Filed under: Local Food Commentary, restaurant reviews | Tags: cafe di scala, DSM Daily, Food Blogs, George Formaro, Hal Jasa, Jack Bauer, local, wet pants, Zingaro, Zombie Burger
As I sit waiting for my panticular clothing items to dry before heading out into the wild gray abyss that is our dreary little Monday, a few non-pants-related thoughts come to mind. How is our food scene doing, DMZ? I see some of our local food-blog types have stepped up their dining-opinion-spouting, most likely due to a constant cropping up of new or redesignated restaurants (thus is the circle of restaurant life, eating establishments begin anew only to be barnacled by the words of reviewers, or their own service/food ball dropping, business slows, and some other restaurateur purchases the failed business only to start the whole process over again). I still stand by my opinion that amateur restaurant reviewists, whether by Yelp or by Blog, are exactly what the name states, amateurs. But some are slowwwwwly starting to get it. And by slow, I mean evolution of the cosmos slow. Oops! Did I just say evolution? Better watch it before I start getting attacked for violating the Separation of Church and Steak laws.
ooh. that joke was almost as painful as reading some bush league foodie rantings. On with the news.
-Chef Hal Jasa of Zingaro has stayed true to the “Gypsy” theme of his Pop-Up dining experience’s name (thanks to the Our Fair City’s City Officials) and has changed locations, taking up home inside of the Kirkwood Lounge (400 Walnut Street) (formerly Azalea). Hal is using their abundance of kitchen space and mezzanine seating to offer his constantly changing menu to a select few who are able to snatch up reservations.
-You have probably already heard about this, but I am pretty excited for you to hear about it again. Chef George Formaro’s Zombie Burger will be opening in the near future (possibly August) at the e300 building in the East Village. What the heck is a Zombie Burger? Read about it here.
-A new daily deal web site launches today, DSM Daily. DSM Daily offers an email based discount and incentive system to encourage you, the consumer, to frequent businesses but UNLIKE the established daily discount sites, DSMD is locally owned and features only locally owned businesses. Their focus is keeping local dollars local and introducing people to businesses that would otherwise stay under the radar due to lack of “big marketing” dollars employed by national chains. Their launch party is tonight at the Bombay Bicycle Club. I encourage you to sign up and support this local business which supports local business.
Well, the pants-are-dry buzzer just went off, which means our news session is over for todah. today. Remember to keep things really real you have to really keep things local.
We Love you, Des Moines! Good Night!
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