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Where are the best chicken wings? Ask the Iowa City Wingmen

Since 2019, the original Iowa City Wingmen (Jeff Mannix and Brian Johannesen) have tirelessly scoured the Iowa City chicken wing scene in search of that perfect combination of flavor and texture with the intent of crowning the ultimate, most bodacious […]

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Breakfast spots with colorful kids meals (and not just menu coloring)

Is it just us or is it harder to get out of bed at the end of the week? Our parents have tried a bunch of ways to try to get us up. By Friday morning, nothing but a guarantee […]

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Recipe: Puttanesca sauce to inspire passion

You may have heard about pasta puttanesca, or “whore’s pasta,” as it is so problematically translated, with its legendary history as a bordello staple that served as both aphrodisiac and restorative. The truth is that no one knows precisely why […]

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Recipe: Simple-to-make strawberry chia jam

Recipe and photo by Lindsey Frisbie, RD, LD This is the easiest jam you will ever make! It’s made with frozen berries here, but fresh fruit would work, too. It’s equally great made with blueberries, raspberries and/or cherries. A finishing […]

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Photo Gallery: New residents get a Taste of Iowa City at the 14th event

Taste of Iowa City returned to the downtown area Wednesday night. This was the 14th year for the Iowa City Downtown District’s event, which is designed to introduce new students at the University of Iowa to downtown and Northside restaurants. […]

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Cedar Rapids brings back its ‘after dark’ farmers market this Saturday

Market After Dark is returning for its seventh year, as the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market closes out its summer season. There will be more than 100 farmers market vendor offering their wares at the four-and-an-half-hour event, which starts at […]

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Taste of Iowa City returns with food from more than 50 downtown and Northside restaurants

Taste of Iowa City returns for its 14th year on Wednesday. The four-hour event, organized by the Iowa City Downtown District, is held during the first week of the fall semester at the University of Iowa to introduce incoming students […]

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Carried away: Great local takeout and where to enjoy it outside

During the lockdown portion of the COVID-19 pandemic, our family took the opportunity to dive much deeper into two of our interests: exploring nature and eating takeout. The marriage of these two activities can go wrong easily—a soggy, sloppy sandwich […]

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LV Recommends: Restaurants that feel like home

Foodies who spent the last two years dining only al fresco — or simply a casa — are itching for a change of scenery. While these local spots offer a range of fare, what they all have in common is […]

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A 2022 CSA guide for the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area

There are many different types of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) options within Iowa. We’ve compiled a list of those located within one hour (and often much closer) of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, or offering pickup in these areas. Many […]

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Tender is the loin: The quest to find the CRANDIC’s most perfect pork tenderloin

Photos by Zak Neumann / Little Village The pork tenderloin sandwich ranks among Iowa’s most important culinary contributions, alongside Maid-Rites, puppy chow and Casey’s breakfast pizza. The formula is simple: A piece of pork loin is pounded thin, battered and […]

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