Crazy eggs, peaches and cream
Sustenance for a day marking history
Creighton’s Crazy Egg Cafe & Rocket Science
I like to take little road trips with my family (you might see some of our adventures in upcoming issues) because you never know what you’ll find around the corners of some of these smaller towns. I hit up Warsaw quite regularly because of their cute shops and amazing selection of fab restos (Cerulean! Oak & Alley! One Ten Craft Meatery! Noa Noa!). I recently stumbled across Creighton’s Crazy Egg Cafe there, a family friendly spot for breakfast and lunch with a full espresso bar (we don’t even have such a spot in Fort Wayne). There are all sorts of cute details too, such as a large tractor on display and funky egg chair for taking silly selfies with your kids (that’s what I did, anyway), wire egg basket light fixtures and a little egg-themed retail shop. Our food was delicious and we had such a fun time visiting this cheery space. Since we were sort-of in the area, we dashed over to Nappanee to try the ice cream from Rocket Science, located within a cool mini-mall of sorts. Rocket Science uses liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze their fresh ingredients and cream into bespoke single batches! And oh my stars, the ice cream is deliciously silky. I’d make the drive for a single serving. Visit Creighton’s Crazy Egg Cafe at 4217 W. Old Road 30, Warsaw, 46580. To check out their hours, menu and more information, visit www.crazyegg.info or call (574) 267 – 3549. Rocket Science is located inside the Coppes Commons building, 401 E. Market St., Nappanee, 46550. For full information about all the shops inside the commons and their individual operating hours, visit www.coppescommons.com.
Historical Markers Around Town
While you’re out and about, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather of Summer in Fort Wayne, take time to notice the historical markers and plaques around town. Some are harder to find than others, but all of them will give you a glimpse into the city, places and people of long ago. I parked my car in a different spot downtown one day, which caused me to walk by a plaque in front of Midwest Pipe & Steel on Berry St. marking the approximate location of Mother George’s house. She was a Civil War nurse who heroically served alongside the Union Army. Another marker, tucked behind Don Hall’s Gas House, accompanies the statue atop the restaurant of Charles Centlivre, the Frenchman who founded the long-defunct Centlivre Brewery. I love spotting these little bits of Fort Wayne’s history and am excited to hunt for more as I stroll the streets of our lovely city. For comprehensive maps of Fort Wayne’s many historical landmarks and points of interest, visit www.archfw.org and click Heritage Trail. If you’re a tactile person and prefer holding a book, On The Heritage Trail is a beautiful paperback version of the information on the ARCH website, available for purchase at The History Center for $10. It would make a lovely gift for history buffs, visitors to Fort Wayne or former residents who enjoy reminders of home.
The Peach Truck
Last year, I received a text from a friend that The Peach Truck was in town that day. Having no idea what that really meant, and as a now-curious peach lover, I texted her back for more information. She told me to scoot over to the parking lot of a hardware store to buy a box of fresh peaches, direct from Georgia, so I did. What a delight! My family and I snacked and dined on beautiful peaches for weeks, incorporating some of them into savory dishes for dinner. Naturally, I signed up for their e-newsletter so I’d never miss their annual trip to Fort Wayne. While on the website, I also perused their many fab peach-based recipes, complete with magazine-worthy images that will make you drool. The Peach Truck is coming to Fort Wayne on Thursday June 8th and will set up at three different Connolly’s Do It Best locations around town: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at 515 E. Dupont Rd., 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at 5221 S. Calhoun St., and 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at 10301 Illinois Rd. The Peach Truck’s tour is quite comprehensive so check out their full schedule, and get some fab peach recipe inspo, by visiting www.thepeachtruck.com.