Vietnam with Mom

The sun had just set beneath the majestic islands of Ha Long Bay.  Mom and I walked through the streets of this peaceful little town in search of a nice dinner.  The smell of sweet jasmine rice and fresh fish floated through the warm salty air.  It was the last night of our adventure together in Vietnam; starting with Saigon in the south, up to the small village of Tuy Hoa, a quick stop in Na Trang, then to the north to the popular city of Hanoi, over to the beautiful valley of Sapa, and finally ending at one of the seven natural wonders of the world!   

We passed a few

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Indy's Carnaval Brazil

Growing up experiencing Indiana’s frigidly cold winters, you’ll know that escaping to warmer climates is usually on the top of everyone’s to-do list…or at least on a wish-list. And with Fat Tuesday Celebrations happening all around the world, I’ve been dreaming about the famous Carnaval Brazil party in Rio de Janeiro with it’s lavish parties, colorful costumes, vibrant music, and beautiful dancers dancing to sexy samba beats in a lush, tropical atmosphere. 

Luckily, every year Cultural Cannibals hosts their own...

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Elephant Dreams

There I sat in the middle of the Asian jungle, in the middle of a small river bed, allowing a stream of water to wash away the mud in-between my fingers and toes. The sun gently warmed my face as I cooled off in the stream, soaking in the beautiful nature that surrounded me at the Elephant Park Sanctuary in Chiang Mai.  

I was sharing this experience with a group of ...

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The Greek Islands of Indianapolis: More Than a Restaurant

"Everything for us Greeks takes place around the dinner table. The breaking of bread is one of the most important things you can do with somebody …food strengthens and represents the three most important things to us Greeks: God, family, and country." - George Stergiopoulos

OPA!  There are many things in life worth celebrating: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, or maybe, despite having several odds stacked against you, made your dream of opening a Greek restaurant become a reality. 

Decades ago, Elias moved his family to Indianapolis with ...



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Reason for Art

"Asking a scientist a reason for art is tricky because my brain is trying to give you analytical and my heart is saying, ‘No, don’t cut it open." - Madhu

Some things in life aren’t meant to be explained, nor do they need to have a reason.  Some things are just meant to be felt with the heart. While there is scientific explanation for the aesthetics of color on the brain; how colors, shapes, and patterns can make your mind feel a certain way, neuroscientist/artist, Madhuchhanda Mandal (or, Madhu, for short) paints simply for ...

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Living Outside the Box: Indy's Greatest Hibachi Chef

Victor isn’t your typical Parisian-born, turned hibachi chef, culinary artist.  While most of us find ourselves living up to the status quo, every so often you come across a brave soul who stepped outside of society’s box of expectations, and like Victor, hibachi-d their way to carve their own path - so to speak.  

When he was ten-years-old, Victor’s parents moved from Paris to Plainfield to take over their friend’s ...

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