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Recipe: Instant Pot sesame chicken for two, when going out is just too much work

Try this romantic Instant Pot stay-in style sesame chicken for two (since you’ve both progressed long past fighting for elbow room in oversold, prix fixe seatings, but you don’t want the local delivery since they’ve been to this address three times this week and it’s only Wednesday and yes they totally notice hence the passive-aggressive number of plastic flatware sets they’ve been assuming with your order).
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New Pi Co-op Café coming to the Coralville Public Library

Visitors to the Coralville Public Library who are hungry for more than just knowledge will soon be able to snag a sweet roll or a salad, in addition to books and media. New Pioneer Food Co-op announced on Thursday it will be opening New Pi Co-op Café in the space at the library previously occupied by Caffe Crema. […]

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Deluxe Cakes and Pastries set to re-open Tuesday

If you’re a regular at this charming Longfellow neighborhood bakery, you’ve likely noticed some subtle changes both inside and out over the last year. After being closed for almost three weeks for the final phase of renovation, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries is set to reopen today with a fresh interior and plans in motion to launch expanded offerings. […]

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Forbidden Planet’s arcade games are going up for sale

After Forbidden Planet, the downtown Iowa City pizza arcade, announced it was closing, one of the most often asked questions was what would happen to its pinball machines and arcade games. Initially, owner Tommy Connolly intended to sell them to a single buyer, but that has changed. Connolly has decided to offer them for sale to the public. […]

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Bandito Billy’s: Here’s how to eat at one of Derek Perez’s restaurants for the next few weeks

If you live in Iowa City and have been brave enough to leave the house recently, you’ve probably noticed that El Bandito’s (327 E Market St) is closed. Here’s what’s up, as confirmed by owner Derek Perez: • The 327 E Market St location is currently closed for renovations. It is expected to re-open in […]

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Forbidden Planet will close next week and reopen with a new concept and name

Forbidden Planet owner Tommy Connolly took to Facebook this afternoon to announce that the downtown Iowa City pizza arcade will be closing its doors for good next week. Responding to questions over the phone, Connolly said he expects the last day will be in the later half of next week, but couldn’t give an exact date. […]

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Crab rangoon pizza is coming to Cedar Rapids

Beloved Des Moines-based restaurant and tiki bar Fong’s Pizza will open its third location in the New Bohemia District later this year. As first reported by The Gazette, Full Court Press, the group behind the restaurant, plans to open the new location by early May. The location of first Fong’s Pizza was once home to King-Ying-Low, Des Moines’ oldest Chinese restaurant, which inspired the Asian influence in Fong’s menu and decor. […]

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New restaurants and other changes on the local food scene in 2017

Fifteen restaurants — serving everything from burritos to bao — opened in the Iowa City area this year. Some were entirely new ventures, some belonged to local favorites that expanded (you no longer have to go downtown to get a pie shake). Taking a big step beyond its NewBo District coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Brewhemia started distributing its nitro coffee throughout the corridor. And in Iowa City, a new, locally-owned food delivery was launched, to provide an alternative to big, national services like GrubHub. […]

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