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Transition Time

By Belle Du Cheneย ย  As the Iowa weather goes hot-cold, then cold-hot on us, shifting our wardrobe to the next season can feel a bit tricky. What’s a girl or guy to do? We asked personal style consultant Courtney Conlin to share her thoughts on how to ensure fashionable smooth sailing this season. “My philosophy […]

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A Boon for Cheese Lovers on the Go

By Wini Moranville Sure, we love heading to a great cheese counter and sampling our way through well-chosen tastes of this and that. But when the lineup is long and we simply don’t have the time for a tasting, the little odds-and-ends bin at Whole Foods Market comes in extraordinarily handy. Look for the sign […]

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We Were There: The Little Morocco Pop-Up Restaurant

By Wini Moranville What makes pop-up restaurants so much fun for the diner makes them somewhat frustrating for the food journalist. Although their moving-target menu keeps them fresh and unpredictable, it’s hard for us writer-types to give specific recommendations (as in, “you must order the ______.”). But I can say this: Follow Little Morocco on […]

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At Last: Sparkling Wine by the Glass

By Wini Moranville “Un coup de Champagne, Monsieur-Dame?” our server asked as we settled into dinner on our first night in the Champagne region of France. Throughout our too-short stay in the region, that question–a drink of Champagne, sir/madam?–was asked at every dinner we sat down to, whether we were eating in the simple dining […]

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Opening Soon: the Culinary Loft

We just heard that the new Culinary Loft at Des Moines Social Club is set to open in April; the specific date is expected to be announced within a few weeks. We can’t wait to hear what the full list of cooking classes will include, but we know now that three of them will be […]

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Allspice Find: Piment d’Espelette

By Wini Moranville Before the days when you could order just about anything on the Internet, Piment d’Espelette was one of those delicacies I packed in my suitcase when coming home from France. Now, however, you can get it atย Allspice (400 E. Locust St. in the East Village). This powdered spice, made from a specific […]

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