InstaQuick Hit – Explore Downtown Fort Wayne #DTFW
May01

InstaQuick Hit – Explore Downtown Fort Wayne #DTFW

Its a beautiful day to explore #DTFW A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on May 1, 2018 at 12:31pm PDT Downtown Fort Wayne is waiting for...

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Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort!  🍜
Aug29

Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort! 🍜

2017 has been my year of ramen. From Momofuku in New York City, some side street vendor in Vietnam that I can’t pronounce, to High Five Ramen in Chicago, I have been obsessed with the noodles of my college days. (And who am I kidding, most of my 20s as well!) And now we have this amazing creation in Fort Wayne at a local business called Banh Mi Pho Shop)! Although the word ramen comes from the Chinese, there is a heated debate as to whether the dish itself originated in Japan or China. Regardless, instant ramen was invented by the Taiwanese-Japanese Momofuku Ando, and was named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century. The main component of any ramen is steaming hot noodles served in a rich and salty soup broth, but that is where the similarity between our college dorm hot pot ramen and the ramen of today ends. From the broth, to the spices, to the meat, and toppings ramen is vastly different from shop to shop…but that’s what makes it fun for both chefs and diners alike! Banh Mi Pho Shop is located at the former Tom’s Donuts on 1925 Fairfield Avenue and opened this past June. Don’t let its newness fool you, however. It is the sister location of the popular Vietnamese shop, Banh Mi Barista, which opened August 2012 on 5320 Coldwater Road. The original restaurant started with owners Will Le, his sister Thao Le, and niece Hien Le. Thirty-nine-year-old Will has been working in the food industry since high school (including Fort Wayne’s beloved West Coast Grill) and loves to cook. While 30-year-old Thao worked at a pharmaceutical lab in Indy, she always had a love for food and eating out as did her foodie niece, Hien. The original Banh Mi Barista is well known for its phenomenal customer service, amazing bubble teas, and Vietnamese staples such as pho and bánh mì sandwiches. One year ago, Thao took a break to travel. While she grew up in Fort Wayne, she wanted to experience the culinary trends and staples in various parts of the world, including her homeland of Vietnam. Co-owner Hien joined her for a month in Vietnam (as did yours truly for a much shorter stint!). I sat with Thao to ask about her experience in Vietnam this past April. “I was born in Vietnam and still have family in southern Vietnam,” said Thao. “I have always appreciated the unique flavors and textures, but this trip made me expand my taste buds to appreciate northern Vietnamese food as well. I also learned how to make bánh mì (bread) from scratch when I...

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Fort Wayne Local Pizza Guide
Feb09

Fort Wayne Local Pizza Guide

Ask any local resident what his or her favorite pizza in town is and you’ll get an endless supply of answers. We at Living Fort Wayne have compiled a list of where you can get your local pizza fix in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. These locations are all local (or regional) brands and are anything from your regular “mom and pop” pizza joint to your local neighborhood bar. Some of these establishments are well-known for their pizza – others offer a wide variety of menu items beyond pizza. We tagged some of these as “staff favorites,” but that more than likely means we just  haven’t gotten around to trying every place on this list! Check out our list, and let us know your favorites! Downtown and Surrounding Areas 816 Pint and Slice Staff favorite 816 Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Big Apple Pizza Staff favorite 1130 N. Wells St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Junk Ditch Brewing Company 1825 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 O’Sullivan’s Italian-Irish Pub 1808 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 On-Track Pizza 1815 W. Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Redwood Inn 1432 W. Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 North – Pine Valley and Surrounding Areas 800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Staff favorite 10020 Lima Rd, Suite F, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Amore’s Pizza 933 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Arena Bar and Grill 1567 W. Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Casa Grille 411 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Checkerz Bar & Grill 1706 W. Till Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Coconutz at Crazy Pins 1414 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Elmo’s Pizza and Subs 3610 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 8830 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 10040 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46821 5917 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Lexy’s Pizza Staff favorite 10346 Leo Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 3031 W. Washington Center Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Lucky Turtle Grill & Lucky Moose Lounge 622 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Mama Mia’s Pizza Staff favorite 1525 W. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Mozzarelli’s Pizza 1820 W. Dupont Rd. A, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Ziano’s Italian Eatery 702 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Northwest – West State and Surrounding Areas Alley Sports Cafe & Grill at Pro Bowl West 1455 Goshen Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Clara’s Pizza King 321 W. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Lexy’s Pizza Staff favorite 908 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 The Lodge at Coyote Creek 4935 Hillegas Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Raimondo’s Pizza Staff favorite 2608 W. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jan25

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Juicing in the Garden Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. Jill Howard of Juice Jar (check out her Entrepreneur Spotlight) teaches you all about juicing. You’ll also get to sample some juices! 2. 2017 Beer & Bacon Fest Silent Auction for Honor Flight Friday, January 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Help out Honor Flight Northeast Indiana while having beer and bacon. Win-win-win. 3. Adventures of Prince Achmed w/ Live Score by Silbo Gomero Friday, January 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cinema Center is showing the first animated feature film – The Adventures of Prince Achmed. It’s accompanied by a live score and should be pretty neat. It’s family-friendly, so expose your younger generation to some art and culture! 4. January Adult Baking Class! Friday, January 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For this January diet season, explore some healthy alternatives to classic recipes. Then make it unhealthy. Perfect. 5. Winter Cozy Friday, January 27 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Heated tent and bonfires, live music, and drinks from tolon. 21+. 6. Winterval Saturday, January 28, all day Ice carving, carriage rides and fun downtown! Don’t miss it this year! 7. Notable and Notorious Women of Fort Wayne Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. ARCH Board member Karen Richards will give us the low-down on all the notable and notorious women that come from the Fort. 8. PBS Nerd Night at Bottle and Bottega Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. Support all the wonderful things that PBS brings! There will be good, drinks, and swag. 9. Let’s Comedy! Presents: Kristen Toomey Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss one of the top comedians from Chicago as she performs, brought to you by Let’s Comedy! 10. Help Make Hope workshop Sunday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m. Bring a bit of hope and joy to the young people at Parkview Behavioral Health. Supplies are provided, just bring your kind, creative self! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our city!...

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LFW Weekly Fun File – Welcome to 2017!
Jan05

LFW Weekly Fun File – Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year! The holidays are behind us, so take a look at some of the more relaxing things to do around the Fort this week. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Your Feelings Don’t Matter Thursday, January 5 at 8 p.m. Watch area comics manage kazoo harassment from you–the audience–along with reviews from a surprise group of judges. You get to keep the kazoos. WHAT. 2. Wild Walkers Welcome Friday, January 6 at 8:30 a.m. It’s the first hike of the new year! Don’t let the cold weather keep you down. 3. Opening Reception Postcard Show & Sale, Heather Miller, Kim Vito Friday, January 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lovers of art, check out the latest exhibitions at Artlink, along with the Postcard show and sale. 4. The Worst XXXmas Show Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. If you like “Burlesque, Comedy, Horror and low brow humor,” this is the show for you. It’s not family friendly … do not bring your family. 5. Winter Bridal Spectacular Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 Are you planning a wedding in 2017? I am. It. Is. Stressful. Maybe this Bridal Spectacular can help. 6. Three Rivers: A Brief History Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. Don Orbin, Historic Preservation Planner, helps us take a look at our beloved Fort Wayne and the rivers it’s founded on. 7. Educational Series: River Water Quality Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. Find out the issues and important facts about our city’s rivers. January Topic: River Water Quality. 8. Eat, Paint & Be Merry – Winter Trees Drinkware Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Paint some winter trees on some pottery! There will be refreshments and prizes, not to mention the awesome drinkware you’ll get to take home and show off. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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