4 Trendy Treats and Eats You Need to Try in Indy

4 Trendy Treats and Eats You Need to Try in Indy

Healthy, affordable, and accessible dining options your stomach and wallet will love.
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After arriving at Butler University as a clueless, and car-less First-Year student in August, I felt trapped. Not just in the sense that I was trapped on campus, but also in the sense that I was simply going to be stuck eating dining hall food every day for the next eight months. Once I finally got settled, I started venturing off-campus via Uber, or by the glorified golf carts which we call "Blue Indy's" here. I found that my pre-conceived notion of only eating disgusting food for months was not right. Just outside of Butler's campus, there are more than just a handful of delicious, healthy, and fairly-affordable places to eat.

1. Broad Ripple Bagel Deli

The first place I tried was Broad Ripple Bagel Deli, right next to the Starbucks and across from the Jimmy John's on Broad Ripple Ave. Here, you walk in and see hundreds of possible sandwich combinations, which will be heated and served to you on a delicious, fresh-baked bagel. Not only did I find this little bagel shop to be affordable and easily accessible (being just five minutes from campus), but also conducive to many types of diets. As I have mentioned in previous articles, I am a vegetarian. It can be extremely hard to spice up my meals in the dining halls, due to the limited variety of foods… many of them being meat-centered meals. When I got to the Bagel Deli, I immediately noticed the “Grateful Deggie” bagel. Being a fan of the Dead, I had to try this bagel. It was specially marked “Vegetarian” and was served with veggie cream cheese, banana peppers, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, and onions. Enough said, this tiny bagel shop was a pleasant surprise, and definitely somewhere I will be returning to many, many times.

2. The Garden Table

Another favorite of mine is The Garden Table, also in Broad Ripple, but located on E Westfield Blvd. A frequently chosen brunch spot for people who want to feel good about what they are eating, The Garden Table offers delicious and healthy options for breakfast and lunch. Every time I go, I just HAVE to get the Acai Bowl: a thick purple berry smoothie in a bowl, topped with granola, fresh fruit, and coconut shavings. They are also known for serving up delicious pressed juices, that you’re sure to love. Not to mention, the aesthetic of this little brunch place is so inviting…you will never want to leave!

3. Nicey

Just next door to Garden Table is Nicey; the cutest popsicle shop I’ve seen. With flavors changing frequently, you can bet on acquiring a new “favorite” every time you visit. Not only are the flavors unique, but also offered in vegan options! Who says you can’t treat yourself on a vegan diet?!

4. Public Greens Urban Kitchen

If you take a walk down the Monon trail behind Nicey, you will run into my next favorite… Public Greens Urban Kitchen. You walk in, and immediately see all of the different sides and entrees being showcased right in front of you… because you can see everything happening in the kitchen! My favorite part about Public Greens is the ability to mix and match up to three different entrees to customize one to fit your taste. They then come to your table, serving their food on adorable and eclectic plates and delivering your drinks in unique mugs and cups. In the warmer months, they also offer outdoor seating where you are kept warm by a modern-looking fireplace.

Though eating healthy in college can be hard, I would encourage all students reading this to take the time to explore your college-town for some hidden gems like these. Not only does it allow you to explore your new home but can be a great way to have fun while eating healthy. Sometimes, you just need a break from that Atherton pizza.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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The Cold, Refreshing, Stimulating Truth About Energy Drinks

Am I ruining my body with these? Am I going to DIE???

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The thing about energy drinks... they have a bad rap.

I often bring one to work and then my coworkers will begin to tell me how bad they are for my health. And then I usually reply with how delicious they are or something. Because quite frankly, I absolutely love energy drinks.

I never have more than one on the same day, and I don't drink 5-Hour Energy or any of those energy shots. THOSE can't be safe. I also don't drink Redbull for some reason. I have always thought that they weren't good for you and so I guess I just stand by that. But I drink every flavor of Monster and Rockstar and have now expanded my horizons to Nos, Bang, etc. I sip them like a drink, I don't chug them or start my day with them. Usually. And I like to get the sugar-free or low-calorie ones, although that's a whole other debate on whether or not it's healthier to digest real sugar or fake sweetener.

But my habits are not the focus of this article. Instead, I want to summarize some of the factual information about energy drinks and why you shouldn't assume I'm going to have a heart attack after I finish my delicious beverage. Now, I admit right off the bat that I didn't do any extensive research about this, I didn't look into cases of specific people's injuries or experiences, I just want to state a few facts to put this entire debate into perspective:

The average Monster has anywhere from 140-160 mg of caffeine in a 16oz can. This is the equivalent of a tall Starbucks cafe Americano. And ordering an Americano every morning is perfectly fine to most people.

My absolute favorite flavor of Monster is the Pipeline Punch from the Monster Juice series. This one is not low-calorie or low-sugar, it's just a normal Monster drink. It has 23g of sugar in it. Arguably one of the most popular sugary Starbucks drinks is the caramel macchiato. The grande size has 33g of sugar in it. Not to mention, it's also the exact same caffeine count as an energy drink.

Anytime you order your Starbucks drink with an extra shot, that's an added 75mg of caffeine. So with every double shot or even triple shot, if you dare, you are well over the caffeine amount of 99% of energy drinks.

In light of these facts, it's still fair to criticize energy drinks because of their artificial, sugary nature. Sure, carbonated sugary drinks lead to teeth erosion and dental issues. But then how come people don't freak out every time the waiter asks if you would like a Coke with that?

The Bang drinks actually require you be over eighteen to purchase them. Grocery stores treat it like alcohol and ask for your ID before buying. And maybe this is how it should be for every energy drink brand. It would surely help prevent young children and teens from over-consuming something that they probably don't need in their systems at a young age.

As for bodily defects as a result of drinking energy drinks—do everything in moderation! Stories are released of people drinking energy drinks and then dying from heart attacks or what have you. But 99% of the time it's because they drank three in a row or mixed them with substances you shouldn't be mixing them with. These aren't just drinks. People should be taking them seriously. You wouldn't throw back five shots of tequila and then not expect to suffer the consequences or order three triple shot lattes and not expect to feel a little heartburn afterward.

So, I urge you to take this with a grain of salt. 99% of the time I drink an energy drink, it just keeps me from falling asleep. It doesn't really give me energy or make me stay awake. So maybe I have an extremely high tolerance to caffeine, but I see it as evidence that energy drinks can't be that bad for you or else the supposed "high" levels of chemicals and caffeine would have you bouncing off the walls every single time.

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