What’s in a Name?

Dear reader, I hate to break it to you, but the stereotype is true: Iowans are really, truly, genuinely nice people. I mean it, Iowa Nice is a real thing, not just a viral YouTube video! Having lived on the east coast for the first 22 years of […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Food Delivery in Des Moines 4

Every week, whether it’s during the business day or evening, calendar notifications pop up and take your time away from fun things like grabbing lunch with friends or getting a bite to eat at a restaurant. When those to-do lists take over your life and take you away […]

Fresh Catches at Bonefish Grill

The wood-grilled fresh fish experts at Bonefish Grill are sailing into summer with the launch of a new seasonal menu. It features delights like fresh, hand-cut simply grilled Wild Salmon, Rockfish with Citrus Aioli + Shrimp topping and Dayboat Scallops — sushi grade George’s Bank scallops on a […]


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The Fighting Burrito – Downtown Des Moines 1

Within the past couple of years, The Fighting Burrito has taken off and landed in the Des Moines food scene. What is a hot, late night, feast for college students at Iowa State is now an afternoon lunch break and a chill evening dinner joint for people of […]

L’Italiano – Authentic Italian Eatery 2

There are several restaurants in downtown Des Moines that focus on creating Italian food but there is one restaurant that is working on bringing true, authentic Italian food to Des Moines. I have written about this restauranteur, MJ Gazali, before stating that the ‘g’ in Gazali’s also meant great.  […]

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2016 Iowa Best Burger Competition

Recently, I decided that I was going to take on a challenge of eating all 10 burgers on the 2016 Iowa Best Burger Challenge map. I knew that the task would take lots of miles, lots of company and an extra stick of deodorant to help halt the meat […]

2016 Collaboration – More Than Just Beer 1

What do you picture when you hear the phrase “Collaboration Beer”? Do you think of a specific brew? Works of Love by Hill Farmstead and SARA (among others). Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp series? Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, the Imperial stout brewed by Stone founder Greg Koch & friends? […]

Des Moines Beer Week Brewers

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Draft Beer to Go – Previewing Iowa’s Growler Stations 2

When I first started home-brewing, one of the things biggest things I wasn’t prepared for wasn’t even part of the process itself; it was the lingo. As any home-brewer/craft beer junkie can attest, the litany of terms used to explain beer and the brewing process can be, well…intimidating. Trying […]

2016 Culinary Affair 1

There is no doubt that one of the best night’s for eating in Des Moines happens when the Iowa Restaurant Association throws their annual Culinary Affair. It’s a night full of laughter, fun, fantastic food and a great opportunity for aspiring chefs in the ProStart Program.  Last year, […]

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Sakari Sushi Lounge

We’ve all had a time in our lives when we remember trying something new for the first time. Some of it was good and some of it was bad. In this case, the first time I had sushi, like, legitimately tried sushi in Des Moines was at Sakari […]