Top Eight Brunch Spots in Des Moines

Brunch is the meal that somehow makes eating a combination of breakfast and lunch an ok activity on the weekend and bonus points if they serve alcoholic drinks to make the meal all the more indulgent. The following are the best places to get brunch in and around Des Moines. Americana–  located on Locust Street, Americana…

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 6th and 7th 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…

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 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 stands at the Des Moines Farmers Market

The Des Moines Farmer’s Market has made numerous national best of lists. The following are the best stands to hit while you’re there.   Farm Boy’s Hearty Food Company– even if you get to the Market early, there will most likely be a line. They offer very cheap coffee as well as breakfast bowls and…

Top Ten Coffee Shops in Des Moines

Coffee, the drink that helps many of us get through the daily grind of life. The following are the best spots in Des Moines to get your caffeine fix. Smokey Row Coffee Co.-located in multiple locations in Iowa, the Des Moines location offers an excellent location just off the interstate to make grabbing a cup of…

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…

Quirky Des Moines – #11 The Cow War of 1931

In September of 1929, the stock market crashed dramatically and caused a worldwide great depression.  Banks closed, thousands of people were plunged into poverty. Some people even ended their own lives, distraught over the loss of their livelihood.  Iowa and the Midwest were not immune to the decline in living conditions with many farmers losing…

Des Moines Best Thai Restaurants

Des Moines is home to quite a few good Thai restaurants.   For those who have never tried Thai food, I would suggest that you venture out of your comfort zone and give it a try.   If you do not like spicy food, the restaurant will almost always offer a star rating of one to…