Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: the Iowa School of Burlesque

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013

I enjoy watching women take off their clothes. So when I was offered the chance to interview the lovely and talented ladies of the Iowa School of Burlesque, I eagerly said...

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Restaurants

Why eat at a chain Wednesday: Gateway Market

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010

Who knew the Gateway Market had amazing catering? I sure didn’t. I was blown away at the quality of their catered food this past weekend at the Startup Weekend. Typically catered...

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Feature

Blonde Moments: Legally Blonde

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013

Last night I had the grand pleasure of seeing the final dress rehearsal with Standing Ovation for Legally Blonde at The Des Moines Playhouse directed by Ron Zieglar. All Arts...

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Beats for the soul

Tickets anyone?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

I had a couple things to post about today, but I cannot get the quality of music that is coming to Des Moines out of my head. So, that topic wins out… Let’s start in the short...

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Recent Posts

Spirits at Salisbury

Spirits at Salisbury

Oct 23, 2014

I’m always sad when Summer ends.  I miss the endless sunshine and the heat.  I miss stolen afternoons on Big Creek or long weekends at Saylorville Lake. I miss after work cocktails on a patio soaking in the sun.  September is a very hard month for me but with October comes the reminder of what I love about the Fall. There is the ever indulgent Pumpkin...

Instants – A Meeting of the Mind

Instants – A Meeting of the Mind

Oct 23, 2014

I really like Diamonds for Eyes, artistically and musically. I like their genre bouncing and their tip-toes into sounds without cannonballing into them. But what I think I deep down liked most about them is their persistence. Josh Putney, the lead singer and arguable brains behind the band, is not only a capable musician and talented artist, but he is a...

Great Menu, Vibe at New Saints Pub + Patio

Great Menu, Vibe at New Saints Pub + Patio

Oct 22, 2014

One of the great things about Des Moines is that we have plenty of restaurants to check out. My goal is to eat at every place in the metro. While I’m not sure that will ever happen, a girl can sure try. Another place to check off the list is the new Saints Pub + Patio by the Jordan Creek Town Center. This is the third Saints in the metro and is in the...

Ready to Gravitate

Ready to Gravitate

Oct 21, 2014

I come from a line of entrepreneurial types, and have once walked that path myself (and will be again soon, but no spoilers here!). It’s only natural that I’m drawn to all things that capture the spirit of entrepreneurialism. A few weeks ago, I made the plea on Twitter for a co-working space in downtown Des Moines. Somewhere that could be a good place to...

Restaurant Favorites: Americana

Restaurant Favorites: Americana

Oct 20, 2014

The local restaurant scene in Des Moines is one worth bragging about. It seems a new place to try pops up every month or two, and I have a growing list of places to try, such as Eatery A and Malo. While there is something I love about trying something new, there is also something to be said about returning to a favorite again and again. My husband and I have...

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Oct 20, 2014

One of the best things about October is Halloween. That’s obvious. There are other areas of Halloween and the season that truly make it memorable. The experiences and the rituals of the holiday are what really stick with me: carving pumpkins, eating candy, watching scary movies and scaring the crap out of people! This past weekend my wife and I took our son...

Loving Des Moines One Weekend at a Time

Loving Des Moines One Weekend at a Time

Oct 16, 2014

WHAT a weekend this last weekend was.  Not only did we make 2 big trips up to Downtown Des Moines, we had a lot of fun doing so. Nathan gets off work at 10 AM on Fridays, which gave us a great opportunity to go look at more places.  Friday wasn’t at all what we wanted it to be when it came to looking at places. We looked at 2 and realized they just...