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10 Questions

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Bonita Crowe, owner of The Grapevine

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

Bonita Crowe is a dynamo. She and her husband Keith run The Grapevine, a unique music venue offering an intimate setting where people can drink wine and listen to live music...

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Restaurants

Quinton’s: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013

It’s unrelenting in downtown Des Moines during the month of July.  The outdoor sauna maxed out, impossible to move without losing your best shirt to perspiration.  Our...

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Feature

Bacon Takeover!

Posted by on May 17, 2011

The power bacon has over popular culture continues to grow right here at home and across the country.  It seems when creating a restaurant menu or a new menu item, adding...

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Beats for the soul

Where is your favorite local-band playing this weekend?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011

Ok, it is apparent we were completely fooled last week – winter is not yet over – it is freaking cold outside! One way I usually try to get over this time of year is with...

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Recent Posts

Holiday Promenade 2014

Holiday Promenade 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Last year I went to my first East Village Holiday Promenade. Looking back, even though it was bitterly cold, I still remember the night as sort of magical. A group of friends and I wandered through the east village in search of freebies and fun times. We started off in Raygun with a free bottle of hard cider and #overheardinthestore book with purchase. We wound...

The Holiday Season: Winter’s Silver Lining

The Holiday Season: Winter’s Silver Lining

Nov 18, 2014

While my distaste for winter is well-documented, it is understood that the only element of the winter season that is tolerable to me is the holidays.  I do wish the holidays came later in the winter season, maybe right before spring.  That way, January 2nd wouldn’t seem quite so bleak and foreboding.  Knowing that the cold and snow have only just started...

Malo: Quite an Enjoyable Experience

Malo: Quite an Enjoyable Experience

Nov 17, 2014

I had my first Malo experience last week and it was delicious. For my Spanish-speaking friends, I am not talking about having a deliciously bad experience. Malo is one of Des Moines’ newer restaurants, and though its name may say otherwise (Malo means bad in Spanish), it is not bad. In fact, I quite enjoyed my experience. I visited with friends over...

Wooly’s: Live Music and Life

Wooly’s: Live Music and Life

Nov 17, 2014

Music has always been a big part of my life. When I was in high school and college it got me through some tough times. As I got older, I had the opportunity to experience music first-hand: my music collection grew, I had time and money to attend concerts and I started playing several instruments. I’m not that good, but I wanted to be a rockstar! It has been a...

Waukee: Living in the Wild, Wild West

Waukee: Living in the Wild, Wild West

Nov 11, 2014

In March of this year, my family and I packed up our home in Urbandale and moved into a new home located just west of the old one.  We technically live in a little sliver of Clive, sandwiched between Urbandale and Waukee.  Even though I pay the city of Clive for water and trash pick-up, when I tell people where I live, I usually reference a landmark in...

The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation: Fun Sized Tastes of Some of Des Moines’ Best Music

The Des Moines 4 Track Compilation: Fun Sized Tastes of Some of Des Moines’ Best Music

Nov 6, 2014

I’ve been doing this for a while now. I started writing this column back in 2011 and my intention has always been to serve as an advocate. While I do reviews, I have never really considered myself a critic. I have always thought of myself more as a PR man. All I have ever really wanted is for someone who hears the term “local music” and immediately scoffs...

Happy Birthday G!

Happy Birthday G!

Nov 4, 2014

I may have mentioned in a recent blog or two that I recently had a baby.  What I may not have mentioned is the fact that in 5 days I will also have a teenager in the house.  My “original” baby turns 13 this month and I can’t help but marvel at the fact that at one moment I am changing a diaper and the very next I am sending my near-teenager a text...