M the Market Brings Their PB&J Game

I don’t really have any good reasons to explain why it took me so long to finally visit M the Market in Syracuse, Indiana. My only defense is that there are so many great places to eat in the Warsaw/Winona Lake area that I just never made it a priority. That changed, though, once I…

Coming To Grips With My “Dear John” Letter from Flavor 574

When I opened up an email from some guy at Flavor 574/Federated Media stating that they would no longer be accepting stories from their community bloggers, I was disappointed. The local food scene is something I’m passionate about and I was upset that Flavor was no longer allowing me to use their influence and reach to…

Silver Lake’s Surprising Silver Inn

I’ll  blame the fact that we hadn’t visited the Silver Inn in Silver Lake prior to this visit on the fact that there are so many great places to eat that are more convenient to get to. Not that the Silver Inn is hard to get to – it’s a half block east of a…

Warsaw’s La Troje – My Favorite Spot For Mexican Food

My article on La Troje garnered the most attention on Ink Free News’s Facebook page out of all my articles with most of the comments leaning towards the “You’re an idiot” variety. Not bothering to notice that I called this downtown Mexican behemoth “my favorite spot for Mexican food” and instead focusing on the assumption…

Waterfront Dining at North Webster’s Pizza King

Finding the Pizza King in North Webster was a pleasant surprise for me. Realizing it offered lakefront dining  on a deck set literally over the waters of Webster Lake pretty much made my weekend. If it was any closer to my home, I would be there way too much. Following is my original article as it…

Opening Weekend at Warsaw’s Redwood Firewood Grill

My review of the Redwood Firewood Grill first appeared on Ink Free News in March of last year. It was opening weekend and one part of my experience that I wasn’t too fond of was the pricing of the drinks. I didn’t include it in the article because I had already knocked the bar for…

An Introduction to Warsaw’s Three Crowns Coffee

My article on Three Crowns Coffee in downtown Warsaw was my first for a publication outside of my blog, beachbarbums.com. In an effort to impress the editors (and because I often find myself off on a tangent), my original draft contained about 850 words. When the editor replied to my submission, she said it was…

Farm-to-Table Restaurants Stand Up for Small Farmers, Oppose House Bill

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Chicken is on the menu at Indiana’s leading farm-to-table restaurants during this legislative session as they feature farm-raised poultry processed under a USDA “grant of exemption” in opposition to a House bill that would prohibit them from serving it.

Warsaw’s One Ten Craft Meatery To Host Cider Pairing Dinner

One Ten Craft Meatery, located in downtown Warsaw at 110 S. Buffalo Street, will be hosting a cider pairing dinner this Tuesday, February 2nd. Beginning at 6:30 pm, the pairing dinner will feature ciders from Crispin, JK’s and Smith & Forge along with four courses chosen by the staff at One Ten. Cost for the…

Winona Lake’s Light Rail Cafe and Roaster

My review on the Light Rail Cafe and Roaster, located in the Village at Winona in Winona Lake, Indiana, first appeared in my Bites and Tidbits column for Ink Free News in May, 2015. I’m not sure why we hadn’t eaten there before but as the article explains, for the same price of some fast…

Spreading The Word About Kosciusko County

If you own a travel, tourism or hospitality-related business (otherwise known as “food, drink and good times”) in Kosciusko county in Indiana, then you really need to read the rest of the article.  I’ll be the first one to admit that I get wordy but I promise I’ll try and keep this post within the limits…