Weekend Brunch in Des Moines

Brunch Options in Des MoinesNot quite breakfast and not quite lunch, brunch is the perfect “fill you up” meal to help you keep up energy and stamina for your day. When visiting the Des Moines area, there are many great establishments that offer this mid-morning meal at great prices with a fun atmosphere. From eggs with a side of steak to a full-blown comfort food delight, the options for brunch are truly endless. Continue Reading...

Visit Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa

Living history brought to lifeLiving History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, presents interactive exhibits that construct authentic simulations of typical farm sites and small towns from several time periods that illustrate major changes in agricultural technology, procedures and rural life. Not only are you able to watch the exhibits, they encourage you to participate so you get the actual experience of what day-to-day life for people of the era was like. The farm encourages you to visit by holding special events and guest speakers throughout the year. Continue Reading...

Take Your Family to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

All aboard the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad!If you are lucky enough to live in Des Moines or plan to travel to the area with your family, make sure to pay a visit to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. With fun events taking place throughout the year, this is one destination you and your family do not want to miss. Continue Reading...

Soothe Your Sweet Cravings at Creme Cupcake Des Moines

Morning Mimosa Yellow Creme CakeThere are many good reasons why eating cupcakes is so popular. They are easy to serve and require no additional utensils or plates, making them convenient to eat on the go. Their small size makes it easy to eat just a small portion and satisfy your cravings without overeating. They also have a nice selection of textures and flavors, and the small size of a cupcake makes it simple to try a few different flavors. One great cupcake shops in Des Moines, Iowa, is Creme Cupcake.

Creme Cupcake is one of the most innovative cupcake shops in this rapidly expanding industry. It offers a wide variety of flavors, including seasonal flavors, whimsical cupcakes for kids and custom cupcakes designed just for you. One of its current seasonal flavors is Mardi Gras Kings Cake; this is a yellow creme cake with pecans and spices is decorated with purple, yellow and green sprinkles and a sugar baby. Another seasonal cupcake currently available is Ravishing Red Velvet Cake; this is a rich, ruby-red creme cake topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting. The company’s chocolate creme cupcake selection includes Chocolate Indulgence, Chocolate Raspberry, Marvelous Mocha, Creme Mint, Peanut Butter Passion, German Chocolate, Give Me More S’Mores, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate with Chocolate and Chocolate with Vanilla. Its white creme cakes include Keylime Time, Creme Coconut, Vanilla with Vanilla, Vanilla with Chocolate, Strawberry Angel and Luscious Lemon. Its yellow creme cakes feature some of its most innovative flavors, including Hello Yellow, Cappuccino-Coffee Break, Morning Mimosa, Blueberry Pancake, Banana Fosters, Cherry Cheesecake and Fried Ice Cream. The children-themed cupcakes include PB&J, Pink Lemonade, Bubble Gum and Dirt Cake.

The store has very flexible hours, opening from Tuesday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and later by appointment. Regular, individual-sized cupcakes cost $28/dozen, and its smaller, bite-sized cupcakes cost $18/dozen. If you love a certain flavor, it also sells 6-inch cakes that serve 6 to 8 people for $25. For your canine friends, the company sells dog-friendly, bite-sized cupcakes for $12/dozen. The company also creates custom cupcakes for $50; services provided for this fee include consultation, creation time and tasting.

If you are interested in some of the most innovative cupcakes available made today, stop by Creme Cupcake. Its moist and delicious cupcakes come in a wide variety of flavors, and at least one of them is sure to please you.

See the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines

Visitors to Des Moines, Iowa, have an unique opportunity to stop by the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. It is a magnificently restored building that once housed the public library, and it now commemorates the agricultural accomplishments of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug. Guests staying at the West Valley Inn can reach this architectural wonder in about 10 minutes, with an easy, 8-mile drive to the east along Interstate 235. Continue Reading...

Get Artsy at John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Des Moines, Iowa, is a wonderful and pleasant city that offers a wide variety of fun and enjoyable attractions to visitors and residents alike. There are a number of sporting events, museums, exhibits and learning centers in and around the city, and one of the most popular is the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, located at the Des Moines Art Center in the downtown area. Open to visitors since September 2009, the sculpture park features a variety of artwork from 21 of the world’s most renowned and celebrated artists. The sculpture park is named after the Pappajohns, who made the most significant donation of artwork to the Des Moines Art Center with an endowment of 27 works of art for display at the center. Continue Reading...

Do Not Miss Cirque du Soleil: Algria at the Drake Knapp Center

Make sure you do not miss what is sure to result in the most entertaining performance of the year when Cirque du Soleil comes to town to perform its new hit show, Alegria. The exciting show is set to take place at the Drake Knapp Center on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.. The performance runs until midnight, so ensure you are ready for an eventful evening. Tickets range from 70 to 200 dollars and are accessible on a will call basis. Street parking is available nearby the venue. Continue Reading...

Des Moines Wineries

When visiting Central Iowa, you can spend the day discovering several wineries in the area. Make it a day trip, or plan a whole weekend and map out a wine tour. Iowa has a long list of wineries, so plan your trip accordingly and visit as many wineries as your heart desires. Start out by sampling the wineries below, have a great time and enjoy some of the finest wines Iowa has to offer. Continue Reading...

Best BBQ in Downtown Des Moines

When you visit Des Moines, Iowa, do not go home without sampling some of the city’s best restaurants. Downtown Des Moines is home to such a wide variety of restaurants with different cuisines and styles that you are guaranteed to find something to satisfy your tastes. Since Iowa is one of the nation’s top pork producers, BBQ is one of the things the city’s population enjoys the most. If you love BBQ, you need to check out at least one of the best BBQ joints in downtown Des Moines. Continue Reading...

See the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Catch the Circus when it comes to town!If you are near the Iowa State Fairgrounds during the fourth weekend in March, make sure not to miss the amazing Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus. This family-oriented spectacular is a must-see event for you and your family, featuring the return of the famous Hamid Tigers, elephants,  ponies, chimps, trapeze artists, clowns and more acts you are sure to love. Continue Reading...