Top Ten Foods to Try at the World Food & Music Festival

The World Food and Music Festival will be held September 20-22nd this year. The following are the best foods to try during your visit. French– French Toast Crepe at the Crepe De Luxe Café- a freshly made crepe filled with butter, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds and maple syrup. This Iowa City based restaurant also serves monkey treat…

Top Ten Reasons to visit the Amana’s this weekend

A group of German Pietists moved to what has become the Amana Colonies in 1855 and lived a communal lifestyle until the 1930’s forming seven villages. They managed to maintain a self sufficient local economy for 80 years which is quite the feat considering how small this community is. Today, the Amana’s a charming retreat for…

Top Ten Fall Events in and around Des Moines

Summer isn’t the only season to get to go to events in Des Moines. The following are the best to go to while the weather starts cooling down and before you’ll be cooped up for the winter.   World Food and Music Festival– September 20-22- This is your chance to try foods from around the…

Top Ten Tips to Make the Most of your College Experience

You’ve graduated high school and have moved on to the big world of college. The following are tips on how to make your freshman year productive and less expensive so your college experience is both memorable and doesn’t leave you in a massive pool of debt. Remember you are paying for this experience and act…

Top Eight Actually Useful Classes that Should be Taught in School

School can teach many, many important things for one’s life but it more often than not can be lacking in teaching even the most basic of skills. The following are classes that aren’t traditional in what they teach their students but the skills the students will learn will help them for the rest of their…

Top Ten Reasons to Go to the Extreme Sunday at the Iowa State Fair

  Admission is cheaper-$9 for adults and $5 for ages 5-11.  Admission is $3 off the adult admission if you bring in 3 canned food items so clean out your cabinets and save a little money in the process. The lines will be a bit shorter since everyone who is hard core about the fair are going…

Top Ten Tips for Traveling Overseas

Everyone should at some point in their lifetime travel overseas.You’ll get firsthand experience in a different culture and you’ll gain an appreciation of our country. The following are tips to help make traveling outside of America a little easier. Get at least $100 of that country’s equivalent before you go. That amount will at least pay for…

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your First Ragbrai

  Ragbrai started in 1973 as the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa and has become one of the oldest and longest bicycle tours in the world. The following are tips to help those who are new to the race which this year will be July 21st-27th and to bicycling long distances in…