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Posted by Helaina Thompson | Aug 2, 2016

Photo by Helaina Thompson Dumplings -- adorably bite­-sized pockets of dough packed with various fillings -- excel in convenience. At Dumpling Darling on Dubuque Street in Iowa City (their brick...

Jordan Sellergren
Posted by Courtenay Bouvier | Jul 6, 2016

Photo by Jordan Sellergren When people ask me to recommend Italian food in Iowa, it prompts a string of questions that usually culminates in, “Do you mean real Italian, or,...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Jul 6, 2016

It’s that time of year when bicyclists are hitting the trails and country roads hard, training for RAGBRAI. One popular and effective (some may even say masochistic) route runs from...

Posted by Matthew Steele | Jul 5, 2016

The Pig & Porter (1028 3rd St. SE) opens today in Cedar Rapids' New Bohemia District. Co-owners Will Monk and Matt Melone met while working at Cobble Hill. Their new...

Posted by Matthew Steele | Jul 2, 2016

Photo by Matthew Steele Signage appeared this weekend announcing a new coffeeshop in downtown Iowa City -- Cortado Coffee & Café, 26 S. Clinton Street (the former location of Austin...

Sun Cafe
Posted by Jeff Holmes | Jun 14, 2016

Photo by Adam Burke Recently, my good friend suggested we venture away from downtown to find some good Vietnamese fare. Always the connoisseur of all cuisine, I trusted him. Sun...

Black Sheep Social Club
Posted by Susan Bednar Blind | Jun 8, 2016

Photo by Susan Bednar Blind When Black Sheep Social Club recommends reservations, they aren’t kidding. The new Cedar Rapids restaurant hummed over the lunch hour on a recent Tuesday. Located...

ReUnion Brewery
Posted by Casey Wagner | Jun 3, 2016

Photo by Adam Burke Lager gets a bad rap. Commonly associated with the macro pilsners stacked ceiling-high in walk-in coolers across the nation, lager is panned by many craft beer...

Posted by Adam Burke | Jun 2, 2016

Real Food Films contest finalists FilmScene — Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Finalists from the 2016 Real Foods Films Contest, chosen from 160 entries and all under four minutes,...

Mt Vernon Chocolate Stroll
Posted by Genevieve Trainor | Jun 1, 2016

Seventh Annual Chocolate Stroll First St., Mount Vernon -- Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The seventh annual Chocolate Stroll, sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, once again...

Posted by Cole Highnam | May 20, 2016

Photo via Wild Culture Kombucha Iowa poet Cole Highnam muses upon Wild Culture’s fermented teas in the form of a lyric essay, “I will not spoil my health with lesser...

Posted by Darcie Hutzell | May 20, 2016

Illustration by Greta Songe It’s springtime in Iowa City. The asparagus are up, and the Iowa City Farmers Market is back! I strapped my toddler on my back on the...

Posted by Adam Burke | May 19, 2016

Iowa City was named the nineteenth drunkest town in the U.S. according to 24/7 Wall St. which published the list. Over 23 percent of Iowa Citians reported drinking to excess....

Posted by Tim Taranto | May 16, 2016

Givanni's caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis as El Patrón butterfly -- photo by Matt Steele When the Etre Restaurant Group closed the doors of Givanni's Italian-American in the Ped Mall,...

Posted by Courtenay Bouvier | May 10, 2016

On Monday, May 9, Pullman Bar & Diner hosted the first Cobble Hill + Pullman Corridor Mash-Up. The sold-out event featured meals and cocktails prepared by the staff at both...

Photo by Adam Burke
Posted by Tim Taranto | May 9, 2016

Photo by Adam Burke We sat down to lunch at the newly opened traditional Chinese restaurant Bashu. The waitress brought us a pot of oolong and my buddy, a native...