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Ice cream comes in 35 rotating flavors at Over the Top in
Pleasant Hill.

THE DESSERT – A classic treat

By Eleni Upah Ice cream is as much of a summer staple as hamburgers, grilling and the Fourth of July. So it only makes sense to end a classic summertime meal of grilled chicken with a couple scoops from one of Des Moines’ many local ice cream shops. In the Pleasant Hill area, Over the […]

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THE DESSERT – Homemade biscuits and homegrown fruit

By Ashley Buckowing Strawberries are not just another fruit in Iowa. Just like apples, many people look forward to the opportunity to walk through the fields on a sunny afternoon and pick their own strawberries. There’s nothing better than fresh strawberries on a casual, sunny afternoon. And when it comes to putting them to good […]

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Sweet and spicy chocolate mousse is a favorite winter treat at
Alba and Splash.

THE DESSERT – Chocolate Heaven for Those Winter Wonderland Nights

By Ashley Buckowing After finishing up a bowl of flavor-packed Pho — a juicy broth packed full of onions, cilantro and other spices — you are convinced that your stomach can handle no more. Finding room for an equally amazing dessert is simply impossible. Or is it? Cheesecake is too heavy and even a bit […]

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Fruit and sweet treats are especially popular — and healthy — dessert items, especially when paired with rich chocolate.

THE DESSERT – A sweet treat for breakfast and dessert

By Eleni Upah After sitting down for an all-you-can-eat buffet, the end feeling is usually that of satisfaction. Empty plates cover the table, and your stomach is full to the point where your jeans would be unbuttoned if it were socially acceptable. But then you remember you haven’t had dessert yet. Normally, at a restaurant […]

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Salted caramel, peanut butter and cotton candy are among the long-lasting flavors on Orange Leaf’s self-serve wall.

THE DESSERT – A flavor to fit anyone’s taste

By Eleni Upah Loosen up the belt, because it’s time for dessert. Better yet, it’s summertime dessert, which means something cool and refreshing — so maybe unbutton those pants, too. But wait a minute: the latest in soft-serve isn’t the calorie-loaded ice cream from a truck. Frozen yogurt is the favored treat of summer now, […]

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