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February 23, 2022

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For a fun and hands-on warm drink, pick up some hot cocoa bombs from Nosh Cafe and Eatery the next time you crave hot chocolate. The hard chocolate shells are filled with cocoa mix and marshmallows.

3 Cozy Drinks to Keep You Toasty Till Spring

Writer: Karla Walsh

In case you missed it (because I may or may not be counting down), the official first day of spring is now less than one month away. Although winter may soon be over, we’re in for at least a few more cold nights before March 20.

One of my favorite ways to warm my bones on those below-freezing days is with a cozy cup of something warm. Ask nicely, and most bars—including Bartender’s Handshake, Juniper Moon and Proudfoot & Bird—will make you a fierce hot toddy. But besides that staple, Greater Des Moines is home to several other steaming sips that are comforting to hold and to drink. Add these to your winter bucket list.

Best for Kids—and Kids at Heart: Nosh Cafe & Eatery’s Hot Cocoa Bombs
What started as a huge social media trend early in the pandemic continues to be a hit with anyone who loves chocolate—and playing with their food. Stock up on a regular or vegan version in a single-serving, four-pack or eight-pack. The spherical “bombs” include a hard chocolate shell filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. Find them in Nosh’s grab-and-go case and enjoy one from the comfort of your own couch. (424 E. Locust St.;

Best for Brunch: Eggs and Jam Hootie Hoo
This is not your standard cup of Joe. To really perk up your morning, order a “Hootie Hoo” from this West Des Moines breakfast and brunch restaurant. Your mug will come overflowing with Rumchata whipped cream, which sits atop a mixture of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, homemade caramel simple syrup and hot coffee. Eggs and Jam also offers more classic options like an Irish coffee spiked with Tullamore Irish Dew Whiskey and Bailey’s, amaretto and coffee. You’ll also find spirit-free options. (1907 E.P. True Parkway, Suite 102, West Des Moines;

Best for a Toasty Night Cap: HoQ Glühwein
No passport or plane trip is required to enjoy this German variation on mulled wine. You can find it at this East Village bistro. Simmered with cinnamon, clove and citrus, each drop of this spiced wine will make your cheeks rosy. No wonder its name translates to “glow wine.” Enjoy it with your dinner or alongside a dessert of the seasonal tart or fruit crisp. (303 E. Fifth St.;
Let your imagination be as vivid as this garden when you roam the Des Moines Home and Garden Show this weekend as you plan this year's garden and home improvements.

Welcome Spring at Des Moines' Annual Home Show

Spring arrives this weekend by way of the Des Moines Home and Garden Show at the Iowa Events Center. You’ll find inspiration for warm-weather projects and connect with local professionals who can help.

More than 250 vendors will show and promote furniture, home decor, landscaping and home improvement services as well as appliances, heating and cooling systems, flooring, and fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms.

Also, Kaleb Wyse, a fourth-generation Iowan living on his family farm and documenting the journey in a newsletter and website,
Wyse Guide, will speak on the stage located in Hy-Vee Hall Thursday and Friday nights at 6 p.m. The full stage schedule is available online.

The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Get tickets at the door or online.
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Wisenheimer Long Form Improv Show (Friday 7 p.m.): Grab friends for an evening of freeform at Teehee’s Comedy Club. Find tickets online.

Sanaa ya Sanaa (Saturday 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.):
Gateway Dance Theatre is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration with this free, family-friendly event celebrating Black history at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Highlights include a family activities workshop, poetry readings and African music and dance.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.): This year’s bacon feast, held at Horizon Events Center in Clive, will highlight Cajun-inspired recipes and dishes. Tickets are available online.

Night Moves with Kiss the Tiger (Saturday 7 p.m.): Indie rock groups Night Moves and Kiss the Tiger are set to play xBk Live, featuring songs from Night Moves’ new album, “Can You Really Find Me.”

Des Moines Art Center Celebrates Black History (Friday 5-7 p.m.): The event will include a one-woman vignette by Judge Romonda D. Belcher; a screening of "A Monumental Journey," which explores the legacy of the National Bar Association and the creation of a public sculpture of the same name; and a Q&A after the screening led by Belcher and Judge Odell McGhee.

Ballet gala: Ballet Des Moines will host a fundraiser, "Gravity Gala," March 4 at the Des Moines Heritage Center. The event will include a sneak preview of the company's production of “Of Gravity and Light,” premiering April 22 at the Des Moines Civic Center. There will be a four-course dinner courtesy of chef Aaron Holt, a full bar including space-themed cocktails, live music and dancing. All proceeds will support the ballet’s mission. The VIP cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and general admission opens at 6:45; find more details and tickets online. Pictured: Ballet Des Moines' CEO Blaire Massa and Artistic Director Tom Mattingly. Photo by Joe Crimmings.
Book fest news: The 2022 DSM Book Festival last week announced two additional featured authors for this year’s event on March 26 at Capital Square. Imbolo Mbue, author of “Behold the Dreamers” and “How Beautiful We Were,” and Dawnie Walton, author of “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev,” will headline in the morning. The previously announced headliners are Stephanie Land and Angeline Boulley. Learn more about attending or volunteering at the festival online.


Free art show: The Des Moines Women’s Club's 114th Art Exhibition will be March 6-13 at Hoyt Sherman Place, featuring works by professional and nonprofessional artists. Award winners will be announced at the opening ceremony on March 6 and a gallery night with refreshments will be March 11. Admission is free; artists must register for the exhibition by March 2.
Renovation Jungle stocks more than 800 plants, with top sellers including philodendron, sansevieria, cactus, ferns, monstera, begonia and ficus. Photo: Duane Tinkey.


Plant 'Parenting' Becomes a Growing Trend

Writer: Karla Walsh

Shelter-in-place orders spawned a variety of new hobbies and ways to pass the time, whether scrubbing floorboards with a toothbrush or adopting a furry friend. Some Des Moines residents developed a newfound or rediscovered interest in plants, due to the low level of commitment required, the affordable cost, and the mental and physical benefits of being surrounded by nature—even while inside.

“The pandemic drove plant sales up this past year—one of my wholesaler’s sales are up 60% from 2019,” says Allie Delaney, owner of Renovation Jungle just off Ingersoll Avenue next door to El Patio.

“It’s way more mainstream than it was when I was binge-watching plant YouTube channels two to three years ago and ordering rare cuttings on Etsy,” she adds. “Now it’s not just 20- to 30-year-old ‘plant nerds’—it’s our friends, our moms and our siblings rediscovering houseplants and actually having success with them.” Continue reading on
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