Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Schimpff's Red Hot Creams
















It's Valentine's Day, and us single girls need to take care of ourselves on this day all about love. What better gift to myself than Schimpff's Red Hot Creams?

Schimpff's, a candy-making icon in Jeffersonville, IN, since 1891, has been serving up red hot hard candies since opening day. Trust me, those little red jewels deserve every accolade. So to have that fire-y taste in a cream form and dunked in chocolate -- love, love, love!!

When you stop by, allow time to peruse the Candy Museum, with historic candy memorabilia and equipment. You can also have a meal at the lunch counter, complete with classic soda fountain. And, if you are especially lucky, you can see candy-making demonstrations like the red hots. I got to see them make candy canes at Christmas!

Who wants to join me for a super sugar fix?!

Click here for their website.

Monday, January 15, 2018

La Loma













This week's favorite Mexican food is La Loma Restaurant on Eastern Boulevard in Clarksville. I've been twice in the last two weeks. The first time was for lunch. I went with this steak fajitas special, and I was quite surprised by the portion of the the meal. Generally, lunch specials are samplers of the real meal. The sizzling steak, peppers, and onions were delicious! The sides of guacamole, green salad, refried beans, and rice were terrific! The fresh, warm corn tortillas totally hit the spot. Note that I took half or so home and ate it for dinner, since I loaded up on the warm chips and spicy salsa before my food arrived. My "extras" were just as tasty as an encore. Oh, and the horchata is spot-on, too!













After spouting off about La Loma to my brother, he decided to go with me and give it a try. Round #2 was the burrito dinner. Two steak burritos with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and tomatilla sauce, alongside the beans and rice. This time, I did not devour the whole basket of tortilla chips and salsa before the food arrived.

If you are looking for a fancy atmosphere, La Loma is not that place. Black and white vintage photos hang on the walls, and the ceiling alcove is painted blue with white stars. There are booths and stand-alone tables with hand-carved/hand-woven seats. If you are looking for authentic Mexican fare, I cannot recommend La Loma enough.

Who wants to go back with me?!

La Loma does not have a website. Their address is 560 Eastern Boulevard, Clarksville. Phone is (812) 283-3775.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

White House Candy Co.











Welcome to the neighborhood, White House Candy Co.! If you haven’t discovered them yet, they are located on Chestnut Street, across from Zimmerman’s Glass, in downtown Corydon. Make plans to visit!

I stopped in with my sister, and we compiled quite a tasty sampler box: caramel and marshmallow milk chocolate, peanut smoothie milk chocolate, vanilla caramel sea salt dark chocolate, banana truffle white chocolate, sponge (molasses) dark chocolate, and orange cream milk chocolate. I can't comment on the sugar-free chocolates, but they are available. All chocolates are sold by the pound, so buy as little, or as much, as you care to.

They also have a wide range of popcorn flavors, plus taffy and other candies. Word on the street is that they will be adding lunch options soon. I think another outing will be needed once food is available. Let's plan it!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Red Yeti
















I was in downtown Jeffersonville for their Light Up parade and celebration. After some Small Business Saturday shopping, it was time for some food. How could I walk past the Red Yeti on the corner of Spring and Chestnut?!

This is my Elaine sandwich with grilled chicken, brie, and Granny Smith apple slices on marble rye, with a side of braised kale with bacon and onions. YUM!!

If you enjoy local brews, Red Yeti operates Red Foot Brewing onsite. You can see the huge cylinders in a separate area off the bar. How fresh is that?!

Since raving about my meal, so many people have told me about the Sunday Brunch with all the fixings. Who wants to tease the Red Yeti some Sunday with me?!

Click here for their website.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Gray Brothers Cafeteria














You know I love an old-school cafeteria, with the trays you slide along the track to contain all the yumminess you think you can finish off. Gray Brothers Cafeteria in Mooresville (outside Indianapolis) sure hit the spot when I drove up to Indy for the BoDeans concert at the Vogue Theater. (Note that I've been a BoDeans fan for 30+ years, but I think my cafeteria love predates them!)

My go-to resource for quality eating, Roadfood.com, flagged Gray Brothers as "one of the best." Since Roadfood has never let me down, it was an easy decision to try them out.

They are set up serpentine-line style, so you can take a looksie at the food before you have to commit. I lucked out and went right to the front of the line, which started with utensils, but that meant I was all in with my decisions. It was hard, and I could tell by the drag of the tray that my eyes were probably bigger than my stomach. By the time I nearly polished off the fried chicken, probably the best mac and cheese EVER, green beans, and cranberry jello salad, the line was doubled-up and out the door. Thanks, Roadfood, for the alert to avoid the dinner rush!

I will say that the raisin pie was a new taste sensation, and I will select differently on the next visit. I'm really going to say this: it was toooo sweet. And I will be back. Who wants to join me?!

Click here for their website.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Marty's Restaurant
















I'm off to Milwaukee to visit one of my besties, and to see Eddie Izzard one night, and Steve Martin and Martin Short the next night. Talk about a gut-busting laughfest!!

Then there was the gut-busting food. This little ditty, The Cowboy Breakfast, was courtesy of Marty's Restaurant and Fiesta Hall in Waterford. I know it's my kind of place when the lady at the upscale consignment shop almost apologized for "the diner" in town. I am responsible for the egg/bacon/sausage face, and it was fun to get back to my food-as-whimsy days. That's cinnamon-swirl French toast and the lower edge of the plate, in case you are wondering, to provide the carb balance. And, Marty's had the most-delicious horchata I've had outside Los Angeles! I gulped at least three glasses down, it was soooo good!

We didn't check out the Fiesta Hall side of the restaurant, but there was a full breakfast buffet - even more variety than my Cowboy plate! - available. Put it on the list for next time!

Click here for their website.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Zaharakos in Columbus, IN

Wow, if Fair Oaks Pharmacy, Museum of Making Music, and maybe Griffith Park's merry-go-round ever merged together, then they would be CLOSE to being what Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor/Museum already is!
















This is the amazing marble counter with stained glass and vintage soda fountain features. And the fountains still work!! Zaharakos dates to 1900, so think of all the tasty treats served over this counter.

I went up to Columbus for the Scottish Festival. I did some research and Zaharakos was the place to visit after the piping, sheep herding, and caber tossing excitement for some old-school ice cream fun. Boy, did it deliver!!



















But first, I laid a base with the Gom Sandwich, a classic sloppy joe but on grilled bread, and warm kettle chips. YUMM!!




















THEN I could enjoy this fabulous root beer float, with the root beer from the soda fountain! Can you feel the giddiness I was feeling?!




















But we're just getting started! Zaharakos also has a collection of mechanical music. Think player piano, but this was a player BANJO, with tamborine and triangle!! So cool!! This little boy is bopping to my quarter-activated music. Other people pulled out coins to keep the music going, too. It was delightful!




















There were four of five of these machines, alternating with non-utilized soda fountains. Sooo cool!!




















Columbus is straight up I-65, and 90 or so minutes away. Totally worth it to take a trip back in time!

Click here for Zaharakos' website.