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Chicken Little Reviews: Saturday Farmers Market

You know that first perfect spring day after the endless winter? That cloudless day of birdsong, bike rides and bunnies; of budding flowers offering up their sweet stink to bees and passersby? That’s the day that makes many people fall (back) in love with Iowa City, and it’s the day we know the Farmers Market […]

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Border Hop Fest to offer tasting of rare Midwestern brews

We’ve all done it — crossed Iowa’s borders to buy beer unavailable in the Hawkeye State, be it from New Glarus or Half Acre. This Saturday, May 24 from 1-5 p.m. though, beers that normally require visiting a neighboring state to enjoy will be coming to Backpocket Brewing for Border Hop Fest, located on the top level of the Coralville Marriott parking ramp. […]

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Boozehound: Short’s Whiskey

As a longtime burger enthusiast, I’ve been a fan of Short’s Burger and Shine for a while. Both the downtown and eastside locations have intimate, cozy atmospheres and delicious food served. When Short’s started distilling and bottling their own whiskey, I couldn’t help but wonder: Is it as good as their burgers? […]

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Beer Reviews: Birrificio Montelupo’s Turbone Wheat Ale

While perusing the beer section of a local store, trying to figure out what to review next for Little Village, my eyes were drawn to the discounted price ($3.99 per bottle) of Turbone Wheat Ale, brewed by the Birrificio Montelupo of Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy. I thought: Why not take a chance on Turbone Wheat Ale — especially since its normal price is listed at $7 a bottle? Oh, let me count the ways … […]

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On the table: For your informaggio

I’m going to take a guess here: You probably haven’t ever made your own cheese before. It’s ok, you’re not alone. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even considered venturing into the unknown territory of amateur cheesemaking. But then, over happy hour drinks, a friend mentioned her interest in trying her hand at it, and my ears perked up. Later that night, as I flipped through the pages of my latest Bon Appetit, I serendipitously happened to see a recipe for ricotta—the editors vowed it was a breez… […]

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Des Moines IPA is LV’s May 2014 Brew of the Month

May’s beer of the month is the well-balanced, Iowa-brewed IPA from Confluence Brewing Company: Des Moines IPA. Though some IPAs are overwhelmingly dry and bitter, John Martin, the head brewer at Confluence, proudly admits that he wants his IPA to have a balance of malt and hop characteristics. Instead of going overboard with abrasive hop […]

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