Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Jen Kees, founder of Kees Camp Pole Fitness Studio

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

ACTUAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN ME AND MY WIFE: Me: So, I’m going to write another article for Des Moines is Not Boring. My wife: Oh yeah? What’s this one going to be about? Me:...

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Restaurants

Why eat at a chain Wednesday: Northern Lights Pizza

Posted by on Jul 14, 2010

The Why eat at a chain Wednesday posts usually involve an experience eating AT the establishment. Those experiences have driven many of the previous posts, yet I like to switch it...

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Feature

Central Iowa Biker Bars

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013

One of my favorite things about the Des Moines area is the incredible network of bike trails. And there’s nothing better than a long ride broken up by a stop at a bar along the...

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Beats for the soul

Moonrabbit – Water Damage

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014

I’m going to level with you. I’ve been a little off lately, and I wanted to take the week off just to clear my head a bit. When I started listening to Ames band Moonrabbit’s...

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Recent Posts

Field Division – Reverie State EP

Field Division – Reverie State EP

Oct 30, 2014

I had this fairly nice set of headphones at one point in my life. They were Bose or JVC or something. My mom got them for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. They weren’t super top of the line, but still pretty solid. Like I assume with most things that turn up missing, I am pretty sure my children ran off with them somewhere. My back up is a pair of...

Calling all Caramel Apple Fans!

Calling all Caramel Apple Fans!

Oct 29, 2014

This autumn, I find myself drawn toward the sweet, tangy combo of caramel apples. I snatched up this beauty at the farmer’s market. From Storybrook Orchards, the apple was wonderfully tart and crisp on the inside and had a solid yet soft caramel coating covered in peanuts on the outside. I’ve also heard that Chocolate Storybook has some eclectic caramel...

Des Moines Women in Tech

Des Moines Women in Tech

Oct 29, 2014

If you are a techie, you would know that last week and a half was a crazy whirlwind of tech events for #DSMTECHWEEK . There were fabulous events including but not limited to conferences, speaking events,  #Riseoftherest pitches and wins by Des Moines local StartUp like our very own Bawte (congrats again btw) and StartUp Weekend. What you may or may not know...

Trunk or Treat: Safe, Fun, Candy Jackpot

Trunk or Treat: Safe, Fun, Candy Jackpot

Oct 29, 2014

Back in the days of trick or treating, I remember mapping out my route block-by-block and house-by-house. Not all of my friends lived in my neighborhood, so we’d plan which neighborhoods we’d hit and coordinate rides from our parents. There was only so much time in the afternoon and too much candy to leave out there unclaimed. If only there was a better...

Grown-Up Halloween Fun in Des Moines

Grown-Up Halloween Fun in Des Moines

Oct 28, 2014

I have a friend named “Dave” and Dave has hosted some of the best Halloween parties I have attended here in Des Moines.  The parties were in his basement and the hosts and party-goers went all out with elaborate costumes and entertaining party games.  For a few years, Dave’s parties were my go-to adult Halloween events.  My friends and I made no other...

Having a Dog Downtown

Having a Dog Downtown

Oct 24, 2014

So many things have happened in the last few weeks that it is starting to get hard to identify which days are which.  It seems I keep asking myself what day it is and which day is next. That’s totally okay though, because soon it’ll be done before I know it- and I’ll be wishing I had the organized chaos back. I’m proud to say, Des Moines, that Nathan...

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...