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LV Recommends: Tabooleh

Like many during this pandemic, my boyfriend and I have a lot of time on our hands and are spending 90 percent of it at home. One way we’ve been breaking up the sameness of every day is by ordering takeout and delivery from restaurants we always meant to try but for some reason never […]

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LV Recommends: Crab Attack Cajun Seafood

Opening a seafood restaurant in a landlocked Midwestern state in the midst of an unpredictable pandemic sounds like a near mythical feat. But that’s exactly what the owners of Crab Attack Cajun Seafood did, and with delicious results. Owners Stephanie Johnson, Nichole Davis and Gerald Seals wanted to bring something different to Cedar Rapids. Johnson […]

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National Czech & Slovak Museum hosting virtual cooking classes featuring traditional Czech foods

Aspiring chefs have a chance this Saturday to join a cooking class from the comfort of their own homes hosted by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML). Saturday’s cooking class will teach attendees how to make traditional Czech open-faced sandwiches. The class is one of five offered from Chef Tom Slepicka, who […]

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Book Review: ‘Iowa Supper Clubs’ by Megan Bannister

One never knows when the inspiration for an unforgettable road trip might happen. But you will most likely experience many of those unignorable “let’s go right now” moments that will get you to hit the road while you read Iowa Supper Clubs, released in August from The History Press. Megan Bannister adds the historical flavor […]

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Booze and boos: Local beer to pair with your favorite horror movie

Haunted by a fridge full of boring beer? Creep over to the store and pick up an Iowa brew to pair with your favorite horror subgenre. Supernatural Horror The Exorcist (1973), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Ringu (1998), The Babadook (2014) Drink: Electric Banshee American Stout (ReUnion Brewery, Coralville) Electric Banshee is a pleasant, […]

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Recipe: Iowa Pork Fries

No matter what you call it (pork fries, cowboy caviar, Rocky Mountain oysters, prairie oysters), or how you prepare it (broiled, smoked, fried, accompanied with a variety of sauce options), at the end of the day, you’re eating a testicle. Rocky Mountain oysters were one of the first “exotic” foods I tried. I was 14 […]

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Wilson’s Orchard evolves their image with a focus on new crops, sustainability

Since Wilson’s Apple Orchard first opened to the public 35 years ago, the visitor experience has been centered around exactly what you would expect: apples. Over the last four decades, thousands of visitors have journeyed to the orchard in autumn to pick apples, sip apple cider slushies, eat apple turnovers and buy Wilson’s merch featuring […]

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Barbecue to the rescue: Willie Fairley plans to feed derecho victims ‘until everyone’s back on their feet’

Willie Fairley’s phone has not stopped ringing. Fairley told Little Village he’s gotten calls from “all over the world” letting him know they appreciate the work he’s doing and asking how they can support him. Fairley, owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids, has been making hundreds of free meals for people impacted […]

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The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Area’s Annual Dining Guide

BREAD & BUTTER

The sixth annual Bread & Butter dining guide contains something for everyone: great meals at every price point and for every diet, guidance for visitors looking to get beneath the surface and an exhaustive list of worthwhile breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner destinations to help even the most seasoned locals find something new to try.