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Food, Fun and Family in Des Moines

Food, Fun and Family in Des Moines

Oct 8, 2014

It’s not often my immediate family comes to visit me in Des Moines since they live in the Chicago suburbs. The drive usually takes five hours, but with a two-year-old and four-month-old, it’s more like six. Alas! We found a weekend my parents, sister, niece, nephew and brother could come. My poor brother-in-law was the only one unable to make the...

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Interview with Mike Draper, RAYGUN

10 or so questions from Ben Gran: Interview with Mike Draper, RAYGUN

Jan 15, 2013

Our first interview subject is Mike Draper, founder of beloved Des Moines T-shirt shop RAYGUN. Ben Gran talked with Mike about tasting chemicals, the worst date he ever had, why Philadelphians are awful, and why he thinks everyone needs to leave Iowa.

10 Things That Des Moines Did Not Have 5 years ago

10 Things That Des Moines Did Not Have 5 years ago

Jun 29, 2012

10 things of Des Moines’ culture that did not exist when I made the transition from Rochester, NY to Iowa 5 years ago: 10) 80/35 9) Iowa Barnstormers (new team) 8) Dwolla 7) These restaurants: Django, Alba, Fong’s, Proof, or Zombie Burger. 6) West End Architectural Salvage 5) Startup City Des Moines 4) Pappajohn Sculpture Park 3) These Concert...

Iowanniversary

Iowanniversary

May 8, 2012

It’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by since I moved back to Des Moines from the San Francisco Bay Area. In so many ways it still feels like I just got here. Maybe it’s because of the mild winter and early spring that the time seems to have gone by so quickly. Or maybe it’s the fact that my wife and I are in the raising-a-baby time warp in...

He Ate/She Ate: Centro

He Ate/She Ate: Centro

Dec 19, 2011

He Ate What can you say about Centro that has not already been said? Quality food and ingredients prepared in a casual yet precise fashion? Check. Well-trained service staff eager to make your meal memorable? Check. Atmosphere pumping with the who’s who of Des Moines and one of the few places in town where you need a reservation? Check, check. SHE and I have...