Going back to Indy, Indy, Indy

6 Jun

After breakfast with Kelly on Friday, it was time to get back to Indiana. Yes, I’m a lady of leisure at the moment but a few reasons I wanted to get back:

*See my baby angel

*Get back on track with my eating and working out

*Go back to Eastern standard time, central time zone was just trippin me out

*Um, have some clean undies. I only brought enough with me to last for the number of days I’m here and was in desperate need of doing laundry

I stopped in gorgeous Lake County, Indiana AKA my old stomping grounds. Ok, not really. I was born in Munster and we lived there then up and left to Florida when I was seven but even so, I always considered it home. While driving through Hammond (if someone actually knows these towns, I will be quite impressed), I got a good look at the locals there. One word comes to mind: scuzzy. I always thought Indiana was so great and in a way resented my parents for moving us to Florida all of a sudden. We were in a place that was a complete 180 with people of different background, nationalities, etc. along with hot weather. Apparently, I’ve never been a fan of hot weather because I loathed it then but have gotten a little better about it. But then seeing these people who looked like life had not been kind to them made me wonder what would have happened if I stayed there. Would I have gotten involved with the wrong crowd, went to college, get married and have kids or what? So many questions, I tell you.

But my eye was on the prize. Literally. I was trying to win some dough at the Horseshoe Casino.

I just wanted to stop in for a few minutes to see if this place would actually be nice or not. There was a ridiculous amount of people there for Friday at noon, which kind of made me sad. In Vegas, it’s one thing for a casino to be packed but for Hammond, IN, is this all that people do? Do they just get their paycheck and gamble it away in hopes of winning big?

Good thing I know when to walk away from the slots

Or not. I started out with $20 and played the nickel slots and luck not be a lady at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.

While making my way back to the car, I caught this gorgeous view of the marina. If you look closely, you can see the Chicago skyline faintly in the background.

I stopped in West Lafayette for lunch at the Parthenon Grill. I went into the city looking for something local and non-chain. I was getting a bit discouraged since all I saw were chain restaurants. I finally started to make my way back to the highway when I saw this which was perfect since I didn’t have any Greek food while in Chicago.

Annnnnnd, I was the only person in there. I guess that’s what happens when you go into a restaurant in a college town during the summer time. It was kinda nice though, I felt like I ruled the roost! They have standard Greek food on the menu and I went with old faithful of a gyro, fries and a drink for under $10.

I hate when I go to a new restaurant and not sure what the protocol is. I ordered then they gave me a tray where I got napkins and condiments. I wasn’t sure if I just waited there or go to one of the many open tables. After a few awkward seconds of me just standing there looking at the cashier, he finally told me I can go to a table and he will bring me my food. Thanks dude. And look, they had toothpicks aplenty, perfect for my next stuffed chicken adventure!

The meal came out and I was overwhelmed with the amount of meat.

I could barely fold the gyro over because there was so much meat. That’s what I’m talking about!

I ended up taking a good chunk of the meat off and putting in a to go box for my pup and went on my way with wolfing down the sandwich. The meat wasn’t seasoned too much but it was cooked just right. The tzatziki lacked flavor as well so that was a bit of a let down. The fries were piping hot though so I’m happy everything was made fresh. All in all a good spot to stop if you’re ever in West Lafayette, Indiana.

By the time I got back on the road, I was spent. I woke up at 5am that morning and was around 4pm. I just wanted to get back to my sister’s house and crash. When I got there I saw this nice surprise……

Linky has a girlfriend!

So many questions, I tell you.

Do you go to casinos in your area? We don’t have any in Charlotte but I used to go to the ones in the Phoenix area all the time.

19 Responses to “Going back to Indy, Indy, Indy”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 6, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Being one of the only few in a restaurant can be totally awkward. Often it means the waiter/waitress is just staring at you, all up in your business… Which is great to a certain extent. But really- I took two sips of water, do you really need to refill my glass?

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:23 am #

      I cannot stand when they do it! Thank God it was more like a cafeteria style where you grab your food and go because it would have been way awkward.

  2. Abby June 6, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I always take (not “steal”) copious amounts of wrapped toothpicks from those establishments when they’re offered. I’m a bit of an oral hygiene freak, so they’re perfect for my purse.

    As for this budding relationship, I would keep an eye on her. She looks large and in charge. Lincoln better bring his “A” game. Plus, I might be jealous.

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:25 am #

      I am so obsessed with swiping stuff, it’s sad. It’s not like I’m hoarding ridiculous amounts of them, just enough to get me through. But I am very stoked about these and can’t wait to use them.

      Lincoln like the big girls, which is very trite since he is a small man and it always seems to be that the little men like the big girls (coming from personal experience of course)

  3. vixter2010 June 6, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    I think I’d feel a bit self conscious if I was the only one in the restaurant, I’d feel like the waiters were judging what or how I was eating 🙂 I’ve only been to a casnio in Vegas, I’m not very lucky so don’t gamble much!

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:25 am #

      Yeah, it’s always weird when they are just standing around. Then I am stuck listening to their conversations and know more about their lives than I should

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 6, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Indiana after my time at Purdue 🙂 I was kind of dreading living there, but I ended up loving it!

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:26 am #

      West Laf is so much fun, I wish I had more time(or energy) to look around since I haven’t been there in ages.

  5. Carly June 6, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    There aren’t any casinos in South Carolina, and it’s not exactly the same, but my favorite way to bet is at the horse track! So. much. fun!

  6. christina June 6, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    why is that doll so big!?!? it’s freaking me out!

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:27 am #

      Haha, no clue. There were other big ones too and my niece is very small. Still perplexed….

  7. diana@mymarblerye June 6, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    do you know i’ve been craving a gyro for a week or so now…thanks for making me NEED it now. Anyways, there are casinos in colorado (I think) but for sure in new mexico!! comeeeeee

  8. Amanda June 6, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I’ve never been to Indiana but Andy has family in Huntington and Kokomo. I need to go one of these days.

    Linky’s gf is a hottie.

  9. leashieloo June 6, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Hey! I’ve been to that casino! I’m not really a big gambler but my boyfriend is obsessed with poker, so I get dragged out to them every now and again. Gambling only recently became legal in Ohio, so they’re in the process of building some casinos.

    • simplyshaka June 8, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      Random! It was alot nicer than I thought it was going to be.

  10. thefitacademic June 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Wow – that IS a crazy amount of meat! I bet the puppers loved it! We have Casinos here, but I never go. I’m not a big “gambler”

  11. According to Gus June 8, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Awwww – there’s nothing better than coming home to a waiting dogger. 🙂

    Mitch and I love casinos! We have every intention on hitting the jackpost while in Vegas. 😉


  1. The house always wins « Simply Shaka - August 4, 2011

    […] didn’t win. Not one cent, it was worse than my last visit to a casino at the Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana. At least they checked my ID when I walked into the Isle so that made me feel better about myself […]

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