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Julia has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia loves writing about food & wine on her website, WineJulia.com.
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Local Lunch Gals: Indulge!

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IMAG0841The Lunch Gals could not have picked a better place than Indulge! while literally indulging in our last “eat whatever we want” soiree before starting our diets. From Berry Mimosas to Pumpkin Pie cookies, we enjoyed every last sip and bite of our lunch at Springfield’s unique eatery and espresso lounge at Indulge!.

Set in the center of a 9,500 square foot eclectic vintage and antique’s store off of Mohawk Boulevard in Springfield, the eatery and espresso lounge, Back Yard Bistro, was bustling with lunch goers surrounded by everything from beautiful antique cabinets, dressers and dining sets to clothing, shoes and jewelry. Some of the tables set within the Bistro had gorgeously enormous crystal chandeliers hanging above them, while all had lit candles and eye catching centerpieces. Completed and mismatched dining sets, both new and vintage, created a welcoming, fun and casual environment.

IMAG0846The menu was more extensive than one would think for an eatery inside an antique’s store: Soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, quiches and desserts. Beverages included sodas, teas, espressos, mochas and lattes, and wine and beer – local wine to boot, which always adds a cool point in my book.

Knowing that each of us were starting diets in less than two days, indulging was a part of the plan. We started out with Berry Mimosa’s: dark red in color, packed full of flavor, fizzy and downright delicious. Jennifer ordered the Bradley’s French Dip and added a side salad, Maria ordered The Famous Cobb Salad, and I ordered a bowl of New England Clam Chowder served with two large planks of grilled cheesy garlic bread. Aside from the quiche, pizza, hot dog, sides and beverages, everything on the menu was $9.

IMAG0826This was our first outing since my birthday, back in November, when we ordered from Pony Express for a home delivery of Chao Praya. It’s amazing how time flies. This was when we realized how many Thai restaurants there are in our rather small city of Eugene – we thought of at least fourteen. The idea of having a Thai Taste-Off to discover Eugene’s best Pad Thai was born, which we still have in the works. This is open to the public, who can bring their favorite Pad Thai to be tasted and voted on. We’re still looking for the perfect spot and will be sure to announce the date and place once we have everything confirmed. For more details and to sign up, read the Chao Praya article here.

Anyway, we were glad to be able to finally get together to enjoy some gal pal time over food and wine. The main topic of our conversation was our upcoming diets. Jennifer has now started the HCG diet, under a physician’s care. Maria is conquering the Paleo diet, and I am living the low-carb lifestyle. Have no fear, our diets will not hold us back from meeting for lunch and having fun. In fact, it’s motivated us to find restaurants in Eugene that can accommodate our dieting society! The Gals love a mission, and we’ll be sharing our finds with our readers.

My soup was hearty, warm and delicious. The two planks of bread were covered in melted cheese, and a secret dressing between the cheese and the bread added a nice texture that was packed full of flavors. Maria’s salad was stacked-high and was topped with crispy bacon and hard-boiled eggs. Jennifer’s French Dip had tasty tender roasted beef on a grilled hoagie, and it was mouthwatering dipped in the Au Jus.

IMAG0833Co-owner, Montana, is one of four partners who own Indulge!. As she told us about some of the approximately 50 vendors within the 9,500 square foot building, she exuded happiness and pride – they’ve definitely got a good thing going. She says being surrounded by loving people, including her parents, sister and co-owner husband who run the bistro with her, the business has been a huge success. In fact, as stated on their menu and website, “It is a good idea to call ahead, even for 2 or more, we will reserve you a wonderful table. If you forget or just show up, no worries, we are very good at improvising, we will set you up!”

IMAG0835For dessert, as stuffed as we were, we could not resist one last indulgence after seeing a tray full of goodies from Sweet Life Patisserie. Both Maria and Jennifer ordered a Turtle – decadent chocolate with caramel and almonds, and I ordered a Pumpkin Cookie. Everything was savory, delightful and truly a great way to indulge before dieting.

Before departing, and after browsing the 9,500 square feet of treasures, we picked up a flyer about an interesting upcoming event that Indulge! will be hosting May 4 & 5, 2013: Barn & Field Festival. On ten acres out in Marcola, over 200 antique, primitive and artisan vendors will be showing off their collections; in addition to, food, wine and beer vendors. There will be live music and overnight camping is available. Campers are encouraged to bring their own items to sell at their camp sites. For details and to reserve your spot, visit: www.indulge1461.com.

Indulge! gets the Local Lunch Gals Recommended Eats seal of approval- we highly recommend it and will most certainly return. Light bulb! Maybe we’ll have some Local Lunch Gals Recommended Eats stickers made for restaurants that we recommend.

Indulge! 1461 Mohawk Blvd., Springfield, 97477

LLGals

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