LFW — Weekly Fun File
Jun23

LFW — Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. Greekfest Thursday, June 23 through Sat, June 25 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   It’s the 36th Greek Festival! There’s Greek cuisine and entertainment including live music and dancing. It’s fun for everyone!   2. Sweets So Geek Free Outdoor Movie Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. This night’s feature is “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!” There will be a costume contest, pizza and prizes! The kiddos (and adults, too) can talk to an actual archeologist and this month’s charity is Salvation Army. 3. BuskerFest Saturday, June 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.     I love BuskerFest. Street performers are so fun! 4. ARCH’s North Anthony Historic Home and Garden Tour Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the beautiful historic homes on Kensington and North Anthony Boulevards. This tour will have 13 stops. I absolutely adore this part of Fort Wayne, it really is unique, be sure to check it out if you can! 5. Covington Art Fair Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s Northeast Indiana’s largest art fair! Go see what it’s all about! 6. Living Fort Wayne Film Series Saturday, June 25 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Need something amazing to do after BuskerFest? Join us for our film series! We’re watching “A League of their Own.” There will be food available to purchase and the film is free, just bring your own seat. 7. The Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2016 European Tour Send-Off Concert Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m.   Support the talented kiddos going to Europe! The donation concert is $5 for a great cause. 8. Fort Wayne Adventure Games Saturday, June 25 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s a city-wide bike race with checkpoints and obstacles. What?! So fun! 9. Trubble Brewing Grand Re-Openeing: Beer and Band Bash Saturday, June 25 from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Trubble is celebrating the (long awaited) launch of their beer! Food, fun and local brew! 10. Help Make Hope Workshop Sunday, June 26 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.    ...

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Baan Thai Joins North Anthony Corridor
May16

Baan Thai Joins North Anthony Corridor

Recently North Anthony Corridor gained some delicious and exotic cuisine by way of Baan Thai Restaurant. The restaurant has been a foodie favorite in Fort Wayne for 14 years and had previously been at a smaller location in the Jo-Ann Fabric shopping center on Coldwater Road. While Baan Thai is my favorite Thai restaurant, I am certainly not biased…it has won Fort Wayne Newspapers Reader’s Choice for Best Thai in Fort Wayne for the last seven years in a row! Owner Pete Rugsaken has cooking in his DNA. His dad was a chef and his mom was a chef, so of course he attended Ball State University to be a ….engineer. Bet you didn’t see that coming. But while Pete was attending college he worked at restaurants to support himself. For three years upon graduation he worked in engineering and absolutely hated it. His true love was in the restaurant industry and, lucky for us, he chose to move to Fort Wayne to start up the beloved Baan Thai. In a town that has no shortage of restaurant options, the thing that makes Baan Thai stand out is its combination of fresh ingredients, fragrant dishes adorned with carved vegetable art, a flavor profile that dances on your tongue, and the friendliness of the staff. The restaurant is home to 15 employees who are from all parts of the world including Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and Burma. According to Pete the secret to getting good quality service from your employees is to treat them like family. By caring for them, they in turn care for the restaurant and want to see it succeed. This is showcased in the way they care for their customers. Every time I visit for my dose of garlic tilapia (Thai hot, natch) I am greeted by name with a huge smile..its the little things, but it truly makes you feel like family. Being of Sri Lankan descent, I am always curious to know if ethnic food that is served in Fort Wayne is authentic or if it is Americanized. I asked Pete and he said that similar to most countries Thailand has distinct regions, which prepare food differently. Southern Thailand serves very spicy coconut-based curries, Northeastern Thailand serves spicy yet simple fare, Northern Thailand serves boiled foods with little coconut but lots of herbs, and Central Thailand serves refined dishes often infused with Chinese ingredients and a mixture of sweetness versus only spiciness. The food of Central Thailand is that which is served most predominately in American Thai restaurants and what Baan Thai serves as well. Pete said Baan Thai’s food is authentic, but oftentimes there...

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Ethnic Food Series: Pita Village
Feb26

Ethnic Food Series: Pita Village

“Opa!” was our greeting as we walked into the Pita Village. This restaurant was a recommendation from Angie’s mom. Yes, her mom. I find the best places are the ones that are recommended through someone we know and mom usually knows best, right? So we headed to Dupont Road for some Greek food at the Pita Village. Before you can even walk up to the counter to order your food, you are immediately greeted by the workers shouting “Opa!”. After great consideration I chose to order the falafel and Angie got the original pouchy gyros. We devoured them! This was the first time I have ever had falafel, but was willing to step out of my comfort zone and try something a little different. It was three fried balls made of chickpeas with onions, spices, wrapped in a soft pita, with cucumbers, onions, ziki sauce and a side of hot red pepper bean sauce. Angie’s original gyros was as well delicious. Also wrapped in a soft pita, it was piled high with gyro meat, ziki sauce, lettuce, onion, and tomato. I definitely want to go back for more and try other items they offer. This time around we forgot to leave room for dessert. It was probably our biggest mistake because the baklava looked so delicious! This place was warm, casual atmosphere with great food. Who can beat that? The restaurant is family-owned and operated. They dish up authentic Greek food that has been passed down from their families. Stop in and check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed. They do dine-in, carry-out and even catering. I challenge you to go out, change up your routine and try some of our local cuisine. Opa! Check out their website...

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Ethnic Food Series: Caliente
Feb01

Ethnic Food Series: Caliente

We have been lucky enough to have an assignment where we go out and find local ethnic restaurants and write about them. It has given us an opportunity to try new places and have new experiences. We’ve found another tasty place to share and hope you check out a few of our suggestions! Our next adventure took us to an authentic Cuban restaurant, Caliente. Caliente is hidden and easy to miss if you are out and about. It’s located off State Street, to which you can find parking behind the building. We were immediately greeted as we walkee through the door. The menu was a little confusing to us since we didn’t know exactly what all was in the meal. Luckily they were able to provide us a detailed menu including all the ingredients. If you try out this local restaurant, go on an empty stomach. The sizes of the sandwiches are massive which is good because they tasted great and were a nice snack for later. Also be prepared to wait a few minutes as everything is made to order. No need to worry about being served a cold sandwich. We ordered the Ropa Vieja, which is lean beef in a garlic marinade, onions and lemon, served with shredded mozzarella, lettuce and jalapenos on toasted bread flavored with garlic butter. Since some individuals might not like the added spiciness of the peppers, the lady who took our order was nice enough to make sure I wanted it on my sandwich. I think once you start taking things off the sandwiches, you start to lose the real taste of Cuban food. I had to order the true authentic sandwich of the Cuban culture, the Cuban. This sandwich is like no other; the meats and toppings complement each other so well that it’s hard to realize just how much you have eaten. As we finished our meal, feeling stuffed and content we sat and decided what we would try the next time around. We hope you give this place a try as we promise you will not leave...

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Ethnic Food Series: Queen of Sheba
Dec02

Ethnic Food Series: Queen of Sheba

This week we are introducing you to a very unique Ethiopian restaurant, Queen of Sheba. Located off of State Street, this little gem of a restaurant is quite a delight. This is the first time we ever tried Ethiopian food, so we weren’t too sure what to expect. We were a bit overwhelmed by the menu, but the waiter was extremely helpful answering all our questions about certain foods. We decided to start off with two appetizers, Falafel and Katagna. Falafel is a little pastry filled with chick peas and spices, very filling and enough to share between a few people. The next appetizer was Katagna; this is where we needed a little guidance. There are three levels of spiciness when it comes to Katagna. Since we both like spicy foods, we opted to bypass the mild and medium and go all the way for hot. It was hot, but nothing like anything I have tried before; the spices, the special butter and injera were a delicious combination. There were so many items we wanted to try for our entrées but we went with recommendations from our waiter: Siga Tibs and Chicken Tibs. You have to try their coffee. If you have never had Ethiopian coffee, it is worth watching the coffee ceremony. The beans are roasted and prepared right in front of your eyes. As we patiently waited, the aroma of the coffee beans filled the air. In all, the portion sizes are plentiful and the atmosphere is warming. Before we left for the evening we chatted with the owner about our experience, so if you are ever in the area please check the food out this wonderful restaurant and say “Hi”. Their website queenofshebafw.com has their menu and some great...

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