Weather is neat. Andrew Pritchard has written for us in the past about all-things weather related in Champaign County — but he snapped some cool ones yesterday during the storm. Check out his full timeline for more, but here's a quick look:
It's been a while since I've publicly expressed my love for Carmella's doughnuts. They're delicious. I encourage you to treat yourself and someone you love to doughnuts this weekend, especially because it's disgusting outside, and you should be inside in the A/C watching movies and eating snacks. Remember to bring cash (or a check), as Carmella's does not take plastic. Personal favorites are the cinnamon bun, the cinnamon twist, the old fashioned, and the blueberry.
Carmella’s is located at 1611 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign, and open Monday through Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cinnamon buns the size of your face!
Illinois Renaissance has unveiled updated plans for the future of Memorial Stadium. Construction on a new football performance center is set to begin in 2018, with a completion date of Summer 2019. Phase 2 involves renovation of the stadium itself, including the demolishing of "the Horseshoe" to make room for a new grandstand. You can see detailed plans at the Illinois Renaissance website. New coach, renovated stadiums...surely a winning team is next on the list, right? Right??
This Thursday from 5-10 pm, Bacaro and Maize, two of Champaign-Urbana's culinary powerhouses are joining forces for a special tasting menu that looks absolutely delicious and includes lobster ceviche, fried squash, red snapper and much more.
For more information, including the full menu, check out Bacaro's Facebook post below:
Perhaps you noticed the drunken hoards stumbling across campus this weekend? Surely there are plenty of pictures on Instagram and Facebook.
But I think this one sums it up best.
Or rather, the close-up version sums it up best.
You see, that perfectly good bedroom wastepaper bin had to go after it caught most (hopefully) of someone's partially used dinner & drinks.
And ... a condom wrapper.
Sure, we know that Columbia Street Roastery gets their coffee from this awesome place in Colombia, and we know that they're the most delicious local brew to wake up to, but did you know that you can try out their coffee on Saturday mornings at a "cupping," or as I prefer to call it, a coffee tasting.
Cuppings happen on the third Saturday of each month (this month, that means this coming Saturday, July 15th), and features a plethora of tastes and aromas for you to enjoy.
For more information, check out this Facebook post from CSR below:
Seriously, what's more Midwestern than self-publishing a Euchre variant with a pun in the title?
I know you Illini aren't as well-versed in the quintessential confusing card game to play while it's cold out and everyone is drinking, but 4 out of 5 of the states carved out of the Northwest Territories have embraced its perfection.
So get on board, this time with ghosts.
Local gamer and designer David Sheppard has pulled himself up by his bootstraps and gotten his creation kickstarted already. Still, you can pre-order a copy, get the swag, and help him reach stretch goals. Maybe you would like to help Spookre out.
Good news, delicious-food-seekers of Champaign-Urbana and beyond - Downtown Champaign's Bacaro (113 N. Walnut St.) has released their summer menu for this year, which features some of the most delicious words I've seen strung together in quite some time.
Whether you're looking for a salad, pasta or some meat, Bacaro's got you covered. To read the full menu, check it out below, and keep your eyes peeled to Bacaro's Facebook page for more special dinners and events.
Art Mart has posted a photo of some new eats currently available in the deli, and they look like the perfect way to get your serving of veggies:
According to a new article from Business Insider, based on U.S. Census data, Champaign was the fastest growing city in Illinois between July 2015 and July 2016.
You should take this with a (rather large) grain of salt, however, because the study only counts towns with a population over 50,000. Regardless, this is an accomplishment for our miro-urban midwest paradise.
Read the full article here, and check out the map of the fastest growing cities here:
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