Top Ten views of Downtown Des Moines

Do you want to know the secret spots that only the locals know about?  There are a few of those here, and a few that are a little more well known.  Either way these spots should give you some good spots for photos. 1.Looking west from the Capitol Building – This is a great spot…

Top Ten signs you are a true Chicago Cubs fan

1.Harry Caray is the greatest baseball announcer of all time. 2.You spent your childhood weekend afternoons watching WGN and Chicago Cubs day games. 3.As a child you either had a Sandberg, Banks, Dawson, or Wood jersey. 4.Win, Lose, it doesn’t matter you will always be a Cubs fan. 5.Every stadium that doesn’t have ivy on…

Top Ten Des Moines Breakfast Spots

Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. The following are the best spots to get great food to start your day off right. La Mie-located on 42nd street downtown, this is the closest you will ever get to having authentic French pastries without going to France- I went to France and the pastries I…

Ten Things that could Improve Des Moines

Build a Target downtown – I think that a Target downtown would be an excellent addition.  Minneapolis has one, Madison has one,  I think we should.  This addition would draw people in and get them into the habit of shopping downtown, which has been the opposite of the trend in recent years.  If you were…

The Next Top Ten signs you are getting old

You remember a time loooong ago, you know the time before cat videos. You remember when Drew Barrymore was a child, and after watching E.T. you begged your parents to buy you an orange vest like the one worn in the movie. You always pick Michael Jordan over Lebron James. You know what a rotary…

Top Ten Des Moines Hotel options

Depending on your price range and preference there are a lot of options for hotels in Des Moines.  I will list a few from each price point, and hopefully you can find something you like. Des Lux Hotel – (downtown) Des Lux is a beautifully restored downtown hotel, it is the former location of the…

Top Ten Breweries that are worth the Road Trip

The Midwest has some great breweries, some of them are worth a little road trip to go visit.  In fact, I think some of these could be the center piece of a summer road trip.   All of these breweries are within 4 hours (or so) driving from Des Moines. 1.New Glarus Brewery, New Glarus…

Top Ten reasons why minimum wages should go up- just not $15/hr

I know this is going political here but I felt the need to comment since we’re all ultimately affected by what the minimum wage is one way or another. Raising the minimum wage would cut the need for millions of people to have to use government aid to get by for basic things like food…

Top Ten Des Moines Clothing Stores

Des Moines offers the chance to buy clothing at places other than the big box stores. The following are local gems to find unique clothing for both men and women in Des Moines. 1.Badowers– located on Ingersoll Avenue, this men’s clothing store was established in the 1950’s. It offers an in-house tailor and some brands that…

The Next Top Ten podcasts you’re not listening to

A note on podcasts, If you are really into a certain show, book, movie, or activity google that thing and put podcast behind it.  If it is popular, I’m sure there will be a podcast for it.  If you can’t find anything you like on this list, I wrote a couple more. Click here for…

Top Ten Prettiest Streets in the Des Moines area

Locust Ave – (Downtown)  With a view of the sculpture garden and downtown in the background this is our number one prettiest street.  The Grand/Locust loop is the main thoroughfare east to west through downtown.  Locust is especially nice in the holiday season when the small trees that line the street are covered in blue…

Top Ten signs Hipsters are moving into your Neighborhood

The Ace Hardware store was sold and now houses a artisan cheese shop/ cat grooming emporium. Two words, skinny jeans. The other day you over heard someone say, “locally sourced” and “free range” and you had to google those terms. You have been seeing an awful lot of t-shirts with cats on them lately. You…