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
There, I said it.
Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten a lot of mixed responses when I’ve told friends, family, co-workers, you name it, that I’ve decided to run a half marathon. Continue Reading…
A few friends and I have been talking about taking a moonlit paddle around Gray’s Lake from some time now, so a couple of weeks ago we all pulled out our planners and penciled in our next adventure.
Thankfully by the time Wednesday night rolled around, the heat had finally relented and we had the perfect evening for our paddle. For only $6 we were able to take to Gray’s Lake on the craft of our choosing (in this case, a four-person peddle boat).
If you’re planning on hitting up the moon float for a date night, get there early: two person canoes and paddle boats were hard to come by when we arrived.
For a full schedule of Gray’s Lake moon floats, check the Des Moines Parks & Recreation website.
Gray’s Lake, located off of Fleur Drive near Waterworks Park in Des Moines
For the most part, I’ve found that beautiful cities are typically even more beautiful after nightfall, and D.C. was no exception.
From an orange moon hovering next to the Washington Monument, to Lincoln sitting stoically atop his pedestal, a nighttime stroll through some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks was easily one of the best parts of my trip.
If you know me, you know that I can’t say no to a good pun…or a good slice of pizza.
On Saturday night, I met up with a friend after a long day of exploring and checked a slice of New York style pizza off my must-eat list with a trip to We, the Pizza near Capitol Hill. I stuck with a basic slice of cheese and a tall glass of the restaurant’s own microbrew – both of which were phenomenal.
If you’re still hungry after your pie (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t have a second dessert stomach?), head next door to Good Stuff Eatery for an incredible milkshake. [I highly recommend the Salty Caramel Kiss].
We, the Pizza, 305 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington D.C.
As if the Library of Congress wasn’t enough to make me have major heart palpitations, I did some serious nerding out at the Newseum.
The seven-story news mecca has everything from the front pages of every major newspaper around the world to a super cool temporary exhibit about the FBI.
Some of my favorites included a display of all of the Pulitzer Prize winning photographs since the 1940s, and the museum’s “history of news” collection.
Since museum food isn’t known for being particularly well-priced or delicious, I stopped off at a tiny coffee shop called Peregrine Espresso for a large coffee and an even larger cinnamon roll before heading into the Newseum.
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Peregrine Espresso, 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington D.C.