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October 2013

Vol. 37 » Issue 2

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Editor’s Note

Amanda Heckert introduces our October issue and addresses football safety head on.


COVER: Meals Worth the Drive
These 15 road trips satisfy more than just a taste for adventure. Because good food knows no boundaries. PLUS: A complete itinerary of side jaunts to fill up your culinary travels.

» DESTINATION DINNER: Follow the Foodies
Indy’s restaurant intelligentsia share their favorite out-of-town eats.

BEER: Empire of the Sun Kings
An upstart Indianapolis brewery is fast becoming Indiana’s most beloved beer brand. But founders Clay Robinson and Dave Colt aren’t selling out. They’re just getting started.

» TASTE TEST: We Drink Sun King on the Job
Inspired by the feature on Indy’s favorite brewery, we sampled its current lineup with some help from the head brewer.

BUSINESS: Going Public
Indy had a healthy, if unheralded, tech-startup culture even before the multibillion-dollar sale of ExactTarget. But thanks to a crop of new millionaires and twentysomething entrepreneurs, the city is finally getting some love from investors.

» WEB EXTRA: Q&A with Mark Cuban
The billionaire IU grad and Dallas Mavericks owner recalls getting ZergNet owner Reggie Renner’s initial e-mail pitch for the traffic-sharing website—and why he invested in the company.

SPORTS: Damage Control
Purdue researchers are tackling football’s hardest-hitting issue. But will their helmet innovations catch on?

» TIMELINE: A Century of Innovation
From leather to polycarbonate, college to pros, gridiron headgear has come a long way. HUT!

» WEB EXTRA: Crash Course—10 Vicious Hits
As Purdue researchers create a new helmet to block head injuries, we’re taking a look at some of the worst hits in football history.

Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Landmark Cases

Time to dream up what’s next for Old City Hall.


The former astronaut and Purdue grad is the Children’s Museum’s first “Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence.”

TREND: The Rite Stuff

A local event planner wants to help you undertake your own funeral arrangements.

STREET SAVVY: Nashville, Indiana

The hub of Brown County is turning over a new artistic—and athletic—leaf.

AT HOME: Michelle Marocco’s Studio

A soulful jewelry designer gave her workspace a good scuffing.

STYLE: Wanted

Hand-forged knives with deer-antler handles, as seen on Joseph Decuis‘s dinner tables.


Three ways to toughen up your look—just a little—this fall.

SHOPTALK: Full House

A Kitchens by Design Spinoff means more to covet.

EXPERT ADVICE: Vintage Birdcage Chandelier

Divine design, from the mall.


An expert pulls up a chair and assesses a new furniture exhibit.

CULTURE Q&A: Vess Ruhtenberg

This month at iMOCA, the local rockstar and architecture buff launched an exhibit of works by his grandfather Jan Ruhtenberg, a modernist designer.

CULTURE CALENDAR: Mod, Mambo & Matisse

Our picks for the most colorful events in October.


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Eat + Drink

FOODIE: Sasathorn Rudisell

The Bangkok transplant is the secret ingredient in three of Indy’s top kitchens.

TASTE TEST: Popcorn Treats

On the cusp of its 10th anniversary, Indy’s homespun gourmet snack brand scares up a recipe for Halloween fun.

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Lafayette Square

Surprising restaurants have revitalized the neighborhood’s once-closed storefronts, making it our most international culinary destination.

GOOD LIBATIONS: Hemingway Daiquiris

This cocktail with a literary twist is both sophisticated and refreshing enough to to quench the thirst of a lusty bullfighter.

PREPPING: Ryan Nelson’s New Nora Joint

The Late Harvest Kitchen chef-owner hatches plans for barbecue.

NEW IN TOWN: Tlaolli

The tiny eastside spot takes a healthy approach to south-of-the-border cooking.

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BACK HOME AGAIN: Room for Debate

Some see opportunity in a vacant bedroom. I see another place to lie down.
by Philip Gulley


Haunted leftovers, cupcake allergens, and the very rich. Ask the Hoosierist.
by Sam Stall

DEBORAH PAUL: The Joy of Text

I have missed personal interaction with the printed page.


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