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LV Recommends: The Drunken Gardener—a vegan cocktail for the autumnal equinox

Restrictions can breed creativity. At the Trumpet Blossom Café, the challenge of producing vegan cocktails while utilizing local and sustainable ingredients has yielded some exciting results, the latest example being my new favorite fall cocktail: The Drunken Gardener. The drink features cherry tomatoes muddled with sea salt, dry gin (I asked for Tanqueray), Dolin Blanc […]

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LV Recommends: The best (seriously) pie crust

The Best Damn Pie Crust

I’ve made my fair share of pies over the years, but until this summer, never had a great recipe for pie crust. I’ve borrowed recipes from friends and family and while they definitely do the job, they never completely hit the mark. I recently took notes from my friend Lauren who happens to make some of the most delicious pies, and finally baked one of my own that had a crust worth talking about… […]

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LV Recommends: Fabian’s Seafood Truck

Fabian's Seafood

Once every few weeks in Iowa City — probably on a Monday around 10 a.m. — a refrigerated truck pulls into the Riverside Dairy Queen’s parking lot (526 Riverside Drive). It is white and completely unmarked. Actually, there’s this: A single leaf of oversized printer paper, duct taped to the driver-side door. It says FABIAN […]

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