Top Ten Italian Restaurants in Des Moines

Des Moines has a great tradition of Italian Restaurants.  The Steak De Burgo started here brought over from Italy after World War Two.  These local restaurants are doing a great job of keeping up that tradition. 1.Tursi’s Latin King– This is an eastside institution that offers consistently high quality food in a family- like setting….

Top Ten Antique Stores in Des Moines

Whether you’re searching for the thrill of the hunt or you’re an avid antique’s collector, the following are the best places to find an new (old) treasure from locally owned shops in  and around Des Moines. West End Salvage-located on 9th Street and a second location in West Glen, this was one of my recommendations…

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…

Top Ten Patios to enjoy this Summer

Patios are the perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer on a hot summer night. The following are the best locally owned bars in Des Moines to meet up with friends or just enjoy the scenery. Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop-located on Ingersoll and in West Des Moines, both locations feature a large patio with plenty of…

Top Ten Places to buy Flowers/Greenhouses in the Des Moines area

Des Moines and the surrounding areas have plenty of choices to get beautiful floral arrangements and the greenhouses not only have a huge assortment of flowers to plant but also offer a large selection of gardening supplies.  The following are the best locally owned places to get flowers to both grow and give as a gift. Boesen the…

Top Ten Pizza Places in the Des Moines Area

Pizza, the food that can bring everyone together. The following are the best places to get it in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. Great Plains Pizza Sauce and Dough Company– Located in Ames, this is the top place to get fresh, homemade pizza. The thick crust is so thick they offer honey to dip…

6 Reasons to go to 80/35 this year

80/35 is a yearly 2 day music festival held downtown Des Moines at the Western Gateway Park and it will be held on July 12-13th this year. With both free and paid stages, you’ll easily find something you’ll enjoy. The following are reasons for those who have never been to 80/35 to consider giving it…

Top Ten 4th of July Fireworks Displays

Des Moines and it’s surrounding neighborhoods have plenty of options to see great firework displays to celebrate our country’s independence. The following are the best way to celebrate the 4th of July without having to drive too far out of town to do so though check the dates on each one since they’re not all…

Top Ten Places to take wedding photos in Des Moines

Des Moines has plenty of beautiful places to have as a background for your wedding pictures. The following offer a variety of locations to get just the right type of look you’re seeking for your photos. 1.The Iowa State Fairgrounds– The inspiration for the original “State Fair”which later become a popular movie,the state fair offers well…