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No music, no problem: Area bars and restaurants that provide a space to eat in peace

“Don’t worry; they don’t have a band tonight. I called ahead to make sure,” my husband said about the restaurant where we were thinking of eating that evening. Though we’d technically passed the threshold already, I think that was the moment we officially entered our 30s. I had to tease him about being old and […]

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LV Recommends: Syrup sourced from a maple tree near you

Iowa is not generally thought of as a hot-bed of maple syrup production, but it does have a few commercial producers across the state. The sap-collection season is relatively short, starting around late February or early March and lasting for roughly three weeks […]

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LV Recommends: Good eating by the bowlful

Research says the closer food rests against the rim of a dish, the more likely eaters will perceive their meal to be sufficient. Consider a large plate, with plenty of its outer surface area untouched by food. Now, consider a bowl, filled to the brim. The bowl evokes a sense of security, of enoughness. […]

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Natural wine and feelin’ fine: Uncorking the latest wine trend

If you’re keyed into the food and beverage world, chances are you’ve caught whiff of one of the buzziest new terms: natural wine. It’s certainly a movement that’s grown in popularity over the past few years. But ask a wine professional, merchant or server at your favorite restaurant about natural wine and you’re likely to […]

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At Chez Grace, Chef David Zaghloul performs an a capella chef-d’oeuvre

It’s approaching dinner time, and Chef David Zaghloul is sitting at one of his tables, waiting for customers to arrive—a common scene in every restaurant, but here at Chez Grace, even the waiting is a job that Zaghloul does alone. “I do the front and the cooking and everything else,” he explains. This means that […]

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Raise your glass to these no-proof and low-alcohol cocktails

Adults love their adult beverages, but not always the buzz that comes with it. With sales of alcohol dropping around 1 percent in the U.S. in 2018, an increase from 2017, Americans seem to be joining a growing European movement: eschewing boozy cocktails, beers and wines for low- or no-alcohol beverages.
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