Explore Iowa: Des Moines

Des Moines, the capital of the lovely state of Iowa, is also the most populated city in Iowa and has been called “the center for U.S. insurance companies.” Now, I don’t care too much about that particular fact, but Des Moines is also the site of first caucuses during the US presidential primaries, and many campaign headquarters are set in Des Moines (now, that’s pretty interesting!)

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Explore Iowa: Flame & Skewer (Ames)

Flame & Skewer is a small, nice Greek family steakhouse located with the North Grand Mall, about a short ten minute drive from where our apartments are located. A few of my friends and I headed out to go see Incredibles 2 (which, if you haven’t seen it yet, I would highly recommend; it made the inner ten-year-old in me extremely happy to see my favorite superheros back on the screen!), and before the movie, made a stop by Flame & Skewer to grab a quick dinner.

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Explore CSTAT: First Watch

As many of y’all know, I’m from College Station, Texas, a small college town located between the three big cities of Houston, Austin and Dallas. As many of y’all also know, I like to call out CSTAT for being one of the more boring towns, with nothing to do. BUT, CSTAT actually isn’t that bad, and has quite a decent amount of places with good food, so it’s time for a change. Now, let’s focus on the gems of CSTAT, because you know, there are quite a few!

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Explore ATX: Iron Works & The Texas Barbeque Culture

Austin (and really, Texas in general) is known for its famous BBQ spots, such as Franklin’s (where lines can get up to seven hours long), Stiles Switch, and Iron Works. During finals week, my friends and I went out to Iron Works for a break from studying, and it is definitely worth the hype (and very quick service too!)

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explore ATX: Kerbey Lane

Kerbey Lane is Austin’s staple 24-hour restaurant, known for its breakfast items (specifically, incredible pancakes) & queso.

Thankfully for me, there’s a Kerbey about three minutes away from where I live, and it’s perfect to just stop by in the morning, during the day, after a late night test or study session, or even when it’s 1 AM and I’m just craving breakfast (because technically 1AM is the next day and so breakfast food is justifiable). Kerbey’s always had a warm and welcome feel to it, and when we went, they even gave me a free pancake for my birthday! We ordered the Paris Texas Platter (French Toast & Migas, which consists of scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, tortilla chips, cheddarjack cheese), a full stack of lemon poppy seeds pancakes, and the Breakfast Platter, consisting of two eggs, two half size pancakes and a cup of fruit.

If you’re ever in Austin, definitely stop by Kerbey (it does get pretty crowded at night though) and try out their signature queso, pancakes, or breakfast items!