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I want to take a bite out of this shark donut from Industrial Donut

Industrial Donut is offering this special shark donut in honor of Shark Week. The donut is one of their cake donuts with blue frosting, red icing, sprinkles, and a shark on top. 

A donut with blue frosting, red icing, sprinkles, and a shark on top sits in a clear, plastic carryout container. Photo from Industrial Donut's Facebook page.Photo from Industrial Donut Facebook page.

You have to pre-order this shark donut as a special order with a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice here. You can order coffee, build-your-own-donuts, a mini donut bar (donuts plus icing and toppings to assemble at home), and some of their other special donuts like Industrial Waste, PB&J donut, and their Oreo dirty donut here

They're open for carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery through GrubHub.

Industrial Donut
501 Commerce Drive
M-Sa 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Have you tried the fun treats from Brittany’s Sweet Spot?

In honor of August being National Black Business Month, check out this local Black-owned home bakery: Brittany's Sweet Spot. She's baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more right here in Champaign. She has been posting cake decorating videos on Facebook in addition to photos of her baked goods.

Check out this cake she made.

You can find her menu here. Be sure to follow her on Facebook for more updates.

Top image from Brittany's Sweet Spot Facebook page.


I tried a Korean shrimp burger for the first time, and it was wild

I'm a fan of burgers, and C-U has an incredible offering of burgers. We've talked about the best 8 burgers in town, another list of seven burgers that didn't make the top eight, and C-U's veggie burgers. A popular burger in Korea is the shrimp burger, and now, NAYA has brought it to our midwestern college town. 

A burger with a crispy shrimp patty is sandwiched between a soft brown bun with tomato slices showing and a bit of lettuce below the patty. The burger sits on a plate next to a large pile of shoestring french fries. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

I'd never heard of a shrimp burger, let alone tried one. So I tried one this weekend.

NAYA's shrimp burger had the weight of a regular burger. It had a plump, fried shrimp patty sandwiched between tomatoes and lettuce with wasabi mayo. The burger was wild because it was meaty and full of shrimp, but it reminded me of a tater tot — in a good way. It's a good choice if you want to try a different kind of burger.

212 E Green St
M-Sa 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.


I tried the Deluxe Milkshake at El Oasis

I initially posted about this delight after seeing it on Facebook in early July, and a few weeks later, I took a trip to El Oasis to experience it for myself.

It was awesome.

A Deluxe Oreo milkshake at El Oasis in Urbana, Illinois. A large, clear, plastic cup contains an Oreo milkshake and is garnished with whipped cream, cookies, an ice cream pop. A blue straw and a long plastic spoon are stuck in the milkshake. A white person's hand holds the cup. Photo by Jessica Hammie. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

I chose the Oreo shake which was an Oreo milkshake garnished with two pirouette wafers, an Oreo cookie, a chocolate-dipped vanilla ice cream pop, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle. With tax the entire milkshake meal was $7.10, which might be the best $7.10 I've ever spent.

There are additional flavors including Ferrero Rocher and Gansito, and I may have to return for research purposes.

El Oasis
510 N Cunningham
M-F noon to 9 p.m.
Sa + Su noon to 8 p.m.

Top image by Jessica Hammie.


Dancing Dog’s cake game is strong

Earlier this year, in January, which was approximately 892 years ago, we made a video about Dancing Dog in Urbana. Among the highlights was the baking of a cake — the restuarant is vegan, so the baked goods are, too. The cake posts on social media over the last couple weeks have me seriously craving a slice.

Check out these beauties:

Banana Split Cake

Chocolate Sesame

Vanilla Lavender

126 W Main St
Su + Tu-F 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sa noon to 3 p.m.
Top image from The Dancing Dog's Facebook page.

You need to try one of The Bread Company’s breakfast sammies

Those of you who skip breakfast might want to reconsider. I got one of The Bread Company's breakfast sandwiches yesterday morning, and it was divine. I ordered the ham, egg, and cheese sandwich for $3.50. Fresh bread with a crunchy toast, fancy melted cheese, good ham, and a real freaking egg: this sandwich that made my whole day.

A half sandwich sits on a tin foil wrapper. The bread on the sandwich is toasted and darkened in spots with a bit of ham peeking out of the bread. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

You can choose from meat lovers options: bacon, egg, and cheese; ham, egg, and cheese; and sausage, egg, and cheese. They also offer veggie lovers options: mushroom, egg, and cheese; spinach, egg, and cheese; and tomato, egg, and cheese. All breakfast sandwiches are topped with dijonnaise and $3.50. 

A chalkboard reads: Breakfast Sandwiches with details on hours and pricing. It is leaning against a burgundy building, resting on the sidewalk. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

The Bread Company
706 S Goodwin Ave
M 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
T-F 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sa 3 to 9 p.m.

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.


You can pick up some Delight Flower Farm bouquets at Fleurish

Fleurish is open for walk in, pick up, and local delivery if you need some beautiful flowers in your life right now, and they currently have some bouquets from Delight Flower Farm available. Call them at 217-607-0015 or email if you'd like to go the pick up or delivery route. Be sure to wear your mask if you stop by!

Photo from Fleurish Instagram page.

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All you cool cats and kittens, Pour Bros. is serving up Tiger Ring beer

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom is selling something special for all you Tiger King fans out there. This Tiger Ring beer is a sour IPA from Lil Beaver Brewery in Bloomington, Illinois. Tiger Ring is 7% ABV and is brewed with a special ingredient: watermelon candy rings.

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom
40 E University Ave
T-Th 3 p.m. to midnight
F+Sa noon to 1 a.m.
Su noon to 10 p.m.

Top image from Pour Bros. Facebook page.


The story of Water the dolphin is what we all need right now

The Spotted in Chambana Facebook group is not always a happy place to spend your time, but here's an example of it functioning for good. Water the dolphin was left at the Champaign Target yesterday, leaving a 7 year old girl very sad and distressed. Unable to reach the store, she posted about it in the group, hoping someone would be able to help. 

Water was not only found by a Target employee, but that employee took Water on all sorts of adventures in the store, and took photos to share, letting the family know that the special stuffed animal was safe and sound and ready to be picked up in the morning. Here are the photos by employee Amie Mayfield, seen in Spotted in Chambana:

A gray and white stuffed dolphin is perched in the seat of a red shopping cart. Photo by Amie Mayfield.Photo by Amie Mayfield.

A gray and white stuffed dolphin is sitting on a wooden shelf, in front of a picture book about Baby Shark. Photo by Amy Mayfield. Photo by Amie Mayfield. 

A stuffed gray dolphin is sitting in a pile of other stuffed animals. Photo by Amie Mayfield. Photo by Amie Mayfield. 

A gray and white stuffed dolphin is sitting in a baby's crib. Photo by Amie Mayfield. Photo by Amie Mayfield. 

Top photo by Amie Mayfield. 

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Have you tried Latea Bubble Tea Lounge yet?

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge is serving up some delicious drinks. They opened in 2016 in Campustown, and made our bubble tea roundup. If you haven't had bubble tea, it's worth a try. Tapioca bubbles are added to fruity teas and sweet smoothies giving an interesting texture to the drink.

Photo from Latea Bubble Tea Lounge Facebook page.

This passion hibiscus iced tea and matcha latte look perfect for these hot summer days. If you haven't tried them yet, go try some bubble tea.

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge
601 S Sixth Street
Su-Th 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
F+Sa 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Top image from Latea Bubble Tea Lounge Facebook page.


I’m really into these chocolate chip cookies from Harvest Market

These chocolate chip cookies have become my reward for continuing to survive COVID-19. Each time I visit Harvest Market for groceries, I check to see if there are any of these cookie two-packs available. For $3.69, you get two huge cookies loaded with chocolate chunks and chewy cookie. I'm not even into chocolate, per se, but I love these cookies so much that it's becoming a problem. Should I freeze one each time I purchase them? Yes, probably. Do I? Absolutely not.

A package of Manifesto Chocolate Chunk cookies from Harvest Market. Two cookies are in a plastic sheath. The package is held in someone's left hand. Photo by Jessica Hammie. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

A Manifesto Chocolate Chunk cookie on a salad plate. The cookie is large and has very big chocolate chunks in it.Photo by Jessica Hammie. A Manifesto Chocolate Chunk cookie on a salad plate. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Consider treating yourself next time you're at Harvest Market.

Harvest Market
2029 S Neil St
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Top image by Jessica Hammie.