Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Open Society

Inventive and fresh, Open Society Public House is a new-ish coffee and wine bar, serving South American inspired cuisine in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. I’ve been there for brunch, afternoon coffee, and dinner. The handcrafted cashew-date milk is a tasty dairy-free option for lattes. They offer delectable homemade gluten-free and vegan treats, as well as gluten-free, vegan, and […]

Simple Style

If you asked me to sum up what I love and how I hope to inspire others with my life, I would tell you that I want to live a life of authenticity, beauty, and simplicity. I want to encourage others to live as they are–to be confident in who they were made to be, […]

Happy Anniversary to A Couple Cooks!

I am so excited to be a guest on the one-year anniversary episode of A Couple Cooks Podcast! Alex and Sonja Overhiser are the creative brains behind A Couple Cooks, and I’ve been a huge fan of their blog for years. They believe that “real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our […]

Simple Taste Bakery

There aren’t many gluten-free bakeries in the Indianapolis area, aside from some cupcake-specific bakeries and farmer’s market finds here and there. This past spring I discovered Simple Taste–a bakery in Carmel, just north of Indy. EVERYTHING is gluten-free, dairy-free, and yeast-free. Jenny, owner and baker, has a lot of allergies and is sensitive and accommodating […]

Juice Bar

The newest Juice Bar–with the first Indiana location in Carmel–is just what the Indianapolis area needs! A new Juice Bar is being renovated in the Keystone area. The owners hope to open more stores in the Indianapolis area in the near future. Juice Bar offers an overwhelming variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. […]

Best GF Places in Indy

I wrote a review on, offering a guide to visitors who are looking for gluten-free dining options. You can check it out here!

Wild and Free

For much of my life, I’ve found myself stuck in the middle of feeling like I’m never enough and too much all at once. I’ve been chained by the words not enough–not pretty enough, or smart enough, or far enough along in my life compared to others. I’ve also believed I’m too much–too loud, too opinionated, too […]

Shoefly Public House

Do you ever find yourself in an eating rut? Adam and I often frequent the same restaurants because we know what to expect and it’s easy and convenient. We’ve been trying to branch out of our Indianapolis suburb and support more local Indianapolis establishments. We’ve been to Shoefly Public House a few times and we […]

The Garden Table

Trying out new (to us), local places is something the hubs and I love to do. This past weekend, we visited The Garden Table–a local eatery and juicery in Broad Ripple. In the mood for cold pressed juice, we ordered the $10 juice flight, which offered four flavors in 5-oz. glasses. We chose Amped Almond […]

Apple Pear Crisp

Last week I signed up for my first Green BEAN Delivery order* (I love supporting local farmers and artisans), and I decided to order organic red Starkrimson pears, golden delicious apples, gala apples, and honey crisp apples from the produce selection. (I guess you could say that autumn was on the brain!) This dessert is […]