake it from a local expert who prides herself on telling people how to save money. The Circle City is ridiculously affordable. I love that you can do so much while spending so little. Babysitters, dinner, movies, all prove that date night can be pricey before you even get out the door. But here are three of my favorite ways to spend time with my favorite guy in Indy without spending every dime in the bank.

A day at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I love the IMA. From the moment you enter the grounds, you feel a sense of peace and beauty. Best of all, general admission (and parking) are always free. Explore the The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres with your sweetie. Insta yourselves in front of the iconic Robert Indiana LOVE Sculpture. You could spend hours checking out the Current Exhibitions. Finish your date by spending a few moments snacking in the beautiful IMA Cafe or buy a souvenir in the Museum Store.

An early evening on Mass Ave. There’s so much to do and see on Mass Ave. that you could spend an entire day there. For date night, I prefer late afternoon/early evening, though. Nosh on amazing appetizers from the $2 Bar Menu at Mesh on Mass (Parmesan fries, FTW!). Split a sweet treat at The Flying Cupcake or Sub Zero Ice Cream. Browse one of the amazing art galleries. Take a stroll on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Bring something back for the kids from Mass Ave. Toys. Or purchase a small gift for each other from Homespun Indy or Silver in the City. Finish the evening with a tiny sweet from the Best Chocolate in Town (they close at 7 pm).

Lose yourself in history at the Indiana History Center. I’m a self-proclaimed, card carrying history nerd. I love learning about the past. One of my favorite places in Indy to do so is through the Indiana Experience! It’s best suited for a Saturday day date (open 10 am to 5 pm). I loves myself in the beauty of the building alone but you might enjoy be serenaded in the Cole Porter Room or grabbing a snack together at the Stardust Cafe. Admission is incredibly affordable and you can get 50% Off with a coupon from Visit Indy. After you’ve thoroughly explored the museum, head to the White River State Park canal for a stroll or maybe even a paddle boat ride.

 How do you keep date night fun and affordable in Indianapolis?

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Corks and Forks: A Gala Raising Dollars for Indy’s Community Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Second Helpings

Photo courtesy of Second Helpings

On Saturday, April 12, join Indy’s greatest chefs, enjoy fine wines and drink craft beers at the home of the Indiana Pacers. These are great event perks, but here are the most important reasons you should attend:

1. Support Second Helpings, an organization that provides more than 3,500 meals each day in Indy for those in need.
2. Second Helpings helps people in need establish careers in the food service industry.
3. You attending Corks and Forks makes one and two possible

For just $125, you will enjoy free parking and complete access to all food, beverage and auction items starting at 7 pm. Your ticket purchase will help Second Helpings and its mission to transform lives through the power of food.

And you won’t want to miss live auction items including:

Meet 6th generation winemaker David Mirassou while watching the Indiana Pacers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game of the regular season on April 13 at 1 pm. Mirassou will gladly greet 12 adults in a suite at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to taste wine, eat great food and see the Pacers game in grand style.

Take a delightful trip on a historic railroad dining car.  This is a rare opportunity for 10 adults to dine in style at a private dinner party on aboard The Indiana Rail Road Company’s vintage dining car from 1941.  The trip takes you round trip on a Santa Fe Lounge Car from Indianapolis to Bargersville.   Don’t eat before your trip! The experience includes cocktails followed by a special dinner prepared by Second Helpings Chef Sam Brown.

Take off for the Caribbean or jet off to Europe — the choice is yours. This package include two international airline tickets anywhere United Airlines flies and a 7-day stay at one of Interval International resorts which can take you just about anywhere. You’ll also get a bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon champagne to celebrate.

More information may be found here. Cheers!

 

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To B(LT) or not to B(LT). There is no question. April is National BLT Month.

Simplicity is a beautiful thing. Take, for instance, the uncomplicated BLT. Just five ingredients are necessary and none of them require a trip to a specialty grocer: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, bread.

mmbaconIt’s what you do with those ingredients that can make this straightforward sandwich special and since April is National BLT Month and most who know me consider me a sort of expert on the topic–that’s my actual vanity plate to the right–I figured I’d share a few of my local favorites.

Right downtown, Ralph’s Great Divide makes a strong, standard version that comes with a side, crackers, and a miniature chocolate. Served on white toast, the bacon on this one is more chewy than crispy and rather thin but comes with a nice amount of lettuce and tomato.

use_elbowromAnother downtown standby, the Elbow Room (left), serves a solid version on toast with good bacon (and lots of it), fresh tomato, and a good selection of sides. Try the homemade potato salad.

Head east for the Tie Dye Grill’s Far-Out BLT. What makes it so groovy? It’s served with herbed use_tiedyecream cheese on a toasted panini. You’ll feel cooler after eating this one, and you probably want to have one of their desserts, too. Whatever the special cake of the day may be, you’ll leave with a smile if you try it.

I’ve been a regular visitor to Broad Ripple Brewpub since the late ‘90s and have tried nearly everything on the regular menu as well as specials. Can you guess which item I’ve ordered most often? Yup, the braunschweiger BLT. It’s served on marbled rye and is such a great combination of flavors! Of course, if you’re not a fan of braunschweiger you should have them leave that part off, or if I happen to be there when you are, just have them bring me your portion, okay? Thanks. Oh yes, you must add veggie chips as your side!

use_patachouCafe Patachou in any of its locations is a great place for brunch, so it makes sense that they know their way around some bacon. Their BLT stands out due to added mozzarella cheese chunks, onions (I left them off mine), and some dijon vinaigrette for a little extra flavor. They let you choose your bread and I recommend the sourdough. Your plate will be full when you add the pickle spear, cukes, and chips.

I usually go to Mass Ave’s BRU Burger for, duh, a burger (it IS in their name), bourbon (they have a massive, top notch selection), and their fries with homemade dipping sauces; however, on my last visit I tried the Mass-Ave B.L.T. It arrived with ten, yes, ten, pieces of applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and bru mayo on toasted wheat. The bacon was so plentiful that I was constantly rescuing the deserting pieces and that’s far from being a bad thing. Did I also mention the bourbon?

use_redkeyIf you’re looking for an old school BLT like Mom used to make, Broad Ripple’s Red Key Tavern is your destination. That simplicity I mentioned earlier? Just white toast with the base ingredients. There was a couple eating lunch a few tables away and they told me it had been 50 years since they’d been in and the place hadn’t changed a bit. I think that’s a good thing.

Right next door to the Red Key is a very different BLT at Taste. With avocado and basil aioli, it’s use_tasteactually a BALT. This was a good one, but the bacon could have been more crispy. My other complaint, if you can call it that, is that the croissant I chose didn’t do a stellar job of supporting the guts of the sandwich. I could have picked traditional bread but I have a hard time saying no to a croissant. They also serve a BELT with an egg, red peppers, etc., and I’ll have to try that one next time. As a bonus, their peach tea is quite possibly the best I’ve ever had.

use_martysVenture south off I-65’s South Keystone exit to find Marty’s. For only $8 you get a full half pound of crispy bacon, fresh lettuce & tomato served on french bread because this sandwich is too heavy for mere mortal breads. You also get a side of fries, like you’ll have room if you finish the behemoth, and buckets of beer are almost always on special. The big difference here is that they use Miracle Whip instead of mayo. My advice: be sure to ask for more napkins.

use_bourbonstJust a short walk north of the Indiana Convention Center you’ll find Bourbon Street Distillery. While known for their cajun offerings—they’re all very good—they also have a bit of fame for their triple decker BLT. It stands out enough to have made the list of Super 46 Sandwiches compiled for our Super Bowl which included entries from the entire state.

use_libertineStaying in for lunch? If you’re downtown, the Libertine’s Brown Bag Indy delivery service has a revolving menu of fresh, innovative meals. Keep your eyes open for the Indiana BLT made with Smoking Goose Meatery’s jowl bacon. Have you ever seen the face of your god? You will when you eat this. I love it so much I set up an Outlook reminder to make sure I don’t miss an opportunity to eat it.

use_zestOne of my Broad Ripple favorites for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Zest has a twist on the typical BLT. The mayo is replaced by homemade boursin. The creamy garlic/herb cheese worked well but at times was almost overpowering. Bacon was juicy, butter lettuce and tomato were fresh, grilled sourdough bread held the sandwich together nicely. This is another one that needs multiple napkins but it was tasty enough that I could forget I was hearing the Spin Doctors and that’s saying a lot. Start your meal with a flowering wild hibiscus mimosa.

use_harryizzyCount on Harry & Izzy’s (all three locations) to put a special spin on the classic. Their BLT comes with fried green tomatoes & fresh mozzarella. You won’t find it on the menu, but ask and they’ll bring one out for you. Bacon was thick and crispy and foccacia bread stood up to the weight of the meat. I had fried green tomatoes as a side because…well, why not? This was such an enormous sandwich that it was two full meals for me.

I know there are lots of other contenders out there and I have Barking Dog and Shoefly on my to-do list. Wherever you go, if you’re having bacon, it’s going to be a good day.

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Free Events & Coupons When You Visit Indy in April

Indianapolis in April is beautiful! The buds begin peeking out from the branches on the trees. The flowers on the canal start blooming. The grass continues to green and the temperatures warm winter’s thaw. It’s the perfect month to plan a visit to Indy. And I’ve got the perfect ways for you to save when you make that visit. Here’s a round up of some of the month’s best free events & coupons!

Earth Day Indiana

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Free Events at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: There’s another great free admission opportunity at Indianapolis’ world class Children’s Museum this month: El Dia de los Ninos on April 27th. Any day that you visit, it’s a good idea to take these 4 Ways to Save at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis into consideration.

Donatos VIP Lunch on the Circle:  Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? On April 25th Breathe Better Indy will provide just that. Find your free pizza from Donatos and water on the sidewalk in front of the Emmis building from 11 am to 1 pm.

Earth Day Indiana FestivalCelebrate the return of spring and the gift of our planet at this free family festival on Saturday April 26th from 11 am to 4 pm. Live music, kids’ activities, 130 exhibits, alternative fuel vehicles, entertainment, and so much more will fill White River State Park. It’s a great way to have a frugal family day while you’re learning more about making the earth a better place.

Any month you Visit Indy, it’s a great idea to check the free events calendar to find out the best of free concerts, art shows, events, and family fun. There are so many other great events on the calendar that I couldn’t list them all here. Head here and set the date parameters for the month of April to find them all.

While you’re on Visit Indy, don’t forget to check out the great discounts and coupons available, too. Some of my favorites this month include $5 Off 1 hour of Duckpin Bowling at Action Duckpin Bowl & Atomic Bowl Duckpin$3 off an adult admission at ComedySportz Indianapolis, and 10% Off ActiveIndy Tours when you book online before you visit. There are plenty more great discounts and coupons where those came from, too. Check out a full list here.

Enjoy Indy this April and save a few dollars, too! We love our affordable city.

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A Blending of Savory Sophistication

BLEND Cigar BarFor visitors looking for a new place to roll up their sleeves and relax after a day of productive meetings in Indy, a new upscale cocktail lounge has raced into Indy, appropriately named BLEND Bar Cigar.

Tucked away just 20 minutes north of downtown Indy in the upscale Keystone at the Crossing area, upon entering BLEND’s giant wooden doors, you immediately feel like you’ve stepped into a James Bond movie.  Giant leather couches envelope guests with décor flown in from Turkey, giving the place some Middle Eastern flare. Quite chatter among men and women lend itself to networking and entertaining VIP business customers to ensure your deal gets closed.

Pouring over the menu is like looking at a who’s who of bourbon winners—I went for the Jefferson’s Presidential 25 year, as smooth as the surroundings.  Hand-crafted cocktails, vintage label wines, and premium spirits on the menu read as beautifully as a Hemmingway novel.

My colleagues—two women who opted for a Louis Roederer Vintage 2005 glass of Champagne and a glass of Terrazas Reserva Malbec from Argentina—mentioned repeatedly how comfortably the setting felt, that it wasn’t a stuffy establishment or typical sports bar.

We ordered up an Italian platter to nibble on, a spread of smoked gouda, genoa salami, roasted artichoke hearts, stuffed peppers, and olives. Locally produced Hubbard & Cravens French press coffee is also poured.

Although I didn’t enjoy one, BLENDs 500 square-foot walk-in humidor touts more than 10,000 cigars, ranging from $8 to $80 per, an assortment spanning the globe.  Indy has a no-smoking policy in hotels, restaurants, and bars, but because BLEND sells cigars, visitors can smoke inside (one of only a handful of places in Indy).  A state-of-the-art ventilation system changes out 100 percent of the air in BLEND six times per hour (yep, every 10 minutes). This means you don’t need to make a trip to the dry cleaners  to air out your suite jacket after visiting.

So, after a day of business in Indy, head over to BLEND with colleagues, perspective business customers, and friends to enjoy the sophisticated blend of offerings at BLEND.

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