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Try some vegan food this June

If you are strictly vegan or even into eating vegan occasionally, then get excited. Thirteen Champaign-Urbana restaurants are participating in a month-long Vegan Chef Challenge. While all of the participating restaurants regularly have a vegan …

Have you been to Thara Thai for lunch?

If you haven’t, you’re missing out. The restaurant serves very good food, and has lunch specials for $13, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I met a friend for lunch a couple weeks …

What’s your favorite mural in C-U?

Murals are probably my favorite form of public visual art. They take up space, demand attention, and are used for many purposes: political statements, personal artistic expression, or just to look really cool or aesthetically …

It’s time for Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live is one of my favorite summer in C-U things, so I am thrilled that the season is finally here. Friday, June 2nd, will be the first event of the summer. I love …

Save the date for Raise the Woof! 2023

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County announced the date and theme for their 5th annual pet home building contest. Each year, build teams of varying construction abilities gather to create a concept and build a …

Is this the most ignored sign in C-U?

I’ve found myself leaving a shopping trip at Harvest Market many a time, and having a little chuckle as I drive by this sign. Do people actually see it and then opt to exit right …

An impossible craving

There are some things only townies can understand. One of those things, for me, is a sudden intense craving for an Irving’s breakfast sandwich from Bagelmen’s. For those that don’t know, this iconic breakfast sandwich …

We’re looking for music writers

As summer approaches, with it comes numerous opportunities for music coverage. Our music section covers a wide variety of genres and areas of local music, and we’re hoping to add some more writers to the …

The kingfisher mascot costume is coming along

The Kingfisher UIUC student group has been fundraising to create a costume for their proposed (and student– and faculty senate-approved) replacement mascot, the belted kingfisher. Students, working with faculty, have completed the body component of …

Mama Meta’s Canteen is closed and will not reopen

The restaurant Mama Meta’s Canteen served African-inspired, American-infused cuisine by Lauren Mulowayi. All food was takeout only, and diners picked up at The Refinery in Champaign. The kitchen has been closed for awhile, but the …

Have you ever tried coffee from Yemen?

I’m familiar with African and Latin American countries as sources for coffee beans, and have tried several of Columbia Street Roastery’s single origin varieties from countries like Brazil, Guatamala, Ethiopia, Burundi, but I’ve never thought …

Applications are open for The Made Fest

Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about PYGMALION, and one of my favorite components of the festival: The Made Fest. If you are an artist or maker and would like to sell your wares …