May 2, 2017

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Really, what makes a happy hour happier than a crispy fried side -- like this very satisfying calamari?
HAPPIER HAPPY HOURS AT BONEFISH GRILL
  
By Wini Moranville

Plenty of places around town offer terrific happy hour specials; trouble is, many end at 6 p.m., and most vanish come the weekend. An exception: Bonefish Grill's Hand-Crafted Happy Hour, served every day from  4 to 6:30 p.m., including weekends. In my experience, the 6:30 p.m. end time (versus 6 p.m.) can make all the difference between getting in and losing out.
 
The weekend hours are also a boon to those seeking a light bite (at happy hour prices) before a 7 p.m.-ish movie at nearby Jordan Creek Town Center.
 
On a recent happy hour visit, we sampled four of the six bar bites ($6 each). The Crispy Cod Sliders arrived with an irresistibly puffy batter inside a soft potato bun, and the calamari also satisfied in that crispy-fried way. On the more refined side, the Mussels Josephine brought plump mussels dotted with red onion, tomatoes and fresh basil in a delicate lemon-wine sauce. The Ahi Tuna Poke, served in a glass atop a cushion of avocado puree, also satisfied. Other choices on the menu include Wagyu beef sliders and crispy au gratin bites.
 
Drink prices are slashed to $4 for house wines and $5 for select single-spirit drinks; draft beers are $1 off. A handful of hand-shaken cocktails also are offered at $5 each. While the shaken margarita may not have been the best margarita in town, I'd venture that the thoroughly satisfying, ultra-fresh, crisp and tingly drink could well be the best $5 margarita in town. The Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini proved too sweet for my tastes, but may well please fans of a certain style of tutti-frutti neo martinis.
 
Bonefish Grill is at 650 S. Prairie View Drive; 515-267-0064; bonefishgrill.com.

Wini Moranville covers food and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville.
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Riding gravel uphill is hard. Finding dsm stories online is easy: Learn the ups and downs of life as a world-class athlete, training tirelessly long before her Urbandale famly wakes up. The story is in the current issue of dsm magazine. It's also here. Also in this issue: Discover some of Des Moines' most exotic foods here.
Splendid moldings are being restored or replicated to retain the Tea Room's elegance. dsm is following the progress.
BE A PART OF dsm: SHARE A TEA ROOM MEMORY
  
We're fascinated by the number of comments, "likes" and "shares" that make Facebook such a vibrant social community. We were overwhelmed by your response to some snapshots we posted last week from our tour of the Tea Room restoration rising from the ashes of the old Younkers building.

Naturally, we'll feature the Tea Room in a future issue of dsm magazine. It reopens in August as a venue for receptions, parties and other catered events. So the future is exciting, but the past is also important. Would you take a moment, please, to share a cherished memory or impression of the Younkers Tea Room? Just send an email to dsmeditor@bpcdm.com. We're very much interested in your thoughts, and our coverage will be better with your help. Thanks. 
Photographer Mirza Kudic has a knack for showing Des Moines in the best possible light, as he's done here. The Community Foundation has its own way of focusing on the best of the city.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION LUNCHEON THURSDAY
  
There will be a lot to digest at lunch Thursday when the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines presents its annual Celebration Luncheon & Report to the Community. The event keeps getting bigger, so it has moved this year to the grand ballroom at the Iowa Events Center. The luncheon celebrates the ways the foundation promotes philanthropy and provides leadership on local issues.

Founded in 1969, the foundation manages assets in excess of $447  million and administers more than 1,675  charitable funds. Through the foundation, more than $29 million was granted to charitable causes in 2016.

The luncheon schedule Thursday includes networking from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the lunch and presentations from noon to 1:15 p.m. Admission is $30, payable here
Victor Ayara will talk about his work with and on behalf of minority groups in a free public presentation Tuesday, May 9.

DIALOGUE SERIES MAY 9: 'THE MEETING POINT'
  
The Iowa International Center's thoughtful Dialogue Series of free lunchtime speakers presents Victor Ayara on Tuesday, May 9, in a discussion of "The Meeting Point,"  a media- and community-engagement platform he created to foster inclusion and understanding of minority communities.

Before coming to the United States four years ago, Ayara was a Nigerian broadcaster and entertainer. Now, in addition to working at Sammons Financial Group and completing his master's degree in communications, he is the public relations officer for the Nigerian Association of Iowa, an adviser for Africans in Iowa for Empowerment, and the founder of Des Moines-based African band Ima Kulture. 
 
This
third season of the public Dialogue Series is presented from noon to 1 p.m. in the Meredith Conference Core at 1716 Locust St. You're welcome to bring your lunch or purchase food from the nearby Meredith cafeteria. Free parking is available in the ramp at 17th and Locust streets from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Signs in the ramp will lead you to the event. For information on the Dialogue Series programs, click here.  
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It's OK, he's a comedian: Robert Dubac won't be insulted or saddened if you laugh at him.
HERE IT IS: YOUR BIG SHOW BIZ BREAK

Not sure you have the voice to be a recording artist? Well, then, how's your laugh? For the next two weeks, Des Moines audiences are going to be recorded nightly for a comedy CD. Here's the deal: 

Actor and comedian Robert Dubac is performing his one-man show "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" at the Temple Theater through May 14. Info and tickets ($26-$43) are available here. At the end of each two-hour show, after the uproarious applause eventually subsides, Dubac is presenting an optional encore -- 10 minutes of unrelated stand-up comedy material that he will edit into one 45-minute CD for sale in the fall. So if you go to the show, stick around. You might get a laugh out of it.

By the way, since his show's opening last Tuesday, Dubac has been exploring our downtown community. Marveling at the ease with which one can get lost in the skywalks on these recent rainy days, Dubac concludes that "Des Moines is a better version of Minneapolis than Minneapolis."
 

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