Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Posted February 11, 2015in Belly Up

Galentines Day is not your average comedy show

Valentine’s Day is the same old song and dance every year. The only difference is the inflated price for wine and chocolate. The only people around, it seems, are blissfully happy couples and woefully single ex-couples. There is one place the people of Des Moines can go this weekend to

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Posted February 04, 2015in Belly Up

Look forward to hitting Rock Bottom

What makes a bar truly amazing? Is it the atmosphere or the huge pool table? The great DJ or the glowing dance floor? For most, it’s probably a combination of these. But what really sets a bar apart is the combination of fantastic food and even better beer. Hidden just

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Posted January 28, 2015in Belly Up

The Wine Experience is the secret escape at Jordan Creek

Jordan Creek Town Center isn’t just a place that people visit once or twice. People flock to the area for work, for restaurants and good food, and in most cases, shopping — and lots of it. But after a while, it’s nice to partake in something other than Panera Bread,

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Posted January 21, 2015in Belly Up

Sip margaritas during your shopping break at On the Border

In order to be classified as a first-rate dining locale, a Mexican restaurant must have two things: warm, fresh tortilla chips served with a deliciously spicy salsa and queso combo — and kickass margaritas. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in West Des Moines offers both, not to mention

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Posted January 14, 2015in Belly Up

Wine flows in flights at Trostel’s Dish

Think about how many times you’ve sat down at a restaurant and your server asks you for your order and you reply with “everything.” Or you’re looking at a drink menu and you can’t decide between five different wines that sound perfect…or maybe you want a cocktail? Then after your

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Posted January 07, 2015in Belly Up

Denny Arthur’s: something old, something new

  Going out for drinks, hitting the dance floor and chatting up some good-looking people is a standard activity for the 21 to 30 age group. It’s still relevant to the 30 to 50 age group, although probably not a weekly endeavor. What about the 50 to 80 group? Are

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Posted December 31, 2014in Belly Up

New Flix Brewhouse offers dinner and a show

Cutline: Flix Brewhouse brings dinner and a movie in a one-stop shop to Merle Hay Mall. How many times have you gone out on a date with your partner only to argue about where to get dinner and whose turn it is to pick the movie? Flix Brewhouse is eliminating

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Posted December 24, 2014in Belly Up

If you like wine, you’ll love +39

  Iowans used to have to make a trip to the nearest Olive Garden to get a taste of Italy. Similar restaurants offer varieties of pasta and wines, but none so authentic as to make diners feel as though they are really on an Italian vacation. None, that is, until

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Posted December 17, 2014in Belly Up

Eatery A: Five-star quality at a two-star price

Dust off that favorite little black dress in the back of your closet, ladies, and strap on your best heels. Ditch the tennis shoes, men, and find that one tie you only wear for work parties and funerals. Tonight, try something different with a romantic dinner date at downtown Des

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Posted December 10, 2014in Belly Up

Mangez bien: ‘Eat well’ at Django

It’s Saturday night, and the whole group is together. The women want different wines, and men want football and a cigar-induced hangout. The only thing the group can agree on is that everyone wants to go somewhere classy. Sound familiar? Downtown Des Moines is home to a place that can

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