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Enjoy the corridor's growing wine scene

Who needs Napa Valley when you've got so many great places to sip, swirl and savor some great wines right here in the corridor!

Ackerman WineryAckerman Winery, Inc. - 4406 220th Trail, Amana.   Open daily - we invite you in for a complimentary tasting.  We are pleased to offer some of the most exotic varieties around such as Dandelion, Mango, Pomegranate or Red Raspberry.  If more traditional wines are your preference, we also produce traditional wines such as Riesling, Merlot and Pinot Grigio.

MendozaMendoza Wine Bar - 1301 5th Street #105, Coralville.  At Mendoza Wine Bar & Music we’re passionate about making an environment that allows you to have great moments, and it is all thanks to support and feedback from people like you! We are making the best possible effort keeping up to date with new wines and new food items; we want you to have something new every time that you visit us.

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Grilling Good Eats

By Mike Thayer

Some people call it grilling, others call it BBQ (we’ll talk about the difference later),  but to borrow a snippet from the United States Postal Service creed, rain or shine, snow or sleet… you can deliver great grilled eats on any given day!  It’s true, sunny days are optional.  Anytime is grilling season, even if there’s a foot of snow on the ground where you live!   Any day is a great day to light the charcoal, fire up the gas grill, load up the smoker, take the lid off the portable Weber, heck, rub two sticks together - it doesn’t matter how - put some meat on the fire!

Don’t forget the tongs…..

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725 Mormon Trek Blvd
Iowa City,  IA   52246

Phone

319-338-7676

Business Hours

  • Sunday: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Old Chicago kicks off the next installment of its Explorer Series Brews

OLD CHICAGO PIZZA & TAPROOM COLLABORATES WITH SUMMIT BREWING COMPANY TO CREATE DISTINCTIVE NEW BEER

Explorer Series to Feature Limited Time Selections Until the Keg Runs Out

Old chicagoOld Chicago Pizza & Taproom in Coralville has officially kicked off the next installment of its Explorer Series, paying an homage to Belgium with Belgian-inspired brews from Brewery Ommegang. The series also features the Ommegang Belgian Independence Day draft to honor Belgian Independence Day.

A leader in the traditional casual dining space, Old Chicago has been serving handcrafted cuisine and local craft beers across the nation for 37 years. Old Chicago is committed to quality creations and to showcasing local, regional and national craft brewers while providing great value in a welcoming atmosphere. To learn more about Old Chicago, visit www.oldchicago.com.
 
About Old Chicago
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (Old Chicago) is a traditional, casual dining restaurant specializing in Chicago-style pizzas, taproom classics and craft beer. Founded in 1976, Old Chicago operates in 22 states with 96 restaurants. With over 30 craft beers on tap, Old Chicago is also the home of the World Beer Tour which rewards members for enjoying 110 of the best craft beers from across the globe. Visit www.oldchicago.com to learn more and to find the restaurant nearest you. For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.
 
About Summit
Situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi, Summit Brewing Company has been brewing craft beer in St. Paul since 1986.   One of the original sodbusting craft breweries in the Midwest, Summit is now available in 17 states including Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Arkansas and Wisconsin.  Summit produces 15 varieties of premium craft beer, including eight year-round beers, five seasonal beers, and the limited release Unchained Series and Union Series.  Since its inception, the brewery has been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For more information about Summit, please visit www.summitbrewing.com.
 
Old Chicago
75 2nd Street
Coralville, IA52241
319-248-1220
 
SUN11am - 12am
MON11am - 1am
TUES11am - 1am
WED11am - 1am
THUR11am - 1am
FRI11am - 2am
SAT11am - 2am
 
Happy Hour
Monday 3pm-6pm & 9pm-11pm
Tuesday- Friday 3pm-6pm & 10pm-midnight
Saturday 10pm-midnight
Sunday 9pm-11pm

 


11 Ingredients You Shouldn't Refrigerate

The refrigerator is seen as a safe haven for food: tuck everything away in the ice box and it will keep better and longer, right? That’s not always the case—many food items don’t need to be refrigerated at all and could just be taking up space on the shelves. Some ingredients are actually worse off in the fridge.

Related: 14 No-Stress Ways to Cook Salmon

Here are the top 11 things we think you should move from the fridge to the pantry:

1. TOMATOES

The refrigerator can transform a ruby red, juicy tomato in a mealy, flavorless mess. They’re happiest on the kitchen counter.

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Doctoring up Ramen noodles

By Mike Thayer

Whether you're eating Ramen noodles for budget reasons, because it's convenient, or you just don't have time for or feel like fixing a regular meal, Ramen can be a real go-to quick meal.

But don't just prepare it as directed.  Doctor it up!

I didn't feel like fixing a regular meal tonight, so I pulled a chicken flavored Ramen noodle package out of the cupboard.  Here's how I doctored it up and I was enjoying a bowl full within 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • One package of Ramen noodles (flavor optional)
  • One Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 medium onion, rough chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, rough chopped
  • Leftover grilled pork chop (or whatever meat might be in the fridge that sounds good), rough chopped
  • One Tablespoon soy sauce
  • One teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • One teaspoon garlic powder
  • Two cups hot water from tap

Directions

Heat up the olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the carrots and onion, stir.  After about a minute, add the leftover pork chop, stir.  Add the water and then the remaining ingredients, stir the pot and let it come to a bowl, then simmer for three - four minutes or until the noodles are to your liking.

This is MUCH better than just regular 'ol Ramen.  Plus, you've got a balanced meal to boot, you'll stay fuller, much longer and it took just minutes to prepare.

Enjoy!


Repurpose that old roaster pan, into a smoker

By Mike Thayer

IMAG0329So I'm cleaning out the cabinets, downsizing some things I don't need or is little to not used and came across a traditional roasting pan for the oven.  Used perhaps twice a year (if that) and in need of a small patio or impromptu picnic sized smoker/grill, I decided to turn that traditional roasting pan designed for the oven, into a mini-smoker!

This is great for the bachelor such as yours truly or the couple with no kids.  There's no need to buy a brand new smoker when you've got something that's not being used for its intended purpose or a wedding gift collecting dust on hand.  Don't sell the roaster at a garage sale, don't take it to the second hand store, convert it into a smoker!  It's absolutely perfect when smoking meats and more for one or two people.

Here's what I did, instructions laid out like a recipe:

Ingredients

  • Old roasting pan, with roasting rack and preferably, a lid.  It can't be a roaster with Teflon coating though, that won't work.
  • Drill, drill bits
  • Charcoal
  • Meat

Directions

IMAG0331Most all roasting pans are either oval or rectangle shaped, so drill four holes in the pan using a 3/8 or 5/16 bit, two holes per long side of the pan, about a quarter inch from the bottom.  This allows for proper ventilation of the charcoal or wood.  Fire needs to breathe.  The roasting rack, becomes your smoking rack.  If your lid already comes with vents, fantastic, if not, no big deal, drill two sets of two small holes on each end using a 7/32 or 13/64 drill bit.  This allows your 'new' smoker to draft, just like the store bought smokers.  You are now ready to smoke or grill.

One of the best features of this mini-smoker, is that you don't need much charcoal at all to cook up a great meal.  You'll be able to prepare a fine meal with perhaps 20 - 25 briquettes, that's it!  Clean up is a breeze as well.  A little water to snuff out those coals, put the lid on, and your mini-smoker cools off in no time!  After your coals are completely dead, dump them in the trash, rinse the pan, clean the grate and you're all set for the next smoking adventure.

To smoke

IMAG0333This mini-smoker is perfect for using what's called the 'snake method' of laying out your charcoal.  What you're going to do is line the bottom edge of your smoker with charcoal or wood in a semi-oval or not-quite-a-complete-rectangle.  Leave a gap, creating a 'head and tail' of a snake.  You'll be lighting the 'head' end of the snake and it will burn towards the tail, giving you even heat around the meat throughout the smoking process.   To get things rolling, fire up just a small handful of charcoal briquettes and when they are hot, apply to the head of the 'snake.'  Don't let those starter briquettes touch the tail.  Next, put down your grilling rack on top of the snake.  Then place your meat or whatever you're smoking in the center of the rack.  Put the lid on and let that new mini-smoker work it's magic.  This mini-smoker is great for small roasts, steak for two, pork chops and a couple baked potatoes for two, peach cobbler in a cast iron skillet for two....  Use your imagination.

To use like a grill....

Skewers come in handy here and you'll need a bit more charcoal...  Just skewer up your grill fare, shrimp, kabobs, hot dogs, whatever, and lay those skewers over the narrow side of the smoker.  Metal skewers work best here, but the long bamboo skewers will work fine too, just remember to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before you load them up with food.  Meat on a stick doesn't get any better than this!  You can also purchase one of those universal grill grates and just place it on top of the roaster pan for doing something like burgers, just be careful about slippage of the grate.  A grill glove comes in handy in that case.

And as I hinted earlier, this is a great set-up for cooking with a small cast iron skillet.  Again, using the snake method of laying out your charcoal, a small cast iron skillet works great in cooking up burgers with some great smoky flavor, awesome baked beans and absolutely fantastic desserts!  Your little smoker will generate some outstanding deliciousness!  Play with it, add wood chips or pellets for more layers of flavor. 

Enjoy!

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Grilling up some meat on a stick.....  Pork loin kabobs and hot dogs

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725 Mormon Trek Blvd
Iowa City,  IA   52246

Phone

319-338-7676

Business Hours

  • Sunday: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

http://sushipopo.net/


Get the Purest Pairing Wednesday Evenings at Sushi Popo

SUSHIPOPOINSERT

Address

725 Mormon Trek Blvd
Iowa City,  IA   52246

Phone

319-338-7676

Business Hours

  • Sunday: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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This Daily Snack Will Lower Your Risk of Early Death — From Most Deadly Diseases

Love nuts? You’re in luck — they just might help you live longer.

That’s what new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found. For the study, researchers analyzed the nut and peanut butter intake of more than 120,000 adults aged 55-69 in the Netherlands, as well as their mortality rates years later. 

They discovered that people who ate tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, and walnuts) as well as peanuts had a lower risk of dying from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, and neurodegenerative diseases — essentially all the major causes of death — during the time period of the study. The results were the same for men and women.

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