Category - Misc.

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5 Albums for Spring Cleaning
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5 Tips for Collecting Vinyl Records
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5 Albums for the MTV Generation
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Q&A: Chef George Formaro
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The Power of Pairing Music and Food

5 Albums for Spring Cleaning

Sunday marks the official start of Spring, the time when we all start thinking about kicking off the ice from winter and getting a fresh start for the warmer months ahead. If you’re like me, that process includes giving your home a good deep cleaning. Cleaning isn’t high on most folks’ lists of fun activities, but it doesn’t have to be[…]

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5 Tips for Collecting Vinyl Records

Did you buy one of the 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. last year? If you’re among the many people who have rediscovered (or, for younger listeners, discovered) the magic of old-school albums, you may be interested in starting a collection. Before you buy, however, read these five tips for collecting vinyl records so you can avoid some mistakes we made[…]

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5 Albums for the MTV Generation

The MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday, Aug. 30. You read that correctly. MTV still awards music videos despite no longer playing music videos. If, like me, you were born in the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, aka “the MTV Generation,” you remember fondly when the cable channel actually played videos all day. You still have a little crush on Martha Quinn or Alan[…]

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Q&A: Chef George Formaro

Des Moines is an amazing city. When I sing its praises to people who’ve never lived in Iowa’s capital, however, they tend to look at me like I’m joking, crazy, or a country bumpkin. Ask anyone who has spent meaningful time there and you’ll discover I’m not nuts: Des Moines is damn cool. One reason for its awesomeness is George Formaro, the chef behind Centro, Django, South Union Bread[…]

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The Power of Pairing Music and Food

There’s something magical about cooking a meal while listening to a record. It’s also just as wonderful to sit down and enjoy that food to the sounds of your favorite musicians. Food and music are a pitch-perfect pairing. I’ve long known this, and it’s why we keep a turntable and our entire vinyl collection in the kitchen. It’s also why I started this blog. What I didn’t know until now,[…]

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