Top Nine Lunch Spots in Des Moines

Lunch is the meal that typically gets skipped or delayed- especially during the work week- the following places will make you want to take time out of your busy schedule to sit down for a good meal. South Union Bread Café– located downtown right next door to Centro, this is the place that provides the…

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…

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…

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…

Ten must see things at the Iowa State Fair

What has always impressed me about the Iowa State Fair is the fact that the state of Iowa has 3 million people yet the attendance at the Iowa State Fair usually tops 1 million.  That means that 1 out of every 3 people in the entire state of Iowa attend the fair (of course some…

Top Ten Free Things to do in the Des Moines Area

There are quite a few free things to do in Des Moines.  You will in most cases you will have to spend a small amount in gas to get there though, but none the less its cheap entertainment.  Here are a few suggestions. 1.Take a walk around Grays Lake – Grays Lake is a popular…

Quirky Des Moines #5 – A Fortune built on Foundation

  Carl Weeks was born the sixth in a family of eight children. His family lived in western Kansas during Carl’s early years, then moved to Des Moines in 1888 when he was 12.  Carl got a job helping in a drug store, and studied at the now defunct Highland Park College on the north…