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Showing off in Des Moines

Price, service and prestige are what separate central Iowa’s elite restaurants from the ...


What, where and how By Jim Duncan There is nothing new about ...

Late night appetite?

A look at some of the metro’s after-midnight menus By Jeff Pitts ...

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Reversals and revivals

By Jim Duncan The second quarter of the year is shaping up to be a time of reversals and surprising revivals in the food world. McDonald’s saw a positive increase in earnings and profits after instigating a new low-priced menu that experts predicted would hurt its bottom line. It’s not the first time that Mickey thumbed his nose […]

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CALAMITY, senseless vandalism and a retreat of high-end restaurants

By Jim Duncan The cusp period between late 2017 and early 2018 was calamitous for the food industry. While corn and soybean prices fluctuated within acceptable limits, the growth of niche market commodities soared. First-world lifestyles and new popular diets raised the price of mostly Third World staples like lentils, chickpeas, avocados, asparagus, quinoa, amaranth, teff, farro, spelt […]

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MARCH MADNESS and its cures

A bit about 300 local sports bars By Jim Duncan March Madness refers to single elimination basketball tournaments, particularly the NCAA Men’s Tournament,  which this year begins on March 13 and runs through April 2. The name is reinforced by several statistical legends: 1. The opening games played on Thursday and Friday are Las Vegas’ busiest non-holiday weekdays. 2. The Wednesday before the […]

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What is a café?

Des Moines is loaded however you define it By Jim Duncan In many European countries, the words used to describe types of restaurants are precisely defined, sometimes even codified. For instance, in Italy a trattoria is less formal than a ristorante but more formal than an osteria. Usually printed menus are only found in ristorantes and wine is […]

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Calamity and prosperity

By Jim Duncan The autumn of 2017 was a time of contention, price relief and denial. Regional organic farming associations across the country felt betrayed by the National Organic Standards Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for relaxing organic standards to include hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables. In Des Moines, a clean water, anti-Farm Bureau city council candidate replaced a Farm Bureau […]

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