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Fresh, local, and community-centric: the ultimate Culver's taste test

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Fresh ingredients. Locally sourced. Made to order. Community-minded. Those are a handful of words we don’t typically associate with fast food. Count yourself lucky we live in a world where Culver’s exists, because this is one example of an eatery worth its salt. Count yourself doubly lucky to live in proximity of Culver’s of Valparaiso, where flavor, service, and community spirit go together like cheese curds and marinara sauce (*wink, nudge*).

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The History of the King Cake

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Alongside masks, parades and gaudy costume jewelry lies a sweet Mardi Gras tradition with a colorful history: the King Cake.

The roots of this sweet treat date back to European, pre-Christian pagan harvest celebrations, where sacrifice was a part of common tradition. At the beginning of every sacred harvest, several men gathered to eat cake that contained just one bean or coin in it. Whoever stumbled upon the trick mid-bite was chosen to be the “sacred king.” The sacred king was treated as such--up until the end of the harvest, that is. After about a year, the sacrifice took place..!

When Christianity extended its reach throughout the world, the king cake tradition was adopted and used to honor the three wise men who visited Jesus. The cake was...

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this March


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a delicious buffet at Options on Sunday, March 17 from 3pm to 8pm for $26.99 plus tax. Enjoy traditional Irish favorites, including corned beef and cabbage, prime rib, shepherd's pie, beer-battered fish, Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak and more, plus the Sunday Southern Comfort Menu.

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Strawberry Fields Angus Beef Promises Quality Lunch at Value Price

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With a name like Strawberry Fields Pancake House, it is easy for hungry breakers of the fast to expect quality pancakes, waffles, and other morning classics. What they might not realize is that Strawberry Fields also cooks up some of the best lunch in the Region. Sitting at the peak of the lunch menu is their 1/2 pound burger. Made with Angus beef, it is the perfect nod to the all-American classic burger. Angus is a word frequently tossed about when discussing or ordering burgers and steaks, and it is easy to assume that it is a specific grade or class of meat, but that is not strictly the case. So what exactly is Angus beef and why is Strawberry Fields offering it so unique?

The name for the beef originally comes from the Scottish Angus Cattle, which is now bred worldwide. The key feature of beef from Angus cattle is that it...

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this February


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 William B’s Steakhouse features a Valentine’s Day Special Chateaubriand Dinner for Two featuring a Caesar Salad, Chicken Consommé, Sliced Filet Mignon, Fingerling Potatoes, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Sauce Béarnaise and Chef Rudy’s Chocolate Duet for $120 from Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, February 17. Reservations are required.

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Pulaski County Tips a Hat to Tippy's Owner

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Sheila Hazemi-Jimenez always wanted to own her own pizza place, even from the time she was a child. Since taking ownership of Tippy’s in Pulaski County in 2016, she has been able to make that dream come true, and even expand to a bigger and newer facility.

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Strack & Van Til Makes Healthy, Easy Meals Part of Your Daily Routine

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Meal Solutions Made Easy

What’s your New Year’s resolution? How about making your life easier with Strack & Van Til Meal Solutions?

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Meet Harry Les, Owner and Manager of Strawberry Fields Pancake House

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As anyone who has dined there knows, Strawberry Fields Pancake House has an instant-classic feeling. The restaurant caters to those who crave home-cooked simplicity with a dose of the unexpected. In other words, Strawberry Fields offers a delicious menu with all the staples and none of the short cuts, all cooked to order in a warm and cozy environment. The hospitality and care that goes into cooking, serving, and running the diner are what truly set Strawberry Fields apart. We took a moment to speak with Harry Les, Owner and Manager of Strawberry Fields Pancake House, so that patrons could get to know the man behind the counter.

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this December


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, December 25, with a lavish Christmas buffet at Options. The Christmas Buffet, for $26.99 plus tax, is served from 11 am - 8 pm and features traditional Christmas favorites, including sage-rubbed turkey with cranberry glaze, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, maple-glazed ham, New York strip steaks, crab legs and more. Add one lb. crab legs for just $9.99.

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this November


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, with family and friends at Options. The Thanksgiving Buffet, for $27.99 plus tax, is served from 11 am -8 pm and features traditional Thanksgiving favorites, including oven-roasted turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, prime rib, honey-glazed ham, Peking roasted duck legs, New York strip steaks and more.

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Drool-Worthy Options are Available at Blackbird Cafe


2018blackbirdtopimage 1200x800Throughout the year, Blackbird Café offers unique variations of homemade sweets and meal creations, the perfect complements to their themed specialty drinks. This Fall season they are featuring pumpkin and pecan pie.The bakers will soon be decorating cookies and cupcakes for the Halloween season and offer Punkaboo Marshmallow, the October drink special of the month.

Blackbird receives their tea and coffee from the Coffee and Tea Exchange in Chicago, where they ship a plethora of new items for customers every two weeks.

Almost all of the treats at Blackbird are homemade; bakers prepare goods in shop from 4am onward.

“All of our pastries are homemade, everything you see in the bakers case. No mixes,” Christina Reyes, employee at Blackbird said.

Let’s take a look some of the array of...

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