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+39 Restaurant Offers Authentic Italian Food, Excellent Service

+39 Restaurant Offers Authentic Italian Food, Excellent Service

I’m a huge fan of hand-tossed pasta, fresh bread and a nice glass of wine. During one of our lasts visits up to Ames we decided to try +39 Restaurant, Market and Cantina, a new authentic Italian restaurant. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking… +39, that’s an odd name. The name is a playful reference to the country of Italy, as +39 is the country code for Italy. The atmosphere at +39 is classy, clean and modern. The space is broken up into four main ...

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My Birthday: Scratch Cupcakes and Dinner for Two in Des Moines

My Birthday: Scratch Cupcakes and Dinner for Two in Des Moines

About a week ago I celebrated another wonderful birthday in Des Moines. My husband and I have a birthday tradition we’ve had for a few years now. The birthday person selects a restaurant and we both enjoy a meal together, pretty simple. But it’s always really hard for me to select just one favorite local restaurant. So where did we go for my birthday dinner in Des Moines? Alba in the East Village! Alba is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, night out with the girls or a ...

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Nine New Year’s Eve Parties in Des Moines

Nine New Year’s Eve Parties in Des Moines

Don your 2014 party hat, get your party popper ready and select one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Des Moines. Below are nine of the top parties, performances and family-friendly events around town. Let’s count ’em down… PEACE TREE NEW YEAR’S EVE EVE BEER DINNER A four course meal at Sbrocco. Each course is paired with a different Peace Tree Brew. More info. Date: Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Location: Sbrocco, 208 Court Avenue Cost: $75/person. DES MOINES ...

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Three Winter Cocktail Recipes Featuring Jasper Winery Wine and Madhouse Beer

Three Winter Cocktail Recipes Featuring Jasper Winery Wine and Madhouse Beer

Last weekend we hosted an ugly Christmas sweater party at our house to kick off the holiday season. The night was filled with jingling sweaters, jolly Christmas music, Elf (my favorite movie of all time), a “best dressed” contest and a few holiday beverages and snacks. While planning our festive drink and snack menu, I came across some of the most perfect (and local) snack and beverage recipes. So, if you’re looking for a boozy holiday drink to share with friends and ...

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Benefit Auction, A Day for Mike, to Support the Wasike Family

Benefit Auction, A Day for Mike, to Support the Wasike Family

Mike, a legal immigrant from Kenya, was living in Des Moines and working two jobs to support his wife and children. Then last February, Mike stopped to offer assistance to three teenagers he thought needed his help. Those same teenagers attacked Mike in a car-jacking attempt. Mike was nearly beaten to death. Today Mike is in a rehabilitation facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, undergoing intensive therapy. He cannot walk, talk, or see because his brain is severely bruised but there is hope that, ...

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Pumpkin Drinks, Dishes and Desserts in Des Moines Restaurants

Pumpkin Drinks, Dishes and Desserts in Des Moines Restaurants

I’m not sure what’s bringing out my pumpkin obsession. Maybe it’s the falling leaves? The dropping temperatures? Or pumpkin carving itself? Needless-to-say, I’m hooked. Luckily for me, there are tons of great pumpkin options available at local restaurants in Des Moines.  From pumpkin martini’s to pumpkin pancakes, Des Moines has it all. Drinks Pumpkin martini at Centro (Only $5 during Centro’s weekday happy hour from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.). This drink ...

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