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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.

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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!

Calling All High School Seniors!!!

I’m going to take a break from my normal routine of speaking on all of my doubtless fascinating stories and adventures through Italy, and focus instead on one wonderful person in my life: my sister!!! She is currently a high school senior embroiled in the internal and external struggle over the college choice. I’m writing, for her and others, tips on how to make this choice easier.

Obviously, we need to start from somewhere. I’m going to assume that at this point in the game, one already knows the basics of the school they want (student body size, urban or rural, liberal arts or specialized, etc). The problem comes down to those schools that are close enough in the external qualities. The secret is getting a closer look at what the school really holds.

Campus Visit: Obviously, brochures will only give you about 10% of the information necessary to make this choice. If you were to make a visit to Butler (link here), there are also many things to consider.

1) Professors: Meet with the men and women who will be instructing you for four years. If they have similar academic interests as you, you will garner more from their classes. Trust your gut: a professor that appears fascinating in a conversation will probably turn out like that in the lesson (and this holds for negative qualities).

2) Students: Meet with students, preferably in your area of interest. You will get the best feel of the campus from them: what are the classes like, what’s the energy of the student body, do they enjoy themselves on campus, etc. Not to mention that it’s about a thousand times easier to feel connected to a school if you make the effort to know the students.

3) Extracurriculars: You probably have an idea of what you want to commit yourself to for the four years of college. Get out of the academic buildings and see how the university shapes up to your expectations. Let’s say you were into rock climbing: I can guarantee you the the president of this or any Butler Club would love to meet with perspective students, show them what the life on campus is like outside of class and on the…wall? I’m regretting this hypothetical situation.