Posted February 25, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Old friend gets new face

Sometimes, the newest place in town is really an old friend. In this case, it’s more than just a fresh new look at the ‘unofficial coffee shop of Iowa.’ After months of walking past the renovation, the all-new Market Café opened in Boone earlier this winter. Behind the sliding glass

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Posted February 25, 2015in Featured Story, Waukee

Satisfying the whole family

Going out for pizza, the easy answer for family dinner on a busy night – at least, it used to be. You want mushrooms, but mushrooms make your spouse gag. Your daughter wants meat-lovers, your son has decided to become a vegetarian, and you’re ready to go insane. When the

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Posted February 18, 2015in Community Featured, Downtown, Email blast

Punch your hunger

It’s no secret the relationship between Des Moines and Ames has experienced positive growth in recent years. A surge in the import and export of business, art and culinary achievements has led to quality offerings in both communities. Included in that cooperation is The Fighting Burrito, which opened their downtown

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Posted February 11, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Fort Dodge

A marriage made in heaven

I can still remember the first time I came here for any event. It was a bitterly cold, late December, night in the mid to late 1970s. I must have been in junior high, and this was the swankiest place I had ever seen on the face of the earth.

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Posted February 11, 2015in Community Featured, West Des Moines

Family friendly

On a particularly cold and wet Sunday, my family and I decided we needed a fun meal. We had heard that Cowboy Jacks in West Glen was a family friendly restaurant so we decided to see for ourselves. We drove right up and luckily found a spot very close to

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Posted February 04, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured

A place to linger

There is something about the ambience at Sip that suits me so well. It is one of my favorite places to come for a quiet dinner and relaxing conversation. My husband and I enjoyed an early Valentine’s style outing to Sips on a recent Saturday. He loved it as much

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Posted February 04, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

English eats

It certainly isn’t a common road to go from Ph.D. physicist to pub owner, but that’s the path that Marcus Johnson has taken as owner of the Mucky Duck. The Englishman came to Ames as a post-doctoral student at Iowa State University, but after a series of life changes, he

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Posted February 04, 2015in Email blast, Featured Story, Johnston

A surprise inside

Quick: think about grabbing a meal at your local supermarket. What comes to mind? Fried chicken, most likely. A casserole or two. Cheesy potatoes. Macaroni salad. Desserts that feature lots of whipped topping. Good old standbys. Comfort food, picnic food. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s just not what you’d

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Posted January 21, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

A Sight to Behold

In small town Iowa, a certain chain of convenience stores has cornered the market on fresh made pizza. Their motto “Famous for Pizza” spells it out. In Bondurant, Polito’s Pizza House has competed for over 12 years in a town that is home to two of those previously mentioned convenience

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Posted January 21, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Waukee

New Year, New Food

Baby, it’s cold outside. The bitter Iowa winter has wrapped me up in its frigid embrace and I have to say, there’s no place like…anywhere but here. With the Tundra-like weather and no holidays on the horizon, I find myself looking for excitement, looking for a change. Sadly, my credit

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