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: Bandit Burrito

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010

Now, I love a good Burrito. There are many options in Des Moines to choose from when looking for a good Burrito, most though are at a national chain restaurants. Luckily, there is...

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Feature

Ben Gran’s Summer Music Guide

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013

I’m always interested to see those “summer entertainment guide” magazine articles, because I don’t get to have a lot of “entertainment” in my life these days. You see,...

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Beats for the soul

Wolves in the Attic – Pink Mist

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013

On the right side of Wolves in the Attic’s Bandcamp page it says, “No breath on Wolves in the Attic has been uttered without their undeniable link to the groove of the...

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Recent Posts

Prost! Oktoberfest Returns to Des Moines

Prost! Oktoberfest Returns to Des Moines

Sep 16, 2014

Admittedly, I am not a “fall” girl.  I love summer: the heat, the long weekends, the summer vacation mentality.  As we start toward fall and cooler temps roll in, I am the first to groan.  Fall leads to winter and winter means cold and snow…two of my least favorite things. But there is one thing about summer I don’t get too excited about…summer...

Des Moines Zombie Walk and Downtown Farmers Market

Des Moines Zombie Walk and Downtown Farmers Market

Sep 15, 2014

The summer is coming to a close and autumn is only a few weeks away. The air is crisp and the pumpkins are out. Everyone is thinking about football, hot drinks, the coming holiday and the impending cold that follows. I’ve been thinking about zombies. October 4th marks the fourth annual Des Moines Zombie Walk. Full disclosure, I started the walk in 2009. The...

A Bite of NYC Pizza in West Des Moines

A Bite of NYC Pizza in West Des Moines

Sep 10, 2014

My husband Lucas and I don’t go out to eat that often. Sushi is usually our go-to date night, but last Friday we were feeling pizza. While we have a favorite pizza shop in town, we were in the mood to try something new. A quick search on Urbanspoon led us to NYC Pizza Café in West Des Moines. I had never heard of NYC Pizza Café and can’t recall any of my...

Redefining Boring

Redefining Boring

Sep 9, 2014

Well, I am back!  About nine weeks ago I found out I was about to deliver my baby about three weeks early.  All my plans for the remainder of July were put on hold when we went to the hospital to bring our daughter into the world.  Now about nine weeks later, things are starting to return to “normal”, which is only true if we redefine “normal”. ...

Fall Favorites: Football

Fall Favorites: Football

Sep 8, 2014

I have succumbed to the reality of this week’s forecast and am fully embracing that fall is upon us. It helps that football season is officially here, too. There is something strange about tailgating in 90-degree weather, am I right? I never considered myself a football fan until I married one seven years ago. Sure, in high school I liked going to football...

After Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

After Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

Sep 8, 2014

The first ever Des Moines Mini Maker Faire happened on Labor Day at Science Center of Iowa. The event brought all types of people together. The event was highly successful and attendance was over 2,600 people. Children and families came together to learn about all types of making, technology, engineering and science. Guitar Center hosted three Music Labs where...

Big Creek Lake and other waterways key to summer fun

Big Creek Lake and other waterways key to summer fun

Sep 4, 2014

With 397, 088 fishing licenses, tags, and permits, as well as 223,228 registered boats in Iowa alone, it’s no wonder that Big Creek Lake and Saylorville Lake are popular summer destinations. Nearly 11.5 million people visit state parks with waterways in the summertime, according to Environment Iowa’s new Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheet comes as summer...