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November 2013

Vol. 37 » Issue 3

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Editor’s Note

Amanda Heckert introduces our November issue and bemoans the high cost of health care.


HEALTH: Indy’s Top Doctors
This year’s bigger-than-ever list of the city’s best physicians, as chosen by their peers, is alive and kicking with medical talent.

9 VITAL SIGNS: Proof that Indianapolis is a great place to be a patient right now.
» Innovative Indy Specialists Have Brainy Ideas
» In Praise of Indy’s Top-Notch Nurses
» The Road to Recovery Is Now More Plush
» Indy Doctors Think Beyond Our Borders
» Timeline: Hoosiers’ Hearts Have Come A Long Way
» Competitive Indy Hospitals Get Along When Most Important
» New School to Produce Badly Needed Doctors
» IU’s Stem-Cell Research Center Can Rebuild You
» How Hoosier Hospital Costs Rank Nationally

LANDMARK: Spilling the Beans
The N.K. Hurst Company, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, dominates a small niche in a big industry. Here’s how the nation’s top-selling bag of branded beans gets from Hurst’s venerable downtown processing plant to stores around the world.

» WEB EXTRA: More Than a Hill of Beans
See vintage N.K. Hurst Company photographs ahead of the company’s 75th birthday on Dec. 1.

CONTROVERSY: The Battle for Broad Ripple
You may need a drink: Change is coming to the city’s most popular neighborhood.

For 15 years, Zionsville’s Jared Fogle has been a pitchman for Subway, helping it become the world’s largest fast-food chain—and padding his own (appropriately healthy) bottom line.

Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Alpha Dawg
A day in the life of Indiana’s top mascot, Butler Blue III.

ASK ME ANYTHING: Dr. Chuck Dietzen
A good doctor who plays a bad wrestler.

» WEB EXTRA: Pics of the Pediatrician Working the Ring
See Dr. Dietzen in action against some of his young “foes.”

SCIENCE: Lovely Bones
This room in the State Museum may look macabre, but paleontologists dig it.

Through additions and holiday events, an ever-evolving arts district never loses its cool.

AT HOME: A Musical Sensation’s Dorm Room
One half of the breakout duo Lily & Madeleine blends in at IU.

STYLE: That’s a Wrap
Handmade reindeer-leather bracelets.

Garments and accessories that really stand out.

» WEB EXTRA: Now You See Me
We found even more camo, so see our full arsenal of this fall trend and tweet using hashtag #IMThread to to talk fashion with us!

SHOPTALK: Agri-Cultured
The urban-farming lifestyle hatches a new boutique, Agrarian Urban Homestead and Supply.

EXPERT ADVICE: Sunflower Wall Clock
Makes a room pop. And it tells time.

TRAVELER: A Room of One’s Ohm
Seeking serenity in Chicago spas.

A Vonnegut-inspired literary journal writes in a few celebrities.

CULTURE Q&A: Mario Venzago
The former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musical director returns for a Hilbert Circle Theatre performance.

CULTURE CALENDAR: Bela, Books, and Basketball
Our picks for the bounciest events in November.

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Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Tick Tock Lounge
A reopened dive hits reset with a cleaned-up dining room, craft brews on tap, and one overachieving Bloody Mary.

FOODIE: Kelly Evans
The flight attendant and her Union Baking Company are ready for takeoff.

VIDEO RECIPE: Brussels Sprouts
A Plum’s Upper Room recipe welcomes the tragically misunderstood vegetable to the table on Turkey Day. Plus, go inside the kitchen for a demonstration with Plum’s executive chef Jeremiah Clark.

What better way to celebrate the culinary arts than with a tattoo, that ultimate expression of enduring love?

REVISIT: Ciao by Villaggio
The former owner and chef sold of the Noblesville fave sold out, but stayed on in the kitchen to make great Italian eats.

ROAD TRIP: Ghyslain Bistro
A surprising French eatery in Richmond.

TOP FIVE: Thanksgiving Dinners
Loosen your belt buckle before hitting these restaurant feasts.

Because food and drink news is a dish best served bold.
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BACK HOME AGAIN: Back to the Drawing Board
Architects failed us, and I have designs on fixing the problem.
by Philip Gulley

THE HOOSIERIST: Talking Turkey
Artsgarden fears, airborne mall cops, and a very popular Thanksgiving dinner. Ask the Hoosierist.
by Sam Stall

My love/hate relationship with Walmart.


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