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Weeknights at the Iowa Cubs

I’ve always been a sucker for baseball. There’s nothing that fully encapsulates summer for me quite like spending the afternoon at a baseball game. So it’s a very happy accident that the home of the Chicago Cubs’ Triple A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, is located mere blocks from my new apartment…

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Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

This weekend, I joined 8,000 of my closest friends at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for a truly Midwestern event: the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. The basic premise? Eat a lot of bacon and drink well before noon – that’s kind of it…

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Eats: Iowa State Fair

Because there are just too many fantastic things to eat at the Iowa State Fair, I couldn’t help but dedicate an entire post to the (not-so-healthy) things I consumed during my day at the fairgrounds….


Iowa State Fair

Prior to moving to Iowa, I had never been to a state fair before. This year was my second Iowa State Fair experience and I have to say, it was even better than the first.

Fleur Cinema & Cafe

Des Moines is a city blessed with many movie theaters and the Fleur Cinema is, without a doubt, one of my favorites. I’ve already been to the Fleur three times this summer, and each times…


Zoo Brew

Thanks to the oppressive summer heat that has been sweeping across Iowa for the past few weeks, I’ve spent the bulk of my free time indoors or near some large body of water. But last…


Just after my week of relaxing vacation time I headed back to the heartland to spend the first weekend in July at 80/35. Even though I could go on forever about how much I love…