Posted July 23, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Summer tradition

I really can’t call it summer without a trip to this little home of Blizzards and sundaes, Dilly Bars and strawberry malts, and oh-so-many other good things. Summer in America is almost boring without a nearby, neighborhood Dairy Queen. And that’s one of the fun things — sitting down while

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Posted July 09, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

New hot spot

On a beautiful Tuesday evening, my husband and I decided to check out Bar Louie, a new hot spot in the Jordan Creek Town Center area. The outside patio and cool garage door sides that are opened in nice weather were eye-catching enough to get my attention. As we walked

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Posted July 09, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

It’s all good stuff

I caught the delightful scents of Mexico as we opened the door At Lomita’s on a hot Saturday afternoon. It was cool inside, our first bit of refreshment from the summer sun. My dining companion and I found a quiet booth, not too far from the buffet for him and

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Posted July 02, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

A great Aunt

It’s said that the concept for Aunt Maude’s came about on a Sunday morning in 1975 after a few Bloody Mary cocktails. Though Aunt Maude the person is mythical, the restaurant is anything but, surviving for nearly four decades as an Ames date night mainstay. Despite her age, Maude has

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Posted July 02, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Simple delights of summer

There’s no age limit at a soda fountain. We waited in line behind old men and boys, opting to shop awhile inside this lovely drug store on the corner while mulling over the flavors and choices before us. I watched breathlessly as the woman behind the counter plopped huge scoops

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Posted July 02, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

This little piggy

I have a few goals in life. I want to get my alleged flower garden under control. I want to lose a few (OK, several) pounds. And I want to visit every incarnation of Jethro’s BBQ in the area. Hmmm — those last two goals may not work the best

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Posted June 25, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Start the day right

We’re breakfast people, my husband and I. In fact, I haven’t slept in on a weekend since we got married. At home during the week, he prepares a working man’s breakfast of toast, sausage and fresh-from-our-chicken-coop eggs. There’s usually enough left over on his plate to feed me as well.

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Posted June 18, 2014in Community Featured, Webster City

Good as Grandma’s

The patio under the shade of some old oak trees looked particularly inviting behind the Grid Iron Sports Bar and Grill, but with a few clouds to the west we decided to enjoy the comforts of dining inside on this early June evening. We had gotten the families together, parents

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Posted June 11, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

New experience

On date night with my husband, we were looking for something new and different. We had seen Blue Tomato but we had never stopped in to eat, and we were interested in what they had to offer. We rolled into the parking lot and easily found a spot right in

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Posted June 11, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Spice and zing

In all the continuing growth on Fifth Avenue South, how is it that I have missed this wonderful little place? Now, as every week seems to bring news of another dining establishment of sorts planing to break ground on the Corridor of Commerce, it’s finally time to review the one

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