District 36 Wine Bar & Grille

District 36 is the second location that I’m judging food at for the 2016 Dine Iowa Grand Tasting Gala event. This is my third year of judging for this event. Chef Robert Anderson and I are the main judges. It is a privilege to get to work with him, the IRA […]

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Fall Into Fresh Flavors at Bonefish Grill – New Menu!

You can still catch great fish in the fall. But instead of having to reel in your line you can just move your fork to your mouth. Bonefish Grill has a tantalizing menu that will satisfy your taste buds this autumn. Last week, I had the luxury of […]


CABCo is 20

Downtown restaurant and brewery, Court Avenue Brewing Company (CABCo.), is gearing up to celebrate its much-anticipated 20th anniversary. Since 1996 the restaurant and its owner, Scott Carlson, have been a key part of the Court Avenue district’s growth and development, as well as a foundation for launching other […]

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Trellis Cafe is the first location that I’m judging food at for the 2016 Dine Iowa Grand Tasting Gala event. This is my third year of judging for this event. Chef Robert Anderson and I are the main judges. It is a privilege to get to work with him, the IRA […]


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 […]