des moines // malo.

on friday night, [J] + I had date night reservations at a new restaurant downtown des moines, malo. let me just say, it was so good will be hard for me to NOT want to go there every date night. the craft cocktails, the scrumptious food, the great service [ask for amelia!], and the fun atmosphere.

[J] + I determined it goes down as one of our top 10 best dinners. ever.

[we even contemplated going there for brunch the next morning, but concluded that would be a bit excessive].

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

des moines // malo c/o

the highlights besides the entire meal: [J]’s cocktail – the templeton mule, the tacos, the complimentary chips & salsa always a win in my book, the extra-large silverware, and the cheeky “cigars & coffee” dessert [which was chocolate cake balls formed into cigar shapes, and served with thee most amazing coffee gelato].

take me back, now.

happy monday.

des moines // date night.

it is technically my “friday”. WOO HOO!! bright + early tomorrow morning, [J] & I are headed for the iowa/illinois border. his sister is tying the knot this weekend. and we will be there to partake in the festivities. plus a few other fun things, like going to a chicago cubs game on sunday afternoon.

on friday nights, [J] & I like to have a date night. or a celebration of the work week being over. whichever you’d like to call it.

last week, I convinced him to make the long 15 minute drive downtown des moines. and drug him to this restaurant + bar I had heard a lot about, mullets. [no that is not a spelling error. mullets; party in the back, business in the front. you got it]. it has an amazing rooftop deck that overlooks the river, the city of des moines, and the iowa cubs baseball stadium. we indulged in food + uber classy beverages. [I’ve never had thee “banquet beer”/coors before]. the food was scrumptious. I love spicy. so I went for a burger stuffed with cheese + jalapenos, topped with smoked jalapeno bacon + barbecue sauce. it’s making my mouth water now. I couldn’t have been happier with our date night destination.

we then went to the diviest dive bar, with the friendliest people and watched the chicago black hawks defeat the LA kings in game 6.

des moines // date night c/o des moines // date night c/o

des moines // date night c/o

des moines // date night c/o

des moines // date night c/o

happy friday wednesday!


10 things NOT to do on valentine’s day.

Hi everyone! I’m Katherine and I blog over at The Duchess of Plumewood! I just wanted to give you (guys and gals) a little heads up and 10 things NOT to do on Valentine’s Day… forewarned is forearmed people remember that!

10 things NOT to do on valentines day //

So on cupid’s day please please please DONT:

1. Get your loved one a workout tape. It basically says you’re body needs work. Let’s just say your face will get slapped.

2. Go on a first date.  Pick a different day, this either screams that you’re going to fast or that you don’t own a calendar.

3. Wear all black to work and shoot people in love ugly looks. How awkward! Let people have their love drunk day, you can scribble weirdly in your notebook later.

4. Get drunk and call your ex. This applies every day not just on Valentine ’s Day. Just delete that phone number. Bad breakups are good for you.

5. Make obnoxious social media posts about how you’ll be coupled up this time next year. That’s weird and makes you seem like a desperate psycho. You’ll end up marrying someone before you’ve known them a year and people will talk about you behind your back.

6. Get your loved one absolutely nothing. Even if you say no gifts, a bouquet of flowers or case of beer is the MINIMUM.

7. Think ‘dinner and a show’ means pizza and a monster truck rally or tofu and the Vagina Monologues. Be nice to your date or they will spend the whole date thinking about how you’re a huge mistake.

8. Discuss how love is just chemical reactions in a very loud voice. Nobody cares about your cynical views or your PHD in Chemistry..

9. Break up with your date. That makes you the lowest scum on earth.

10. Propose. Make another day special for the love of God. Just don’t do it. Just don’t.

I hope this makes your Valentine’s Day a little easier! Come drop by and say hi!

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thank you katherine. you’re a genius. now let’s hope america listens.

there is a lot more fun where that came from, go visit her blog the duchess of plumewood.

happy wednesday.