Yesterday some of my oldest and dearest friends got together to catch up and celebrate the holidays while we’re all still in town. Our party was a potluck of sorts and involved lots of old stories, tons of good food and copious amounts of wine from Trader Joe’s.Continue Reading…
In honor of this thing we call the Internet I’ve decided to dedicate Friday to weekly roundups of some of the best links floating around the interwebs. Enjoy!Continue Reading…
Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit quite like the enticing combination of Christmas music, baking holiday-themed cookies and wrapping presents for the people I care about most.Continue Reading…
Now that I’m finished with finals and back in Chicago for the holidays, I’ve been kicking my holiday spirit into high gear. And what’s the best way to overdose on Christmas cheer? Why, a sing-a-long concert with Sufjan Stevens of course!Continue Reading…
After a semester of taking 17 credit hours, working three jobs and finishing my anthropology degree, I’m finally catching my breath enough to get back to blogging. Continue Reading…
Before it’s reopening the University Library Cafe, affectionately known by Drake students as the Library, was just another – somewhat questionable – campus bar. But now, under new ownership, the Library has quickly become one of my favorite spots near Drake to meet up with friends for a beer.Continue Reading…
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.
Disclaimer: I did not consume all of this food by myself – if that had been the case, I would not be here to blog about it now.
Double Bacon Wrapped Corn Dog
Rating: 7/10 – Admittedly, this photo looks super gross but what can you really expect from a corn dog? The state fair just isn’t the same without a corn dog, but I didn’t really understand all of the hype about this one. Especially since there wasn’t actually that much bacon in it.
Pork chop on a stick
Rating: 9/10 – I’m not usually a huge pork chop fan but this one was incredible. So incredible, in fact, that there wasn’t even time for a picture.
Deep fried Oreos
Rating: 8/10 – I’ve had numerous people tell me how gross they think these are but, all health concerns aside, the concept of a creamy melted Oreo basically inside a doughnut is one of the most appealing things I’ve ever heard.
Chocolate-Covered Bacon on a stick
Rating: 7.5/10 – I’m a big fan of salty/sweet combinations so it’s no wonder that I’m weirdly fascinated by chocolate-covered bacon.
Bauder’s Peppermint Bar
Rating: 9.5/10 – This delicious ice cream/cookie/fudge bar combines everything that is delicious and truly amazing about summertime. If you’re only going to eat one thing at the state fair this year, it should definitely be this. A bold statement, but it’s 100 percent true.
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.Continue Reading…
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 it was to see a fantastic film:
- First, it was “Hysteria,” starring Maggie Gyllenhal and Hugh Dancy, about the invention of the vibrator
- Then Wes Anderson’s latest darkly comedic, “Moonrise Kingdom“
- And most recently, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking movies I’ve seen in a long time
With reasonably priced tickets (about $8 depending on the time you see a show, only $6,50 if you go before 6 p.m.) and the possibility of cheesecake and wine accompanying my movie-going experience, there’s really no downside of this non-traditional theater.
Fleur Cinema & Cafe, 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines