Vol. 36 // Issue 13
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Amanda Heckert introduces our August issue and talks scents of her life.
COVER: Cheap Eats
Fast food? No way. Our guide to affordable dining takes you on a culinary tour of some of the city's best restaurants—without blowing your budget.
» WHEEL OF DEALS: Specials for Every Day of the Week
» FORBIDDEN LOVE: Chefs Confess
» BUSINESS PERK: Best Happy Hours
» DOGGIE BAG RECIPES: 4 Great Reheat Options
» BOTTLE ROCKIN': Wonderful Wine Deals
» GOOD AND PLENTY: 5 Great Buffets
» LUXE FOR LESS: Finer Meals for the Frugal
SCENT: Perfect Chemistry
America's most addictive fragrances aren't developed in a Paris perfumery or a New York lab, but in an Indianapolis basement.
EDUCATION: Schoolhouse Rocked
Indy charter schools are signing up students as fast as they can find them. Will reform spell the end of traditional public education?
CELEBRITY: Party of Five
A beloved set of local quints looks back on the three decades since they made history. Meet the Gaithers—again.
FRONT & CENTER: Taste Test
Can this month's big food fests find common ground?
GET SMART: Mastering The FlowRider
If the lazy river at Carmel's Monon Community Center feels a bit empty, it's because everyone is inside at this surfing simulator.
WHAT I KNOW: Sophie Faught
The Indy native has racked up an impressive resume at a young age, playing with Slide Hampton, the Temptations, and the Four Tops.
CRIME: Trial and Errors, The David Camm Saga, Act 3
A sensational murder trial starting in Lebanon this month could end 13 years of scandals, surprises,and reversed convictions in the case of a former state trooper charged with killing his family.
STREET SAVVY: Columbus
This newly minted Indiana cultural district builds on its reputation for cool design.
AT HOME: Daniel Moyer's Pool Cabana
A top name in jewelery dials back the bling in his favored hangout.
The handcrafted leather "Victoria" saddle bag purse from Brook England mimics the shape of a bicycle seat.
STYLE: Everywhere We Look—Men's Brights
A cotton-silk V-neck, "Pragmatist" jeans, and wingtips.
SHOPTALK: Get Hippie
Free People signals a return to the flower-power era.
SHOPTALK: My Look—Indy T-shirt
Way before Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" hit the radio, DJ Slater Hogan was scouring for cool style at Salvation Army stores and Broad Ripple Vintage.
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Shopping and style news, haute and fresh.
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CULTURE Q&A: Danny Huston
A lifelong Hoosier who is now the owner of North American Midway, he has been oprterating the state fair (Aug. 2-18) rides for more than 20 years.
CULTURE: Spock 'N' Roll
A local band adapts Star Trek to music, episode by episode—and these guys are playing Gen Con on August 17.
Eat + Drink
REVIEW: Upland's Carmel Tap House
Upland Brewing Company serves up its smart, scrappy charm to the thirsty masses at this new establishment.
SECOND COURSE: The Loft Restaurant
Trader's Point Creamery finally gets a restaurant menu worthy of the view.
FOODIE: Michael Gray of Plat 99
A down-to-earth past grounds this trend-forward mixologist.
RECIPE VIDEO: Hot Stuffed
Jeff Yater, owner of Squealers Award Winning Barbeque, shares an addictive alternative to the ho-hum poppers—this version wrapped in Indiana bacon.
FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Juicy Fruits
Warm and bubbly freeform cobblers make the perfect rustic summer dessert.
NEW IN TOWN: Wyliepalooza's Ice Cream Emporium
With help from her mother, former Captain Java coffeehouse owner Patty Timmons, San Fran native Cassandra Salimeno brought a Filipino treat to Irvington.
TOP FIVE: Summer Cocktails
Try the John Daly at Bluebeard and four other highly-approved drinks of the season.
» THE DISH
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BACK HOME AGAIN: Write at Home
A few words about the place they all come from: my office.
by Philip Gulley
THE HOOSIERIST: Jelly Times
Freshwater jellyfish, food trucks, and minor-league money.
by Sam Stall
DEBORAH PAUL: Tough Sell
Unloading my mother's cherished possessions seemed to disrespect not just her wishes, but her.
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