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Des Moines Update

One of my favorite gins from your region is Victoria Gin [out of Vancouver, BC]. Let us know if you find a good cocktail in your future visits to DSM.

2 days ago
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Christy,

Were you able to find a good cocktail?

Jul 30, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Why do so many people hate Gin?

Awesome commercial. Thanks for sharing it!

Jul 28, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Des Moines Update

Agreed about the article's assertion about TT being statewide [but found the description otherwise interesting]. I got lucky a few years ago with TT's expansion into Ankeny, which is closer to my home in Ames!

Jul 25, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

The first time I had the taco mess in a chip bag, it was in New Mexico [and called Frito Pie]. I guess it was not popular during my 1970's childhood in Des Moines ... The urban legend of taco pizza being invented in the Quad Cities [Happy Joe's] seems to have some validity.

FYI: Tasty Tacos is a Des Moines institution. If you go, I recommend the regular flour taco and make sure to eat in and enjoy the homemade taco sauce, which is excellent. What makes them different is that the flour tortilla shell has been lightly fried. http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurant...

Jul 24, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

No childhood trip back to Des Moines is complete without Tasty Tacos .... and a tenderloin sandwich.

Jul 23, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Although it may be a little more than a mile [but still downtown] Centro's owner makes his own Lemoncello and one of the signature drinks there has Templeton Rye, which is an Iowa whiskey: http://www.centrodesmoines.com/drinks...

Jul 22, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Here's a local review of the restaurant in the Embassy Suites as well: http://archive.desmoinesregister.com/...

Jul 22, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Here is the neighborhood where the Embassy Suites is situated: http://eastvillagedesmoines.com/
You will find some fun taverns, etc. in the area. The Lime Lounge is solid for cocktails and Blazing Saddles is fun.

Another fun place to eat and have a drink is here: http://www.zombieburgerdm.com ... The guy that created this place is a well-known chef that has several very good restaurants in downtown DSM [Centro, Django, Malo, etc].

Have a great visit to Iowa's capital.

Jul 22, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Why do so many people hate Gin?

Bags of flavor in vodka? "Filter out" the unpleasantness inherent in gin? Interesting perspective, indeed! If I did not know better, I would think your post needed to be made in "irony font."

Jul 21, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits
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What to do with Gosling's 151 Rum?

Theisen's Farm and Fleet in Ames, Iowa.

Jul 12, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Thanks. The Dry Rye does seem interesting on its face.

Jul 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Thanks for the review chef! One would think that a Kaffir Lime Vodka might be interesting, but do not like green lifesavers!

Jul 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

I was guessing that the rye might work well in a Negroni. Thanks for the overview.

Jul 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Thanks for the overview.

Jul 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Wish I had this option so that I could try all three inexpensively.

Jul 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Thanks for the back story

Jul 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Ultimate Margarita Blind Taste Quest Phase 5: Key Limes or "Regular" Limes?

Is Margarita Salt the next test?

Jul 08, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

What to do with Gosling's 151 Rum?

NCYank: To continue a conversation about ginger beer we had recently, the best two ginger beers I've had this Summer are Fever Tree and A.J. Stephans [from Boston]. I found the latter in a farm and fleet store believe it or not! Although it is advertised as a ginger ale, Q Ginger has a ginger beer bite.

Jul 08, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

New item in my liquor store: St. George Gin out of California. There are three varieties. Anyone tried it? Worth trying? Thanks!

Jul 08, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Milagro tequila

I was buying a private-label Anejo for $12 a fifth a year ago [Calle Azul] ...

Jul 05, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Tequila

The "sweetener of some sort" in most margaritas is a second liquor/liqueur ...

Jul 05, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

Or Canadian, which is where American Gordon's is distilled, correct?

Jun 25, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

After I posted my reply, I had a "aha" moment as to why nmatavka's statement was true ... thanks!

Jun 25, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

Then consider yourself blessed. Plymouth is a great gin [especially if you can buy it for less than Gordon's]. In my local liquor store, it is $30-plus a fifth. Gordon's is about $8 a fifth.

Jun 25, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

I was comparing Boodles, et al. to Tanqueray. I am well aware it is not a bargain priced/bottom shelf gin. And in my area of the world [Iowa], Plymouth is about 4x the price of Gordon's.

Jun 25, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

I can attest that both Gordon's and Seagram's are good gins for the price. I like Tanqueray, but there is a whole list of gins better priced that are just as solid such as Brokers, Beefeater, Bombay Original, and Boodles. I never understood the premium for Bombay Sapphire, but I really do like Bombay Sapphire East in my gin bucks [and gladly pay the premium] .

Jun 25, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Alcohol-related: alcohol-dtecting laser developed; no need to pull over drivers....

That would do the trick as well ...

Jun 10, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Alcohol-related: alcohol-dtecting laser developed; no need to pull over drivers....

This would tempt me to keep an open bottle of rubbing alcohol in my car's cupholders while driving!

Jun 09, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Gino's East? Please tell me this isn't what Chicago DDP is all about (review)

Rainforest Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, and Cheesecake Factory are kept alive by tourists, suburbanites visiting Chicago? Although I am sure that some of it is driven by the two groups, it cannot be the universal truth some are making it. I do not live in Chicago, but have never eaten at any of them when visiting due to there being hundreds of better and more uniquely Chicago restaurants to frequent [including DDP]. However, I have ate once at a Rainforest Cafe [Orlando], Hard Rock Cafe [Canadian Side of Niagara Falls], and Cheesecake Factory [West Des Moines, IA]. Tourism may have driven the first two places, but West Des Moines, Iowa is not exactly a vacation hot spot.

P.S. I was taken to Gino's East for the first time in 1987 [and by someone from Chicago].

Jun 08, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Chicago Area