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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Maestro Empanadas

A Q&A with Cristian Bejarano, whose restaurant, Maestro Empanadas, was chosen as the Most Commendable COVID-19 Precaution Game in Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC awards. When did you open Maestro Empanadas? Had you always hoped to own a restaurant? We opened our store in December 2015, however we started selling empanadas at the […]

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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: John’s Grocery

John’s Grocery isn’t just Iowa City’s oldest grocery store, but, according to the 2020 Best of the CRANDIC survey, locals’ favorite place to shop for beer, wine and liquor. With dozens (if not hundreds) of options to choose from in each section, John’s manager Doug Alberhasky took the time to make a few recommendations. Beer […]

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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Her Soup Kitchen

Her Soup Kitchen was voted Best Gluten-Free-Friendly Options in Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC awards. Barb Farnsworth, 60, owns and operates Her Soup Kitchen alongside her two kids and husband, Dick Farnsworth. Prior to opening the South Dubuque Street restaurant, Barb worked in the printing business and Dick owned and operated a mechanic […]

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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Camp Wapsie

Camp Wapsie was voted Best Summer Camp in Little Village’s 2020 Best of the CRANDIC awards. If you’ve ever felt that gentle pull of nostalgia while watching Wet Hot American Summer (or its brilliant serial reboot), the Babysitters’ Club “Hello, Camp Moosehead” finale, either version of The Parent Trap or, say, anything in the Friday […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2020: Health & Recreation

Best Place to Experience Nature: Lake Macbride State Park 3525 Hwy 382 NE, Solon Kayaking around Lake Macbride is so peaceful! —Alicia B. Hiking all year long lets you really feel the change of seasons. — Lauren L. Runner-up: F.W. Kent Park Best Bike Trail: Cedar Valley Nature Trail Hiawatha cedarvalleynaturetrail.com Runner-up: Iowa River Trail […]

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