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Eats: Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market

While I loved exploring all of the different museums and cultural institutions that Los Angeles has to offer, I also fell hard for another aspect of the city’s culture: the food. On a tight schedule (and budget), I stayed away from some of the city’s bigger name eateries. But at least when it comes to downtown L.A., my culinary highlight was the Grand Central Market.

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Eating Our Way Through New Orleans

When anyone asks what we did on our trip to New Orleans earlier this year, my response often begins with the things we ate. This isn’t because we didn’t see or do anything else worth talking about—I promise we did—but because in the three days we were there, we ate an incredible amount of delicious food…

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Eats: Bonaparte Retreat

I’m a bit of a compulsive planner, so in anticipation of our road trip to southeast Iowa, I started searching for someplace we could grab a bite to eat on Saturday night. Since both my mom and I don’t do exceptionally well driving in the dark, I knew we’d have to find someplace relatively close by.

A quick Google search is all you need to see there aren’t copious dining options in the immediate vicinity of Bentonsport or Bonaparte, Iowa. But let me make things even easier for you—Bonaparte’s Retreat Restaurant is all you need…

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Eats: Ladora Bank Bistro

A visit to the Ladora Bank Bistro has been on my bucket list ever since a friend first told me an amazing place like this existed. Housed in a beautifully restored Jewel Box style bank, the small plates restaurant and bar has delighted Iowans and travelers alike for the past few years. So when a sunny Sunday afternoon presented itself, I knew it was finally time to take a trip to the Bistro…

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Des Moines Essentials: Breakfast & Brunch

As the wise Ron Swanson says “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” Or really any other emotion for that matter. Whether it’s diner style breakfast or fancier brunch, it’s hard for me to find something to dislike about pancakes, eggs and everything in between…

Des Moines Essentials: Coffee shops & Cafes

Des Moines Essentials: Coffee Shops & Cafés

In December I published my list of Des Moines Essentials—all of my favorite places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Iowa’s capital city. As promised, I’m expanding upon that collection with a little more detail and some recommendations from the places I love…

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Eats: A Trip to Eataly

Eataly Chicago has been on my food bucket list for quite some time now. And during a trip to the city to visit family for the holidays, I was finally able to check it off…