So New: A Dinner in the City (1 of 90)

Every journey starts with a first step. Tonight that meant heading to the city for dinner.

While I’ve been in Muncie for a year, I haven’t actually done anything in Indianapolis. Sure I’ve visited a bit here and there, but when I started to think about what I’ve done…I came up empty. So I had big plans for my first foray into the city.

Unfortunately the Labor Day holiday set about squashing that. Either the places I’d planned to visit were closed or the crowds were expected to be quite large. Life is an adventure (I keep telling myself), which meant time to ditch the Negative Nelly and embrace the night.

What matters here is that I cleaned my car, put on the nice clothes, picked up a friend and went to Capri Ristoranti. (You can find my review of the place on Yelp).

We had a great time. I forgot how much I missed getting dressed up for reasons other than school. What I’ve learned in the last few years, though, is how much I love going out for dinner. When I was drinking, I never – ever – joined my friends for food. I would head to the bar and meet up with everyone later, usually half-cocked. At the time, I didn’t understand the draw of nights with food and conversation.

Today, I get it.

I love finding a place with some nice jazz (or tonight, some nice Sinatra), a quiet atmosphere, good food and great conversation.

There’s so much more, but I’m on day 1 and there’s no sense giving away the entire story right now. I can tell you this: I’ve already starting scoping out one of the next Something New destinations: swing music night at The Jazz Kitchen on Sept. 21. And next weekend is Indy Greek Fest.

I’m stoked to get this rolling. So tell me what I’m missing, what I should be doing, and where I should be going. And – if you get a hankering – maybe share your journeys with me.

Until then: aloha means goodbye.