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Cup of hot coffee about the ferry

Sensational drink sensations: Grab a steaming cup of something

By Jeff Pitts It’s time to say goodbye to summer spritzers, swimsuits and iced margaritas. Cooler weather is creeping in, so ensconce yourself in a wool sweater as the leaves drift down and the brisk autumn air falls over steaming cups of hot coffees, toddys or even a whisky. Will you drink from the cup […]

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Set the tone with the right wine

Story by Jennifer Strauss | Photos by Dan Hodges   As I peered into my backyard this past spring, a shade of green caught my eye. Among the melting snow and frozen unraked leaves, were small clusters of chives reaching for the sun. It was the beginning of Iowa’s bountiful growing season. It lasts for […]

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An”Old Fashioned” with Black Velvet from Skip’s.

Old Fashioned drinking and dining

  By Meghan Johnson   An Old Fashioned is about as classic as it gets, especially using Black Velvet here in Iowa, the biggest consumer of BV per capita than any other state. Since the 19th century, the classic cocktail has been made by muddling sugar with bitters then adding alcohol — usually whiskey or […]

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THE DRINK – Cocktails as simple as coffee

By Eleni Upah and Meghan Johnson There’s a long list of coffee-inspired cocktails, but none more traditional than the classic Black Russian. Finding its roots back in Brussels in 1949, the Black Russian brings together two common favorites: coffee and liquor. It keeps the essence of coffee’s simplistic nature by using only two ingredients, yet […]

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The Henschke “Hill of Grace” Shiraz 2004, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 and Plumpjack Winery Auction 14 Lot 161 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 are among the most extravagant wines at 801 Chophouse.

THE DRINK – Better with age

By Eleni Upah For as long as humanity has been imbibing, wine has been at the table. Wine is a staple at many mealtime gatherings and a go-to gift for housewarming parties. From sparkling whites to dry reds and even notes of chocolate or grapefruit, the flavors are as varied as the prices. At 801 […]

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