Fort Wayne Food Tour –  Eat, Walk, Enjoy!
Mar27

Fort Wayne Food Tour – Eat, Walk, Enjoy!

This past Friday I was privileged to be a part of the inaugural Fort Wayne Food Tour, which was founded by Fort Wayne native and historian, Randy Harter and his daughter/digital marketing guru, Sarah Arnold.  The tour takes you through downtown Fort Wayne to eat tapas style portions at various local restaurants. Join me on my journey as I eat and tour the Fort! My tour, which consisted of 12 guests and Randy as our fearless guide, started at Don Hall’s Gas House. While I am a huge foodie and love to eat out, I normally choose the Deck (the outdoor patio across the parking lot of the Gas House overlooking the river) or even Takaoka (the entertaining Japanese hibachi restaurant upstairs) so I was excited to try something new. Our first course did not disappoint! Don Hall’s Gas House is famous for its steak and potatoes so that is exactly what they served.  A perfectly cooked filet mignon broiled at 1800 degrees topped with a garlic-herb butter, flavorful melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms seasoned to perfection. Also included was a sample tasting of a 2011 Footbolt Shiraz that paired very nicely with the steak. My favorite part was when Don Hall’s grandson Ben came out to regale us with tales of the restaurant. Apparently Don Hall was obsessed with a restaurant in Chicago called George Diamond Steakhouse. So much so that he copied it right down to the uniforms and chairs. In fact, the chairs are the original from when the restaurant opened 59 years ago! It is in the site of a historic gas plant, which is where its name comes from. After sampling our first dish, it was great to stretch our legs and start the walking portion of our tour. As an added bonus it was a sunny 74 degrees, but Randy assured us that if it ever did rain he came equipped with ponchos.  The tour covered a 1.25 mile loop and was a very easy walk –  I did it in heels! (Although I am a professional shorty…the recommendation is to wear shoes that would be comfortable for a mile walk.) Randy brought history to life as he regaled us with stories about the Wabash and Erie Canal (we literally stood in the middle of where the canal used to be), the former German-American bank, which was renamed Lincoln National Bank & Trust Co due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, and perhaps the most harrowing was a story of how Anthony Wayne’s bones came to their final resting place after the flesh was boiled off of them. While I am not from Fort...

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Lazer X Is Back!
Sep14

Lazer X Is Back!

Have you heard? Lazer X is back. Yes, that’s right! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lazer X was, until recently, closed because of a fire. However, the business has since reopened in the same location, and several improvements have been made. So, since Lazer X is back, let me suggest a few ways you can plan a day around your next intergalactic adventure.   First off, the day my friends and I went we planned on playing around 7PM. Though, keep in mind, depending on the day you go, you’ll want to check what hours are most busy, and go then because the larger the group the more fun you’re going to have! Additionally, Lazer X has daily specials posted on their website for you to check out, and—last side-note—here is a coupon: two games for $10. Moving on, if you’re going to spend an afternoon or evening running around, you’ll need to fuel up prior. Where should you go for a late lunch? We ate at the food court in Glenbrook Square Mall, and then window-shopped and sipped Starbucks. Cebolla’s, which is within walking distance of Lazer X, is another convenient option. Overall, just pick something everyone can agree on! Next, we spent some time playing games in the upgraded arcade at Lazer X while waiting for some stragglers of our group to show. Once everyone was present, we each bought two games. A single game is about 15 minutes long, and SO much fun! Finally, after we finished our second game, my friends and I went to 816 Pint & Slice for dinner and drinks. Although, if you’re not yet hungry you could also go to the discount movie theater in Coventry, Apollo Coventry 13. It’s nice to relax and put your feet up after two games of running around. All in all, with the weather getting colder, this is a great indoor activity most people can enjoy and participate in. So I encourage you to get a group of friends together and...

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Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for First Date Activities
Oct05

Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for First Date Activities

Living Fort Wayne is here for you, and we are planning to show you that with our new series: LFW’s Top Picks. We will be bringing you our top picks of everything in the great city of Fort Wayne from restaurants to sledding spots. And in our first installment, we bring you the best first date activities. We can guarantee you approximately an 85% success rate in garnering a second date if you use any of these ideas on your first date. If you use everything on this list…you might as well propose on the spot. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Catch some live music and great coffee at The Friendly Fox. Then head to DeBrand Fine Chocolates for some truly decadent desserts and chocolate. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair Take your date to a Let’s Comedy show. The group is constantly bringing amazing comedians to FW; this is a great test to see if you two have a similar sense of humor. After the show, you can meander up to the bar at CS3 for drinks. Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Rent kayaks from Fort Wayne Outfitters, and spend a couple of hours exploring the rivers. Use that calorie deficit to indulge in a dessert at Sweets So Geek. Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair Head to Hyde Brothers Booksellers – two stories of countless books where quieter types can explore shared interests together. Follow this with a stroll down Wells Street. For lunch, head around the corner to Caliente Cuban Cafe – not the biggest place in town, but if you like Cuban sandwiches and small, locally-owned establishments with character, this place rocks! Spend the afternoon at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – a Fort Wayne favorite since 1965, who knows how many dates have happened here. Even the monkeys have love in the air. Leslie Snare – Director at Large Meet at Fortezza for coffee and then catch an independent flick at the Cinema Center. After the film, head to Summit City Brewerks for beer flights and snacks. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair Check out the production of Anything Goes at IPFW, then head to Old Crown for some delicious food and drinks or freshly brewed coffee, whichever your proclivity. Courtney Bell – Technology Chair Take an afternoon stroll on the Pufferbelly Trail followed by a visit to Two EE’s Winery for a tasting and some wine slushies. Becca Bell – Contributing Writer Browse Fancy & Staple and Antiques on Broadway together. Then get a Bloody Mary at the Brass Rail, which is basically like a meal inside a drink. After that, you can...

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Room To Escape
Sep30

Room To Escape

To be honest we had no clue what to expect from Room to Escape. We had played the virtual game app on our phone but never thought of the concept of having a hands on activity. So after a little research we decided to gather a few friends and take a crack at what would turn out to be a very eventful evening.        As soon as you pull into the parking lot it’s hard to imagine how the rooms would look or what we would be doing. When you first walk into the waiting room you see a few games on a table and a television. We are then greeted by the owners, who answered all our questions we had before we started. So we check in and watch a video about our challenge and the rules for the game. Sixty minutes is all you have and it goes fast! We can’t give away much more and trust me you don’t want us to. Experience the anticipation and excitement of finding the clues and accomplishing the task yourself. We got a chance to talk to the owners of Room to Escape again after we were out. We asked how long they planned on having this real life adventure run. Good news is that Escape the Room is here to stay. There were talks about adding an additional room making it three total adventure rooms. So how many people can actually participate in this group activity? We had a total of four individuals which was perfect, however, you can have as many as six. This is a great activity for a small group of friends or even as a team building activity for co-workers, which will definitely put your patience and communication skills to the test. Afterwards, our group met to talk about the experience. You never really know someone until you are put into a room having to work together to win a challenge. There was a definite leader and competitor, Angie, and some goofballs, Tera. The game was full of funny moments, a lot of duh moments, and in the end we escaped the room. Check them out on Facebook or their website at...

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