Where in the World Wednesday – (Thursday) [04.30.15]

April 30, 2015

In yesterday’s post I was at Louie’s Wine Dive-Des Moines. Note: When you go to the site, it states Urbandale. It’s actually more in the Drake Area. Marketing.

This was my first gimlet taste-test and I failed to request the control, Bombay Sapphire. In spite of that, the gimlet was quite tasty. Served on the rocks, without asking my preference, it had just the right amount of tartness. Freshly squeezed lime juice was used along with a little sweetener, likely simple syrup.  At the Happy Hour price of $4 it was one helluva deal.

To refresh your memory, here’s the gimlet.

louies gimlet

And, here’s Nick, the bartender.

nick louries

I’d go back.


Where in the World Wednesday [04.29.15]

April 29, 2015

Another episode of the wildly-popular Where in the World Wednesday: The Gimlet Edition, where I post a picture of a gimlet and you try to guess where in Des Moines the gimlet was purchased. Answer will be posted tomorrow.

louies gimlet

Ah, Wisconsin [04.28.15]

April 28, 2015

My friend, John, and I just returned from the most wonderful road trip to Wisconsin, in spite of the grueling start.

This snapshot at the Madison Union is the Reader’s Digest version of the vacation. A good time was had by all.


Iowa is in fact the windiest state in Lower 48. I can attest to this after being ruthlessly whipped around on the drive from Des Moines to Iowa City Wednesday afternoon. But, after that, the drive both to and back from Wisconsin was uneventful.

We spent Wednesday night in Iowa City, dining at the marvelous slow-dining farm-to-table Devotay.

One word: Paella.


But, back to Wisconsin.

Thursday we dined at a local favorite, Delavan’s own Hernandez. Friday we traipsed around Delavan and Lake Geneva, dining at Sprecher’s. That night, we enjoyed a traditional Friday night Fish Fry at Delavan’s Duck Inn. Oh my!

We did, indeed…

duck inn

Saturday was spent in Madison: Farmer’s Market, Memorial Union, Monona Terrace, and State Street with lunch at The Great Dane.  We left for home Sunday morning. Full. Giddy. Exhausted.

Best. Trip. Ever.

Where in the World Wednesday (Thursday) [04.23.15]

April 23, 2015

The drink. Bombay Sapphire Gimlet made with muddled lime and lime agua fresca. $7.50

The review: Tasty. Sort of a Latin spin on the gimlet. Ranks right up there with the better gimlets I’ve had. I’d order it again. Served “up” by default. Good call!

malo drink

The bar: Malo

The bar tender: Bjørn

malo bjorn

Where in the World Wednesday [04.22.15]

April 22, 2015

Where. Am. I.


malo drink

This just in! [04.21.15]

April 21, 2015

Restaurant Week Des Moines August 14-23, 2015

restaruant week

Random Quotes I Heard Somewhere [04.20.15]

April 20, 2015
  • “Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.” – Sam who-the-hell-is Brown
  • “You don’t find the donkey show. The donkey show finds you.”  – Anonymous, and rightly so
  • “Sometimes you’re a goose. Sometimes you’re a chicken.” – A former leader of mine