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New to Des Moines?
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New to Des Moines?

Well, so are we! My pal Ange and I are recent transplants to Iowa, thanks in part to our significant others. We were told about the opportunity to blog about our fun experiences and immediately jumped on the opportunity!

Before moving here, we were not familiar with Des Moines and had a very small understanding of Iowa in general. I’m sure you know the old saying “Isn’t Iowa nothing but corn fields?” Regardless, we’ve quickly grown to love the culture, the hospitality and realized that Iowa is way more than corn, I mean, don’t forget the pork industry!

But in all seriousness, we’ve discovered so many fun activities, so many free and family-friend events and have embraced the entire heartland culture which makes Iowa so great. All that said, we’ve decided to talk about our adventures and stay-cation ideas. From Lunch in the Park to World Food and Music Fest to Nitefall on the River. Des Moines has much to offer. Now, don’t get me wrong, Iowa is much more than Des Moines and there are some surrounding areas which deserve just as much credit. In our plight to share our journey and squash the “fly-over state” mentality, we’re also hoping to visit the rich, understated, hidden gems of Iowa! So come along with us, laugh with us, educate us and be patient with us – remember, we’re new too!

First up, you ask? Eatery/A and the Ingersoll corridor! No, that’s not the name of a local band though, it'd be a good one, huh? Anyway, that’s our way of introducing another newbie. while also giving our nod to the “veteran” establishments that have made Ingersoll Ave. a thriving after-hours hot spot. Eatery/A however, has become quite a go-to place for local young professionals. Their robust happy hour has drawn quite a crowd as regulars and newcomers alike vie for tables on the beautiful patio and in industrial-themed bar. I mean, who can’t break for half-priced wine, beer and pizza? But don’t be fooled- this place is no “dive.” In fact, it is quite the opposite! The dining room of Eatery/A boasts a romantic yet comfortable atmosphere. From sparkly, bejeweled light fixtures to modern reclaimed art, this place has it all. Feel free to go in jeans or slacks… heels or flats! No judgment here.

Upscale pizza and beer not your thing? Try out many of the other fun local places along Ingersoll Avenue such a Wellman’s Pub which touts one of the city’s best trivia nights or Star Bar which is known for great drinks. Whatever your flavor, I’m sure you can find it on Ingersoll. Late night craving? Don’t miss Big Tomato Pizza which may or may not have a line out the door. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of awesome places, for that you'll just have to wind your way down Ingersoll yourself!

Want to find out what else is going on in the Des Moines area? Check out the local publications, Juice and Cityview.

Happy eating (and drinking)

- Harp

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