Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday: Mad Meatball

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday: Mad Meatball

Nov 27, 2013

After parking outside the quaint, red brick building, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Booths with red checker tablecloths? Cozy candles? Crazy meatball concoctions? Mad Meatball was a little less, old school Italian and a little more biker bar. And by biker, I mean bicycle. A nod to the nearby trail, bike’s hung from the ceiling interspersed among more...

5th Annual Market Day Black Friday Sale

5th Annual Market Day Black Friday Sale

Nov 27, 2013

Hopefully you’re nothing like me when it comes to holiday shopping. I tend to save everything until the last minute and then I end up buying things on the internet in the middle of the night and paying way too much for overnight shipping. I’ve always been scared off by shopping on Black Friday. First of all you still have a good month before Christmas,...

We Are Village People

We Are Village People

Nov 26, 2013

I first figured out where the East Village was when I interviewed for a job at a company that was located there.  I had lived in central Iowa for six years at that point and had certainly heard “East Village” referred to, but I wasn’t really sure what part of Des Moines was considered the “East Village”, except that it was probably east of where I...

Finding the perfect fit

Finding the perfect fit

Nov 25, 2013

One of the aspects of pregnancy I enjoyed the most was not knowing the gender of our baby and the anticipation that built as the months flew by. While it made certain parts of pregnancy planning more difficult (like the husband and I choosing both boy and girl names), it also made the experience that much more exciting. We went for a gender neutral classic...

Top 5 Chicken Wing Places in Des Moines

Top 5 Chicken Wing Places in Des Moines

Nov 22, 2013

After reading Juice’s feature story last week on their mission to find the best chicken wings in town, I realized it had been a while since updating my personal top 5 chicken wing list.  Since I grew up in Buffalo, New York, I know a thing or two about a great chicken wing. While scanning through the pages, my fiancee was not impressed that I could...