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Thai in the Chi

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Recently, I was able to experience the Thai culture here in the city.  I have visited Thai restaurants in the past but, I haven’t really learned about the culture. 

Right outside of my office building was a Thai Festival in this lovely city and it was wonderful. I experienced the food, costumes and entertainment.  There was an array of beautiful colors from flowers to costumes to smoothies.  The Festival offered several demonstration like food carving, which was amazing to me. They had several vendors selling Massaman Kai, Laab Kai, Mango Sticky rice and my favorite Chicken Curry.

 

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I admire the different cultures this city has to offer.

 

Farmer’s Market Fresh: Downtown

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I look forward to this time of the year “Farmer’s Market” season….I know I’m crazy.

Yes, we have a farmer’s market downtown every Tuesday & Thursday from June to October. I love it because it’s within walking distance and our weather now is perfect. I always find fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, colorful flowers and baked goods…..yes baked goods. The heart healthy brownie are the best.

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I think I will make some fresh salsa with weekend.  Do you have farmer’s markets near you, if so, what do you purchase? Please send me your comments.

New Orleans Style Snow Balls

We traveled to Columbus, Ohio for yet another softball tournament.  This time we really didn’t get a chance to explore the city and find a touch of home, New Orleans.  But to my surprise , it came to us.  First off let me tell you, Columbus was hot, I believe it was in the 90s.  My son and I sat in the car with the air blasting before we got the courage to sit outside and watch a game.  I noticed a nice spot under a tree to set up our chair and watch. I was so focused on getting that shaded spot, I didn’t really pay attention to the snow cone stand near by.  I thought it was one of those snow cones you find in Chicago with crushed ice in a cooler and  6 main flavors, so I just ignored the place.

Well after the game, while waiting for the team, we walked over to the stand because it was hot.  To my surprise it was the New Orleans style SNOWBALL!  OMG! OMG!  I got excited.  They offered over 100 flavors, but I had to get my favorite…..grape & strawberry. This piece of heaven reminds me of summer time in NOLA…..Thanks!!!

I wish I took more pictures of the list of flavors, but I was so hot, I forgot….sorry!

INDY and Me

We have been to Indianapolis three different times for my daughter’s all weekend softball tournaments, but never got a chance to actually visit and explore the city, until now. I decided to spend an extra day in the city because I know this trip may probably be my last visit to Indy. My husband and I got a chance to have a date night and actually see downtown Indy at night. We visited the Monument Circle, took a carriage ride tour, and passed by Lucas Oil Stadium. Well, I think I will be back to catch a football game….I LOVE FOOTBALL! Over all, we had a really nice time together…long overdue. I got a chance to take some really nice pictures.

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Ok, the highlight for me, of course, would be the food. Since we really didn’t know too much about Indy, we just entered downtown Indy and started walking around. We ran into this restaurant called “Dicks Last Resort” the food was typical bar food, but the atmosphere was fun. My husband and I just had the buffalo wings and a couple of drinks. My food highlight was actually Zydecos…OMG!!! The food at this restaurant was great. Of course, it was Cajun food, my type of place…..shout out to New Orleans. This food was as close to New Orleans food as you’re going to get. It really remind me of home. I found this great restaurant right outside of Indianapolis in this little sleepy town, Mooresville. Have you heard of it? This place is one of those towns that has a Main Street, one bank, antique shops and a couple of eateries like Zydecos (here). Who new you would find the taste of the Big Easy in this little town. As soon as I walked in, it felt like home with the fleur de lis, brick walls, Mardi Gras mask artwork, and painted oyster shells. The wait staff was so friendly, and it really reminds me of the southern hospitality at home in New Orleans. We were seated in this little semi private room with two tables and an upright piano.

Our waitress recommended some dishes and gave us some warm sliced french bread and house sauce. We then ordered starters: red beans & rice, Maque Choux soup and BBQ Shrimp…..OMG this shrimp was the bomb.

After our starters, we ordered the Louisiana Abita Root Beer, Entree’s size red beans & rice,blackened chicken salad w/house dressing and a shrimp po-boy….everything was delish! Over all the food, atmosphere and hospitality took me back home to my love, New Orleans. If you find yourself in Mooresvill, IN, you must try Zydecos.