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Hatch Art Fair: Saturday, March 15th

Don't miss the Hatch Art Fair, Saturday, March 15th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Savoy Recreation Center! With 30 artist-vendors from three states, this is the grand finale event of The I.D.E.A. Store's Hatch creative-reuse art festival, and your opportunity to purchase fun and funky art that's both practical and whimsical. Admission: $2.


Urbana Restaurant Week: quick review of breakfast at The Courier Cafe

Breakfast at The Courier Cafe is consistently good. In fact, it's more than good and this morning was no different. You'll get plenty of food for $10, so bring your appetite. The hubby and I both ordered the Cake & Eggers, which came with coffee, tea, or juice, and a side of fruit or biscuits and gravy. 

hot beverages

small bowl of fruit

bacon, two scrambled eggs, two buttermilk pancakes

bacon, two eggs over medium, two buckwheat pancakes, coffee


Champaign Central product Jay Simpson of Purdue to retire

Sad news from West Lafayette today, as Purdue University announced that Champaign Central product Jay Simpson will have to retire from playing basketball due to a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Purdue coach Matt Painter said, "Obviously, this is very tough and upsetting news to take. You never want to see a young athlete's career end in a fashion like this. Jay had a very bright future in our program and we are disappointed that he will not be able to continue his basketball career."

Jay Simpson starred at Champaign Central under former longtime coach Scott Davis, before transferring to prep school La Lumiere in LaPorte, Ind. for his senior season.

Coming out of high school, Simpson was ranked the 112th best player in the class of 2012, and was awarded a three-star profile. At one point, he was as high as 57th and a four star profile.

Well wishes to him and his family as he starts a new path on what will hopefully be a long and healthy life.

Photo credit: Journal-Courier Online


Urbana Restaurant Week: quick review of dinner at Milo’s

Tonight my husband and I had dinner at Milo's. We each ordered off the Restaurant Week menu, which included a starter, entrée, and dessert for $20. He ordered the macaroni and cheese, upside-down pizza, and flourless chocolate cake. I ordered the chopped salad, panko crusted chicken with penne in a creamy pesto sauce, and the crème brûlée.

We each received plenty of food for $20 each, although starters were small portions, and the mac and cheese and chicken entrée were incredibly bland. The desserts were pretty good; the made-in-house flourless chocolate cake was the better option. Check out the photos below, and be sure to share yours with us on Facebook and Twitter; tag us @SmilePolitely and #eaturbana. I’ll share more photos and quick reviews here this week, and you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more (@epicureanjess).

macaroni and cheese

chopped salad with romaine lettuce, bacon, pecans, tomatoes, dried cranberries, and blue cheese

upside-down pizza with sausage and green peppers

panko crusted chicken with penne in a creamy pesto sauce

flourless chocolate cake

crème brûlée