Indianapolis Greek Festival

My husband and I went to Greece last year and absolutely loved the food! When we found out that Indianapolis hosts a Greek Festival every year, we were pretty stoked to try it out.

In addition to the great food, you can also tour the church, attending cooking demos, listen to live music and shop in the market place. If you have kids, there are bounce houses and lots of other family entertainment.

Last year, I got the sampler platter which included tyropita, spanakopita, vegetarian dolmathes, Greek meatballs, hummus, red pepper hummus, tzatziki, feta, olives, and pita bread – all for $15. For dessert, I had LOUKOUMADES , which are deep fried dough that’s been dipped in honey and cinnamon. Those were TO DIE FOR.

You can view the whole menu here.

The Greek Festival also has a nice free shuttle bus service to and from the church if you don’t want to pay $5 to park at the church itself. This year you park at the Lids Corporate Office at 10555 Lids Way in Zionsville.

Indianapolis Greek Festival starts this Friday, Aug. 24 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 26. It takes place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 W. 106th St. in Carmel.

Condado: Indy’s Newest Taco Spot

My brother-in-law came up for the day on Saturday and we always like to try new places, so when I heard that Condado was opening up in Broad Ripple, I texted him right away and suggested we eat there.

It wasn’t too crowded when we got there, so we didn’t have to wait for a seat – surprising since the place had only been open a few days. A lot of the seating is shared seating at open tables with bar stools but there are a few more private tables which seemed to be seating larger parties.

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The menu has a great variety, especially for vegetarians and ordering process is pretty fun. Remember scantron tests back in grade school? The menu is like that – you fill in the little bubbles next to what you want, then the wait staff scans it with a machine and it sends your order to the kitchen.

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We split an order of chips, queso and salsa verde. The chips, in my opinion, were lacking – they were more like Taco Bell chips than authentic, homemade from tortillas. The queso and salsa verde were very good though, however I think Bakersfield downtown beats them on both. (Condado is opening another location on Mass Ave next year, so we’ll see how they fare with Bakersfield as competition)

It took a little while for the tacos to get there, so I took a few photos of the fun decor inside. It seems like they tried to give it a local vibe and painted the murals inside to reflect the Broad Ripple neighborhood influence.

On to the main event: the tacos! I had read other bloggers experience were not great on opening day. Some of their entrees were skimpy portions but I did not have that experience. Perhaps the bugs got worked out a little by the time I got there?

My first taco was chicken, cheese, salsa verde and chimichurri on a flour tortilla. Pretty basic but I think I liked it the best! The second taco I got was the ju-ju shell, which was a combination of hard and soft with chorizo and queso. I added more chorizo as a protein, along with cheddar, salsa roja and cilantro-lime aioli. I also added on beans and rice, which I threw on top of the tacos and ate altogether. Yum!

So in conclusion, my experience at Condado was great. I will be going back. They aren’t the best tacos ever (Torchy’s takes that prize) or even in Indy (I still love Bakersfield) but they do have their own vibe that I really liked.

 

My First Time at DryBar

My sister was in town visiting from Wyoming and on a whim, I asked her if she’d want to check out the new Drybar in town before the Miranda Lambert concert we were planning to go to last Saturday night. Both of us thought a little pampering sounded fun and relaxing, so I booked an appointment online and was super excited to try them out.

If you’ve never head of Drybar before, it’s a salon that specializes in blowouts – no cuts or color, just style. They’ve been around for a while in bigger markets but are starting to expand to medium size cities and just opened their Indianapolis location near the Fashion Mall, so it’s in a great location for a girls weekend.

The salon itself is very clean looking with lots of lighting and mirrors so you’re able to see exactly what’s going on. When we first got there, we met our stylists, then went over our hair type, the products they use and selected a style. I chose the Mai Tai, which is beachy waves. Since we were going to a concert and it was very hot and humid, I picked a style that I thought would hold up well in those conditions.

Then it was time for a wash! That was really relaxing, especially since you get a mini head massage while your hair is being washed and conditioned.

It was back to the chair after that for their unique drying/styling process. Drybar stylists actually curl your hair while they are drying, using a round brush and some wrist techniques that I’d love to learn at home. It was really fun to watch and your hair looks so pretty even before they get to the styling portion of your appointment.

My stylist used large rollers to set the blow dry style before using a flat iron to give me the beachy waves. Then as an extra bit of flare, I got a dutch braid on the side where my bangs are growing out.

Both our styles turned out so cute and I can’t wait to go back some other time! Thank you to Drybar for making our girls weekend that much more fun 🙂