Friday, May 22, 2015

Highlights from the first Saturday of the 2015 Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market.

Grilled cheeses from Say Cheese DSM pleases, while Big Daddy's BBQ brings the heat, along with the sweet with their line of barbecue and hot sauces.

German sausages on the grill from Strudl Haus, and lovely bundles of asparagus for sale at Rinehart's Family Farm stand.

There's doughnuts and breakfast pizzas aplenty from Djonuts by Capes Kafé and Something Italian, respectively. S.I. also features frittatas made by Louie Baratta's mother.

Its all Gouda cheese from Frisian Farms. Of note, from left, Gouda with cumin, and the Sneek, aged over 1,000 days.

Its not a Farmers' Market without a visit to Saloo's Indian Cooking for grilled potato cutlets and samosas. A dozen homemade fudges are available from Fudgeez.

A wide variety of breads await purchase from Big Sky Bread. Both spring onion and garlic are for sale from Cleverley Farms. Take a stroll across Water St. to The Riverwalk Hub for their Bloody Mary bar.

Stunning, elegant baked goods, both savory and sweet from La Mie, including this delightful spinach and feta pastry.

Dutch letters and more delights from Vander Ploeg Bakery. Cabbage rolls filled with pork, rice, and carrot, from L&L European Delight.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Paintings by Buffalo Bonker at Firetrucker Brewery.

An art exhibition currently on display through June 26, 2015 at Firetrucker Brewery, 716 S.W. Third St. in Ankeny, featuring Southern California transplant Jeff (Buffalo) Bonker. Reception to be held on Friday, June 5 at 6 p.m. More about the artist can be found at www.buffalobonker.com.


Declaration of Independence

Luncheon with Bridget

Gothic Dad

Jesse Pinkman

Art Crank 2010

Composition in Black and Grey

Central Park

Double Cowboy

Les Trois Sirenes


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Random Bits of Detritus: Van Holmgren, snow shadows, foam fist, Meg Ryan, cookies.

From left: Everything's better with Van Holmgren on it, especially this wall outside RōCA; Snow shadows on the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge.

From left: I'll pound you with my freakishly large fist from Northern Tool; The fates of Meg Ryan's career and the shuttered Nova 10 Cinemas on Merle Hay appear to have been intertwined; Entertaining cookies.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hagar's Manhattan Deli on Ingersoll: Quality Purveyors of the Sandwich Arts.

Hagar’s Manhattan Deli at 3705 Ingersoll Avenue has been crafting some darn fine sandwiches for over three decades. Here's a few of my favorites.

Hagar's Egg Salad on wheatberry with lettuce and tomato is thick and chunky, even the yolk boasts a hearty bite here and there. I'd eat this straight from a container.

The Reuben with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and pickle on dark Russian is mighty fine, piled high, tender, and tasty.

The Zach Johnson – named after the Iowa-born and raised Masters winning golf pro – is a magnificent ham sandwich with salami, pepperoni, provolone and hot pepper cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and oil on a soft hoagie. Moist and zesty, everything works on this build!

As for sides the baked beans were mushy but I like that at times. Toothy squares of mystery meats add flavor and textural appeal. A simple Cole slaw is a bit rich, and could use a vinegary bite to balance the flavor. I'd suggest it as a sandwich topper. For dessert, Hagar's most popular item is the 7-Layer Bar. It may claim seven layers, but for me its all about the coconut and chocolate. Its a tasty finish to any lunch at Hagar's.

Thursdays are special at the Manhattan Deli. That's when Hagar's offers The Ultimate Grinder! Featuring homemade Italian sausage, with pepperoni, capicola, mild fried peppers, provolone, and a sprinkling of Hagar's Manhattan seasoning, the sandwich is equally moist and flavorful. a little zest in the throat completes the experience.

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