Our Favorite Northern Indiana Restaurants for Takeout

Seafood Gumbo | Mishawaka, IN

Hungry for something that’s different from what you can cook up at home? Here are three Northern Indiana restaurants that offer a diverse range of culinary delights.

Chicory Cafe

The Chicory Cafe is Mishawaka’s source for delectable New Orleans-inspired cuisine. If you’re hungry for a shrimp po boy, seafood gumbo, or some hearty cornbread, you can’t beat the Chicory Cafe. Luckily, your cravings don’t have to go unanswered in these uncertain times — this fine establishment offers both takeout and delivery options.

Caracas Bistro

Craving something a little special? Check out the Caracas Bistro, which dishes up Venezuelan street food. This eatery offers famous shredded beef empanadas, cheese-stuffed breadsticks called Tequenos, all sorts of sandwiches, and even tasty desserts. Best of all, the Caracas Bistro offers both takeout and delivery!

Sunny’s Korean Restaurant

Sunny’s Korean Restaurant is a family business that’s dishing up delicious, authentic cuisine for the past 28 years. With a menu that includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, you can’t go wrong by choosing Sunny’s. Just keep in mind that Sunny’s is only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, the restaurant offers contactless takeout and delivery through DoorDash.

At Jordan Toyota, we’re proud to be northern Indiana’s premier Toyota dealership. Call us for more recommendations on where to find yummy eats near Mishawaka — or if you have any questions about car care this summer.

3 Simple Hobbies You Can Do At Home

Woman crafting with child | Mishawaka, IN

If you’re finding yourself bored and stuck in your house during these uncertain times, consider dipping your toes into a new hobby. For your consideration, here’s a quick list of easy, affordable hobbies you can do at home.

Take in some documentaries and podcasts

If you’ve run out of shows to binge, check out some documentaries. Streaming services and online video platforms are full of interesting and informative films on fascinating subjects. Podcasts are also a great way to learn new facts and stay entertained — plus, you don’t have to look at a screen, so they’re easy to enjoy while you do household chores.

Try your hand at a new craft

Learning a new craft doesn’t have to be expensive — you can find online video tutorials for everything from drawing and origami to sewing and knitting. In addition to using cheap or readily available supplies, a craft can help you focus and keep your mind off the stresses of everyday life.

Play games with housemates

Stuck indoors with family or roommates? Pass the time with cards or board games. A pack of playing cards only costs a dollar or two, and there’s a seemingly endless variety of games you can play with them. While some board games can be a little pricy, they also provide plenty of at-home fun.

Caring for a vehicle can also be a fun hobby — if you’d like to get behind the wheel of a new car, contact us at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka.

How to Safely Handle a Tire Blowout

2020 Toyota Tacoma Tire | Mishawaka, IN

One moment, you’re driving around the South Bend area without a care in the world. The next moment, your tire has blown out and you’re losing control of your vehicle. What should you do? To prepare yourself for — and prevent — this dangerous situation, review these tips on tire blowout safety.  

Recovering from a tire blowout

If your tire blows out, do your best to stay calm. Panicked braking, acceleration, or turning could send your car spinning out of control. Keep your hands on the wheel and steer the vehicle straight, then gently push down on the gas pedal to keep up your forward momentum.

If you’ve regained some control over the steering, ease up on the gas and let the car slow down. If you can, activate the emergency blinkers. Once your speed is under 30 mph, carefully apply the brakes. Pull off to the side when you’re going slowly enough to do so safely.

Preventing a tire blowout

Not every tire blowout can be prevented, but a few simple precautions can greatly decrease your odds of experiencing one. Start by checking your tire pressure regularly, either with your own pressure tool or at a gas station. This is especially important during hot Indiana summers, when extreme heat can cause your tire pressure to rise too high.

You can also prevent tire blowouts by making sure your tires are in good condition. If they’re worn or cracked, you’ll face a greater blowout risk.

Here at Jordan Toyota, our service staff is ready to give you the help you need to prevent tire blowouts. Bring your vehicle in soon for a pressure check, an inspection, or a new set of tires — and leave with greater peace of mind.

Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Car

Couple packing up a 2020 Toyota Prius | Mishawaka, IN

Save time — and your sanity — by taking a few minutes to organize your car. It’s a great way to keep messes at bay and ensure that you can find what you need when you need it. 

Glove compartment organization

If your glove compartment is a bit chaotic, there’s an easy fix for that. Purchase some small folders, label them, and use them for insurance information, service records, and other papers. An expandable organizer or folder would also be a good solution.

Center console organization

Is your center console overflowing with loose change, pens, charging cables, and other random items? Impose some order by placing a handbag organizer on the console. You could even make your own center console organizer using a cardboard box. 

Back-seat organization

Whether you’re hauling kids or traveling solo, it’s easy for the back seat to fill up with everything from trash to toys. Keep a tote or plastic box on hand to organize your children’s stuff. You could also hang a shower caddy or remote holder on the back of the front seat to keep important items in one spot. For trash, a plastic bag tucked inside a cereal container makes a handy receptacle.

Trunk organization

To organize the tools, jumper cables, and emergency kit items in your trunk or cargo hold, grab a box or tote. You may also want to stash a laundry basket back there — it’s a great way to keep groceries secure, and you can also use it to reduce back-and-forth trips between the vehicle and the house.

At Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, we want you to get the most out of your time behind the wheel, and these tips for organizing your car are a great place to start.