Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cupcakes, Coffee, and the Butcher

Yesterday my sister took me on a whirlwind tour of a few foodie places in town (Indianapolis). Our first stop will have to remain anonymous until the 6th of February, and you won't want to miss it!

Passing Fresh Market on the way to our next destination we couldn't resist stopping and going in for a peek. I've never been before. It definitely lived up to its reputation -- such a lovely, pleasant supermarket experience filled with beautiful and exotic food. The fact that mangoes were on sale for 50 cents each means I actually bought something!!! :)



Our next stop was The Flying Cupcake at 5617 N. Illinois Street. I think I was most enamored with the adorable way the shop had been decorated -- shabby chic with plenty of pink. I left the choosing to my sister and she picked a Salted Chocolate Caramel cupcake. Although seating was available, we opted to go down the street to Starbucks so we could enjoy coffee with our treat.



I think we all agreed that the cupcake was not something one eats and says "wow." Rather, it was more like down-to-earth comfort food. We decided it was the perfect little shop to take your child or grandchild to after school, instead of a place you seek out for gourmet delicacies.



To my surprise, I discovered a butcher just down the street from the cupcake shop! Butchers are rare these days, so I had to go in and take a peak. L. E. Kincaid & Sons is located at 5605 N. Illinois Street.



Inside you will find a bright and busy shop with friendly staff who are willing to help you find just the right cut of meat for what you need. I saw signs for quail, and viewed all sorts of lamb, beef, chicken, pork, and even venison in their meat cabinets. They also had a large stock of local, free-range eggs. I felt instantly transported back to small-town Scotland.



And thus our outing came to an end and we headed back home where Black Bean Soup awaited us in the crockpot. And now I'm spending much of the day in the kitchen, cooking up some delicious dishes which shall appear here shortly!