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LV Recommends: 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 brightness.”   [dropcap]H[/dropcap]ow long have you been in the kombucha game? It wasn’t that long ago that this mysterious bevy went mainstream. Example: the word is a spelling error according […]

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LV Recommends: Trumpet Blossom Café

If you’re anything like me, you know there is no greater tradition than brunch. It’s the perfect midday gathering of friends to top off your weekend. You get a satisfying meal, drink(s) and above all: bacon. My friends and I were a perfect example one recent weekend. After visiting Trumpet Blossom Café and trying an […]

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Must-visit restaurants, bars and breweries within a day’s drive of Iowa City

There are many quirky, surprising and downright delicious dining opportunities within a day’s beautiful drive of Iowa City. Here’s a guide to get you started. “The jewel of the prairie,” Grinnell’s small but mighty liberal arts college campus is well known for sating the fiendish needs of area cultural enrichment junkies with world-class lectures, gallery […]

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Spotlight: These chefs and proprietors are breaking the culinary gender barrier—and making fantastic food while they do it

Cooking, teaching and writing poetry have this in common: All are considered “women’s work” until the elite tier of each is reached. Then? It’s a man’s world, baby. Gender disparity skyrockets. Far more published poets are men, as are college professors, and the same is true amongst chefs and restaurateurs. But while the percentage of […]

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LV Recommends: 3 homegrown coffee roasters that’ll have you buzzing

Meet three local roasting outfits delivering unique brews to fuel your caffeine addiction What began in 2011 for owner Jarrett Mitchell as a charming coffee cart in a parking lot, has transformed over the years into a full-fledged roasting operation. With previous iterations as both a small cafe within White Rabbit and a stand-alone location […]

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