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A. We’ve lived in Indy for 13 years.
A. A true labor of love! It’s been an incredible amount of work writing recipes, testing, editing, reviewing recipe tester feedback, and photographing every one of the 100 recipes. And all of that while we had jobs and were running a website and podcast. (That year was a bit of a blur!) However, seeing the physical book and hearing from people cooking the recipes has been intensely gratifying and humbling.
A. After we got married, we went from eating fast and frozen food to cooking almost every day. We started the A Couple Cooks website and podcast to inspire others that it can be “pretty simple” to orient your life around the kitchen. Cooking nourishing food with people you love can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Instead of being a chore or something that tastes bad, we’re here to inspire people that healthy eating can be delicious and joy filled.
A. Michelle Obama. We’d love to have her on our show to discuss her approach to wellness and healthy eating!
A. We have been going to the Indy Winter Farmers Market for years, ever since we started A Couple Cooks, so it will always have a place in our hearts. The Broad Ripple Farmers Market (pictured) is our closest market in the summer, and we love making a morning of it.
A. A sharp, high-quality knife. It makes prep so much quicker when you have a great tool.
A. Regina Mehallick previously of R Bistro is an incredible inspiration. R Bistro was one of our first farm-to-table experiences in the city, and the food there was magical. Becky Hostetter of Duos is one of our favorite chefs; her vegetarian food is incredible. Anything she touches is gold!
A. Indianapolis is making a name for itself in the food scene. We were just in NYC and people there were talking about it. There’s an incredible energy, and new restaurants are springing up so quickly. The difference between now and when we moved to Indy 13 years ago is immeasurable. In terms of what’s missing, we’d love to see more vegetable-forward restaurants. In NYC, there were some great vegan restaurants with a chic, evening dining vibe – we’d love to see something like that in Indy.
A. We’re big fans of the Patachou restaurants, in particular Napolese, Petite Chou, and Public Greens Urban Kitchen (pictured). The baked goat cheese at Napolese is a fave of ours. A new neighborhood haunt of ours is Ukiyo. For lunch, Ezra’s is great. Their Buddha bowl with raw falafel is fantastic. And The Garden Table is a favorite. The food is colorful, fresh, and delicious, and we love the downtown location, especially for the ambience. Bluebeard is perfect for a date night; the food is spot on.
A. We love so many: Fountain Square Brewery, Black Acre Brewing Co., Bier Brewery, and whatever’s on tap at Twenty Tap.
A. Silver in the City and Homespun: Modern Handmade are our favorites for looking for gifts (and both now carry our Pretty Simple Cooking cookbook!).
A. Penrod is a great art show! We love Newfields, going to the IMA, and being at 100 Acres. Winterlights was a perfect way to enjoy them in the winter.
A. Larson loves going to the Central Library and walking on the Monon Trail into Broad Ripple. We also love walking down to Open Society for coffee.
A. The canal downtown was where we first fell in love with the city, and we always take people there to walk around the canal and White River State Park when the weather is nice. Since we live near Broad Ripple, we also love walking there and getting Nicey Treats or eating lunch as a destination in the summer.
A. Marott Park is a hidden gem that’s close to where we live. It feels like you’re in a state park in the middle of the city.
A. Fountain Square is one of our favorite neighborhoods; it has so many up-and-coming places! We love walking on the Cultural Trail and grabbing a bite at Bluebeard or Rook.
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