Dating Your City With Amber Stone: Table For One
Feb10

Dating Your City With Amber Stone: Table For One

I figured this month’s adventure would be topical because of what some people would feel is a dreadful holiday: Valentine’s Day. The reason I chose to write about this topic is that Fort Wayne, like I’ve said in past articles, has amazing restaurants. That in itself is how you get to know your city. From figuring out who the owners are, what their food visions might be, to the ones that come highly recommended. A few weeks ago, I took myself out on a date. I know you are probably thinking, “going out alone in public?? On a Thursday night to dinner?? Who would do such a thing?!” You won’t believe how many people were shocked that I took myself out. One friend even said, “Some people might think you’re lonely.” I think quite the opposite. It shows I’m confident enough to enjoy an evening alone, and be happy doing so. If you can’t spend time alone with yourself, nobody else can. Relocating to a new city, and being single, can be difficult. If you’re the opposite, it might be a bit more challenging. Either way, take yourself out once in a while! That evening I decided to dine at Asakusa, which has quickly become my favorite sushi restaurant in the city. That place will put you in a sushi coma! Whatever style or taste bud it is that evening, you’ll have plenty to choose from around the city. Living in a new adventure can be lonely at times. I guarantee there’s always someone close by wanting to hear your story, of why you changed up your life. People who live here, are extremely friendly. Try a new restaurant, meet a stranger at the bar and say hello, or get to know you better and go on a solo date with yourself. It’s not that scary, just focus on how good that meal tastes! I challenge you…pick a restaurant…and go ahead…say those three scary words….”table for one”…it won’t be so bad.  Meanwhile, I would love to pick your brain on new places. If you think of a great restaurant I should find, visit my page at facebook.com/AmberStoneRadio, and inbox me....

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb04

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. Fort Wayne Youth Theatre’s Ruby Bridges Friday, Feb. 5 at 7p Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6&7 at 2p A great group of kids putting on a great, meaningful show. This is closing weekend, don’t miss your chance to see it! 2. APQ at Club Soda Friday, Feb. 5 at 9p I’m thinking after I see Ruby Bridges Friday night, I’ll hit Club Soda for some wonderful martinis and an awesome show. 3. Cocktails and Sweet Deals Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11a – 8p Shop a variety of sweetheart inspired gifts, including framed vintage valentines, handmade felt flower bouquets, and one of a kind vintage jewelry. There’s a raffle and cocktails at a cash bar provided by The Golden. 4. Chickens on Strike Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11a – 2p Indiana author Andi Helms will be at Java Mama for a reading and signing! Bring the kiddos for a fun (free) time! 5. Foreveresta Grand Opening Saturday, Feb. 6 at 12p – 5p I love retail that makes a difference. Celebrate Foreveresta’s grand opening and learn about how they and their partners are changing the world. Red Dress Dash Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1:30pm – 3:30pm Get ready to throw on your favorite (or not so favorite) red dress over your winter clothing and DASH with us through the streets of downtown Fort Wayne to support women’s heart health! I probably won’t be dashing (not a runner) but I’ll definitely walk for the cause! Roller Derby Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 Hey! The Roller Derby is back in Fort Wayne! Should be a super fun, off-beat date night (if that’s your thing). Valentine’s Special: 2 tickets for $20. YLNI Masquerade Ball Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8p Optional black tie, super fun. The theme is “Night at the Opera” and this YLNI celebration of the past year of regional partnership is something you don’t want to miss! Social Media Workshop Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1p – 3p Wunderkammer Board Member Bridget O’Reilly will host an introductory Social Media Workshop primarily covering highly visual social media platforms like Instagram — learn how to make your pics ON POINT. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some...

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Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me too!
Jan13

Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me too!

The holidays might be over with, but if you are newly engaged the overwhelming feelings of warm-and-fuzzy are probably still lingering inside! For many it’s exciting to think about planning a wedding, but others might cringe at the task. No worries – Living Fort Wayne has you covered! Over the next several weeks we will share our findings, wish lists, and realities when it comes to planning a wedding. As for me…well my fiance, Andy, and I are a “special” case. After three children together and almost 10 years, we have finally determined that 2016 is the year. That’s right: no more excuses, no more letting finances get in the way, no more being simply Ms. Farmer and Mr. Adkins. A little back story: Andy and I both come from large Catholic families. For those of you who were raised Catholic, you know what that means. For those of you who were not raised Catholic, let me clue you in a bit: besides our immediate families we also felt it necessary to invite the extended family (as we are all close – all 103 of us), our friends (who are all married and have children of their own), and let’s not forget our parents’ and grandparents’ close friends, coworkers, old coworkers, and so on. Our guest list was over 400 people. If you find that your guest list is also pretty extensive, below are a few places I looked into that can accommodate such a number and I highly recommend for your big day. (Of course there are so many other great wedding venues around Fort Wayne, but these are my favorite.) VENUE Shiloh in Fort Wayne can hold up to 450 people in each of their 2 wings, and they have a beautiful outdoor area for wedding ceremonies. The National Military History Center in Auburn can accommodate up to 1,350 people in their largest room. They are also able to help you organize an “indoor” wedding inside the facility if desired and can quickly transform the space into your reception. The Hay Loft in Hoagland consists of a beautiful old barn and a large lawn surrounded by fields – perfect for those wanting a “rustic” feel in the country. The barn has two levels; one can hold roughly 100 people and the other can accommodate around 200 guests. * Another thing to keep in mind is that most venues require you to use either their own catering services or a caterer from their “approved catering” list. Make sure you inquire about catering options while looking into venues! CAKE Now that you have a few leads on a venue, let’s move on...

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Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Lynn Altevogt
Jan06

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Lynn Altevogt

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. First up is our Editorial Chair, Lynn Altevogt: What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am the Editorial Chair for LFW. I originally joined Living Fort Wayne as a writer but I loved it so much I just kept doing more! Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I have a dog named Liddy. She is (allegedly) half Pointer, half American Bulldog. Whatever breed she is, she’s both extremely agile and quite sassy. I have a 6-foot-tall wooden fence around my backyard and she can climb it in about one bound. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? My pie-in-the-sky pick would be Italy. Assisi to be more precise. I went on an art history trip to several cities in Italy when I was in college and I absolutely want to return. It is so beautiful and rich with culture. Assisi is a very unique city – it’s hard to explain. It’s just one of those places you read about but never expect to be as amazing in real life. It is. If I’m being realistic and I had to pick somewhere to actually live other than Fort Wayne, I think I would be happy in Indianapolis. My brother and sister-in-law live there and they have some really cool spots. Plus, I’d really dig running on the Monon Trail every day! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one ‘can’t miss’ thing you would show them or do with them in FW? Ok, this is totally cheating, but when my cousins and I were kids, every time they’d come to town we’d go to Science Central, the Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens. They would demand it every trip and we would be psyched to go. Every. Single. Time. Honestly, I still get psyched about all three of those places no matter how many times I’ve been! If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Probably something by The Spice Girls. Yep,...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops
Jan04

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops

It’s a Monday morning and you woke up late for work. As you’re scrambling to get your stuff prepared for the day ahead, you realize your hot water isn’t working. You do as much as you can to your hair and decide that today is a “Messy Bun Day”. You look at the clock and see that if you leave now, you’ll have just enough time to grab that quick cup of coffee on your way to work. Living Fort Wayne knows Mondays well. More importantly, we know where to get the best coffee in town to kickstart your week. So for your convenience, here’s our list of Best Coffee Shops.   Jade Kelsey picks… The Friendly Fox (photo by Nicholas Weaver) This cozy neighborhood joint feels like stepping into a friend’s house, so it’s no surprise that they are family owned and operated. The Friendly Fox serves Utopian Coffee, which pairs perfectly with their Saturday morning special, Malted Milk Waffles. Hungry yet? The Fox also offers a full menu of lunch and dinner specials, including a flatbread for every taste, Korean BBQ, wraps, paninis, salad, and more. If you’re in the mood for some dessert, the Fox also has homemade cheesecake, handmade milkshakes, floats, and sundaes for your relentless sweet tooth. Perhaps just a few macaroons while you sip a cuppa joe.   Becca Bell picks… Old Crown Coffee Roasters It was the first (and only) coffee roaster in Fort Wayne for many years. For more than 15 years, Old Crown has taken the “purist” approach to everything—coffee is roasted in-house, chocolate and caramel sauces are 100% from scratch, veggies and herbs are grown in their backyard, and iced drinks use slow-processed, cold extracted espresso. Not to mention that they have craft cocktails made with fresh juice and house-made syrups and infusions. Since moving into their new location in November of 2009, owners Mike and Jennifer have added a seasonally-inspired dinner menu. For both regular customers and longtime employees, like me, the OC is much more than a coffee shop. It is a FAMILY.   Leslie Snare picks… Dash-In For a mid-day coffee run (and we all need those sometimes, right?) will always be the Dash-In. They feature Old Crown coffee and sometimes you just need a solid cup of joe to make it through the workday. The Dash-In also has some amazing lunch specials! I would recommend their famous tomato bisque along with a strong cup of coffee to warm up during your lunch hour.   Travis Bartlett picks… Mocha Lounge When I lived out in Southwest Fort Wayne, this was my go-to spot for coffee. Super friendly...

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