Friday Foodie: The Gallery Pastry Shop

Oh, hello, lovely bloggers. Is there anything much better than fresh pastries? No? What about fresh pastries a block away from your house? Even better!! I am so loving all of the delightful shops popping up in the 54th Street shops in SoBro and I pretty much assumed since its grand opening that The Gallery Pastry Shop and I were going to be close friends. I visited for the first time during opening week (It’s a block away! I have to be a good neighbor!) for a girls night with my church friends. I stopped in again the week after to treat my sister to brunch (custom omelets, anyone??) AND went back a third time last Friday to take a macaroon baking class with my mom.

After three visits, I’ve pretty much decided that The Gallery Pastry Shop is the place to be. It’s co-owned by a real live pastry chef, Ben Hardy, and he is pretty much the breath and soul of this place. I’ve seen him every visit as he works on new and exciting creations in his open kitchen. The menu features pastries, plated desserts, and charcuterie boards, along with a full selection of red and white wines. Delicacies are enjoyed in an industrial, but warm setting surrounded by unique lighting fixtures, hand-crafted wood tables, and an array of market seating. AND it’s open late! I so appreciate the late-night dessert trend as the perfect ending to a movie night or friend date or really whatever.


The treats are amazing (a tad expensive), but after you learn the process that goes into making such delicious things (it took us 3 hours to make macaroons!), I have a little more grace about the price. I can see brunch becoming a Broad Ripple hot spot (especially with 1/2 price bottles on Sundays), so now is the time to go before it gets too popular and you have to wait for a table. Our macaroon class was incredibly detailed and informative (I’ll post the next class schedule soon in case anyone else wants to schedule some much-needed baking time). I think they could adjust their item inventory numbers a bit since they’ve been out of multiple things when I’ve ordered off the menu, but I have complete confidence they’ll figure it out and I’m trusting that this pastry shop will bring us delicious wonders for a long time to come!

Lindsay Sig

Weekend Wander: Caffeine Crawl

Happy October, everyone! So far, this month has been a strange mix of wearing sweaters in 85 degree weather, staying up late coughing with fall colds, staying up even later trying to finish writing clinical reports, and planning MY UPCOMING TRIP TO ICELAND! (more on this later). Husband and I have been running into each other at odd hours these days as we both try to balance a mixture of midterms, oven repairs, orthodontic appointments, long commutes, and lots of tears.

BUT! We’ve made it to October, which is 1/2 way through my semester, which means I’m 1/4 way through 2nd year, so see? Progress!

AND! It’s the perfect time for this weekend’s upcoming Caffeine Crawl. (I could sure go for some caffeine right about now!) This is my first year learning about the Crawl, so I was excited to be approached about sharing it with all of you! Since I don’t know much about it, I’m going to let their provided press release share the details. Hope to see some of you there!


Caffeine Crawl is Indiana’s biggest annual coffee celebration, with 3 years of excellent fall Crawls on the books. October 14 ­ 15 will bring the buzz back with 12 local coffee, tea, chocolate and bakery companies participating. Friday evening will kickoff with 2 routes including a 2.5 mile biking / jogging friendly route, and Saturday features 3 routes covering the morning and afternoon. Sponsors and participants include Brew the Way, Bites Coffee and Dessert Bar, Wholesome!, Bee Coffee Roasters, Foundry Provisions, General American Doughnut, Hubbard & Cravens Coffee & Tea, Liberation Roasting Company, Mile Square Coffee Roastery, Rabble Coffee, Thirsty Scholar, Tinker Coffee, Uel Zing, InterAmerican Coffee, Barista Magazine, and Earnest Eats.

Crawlers will follow a Caffeine Crawl tour guide on a pre­assigned route, and each business will showcase its unique skills and style with a short, educational presentation and a delicious sample at each stop. Overall routes are shorter in distance this year, and Crawlers will provide their own driving transportation between route stops ­ multiple time and featured participant options are available. The festivities lead up to a Saturday evening After Crawl Party hosted by Brew The Way and Bites Coffee and Dessert Bar, and Crawlers will receive a ‘swag bag’ with take home treats from participating shops and sponsors. Highlighting a diverse variety of local businesses, we’re thrilled to welcome you back to Indianapolis for a caffeinated weekend to remember!

Tickets to Caffeine Crawl cost $25 ­ $30, and are available at­2016.

Lindsay Sig

Foodie Friday: Rebar Indy

Let’s talk about Rebar-Indy’s “new” downtown place to get your drink on and I say “new” because it used to be Paddy’s Legal Beagle and was a frequent stopping point for attorneys working the city-county building circuit since it’s basically across the street. But, Paddy’s closed and Rebar Indy opened with a new industrial feel in the small surroundings. Advertising as Indy’s “modern local”, Rebar is hoping to attract the young professional crowd while still paying homage to what made the location popular in the first place.

Let’s start with the weird part first. It is directly attached to a 24/7 bail bonds location, which can either be charming or uncomfortable, depending on your point of view. But you definitely have to walk through a long line of people waiting for a bail bond while you’re waiting to get a drink. It’s an odd/probably sobering clash of worlds.

Atmosphere is cool, but there is only so much space, so it got busy to the point of being uncomfortable as the night went on.


Now, let’s move to the food. Rebar’s feature is their “pour your own beer” wall located at the back where you use a card to sample as much or as little from the beers on tap. Cool concept that I’ve seen a lot in the wine world, but not as much for beer. Too bad I don’t like beer. I do like fries, though, and I was excited about the 3 fry sauces (Bloody Mary, curry, and house blend) that accompanied my order. Sadly, none of them really stood out. I also ordered some hamburger sliders, but they were super bland, like a piece of dried meat on a bun. Fine when you’re starving or intoxicated, but not fine for a foodie dinner.

BUT THEY DO HAVE ADULT MILKSHAKES! And that was exciting! But they brought me the wrong one and it was honestly so sweet that I couldn’t finish it. And then the sliders and fries started going to war in my stomach and I started to regret my decision of coming downtown and began that “I’m sick” mental conversation where you promise to only eat salads for the rest of your life. (My friend ordered pork sliders and felt the same thing.)


So, we went home. But not until the staff tossed my leftovers! Like I had them boxed up and then they disappeared off my table and I didn’t get to take them to Husband. Sad.

Conclusion? Cool concept, interesting location, but best to hit up on a random Tuesday night. And skip the sliders.

Lindsay Sig

Friday Foodie: Marley Spoon

I know, I know: the blog world is overflowing with reviews about food delivery services and I am just one more person to add to the noise, but I can’t help myself. First of all, I’m pretty sure I lose most of my “foodie” points for using a service that takes all the shopping, guesswork, and creativity out of cooking, but after just typing that, I realize that foodies are pretty much known for their ability to appreciate other people’s food, so maybe I’m still good.

I tried Hello Fresh a year or so ago and it was a struggle. The recipes took an hour of prep work that involved way too much chopping and too many tools. And lots of kale. I didn’t like any of the recipes and quickly canceled.

Blue Apron advertises on all of my podcasts, so I can now quote their ad right back to you, but for some reason, I decided to try Marley Spoon for my second attempt at the perfect healthy dinner recipe delivery system. Probably because Martha Stewart is involved. No, definitely because Martha Stewart is involved.


Just in case you haven’t heard, food delivery services send you all the recipes and pre-portioned ingredients for delicious dinners you can make at home. They tend to emphasize healthy, organic choices with plenty of lean meats and vegetables. And for some reason, they seem to be incredibly popular. On one hand, it seems silly to pay for food you have to cook yourself when it adds up to almost the same amount as take-out, but on the other hand, it’s nice to know what ingredients you’re eating and to involve your hands when feeding your family. And you still get to avoid the grocery store (which I hate!)

School has been pretty crazy this semester and I’ve been lacking the energy to meal plan, grocery shop, or even cook, so this week seemed like a perfect time to try a promo code and order my first box of Marley Spoon. And it has been awesome.

It arrived on Tuesday (I didn’t get to choose the delivery day, but the food is wrapped in order to stay fresh on your porch all day). Each meal was separated into its own brown paper bag and labeled with refrigeration instructions. We got three meals: Cauliflower “Steak” with Almond-Olive  Relish and Beans, Roasted Chicken Provençal with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Potatoes, and Roasted Salmon & Broccoli with Jalapeño-Cilantro Dressing. And they were ALL GOOD!


The recipes took about 10 total minutes of prep time each and about 35 minutes to bake. All recipes had awesome flavor and used pretty normal ingredients, but in smaller portions, so I didn’t need to buy a whole box of raisins or big jar of olives to make a meal for two. The portions were a good size, so I definitely felt like I ate a full meal. I appreciated all the healthy proteins and piles of vegetables included with each recipe. The instructions were easy to follow and everything turned out looking just like it should.

I honestly wasn’t expecting much after my experience with Hello Fresh, but I was blown away! Husband and I both raved every night over each dish and we really enjoyed discovering new flavors and trying combinations we wouldn’t have thought of before. I LOVED having a week off meal guesswork as I have been getting home later and later AND we avoided takeout, which has been showing a steady increase since school has started.

But now to the sad part, it’s expensive. Well, comparatively. It’s cheaper/healthier than take-out, but more expensive than ramen noodles, tuna casserole, PB&J, and other things graduate students are supposed to be eating. The first week was 1/2 off, but it goes up next week to about $10 per person, per meal. Again, not horrible, but it adds up. And that makes me sad because if all weeks are like this week, I kind of want to keep Marley Spoon around forever.

Anyone else tried Marley Spoon?

Lindsay Sig

Skin Shaming

“Girl! You are as pale as a ghost!”

“Woah, you haven’t been outside much, have you?”

“Wow, I bet you glow in the dark!”

For me and many others born with this delightful color of pale skin, these are just a few of the comments we hear on a regular basis. And even though I’m used to receiving them and mostly brush them off or make a joke about my specific shade of white-ness, I’ve started to wonder: how did this become OK?

We know it’s not polite to comment on someone’s eye color. They can’t change it! And we know not to comment on people’s hair color. Maybe they did change it! So, why is it acceptable to comment on my skin color?


Photo by Desiree Fawn, Creative Commons

By now, we’ve all heard the stories about culture influencing skin preference: like at some point, pale skin was once a sign of wealth and privilege and at another time, was so desirable that it was worth poisoning one’s face with lead. And don’t even get me started on all the misconceptions about dark skin that would fill a million blog posts.

And also by now, we’ve also learned the detriments of tanning, both under the sun or under the lights: like CANCER and sagging and early aging.

So, why do we still want people/me to be change my skin color?

Commenting on my skin color tells me that what I’m born with isn’t good enough. That I should be different. That I need to change to be socially acceptable. That I need to put my body at risk of disease to avoid judgment.  And in a society that stands up against body shaming, it seems we’ve missed the piece that wraps around, oh, I don’t know, my entire body!

So, let’s stop.

I’ll talk to you and you’ll talk to me and we’ll leave our skin out of it.

Lindsay Sig

Tasting Tuesday: BEST Zucchini Bread

Remember that garden bounty I mentioned during the pesto extravaganza? Well, it continued last week with the largest zucchini I have ever seen. Legit-it was as long as my arm! (side note: living next to a gardener is the best ever because it’s one of the only times where you get to reap what you did not sow) I know there are a million zucchini bread recipes circling around since the beginning of gardens, but this one is MY FAVORITE! So moist and flavorful (and probably more like cake with all the sugar, but hey, you’re still eating vegetables!) Enjoy!

Here’s what you need:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts

And here’s what you do:

  1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.


So easy and it makes two loaves, so you can take one over to thank the neighbor!

Happy Tuesday!

Lindsay Sig

Friday Foodie: Mr. Tequila’s Cantina & Grill

We all know by now that I love tacos. So, I used Devour Downtown as an excuse for Husband to take me to get “sale” tacos. It worked, by the way, so I picked Mr. Tequila’s because I knew they sold tacos and I wanted to try somewhere new. The restaurant is in Fletcher Place, close to downtown, so I was hoping it was going to give some competition to some of my other local favorites: Adobo Grill and La Margarita.

Sadly, the website and description were misleading because this was not the case. Mr. Tequila’s is not the elevated Mexican food that I have come to love so much, but is pretty much like every run-of-the-mill food place that you can find anywhere with a large, undiscerning menu. We were going to order the 3-course Devour menu, but changed our minds when we realized entrees at this location were more like a $8.99 situation, so we skipped the $20 a person menu and lived without the bean soup.


I ordered the chicken chimichanga with a side of queso and Husband ordered a quesadilla. Nothing I would need to return for. The restaurant was quiet, especially for a Saturday night, and service was satisfactory. The interior atmosphere was also bland with an outdoor faded sign that doesn’t portray the new restaurant in an accurate light. It seems like an average place that will often be overlooked, probably with good reason.

Anyone else have a different opinion?

Lindsay Sig