Top Ten Summer Events in Des Moines

Summer is a busy time to see new and different events in Des Moines. The following events are favorites with both locals and visitors. The Iowa State Fair–August 10-20- This is the biggest event in Des Moines in the summer bringing in up to 100,000 each day of the 11 day fair in early August. The…

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 Ice Cream spots in Des Moines

Des Moines has a lot of options when it comes to ice cream besides the national chains. When it comes to ice cream, the following are worth the calories. Fiss’ Ice Cream – This is in Carlisle but they are well worth the extra drive. I have stuck with Peanut Butter cup each time I’ve…

Nine political podcasts worth your time

Planet Money – Planet Money covers mostly economics in a pretty much non partisan way.  Economics are seemingly intertwined forever with politics, and Planet Money is a good place to learn the basics from real world examples. Pod Save America – Four of former president Obamas aides started Crooked media and have an insight into what is going…

Top Seven Easter Brunches in and around Des Moines

Easter means more than just chocolate when it comes to celebrating the holiday, this year on April 16th. The following are the best places in central Iowa to enjoy Easter brunch with your family. Christopher’s– 10am-2:30pm- Located in Beaverdale, Christopher’s a large assortment of both traditional brunch items like prime roast and crème brulee French…

Eight storytellers you should check out

Originally posted on TopTen DesMoines:
Edgar Oliver at the Moth/Photo source 1.Edgar Oliver – Edgar Oliver speaks in such a way he would make reading the ingredient list on a muffin box interesting. If I had to describe his voice in one word I suppose it would be Transylvanian.  He has a slow delivery and…