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Friday, August 4, 2017

Detritus about the Social Club

Pal Yvonne in from Reno, relaxing outside the Social Club.

Left, Baby Groot knit coffee sleeve at Capes Kafe. Curtis and Aquaman, right.

Left, Just take my money, Capes. Enraptured in The Basement bar, right.

Recent drinks: Exile, Java Joes, San Pellegrino, Firetrucker

For summertime refreshment, Exile Brewing nails it with beers like their Zoltan session IPA, left, and Cherry Bohemian sour ale, right.

Left, A big ole' mug of Colombian light roast at Java Joes Coffeehouse. It does not suck. Center, Love this stuff from San Pellegrino. Got this bottle from Graziano Brothers along with spices and tomato sauce. Right, A tallboy of Firetrucker Brewery's Brigade Ale goes down easy, especially at a bargain price of four bucks during Des Moines Social Club's Rooftop Happy Hour.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Random Bits of Detritus

Left, Introducing the Postal Service's new mascot, Bitchy Banana, reminding you to "get your shit 2gether." Right, 'Keeping a collection of limbless women' is another way of looking at my PEZ collection.

Hubris for sale, left, $12.99 at Hy-Vee. Right, Woman, Man, Woman in the Wind, Toddler in Wheelchair.

Left, Putting your dick in places it doesn't belong. Then – BOOM! – alternate timeline. Now you're Mr. Monopoly's bitch, Captain. Right, Clearance-priced All Stars.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Recent eats and drinks on Tenth Street

A magnificent namesake calzone from Centro, left and center, with mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, Parmesan, and Graziano Brothers' Italian sausage. Thin, as I prefer, with a nice balance of crisp and chew. Right, I enjoyed a side of luscious marinara mostly as soup!

Fried okra spears at Bubba, left. Cut in strips they're more fibrous than sliced in half-inch pieces. Served with sides of remoulade and charred lemon aioli, the latter is superb! That and nearby Django's curry ketchup would be my ideal dipping sauces. Right, A five-buck Happy Hour priced slug of Bulleit rye is hard to pass up. Its got some oak and spice to it.

Sometimes the simple things suffice, like this Campari and soda, left. Asking for a twist was a good call, aromatic lemon oils offered a citrusy contrast to the slightly sweet bitterness of the apéritif. Right, I'll take Johnnie Walker's Rye Cask Finish over Red or Black any day. Its amazing!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Recent eats: Nick's, Rinehart's Family Farm, Key Lime Oreos

A particularly saucy Grinder at Nick's on Army Post Road. Made with a house-recipe Italian sausage, it was quite satisfying. Best enjoyed with a side of crinkle-cut fries.

Left, a breakfast sandwich from Rinehart's Family Farm stand at the Downtown Des Moines' Farmers Market. With bacon, egg, Italian cheeses, and fresh grilled asparagus on a toasted ciabatta roll, its a 'Ton of Yum!' Right, Key Lime Oreo with a Graham cracker cookie. They do not suck.