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Trip Start Aug 26, 2013
28Trip End Nov 12, 2013
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Bloomington is no doubt a college town first, but it isn't just a college town. The food scene is pretty amazing. Then remember you're in Indiana. Mind blowing.
We stayed with mutual friends Amy and Brandon. The first night we got in, we said our hellos, changed and went right back out to their downtown. Our first stop was the trojan horse. A greek restaurant. A really, really good greek restaurant. Amazing tabbouleh. They also have a dish called cheesepa'rer. It's hummus for cheese heads. Feta, spinach, other tasty goodness. Served with pitas. I was a big fan. I should probably pause here to explain an Indiana specialty we sampled at the Trojan Horse thanks to Brandon. Around these parts it's called a tenderloin sandwich. As in pork tenderloin. Imagine schnitzel between a hamburger bun with cheese. It's an Indiana specialty and after devouring half of his sandwich in addition to my gyro, I'm not sure why it hasn't made it out of Indiana.
Next was a little bit of bar hopping, Bloomington style. Our first stop was Taps. A craft beer mecca. 50+ taps, all devoted to craft beer. A large portion locally made. Have I mentioned how amazing the craft beer scene is in Indiana and Michigan? They know to make really outstanding beer around these parts. Another bar for more craft beer and then a taxi home to recharge for the next day.
Our next day was grey and rainy. No one else in Bloomington seemed to care, so neither did we. We took it easy. Really easy. It was nice. And lazy. Later in the day Indiana University graduate Brandon gave us a tour of IU. It's a beautiful campus. If not a little Harry Potter-esque. But Bloomington wasn't aware of Dumbledore's protege when they built their school 200 years ago, so I'll give them a pass.
After the tour we went home and ordered Aver's pizza. Aver's pizza is a local pizza shop with a menu that looks like someone high on acid created it. We had the Cream and Crimson and the Beckon Desire. The first was alfredo sauce with red potatoes, garlic, dill, bacon, cheddar and blue cheese. I told you these guys were crazy didn't I? The other was spinach lemon pesto with artichokes, red onion and gorgonzola. They both were awesome, and I'm sure really good for you. Other pizza choices included a gyro pizza and a chicken marsala pizza.