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LV Recommends: Goosetown Cafe

Does Iowa City really need another breakfast and brunch restaurant? If it’s as diverse in flavor and subtly inventive as Goosetown Cafe, then yes. What I’ve found after repeated trips to the brunch, lunch and dinner spot that opened in Iowa City’s Northside nearly a year ago is a place that’s hugely confident, a trait not many newer restaurants have. That confidence shows in a menu and a design with contrasting characteristics, but held together by quality. […]

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Boston Fish is closing

After 77 years of feeding Cedar Rapidians, Boston Fish Restaurant and Bar is closing. “It is with great sorrow and for reasons beyond my control, that I inform you that the Boston Fish real estate has been sold and will no longer house the Boston Fish establishment,” manager Lenore Zoll announced on Boston Fish’s Facebook […]

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Wild Culture Kombucha’s taproom brings a big-city staple to Iowa City

Though kombucha has been around for more than 2,000 years, interest in the fermented tea drink has spiked considerably in the U.S. in the last decade or two. From hobbyists trying their hand at home brewing to major corporations capitalizing on the trend, kombucha is widely seen as a healthy alternative to beer and soda. […]

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LV Recommends: LP Street Food

Though it opened in 2018, LP Street Food looks like it easily could’ve been in its location for 50 years. It fits seamlessly into the ever-expanding Kingston Village neighborhood just west of downtown Cedar Rapids, and the look is more cozy and lived-in than brand new. That fits well with the food, which is as messy as it is tasty. […]

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Meet a farmer: How Shanti Sellz works to make fresh food accessible

Located down a rolling gravel road just about eight miles west of Iowa City is Muddy Miss Farms at Walker Homestead, where farmer Shanti Sellz grows vegetables for her 22-week CSA share. The season begins in early May and continues through October, when her members regularly visit the farm to pick up a weekly supply […]

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Fair Grounds Coffeehouse is closing

Fair Grounds Coffeehouse is closing, owners Steve and Christine Pernetti announced on Fair Grounds’ Facebook page on Friday morning. “It has been the experience of our lifetime and we can’t thank customers and staff enough for the memories and relationships you provided. If you have time please read our open letter. You will be in our hearts forever,” […]

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How Quaker Oats became a household name

The most remarkable thing about oatmeal being a popular breakfast item in America is nobody thinks it’s remarkable that oatmeal is popular. It’s a sign of how successful Quaker Oats’ marketing has been. Because even though oats are one of the oldest cultivated grains, before Quaker Oats, most Americans had little interest in eating oat […]

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