oh bacon.

you fill + fill your weekend with plans, and the next time you open your eyes ..it’s monday. shoot! thankfully, the underestimated snow storm that made its way through iowa this weekend has caused my office to delay opening until noon today. [I think I can drink enough coffee + ready myself to take on monday by noon].

so back to the jam-packed weekend ..

a snow storm was rumored to hit des moines at 5PM on saturday, continuing through sunday. and leaving behind it over a foot of snow. but we would not let it ruin our plans ..the show must go on! 

we had tickets for the blue ribbon bacon festival. it is exactly what it sounds + quite the spectacle in des moines. they had so much to see + do, but more importantly ..restaurants from all over the metro serving their finest bacon creations. I could not believe my eyes + ears. the creativity was impressive. and although, I’m not the most adventurous foodie ..when in rome.

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blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: grilled cheese on a stick with bacon + spicy chili, made by the cheese shop of des moines. below: bacon banana scotcharoos, made by gusto pizza.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: bacon ice cream, made by the machine shed. below: a handmade ice cream sandwich molasses bacon cookies + vanilla ice cream, made by thelma’s treats.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: bacon-wrapped pork wings, made by big city burgers & greens. below: bacon nutz [bacon-wrapped bacon sausage], made by big fork brands.

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we had so much fun and will certainly be going again next year. this is a must-attend in my book.

I hope all of your weekends went by at a much slower than mine. and were filled with fun, friends, entirely too much food grazing, a little super bowl action, and A LOT less snow.

happy monday.

 

das boot in des moines.

whenever the husband + I have out-of-town guests, or we’re thirsty, we find ourselves at the hessen haus. it is downtown des moines. and it’s a gem!

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hessen haus in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

I may be the type of person that labels a place “a gem” based solely on the fact they sell german beer by the liter. or the boot, if you’d prefer. but there’s so much more to this place.

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if you’re looking for a neat atmosphere ..this place is housed in an old train station, decked out fully as a german bier hall. tell your friends, it’s cultural. then have a liter of franziskaner [my favorite] or a german beer of your choosing, that’s cultural too. believe me, they have a lot of options.

if you’re looking for authentic german food ..look no further. if you’re not ..look no further. I can almost guarantee there is something for everyone here. can you say armadillo eggs? I cannot get enough of these bacon-wrapped chicken tenders, filled with jalapenos + cheese.

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hessen haus in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

hessen haus in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

want to have some fun? just wait for a train to go by on the tracks outside ..$3 jagermeister + apfelkorn. shots, shots, shots everybody! or pass the boot with your friends. or your husband’s family, like I did last summer. it really brings a family together.

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and for those who measure a successful summer based on how many outdoor patios they visited ..add the hessen haus to your list. I measure a good time by the company, the sunshine + the size of my beer. just kidding. ish.

let me extend an offer ..if you find yourself in des moines on saturday in the summer, I will happily be your tour guide. we’ll take a trip to the downtown farmers market + cap it off with an afternoon spent on the patio, passing a boot filled with german beer, eating armadillo eggs. sound good?

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see some of my other des moines favorites ..

like an ideal des moines weekend, a farm-fresh breakfast burrito, the one-of-a-kind zombie burger, a latin-inspired restaurant called malo, the state fair, my list of 10 must-do’s in des moines.

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.

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des moines // date night c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // date night c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // date night c/o LLinaBC.com

happy friday wednesday!