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Events

Peace Tree sets up for Micro-Brew Night at Mars Cafe

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013

When it seemed like there was little room for additional micro-breweries in the market, Peace Tree somehow figure a way to win a lot of us over. Just a few years ago, the stock-up...

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Restaurants

Wasabi Tao, the Downtown place for really good Sushi

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013

4th Street downtown has been one of my favorite places since moving to Des Moines and now there’s one more restaurant adding to the eclectic mix of venues that stretch from...

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Feature

Get your Irish on Des Moines!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013

Twelve percent of the U.S. population traces ancestry to Ireland. But it seems like more on March 17 when the wearin’ of the green is practiced by a rainbow of peoples. In Des...

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Beats for the soul

HD Harmsen and the Electrophones– Papoose

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013

I use the phrase “multi-genre” or something similar a lot when I write about music. I think with the way artists present their music in this day and age, “multi-genre” or...

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Recent Posts

Favorite Iowa Music of 2014

Favorite Iowa Music of 2014

Dec 18, 2014

I do this every year, but this year might have been the hardest, so far. I think I say that every year, too, but this year, I really mean it. It wasn’t just the locating of the albums and making sure I had heard my fair share, it was the way music is released that has made this so hard. So many bands releasing singles, short ep’s and music videos instead of...

4 Farms to Hunt for the Perfect Christmas Tree

4 Farms to Hunt for the Perfect Christmas Tree

Dec 17, 2014

Growing up, my family had the tradition of going to a store or impromptu tree lot to pick out a Christmas tree. With five people, this is not as easy as it sounds. We each had our own criteria of what we wanted — rather, expected — out of the perfect tree.  The type, height, width, fullness, color and smell were all part of the checklist with different...

Precautionary Measures Help Battle Cabin Fever!

Precautionary Measures Help Battle Cabin Fever!

Dec 16, 2014

I don’t have cabin fever quite yet.  While November seemed pretty wintery, December in Des Moines this year has ranged from mediocre to mildly pleasant.  To all the white Christmas fanatics out there, I am sure there is some disappointment. But I am not yet feeling trapped and cooped up, so I am more than fine with it.  Come January, however, cabin fever...

Pets With Human Names Goes With the Flow and Finds Their Own Sound         

Pets With Human Names Goes With the Flow and Finds Their Own Sound         

Dec 11, 2014

I like Queens of the Stone Age. I like them a lot. I know I’m not the only one. They have been a favorite of mine and many others for a long time. Their sound is unique, their attitude is unparalleled and their talent is immense. There aren’t a lot of bands who can pull off what they can do because few have that combination of swagger and ability. I think...

Culinary Fight Night comes to DSM

Culinary Fight Night comes to DSM

Dec 10, 2014

Mark your calendars and vote on the mystery ingredient for the Iron Chef style show-down on January 11, 2015. Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli of Splash & Jethro’s will be taking on Executive Chef of Catering DSM Mike Holman in a Culinary Fight Night. Vote HERE to help choose the mystery ingredients the chefs will have to incorporate into the...

Fun with Beer, Des Moines Style

Fun with Beer, Des Moines Style

Dec 9, 2014

Across the country, the craft beer movement has continued to grow, with reports that more barrels of craft beer were shipped in 2013 than barrels of Budweiser.  Bars continue to add craft beer choices to keep up with the demand of the pickier beer consumer.  Personally, I will avoid a good restaurant if their beer selection proves disappointing.  Quality...

The Maytags – Nova (EP)

The Maytags – Nova (EP)

Dec 4, 2014

Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos seemed to be a band that was everywhere for a while. Gig after gig, they honed their sound into not only a dynamic live show, but also a band that could put out a quality album, as well. So, it seemed a bit odd to me that Smith would want to strip down what worked so well with the Sunday Silos and change it up into The Maytags....