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Of Libraries and Wondefulness

It’s my dream to live near to a giant library. I would visit every week and find new books, movies, and music to enjoy and expand my mind. When I’m studying at Irwin, sometimes I’ll just walk along the bookshelves and realize how little I know. It’s also a joy to find those books they look like they belong on the set of a movie about the middle ages.

While Butler University has two fantastic libraries (the general Irwin library and then the Science Library in Holcomb Building), the Indianapolis area is home to a number of fantastic libraries, some that are very close, and to which you can order any book in the system. I went to the downtown branch, one of the most beautiful libraries that I have ever seen. The old and new mediums of literature is symbolized in a stunning mixture of architectures; a new flowing glass section directly next to a square, stone building that was the original library. It was a pleasure just walking through the shelves and finding something new to learn.

Marvelous Moroccan Meals

Walking into Poccadio, the new Moroccan Grill in Indianapolis, I immediately knew that I had encountered something wonderful. It’s that moment where my nose smells food that it doesn’t know, and all I want to do is taste every crazy smell until my stomach says “No more!”

That’s exactly what happened. Approaching the entrance timidly (as one does when they are in an unfamiliar place about to order unfamiliar food), I was greeted by a smiling face. I was asked if this was my first time, and when I said, “Yes” they immediately loaded a plate up with samples and allowed me to try everything until I was certain of what I wanted to order. “A great business model,” my stomach later confirmed.Poccadio Moroccan Grill and Gourmet Sandwiches on Urbanspoon

Then, as I wrapped up eating my sandwich they gave me a “Poccadio” membership card that would give me a free meal after ten meals (or something similar). Now that I officially have inside connections there, all you need to tell them is that you know “Andrew” and they’ll give you some free samples and a membership card. I’m that awesome.

 

The Blizzard

Christmas came and went as quickly as it always does, and what were we left with? A blizzard, it would seem. Now I am left with a whole lot of free time, and not a lot to do. Sleeping gets old.

So far this morning I’ve read about the history of wine (becoming an effete is no small feat, and requires training…plus the book was a gift to me dad, and since he can’t get to it yet, I thought I’d review the book first). I also watched “La Strada,” a heart-wrenching movie from Federico Fellino that left me yearning for those “good ol’ days” when movies were made with intellect and heart. And only one car blew up, which would be way below the average of today’s movies.

If you’re wondering what to do during this time of the year, read my article here, that gives the youth of today a new way to get into the spirit of winter break without partaking in old-timey traditions. Who even knows how to roast chestnuts on an open fire? Doesn’t that sound dangerous?

Balmy Weekend Weather

What a wonderful weekend it has been! Midway through Saturday that I was forced to ask myself: Why am I wearing pants? Now, before you instantly judge me for such a question, you need to understand how warm it was. After a few weeks of sub-40s weather, the sudden wave of 60′s was glorious, and jeans were just too much to handle.

While I did remain fully clothed throughout the weekend, I did opt for shorts and a short sleeve shirt on numerous occasions. A number of people were caught in the heat with sweaters, jackets, and pants, unable to fathom such an irregularly warm November.

While the rest of this week doesn’t bode well, at least there’s still today to appreciate it. EXCEPT THAT I HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! Ahem, sorry about that. Suffice it to say that a 70 degree day isn’t quite as nice when separated from it by a window and air conditioning, in November of all months.

Gettin’ Jazzed Up

When my girlfriend came in from out of town, I knew that something special had to be done. We put our heads together and came up with a few passions that we share: pancakes, jazz, and traveling the world. Since we had already eaten pancakes, and traveling didn’t make sense during her visit to Indy, we settled on jazz.

On a Saturday evening we went online to make reservations at The Jazz Kitchen. The system was incredibly easy, and one of the first online reservations I’ve ever made. Impressive. We saw that the group Jared Thompson and Premium Blend, a fantastic group that played a few tunes I was familiar with and opened my ears to a number of new songs.

Then we ordered food. My goodness. We got the house specialty, a giant pan of Spanish paella. This was a real surf and turf, teaming with chicken, calamari, clams, sausage, and so much more. It felt like I was eating an ecosystem. A delicious, rice-y ecosystem.

The night was relaxing, the music was exciting and beautiful, and the food left us gasping for breath. In a good way. I give this restaurant seven trombones.

The Jazz Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Note: must be 21 years to enter. Also there’s a cover charge. That’s where they get ya’.

Sushi: Indianapolis Style

Sushi Bar on UrbanspoonAfter expressing my love for sushi I couldn’t help but cry out with joy for the new Sushi Bar that recently opened up in the area.

Broad Ripple is constantly changing, welcoming the hip and new and exciting. This sushi bar went up in a building right on the main drag, between frozen yogurt, bagel sandwiches, and “burritos as big as your head.” The decor of the sushi bar is elegant in its oriental appeal. Bamboo panels the walls, swaying over dark cherry furniture. A golden swordfish hangs on the wall (that’s so boss, right?).

The food is fantastic in its range. Whether you want a few rolls of sushi (ranging from the more sophisticated styles at $11 to the simpler, more manageable $3-6 per roll) there are also plenty of dishes with noodles. From my limited experience, it seems authentic. At the very least it has avoided the run-of-the-mill chain sushi that Naked Chopsticks brings to the table.

I give this restaurant 1.8/2 chopsticks (equals 9/10).

If anyone has gone to this place and likes it, I hope you will go to this website and give them a positive review. I think this restaurant is a great enough addition to the Broad Ripple lineup that I would fight for it to stay. Check it out!