Monday, September 21, 2015

More hijinks at the Des Moines Social Club.

Data and Aquaman, sittin' in a tree.

Art for sale via vending machine.

Capes Kafé's Coffee Grindhouse cult movie nights at Viaduct Gallery, and the Kum & Go Theatre.

Broken front door. This is why we can't have good things, Des Moines.

Bring me the head of Rocket Raccoon!

In the wee hours.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Drinks in the East Village

Two dollar bottles of domestic bottled beer and fresh popcorn, during The Garden Nightclub's weekday Happy Hour. Followed up with a decent Bloody Mary, flavored with horseradish and Sriracha. Life is briefly merciful.

Enjoying a fine double espresso at The Village Bean Coffee Co. Later I ordered up a Depth Charge, a double espresso topped with either Madhouse Brewing's Sumatra Coffee Stout or Peace Tree Brewing's Rye Porter. Ask the barista to pour the beer atop the hot espresso for a delicious espresso-infused beer foam.

$5 for tall boys of Surly Brewing's Furious, and Hell, plus its 2-for-1 on Tuesdays and Sundays at the The BeechWood Lounge.

Two buck Hamm's at The Locust Tap. From the land of sky blue waters. Or so we're told.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hasta luego, Malo.

A quartet of tacos at Malo, from left: Chile-marinated Portobello with queso fresco, guacamole, salsa roja offers a mature meaty flavor; Chile Relleno, a battered, fried poblano stuffed with cheese, with shredded cabbage, and salsa roja is a vegetal festival; Carne Molida with grilled ground beef, shredded cheddar, and salsa roja is a homey as it gets, gringo style; Chorizo featuring spicy ground pork with tomatillo salsa is savory but not overly seasoned.

Drunken Nachos: Tortilla chips, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, Malo queso, black beans, guacamole, shredded cheddar, and chipotle crema, plus an optional choice of meats: carne molida, chorizo, grilled chicken breast, and skirt steak. On left with carne molida, chorizo on the right.

Left, enjoying a Surly Hell. The Salsa Chile Árbol, center, is the heat I seek, with an unexpected sweetness to boot. Right, Guacamole the way I like it: naked.

An epic-sized Quesadilla with shredded cheese blend, sautéed bell peppers, and caramelized onion, served with corn salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. The corn salsa is good enough to be a side dish.

Left, Chorizo Y Corn Queso with sweet corn, tomato, chorizo, and roasted cotija cheese. Makes tortilla chips happy! On right, Tot'chos with Malo's housemade tater tots, with queso, carne molida, cheddar, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, and chipotle crema. An impressive and unique appetizer.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Still more Djonuts porn.

Djonuts are available Tuesday through Sunday at Capes Kafé, located inside the Des Moines Social Club at Ninth and Mulberry, and also at the Saturday morning Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market that runs from May through October.

Strawberry Rhubarb with gooey cream cheese drizzle. Bright fruit flavor, decadent frosting.

Pert near a Venn diagram of deliciousness: Madagascar Vanilla and Chocolate Espresso.

Oh no! The cherry has fallen from the top of my Djonuts á la mode. I feel emasculated.

Boston Creme are delightful. Creamy vanilla pudding center is spot on.

Madagascar Vanilla. Vanilla cake enrobed in vanilla frosting. Simple but special.

Chocolate Caramel Heath. Pretty rich flavor.

It takes a super donut to impress a Superman. Mexican Chocolate offers a tingle of cayenne that contrasts against the the dark chocolate of the doughnut, and the cinnamon/sugar dusting excites the palate.

I inhaled some powdered sugar from this doughnut, and launched a chunk about six feet. Koff, koff… At least I had some coffee to wash down the embarrassment.

Buck Naked Lemon. So good I ate the last two. Lemon and vanilla extracts, plus lemon zest. Smooth lemon flavor.

Lemon. Tart and smooth.

Orange Dreamsicle.

Ollie Queen Lemon-Lime.

Key Lime. Bright flavor. And look at that piping!

Cinnamon Roll Cookie.

Buck Naked Cherry.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Van Holmgren, on display at Confluence Brewing Company.

The Guru

Security Blanket

Field of Particles





Particle Piece and Three Beans

What's In Your Head

More about Van Holmgren as his works can be found at www.vanholmgren.com.