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Showing off in Des Moines

Price, service and prestige are what separate central Iowa’s elite restaurants from the rest. By Jim Duncan All over the world, people show off by lavishing friends, family and clients with the best possible foods. One historic theory posits that all wars before the capitalist era were waged by people wanting to steal another people’s food. The Roman […]

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Farm-to-Fork

What, where and how By Jim Duncan There is nothing new about farm-to-fork. My grandfather (who liked to say “20th century hell, I could pick a better one out of a hat blindfolded”) was proud to have raised four girls through the Great Depression on his farm in Sanborn. He had orchards, a vineyard, fruit gardens, vegetable gardens, […]

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Late night appetite?

A look at some of the metro’s after-midnight menus By Jeff Pitts and Cady Colosimo The after-dark eating options in Des Moines haven’t always been stellar, but the collection of menus that are now available once the clock strikes midnight is getting to be downright delectable. Here is a look at the city’s best bites for when you forgot to eat, […]

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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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