The state revs up around the Indy 500 race, but otherwise it's about slow-paced pleasures in corn-stubbled Indiana: pie-eating in Amish Country, meditating in Bloomington's Tibetan temples and admiring the big architecture in small Columbus. For the record, folks have called Indianans 'Hoosiers' since the 1830s, but the word's origin is unknown. One theory is that early settlers knocking on a door were met with 'Who's here?' which soon became 'Hoosier.' It's certainly something to discuss with locals, perhaps over a traditional pork tenderloin sandwich.
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A field guide to 20 great regional sandwiches of the USA
Behold the sandwich: a modern culinary wonder of the world. Named for a British Earl, borrowed from the Dutch, invented by some unheralded genius that first stuffed something tasty inside of dough and ate it, and, in modern day, mastered by the Americans.
Dark Lord Day: a pilgrimage to the best beer on earth
The sun had just cracked the horizon, and already crowds had formed. They huddled around fires, roasted meats and waited for their Dark Lord. It sounds medieval, but if you're a beer fanatic you know the scene is Munster, Indiana, 25 miles outside Chicago. The fires are portable grills, the meats are bratwursts.