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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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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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LV Recommends: Dine using your horoscope as a guide

Jupiter will be in its home sign of Sagittarius from November of 2018 to December of 2019. These 13 months are all about growth, new beginnings and transformation. Allow the impulsive, fun-loving energy of Sagittarius to inspire your local dining choices this year, with these up-and-coming restaurant recommendations for each sign. Aries: NaRa Thai Cuisine, […]

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Hashtag (and NCAA tournament) prompts locals to list their top 10 Iowa City-area eateries

After clinching the Big Ten championship over Rutgers on March 9, the University of Iowa women’s basketball team — led by coach Lisa Bluder and Big Ten Player of the Year Megan Gustafson — will enter the NCAA Tournament Friday with the home-court advantage. Carver Hawkeye Arena will host the Hawks’ first-round game against the […]

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Dash Coffee Roasters is opening an Iowa City cafe

Dash Coffee Roasters is opening an Iowa City cafe this spring. The North Linn Street space will be the second location for Dash. “We’re hoping to open sometime in May,” Rebecca Davidson, who owns and runs Dash with her husband Phil, told Little Village. The Iowa City cafe will feature the complete Dash drink menu […]

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Brock About Town: Melk, milking this Cedar Rapidian’s love of Crunch Berries

Hi, my name is Audrey, and I’m addicted to cereal. Not just any cereal, mind you, but the tooth-achingly sweet variety advertised by manic-depressive tropical birds during Saturday morning cartoons — the kind that gives you just enough energy to make it to second period before a massive blood sugar crash leaves you shaking and […]

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Saigon’s Corner is set to open in the Old Capitol Town Center on Jan. 29

Tyler Pham, the chef who helped make pho popular in the Iowa City area, is opening a second location of his restaurant, Saigon’s Corner, in the Old Capitol Town Center on Tuesday. Pham was a partner in Pho Zaika and I Love Pho, before striking out on his own and starting Saigon’s Corner in Coralville […]

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LV Recommends: Pho Lucky

Recently, three Little Village staffers lunched at Pho Lucky to get a feel for Iowa City’s newest pho restaurant. Imagine, on a cold winter day, sitting like a warm cat in a big sunny booth right by the south windows of a tidy restaurant while you sip a sweet Vietnamese iced coffee or hot tea and wait for a big bowl of soup. […]

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BeerBurger’s new location in downtown Iowa City is open

BeerBurger opened a second location on Monday, two years to the day after its original location in North Liberty opened it doors. The new downtown Iowa City location is at 108 E Burlington St, in the space formerly occupied by Zombie Burger + Shake Lab, which closed at the beginning of February 2018. BeerBurger is […]

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Reinventions, new locations and a ‘secret’ from long ago: The restaurant scene in 2018

Transformation was a major theme on the local restaurant scene in 2018. Early in the year, the owners of downtown fixture Atlas announced they were remaking the restaurant into the Saint Burch Tavern (named after Burch, the bear who served as the University of Iowa’s mascot at the beginning of the 20th century), and as […]

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