Posted November 19, 2014in Community Featured, Downtown

Business in the front

Mullets is a rare anomaly that can only be experienced in person. First you have the décor. “Mulletin boards,” fishing gear, vintage license plates and everything mullet lines the walls of the interior. The “business in the front, party in the back” regalia works against the backdrop of Principal Park

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Posted November 12, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

New name, new food

Any frequent Jordan Creek Mall shoppers have probably noticed a change in what used to be Champps restaurant. The doors now have a brand new logo and the name Eighty Six’d prominently graces the entrance. The owners are the same, and the inside is basically unchanged. The menu seems to

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Posted November 12, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

All about the food

I could barely get it out of the box fast enough. Fresh from the field during harvest season, my farmer husband was hungry and had been looking forward to supper ever since I had called to let him know I was bringing home “Clayton’s ribs.” “Hurry up, I don’t need

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Posted November 05, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

Fiesta food

It seems rare to find someone who isn’t a fan of Mexican food. I mean, what’s not to like — chips, salsa, cheese, seasoned meats, margaritas? However, my husband is one of these people, much to my dismay. Because of that fact, I, along with some friends, set out to

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Posted November 05, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Authentically good

There’s something about girls and shopping and food that just goes together. Wait a minute… something’s missing. Girls, food, shopping — and margaritas. That’s what we need after a long day of shopping. Cancun Authentic Mexican Restaurant to the rescue. It was just the place for the girls and me

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Posted November 05, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Destination on Merle Hay Road

Sometimes it seems that restaurants come and go so quickly, they might as well be witches in the Land of Oz. A restaurant that stays open for more than 10 years must be doing something right. El Mariachi on Merle Hay Road has been in business for that long. After

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Posted October 22, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Comfort food

Autumn winds have a way of sending me for cover each year. I begin to crave comfort foods: warm breads, fruit pies with a dollop of whipped cream, a glazed doughnut with a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider and, most especially, a good cup of soup at noon.

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Posted October 15, 2014in Advice Column, Downtown

Q: Which over-the-counter cold remedy is right for me?

A: Here are five quick tips. • Watch for duplicate ingredients. Combination products such as DayQuil, Advil Cold & Sinus or Tylenol Cold & Head Congestion all may seem like very attractive solutions because they say on the package that they will treat your symptoms. For example, if you already

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Downtown

No passport, no problem

If English food is what you are craving, look no further than The Royal Mile. In fact, a Google search will show you it may be your only option in the Des Moines area. Since opening in 2001, The Royal Mile has been pleasing patrons with its style, beverage options

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Posted October 08, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

Healthy options

It was the moment I had been waiting for. The new restaurant, Mixed, had opened. Within just a few days of the grand opening, my family and I attended for dinner. Based purely on the name, I expected lots of healthy options and mainly salads or vegetarian meal choices. When

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