Mexican restaurant opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Maria and Blake Adams had never operated their own restaurant before, so when they decided to open their doors for business for the first time over the lunch hour Sunday, they were well aware that everything might not go perfectly.

Entertainment listings, March 2-9, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Family-friendly for everyone.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. March 3.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

More info: Email


Meg Makes: Sometimes, it's best to keep it simple

This weekend, my husband cooked a simple but satisfying Sunday lunch.

The roast beef rub calls for common spices, but all together, they taste like something special. And even though I'm not crazy about garlic, I highly recommend it caramelized on Brussels sprouts.

These dishes are proof that simple food can be the best food.


My Amish Home: Looks like spring is springing up early

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow, for what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, 'If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.' Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:14-17

Today's Special: Urbana's Lindy Lu serving 'hot luck, cold libations'

URBANA — Popcorn, candy and beverages are on the menu at one of Urbana's newest businesses.

Lindy Lu's Place opened at 202 W. University Ave. on Feb. 14. Its slogan is "hot luck, cold libations."

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

My Amish Home: Warm weather has our plants confused

"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken. The grass withereth and the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." Isaiah 40:5, 7-8

Meg Makes: Casserole sure to be a crowd-pleaser

I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday with my immediate family members this weekend, and my mom made this rice-and-broccoli casserole as a side dish. It's simple enough, but it was a big hit.

To Your Health: Cauliflower is not just broccoli's paler cousin


Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table.

While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too!

Today's Special: C-U comeback for Taco John's

CHAMPAIGN — Taco John's opened its doors Monday at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign, its windows looking out to the next-door Carmike 13 movie theater.

"Three decades ago, there was one on campus, and Taco John's definitely has a loyal following," owner/franchisee Chris Saunders said. "It was time we came back."

The eatery has 40 to 45 employees.