Thank me later [09.26.14]

September 26, 2014

Have an old house with inside doors you want to stay open but they won’t oblige?  Use a little bit of peel ‘n stick Velcro on the door handle and the wall where you want it to stick.



Thursday [09.25.14]

September 25, 2014

In yesterday’s Where in the World Wednesday I was in a charming little-known neighborhood bar in Ankeny called Frankie’s.

It could be called a dive bar but that would do it a disservice. On one hand, it serves a variety of cheap-ass beers (e.g., Hamm’s, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz) in hefty frosted mugs. On the other, it is well appointed with Templeton Rye and Bombay Sapphire, and the appropriate rocks glasses.

The atmosphere is 50s cool with retro martini-patterned fabric on the booth, Rat Pack photos on the walls and starburst candle holders on the tables. A Korean War “Lucky Strikes Again” item is also displayed, along with Falstaff bar coasters and a vintage working fan.

Service is swift and friendly. And the best part, Frankie’s is open 24×7. No prohibition password needed, however, it is by invitation only. I’m fortunate to count the owners among my friends.

Where in the World Wednesday [09.24.14]

September 24, 2014

Another installment of the mildly-popular Where in the World Wednesday.


Thank me later… [09.23.14]

September 23, 2014

For packing paper use plain newsprint instead of inked newspaper. In Des Moines you can buy end-rolls on the cheap. Call 471-3500.

Monday [09.22.14]

September 22, 2014

If you can’t be kind, at least be vague. – Judith Martin

Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde

A good compromise is when both parties are dissatisfied. – Henry Clay

Friday [09.19.14]

September 19, 2014

We’re surrendered our lives to the momentum of mediocrity.  – Don Juan DeMarco

Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man. – Nietzsche

I don’t tout happiness. – Robert Duval, Tender Mercies

Restaurant Week [09.18.14]

September 18, 2014

In yesterday’s post I was at Table 128. At the bar. Naturally. Enjoying an inspired Restaurant Week meal.

First course – arugula + watermelon salad | arugula, watermelon, aged balsamic, goat cheese, cracked pepper.
128 one

Second course – tenderloin | 4 oz. petite beef tenderloin, blue crab + sweet corn salad, fingerling potatoes, peppercorn demi.
128 two

Third course – chocolate – caramel tart | milk + dark chocolate, caramel, Himalayan sea salt, edible gold.
128 three

It’s been several weeks since I was there so I am, literally, at a loss for words. But I do remember it was amazing! Very comfortable atmosphere in an unassuming strip mall. I will definitely go back.