Christmas in July – Dr. Leibovitz Recommendations

Back in December, we shared some of your friendly neighborhood go-to foot doc’s favorite things in our “Stocking Stuffers for Feet (and More!)” blog post. Well, we’ve determined it’s time for some “Christmas in July”-style updates!

There are numerous restaurants in the greater Indianapolis community—and we’ve previously noted the local food trucks that stop by Triton Brewery—but a couple that really stand out are Fitzgerald's Lunch House and PORTER Books & Bread.Providing Future Favorites

Fitzgerald’s Lunch House was founded by Dana Fitzgerald, and is now run by her son Kyle. Dana has been performing catering for all manners of occasions and events for over 30 years. As such, it only makes sense that Kyle was pretty much raised in the kitchen. In addition to family pedigree, Kyle honed his craft at such establishments as GT South’s, Ocean Prime, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Now he crafts fresh lunch selections—using locally-sourced goods as often as possible!—for customers during the weekdays for working men and women across town.

No matter if you enjoy the patio at Fitzgerald’s or grab a boxed lunch to go, you are simply going to have a delicious meal. If you choose to dine there, you may be interested in knowing that Kyle not only made your food – he also created the art hanging on the walls!

Much like with Fitzgerald’s, PORTER Books & Bread is committed to using locally-sourced goods in their handmade food. If they are unable to make something themselves, they will try to find someone local who does!

You can certainly enjoy the fresh, artisan breads and biscotti, but don’t forget to take advantage of their wide selection (over 500!) of books. They generally range between $1-$10, although you can bring in some of your old books and exchange them. As if the great food and affordable books aren’t enough fantastic service, they also provide book reviews on their website.

Since “man cannot live on bread alone,” let’s look at some other current favorites, including:

  • Hiking boots. It’d certainly be understandable if you have an image in mind of a clunky boot that weighs a ton, but there have been remarkable advancements in hiking/backpacking boots as of late. These footwear offer incredible control, are usually waterproof, and can help regulate your pronation. Personally, Lowa is a particular favorite, but Vasque , Asolo, and Merrel are other brands to check out. If you are looking for the right place to pick some up, Rusted Moon Outfitters and REI in Castleton are great choices.Hiking boots

Note to hiking boot manufacturers:  I would love to try your boots and possibly recommend them! (I wear a size-12 and you can easily find the office address here on the website…)

  • Our office location. We are located right next to Ft. Ben State Park, which—as we’ve previously noted here in our blog—is simply an awesome place. (Actually, you can count Ft. Ben as being one of our favorite things as well!)

In addition to our state park neighbor, the office location is ideal for getting to anywhere in town quickly, which also means it’s convenient for our patients to come see us as well.

  • Extremit-ease compression garments. When we need to control advanced swelling, this is the product we’ve started to use. It’s so much easier to use than compression hose, plus it is 2-3x more powerful. This great product will prevent hospitalizations that previously would have been needed for cellulitis and venous stasis ulcers.


  • The trail crew from HMBA (Hoosier Mountain Bike Association). Have to give a shout-out to the trail crew members who work tirelessly on the mountain bike and hiking trails (including those in Fort Ben). Trail-building sessions are on Wednesday evenings, and announced on the Fort Harrison Mountain Bikers Facebook page. These guys are part artist, part engineer, and part chain gang escapees! The new website is a little tricky to navigate, but you can find trail status updates and warnings when to stay off of trails to prevent damaging them.

Before signing off, it’s worth noting that the new Spider-Man movie hasn’t come out as of writing this post, but you only need to see the Spidey lab coat (and pick up on the “friendly neighborhood” reference…) to know I’m looking forward to it and hope it’ll prove to be a future “favorite.”

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