Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 2 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

20170624_193058For Day 2, it's a 'pizza' burger for dinner!   The combination of burger and pizza, how can this NOT be good right? 

This is a stuffed burger and my favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni and mushrooms, so that's what I'm stuffing this burger with along with sauce and mozzarella cheese.   That's what I love about stuffed burgers, the choices of what to put in your burger are almost endless! 

The Pizza Burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground beef
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 2 ounces of pepperoni slices
  • 4 ounces of pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • Parmesan cheese to taste
  • One teaspoon dried oregano
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, seasoning salt and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties, creating a well in the bottom patty half for the pizza toppings.  Sauce the bottom patties, then hit them with the oregano, more Parmesan, the pepperoni, mushroom and a slice of mozzarella cheese.  Top the burgers with the lid patty and seal by pinching the burger edges together.  TIP:  Don't get the pizza toppings too close to the edge of the burger, or it won't seal properly.   Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with another slice of mozzarella cheese.  Brush the buns with garlic butter and toast.   Makes two stuffed burgers and they're awesome!

This burger cost only about $2.00 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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Iowa City Investigate Armed Robbery

On Saturday June 24th, 2017 at approximately 8:30 pm, Iowa City Police responded to the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue in Iowa City for a report of an armed robbery.  According to the adult, male victim, he arranged through an online website to meet a female in the area.  When the victim arrived in the area, he was approached by two (2) black males, one armed with a large knife and the other carrying a board.  The victim reported being drug inside a residence where he was struck in the head with the board approximately three (3) times before being robbed of cash and a cell phone.  

The victim received minor injuries as a result of this incident.  The victim described the subject brandishing the knife as a black male wearing a mask and loose clothing and the subject who struck him with a board as a black male wearing a baseball cap.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward. 


The Trails of the Corridor

A well maintained and modern trail system system in the corridor really adds to the quality of life here.

Trails Throughout Coralville

Coralville has over 20 miles of recreational trails and over extra-wide sidewalks that connect throughout the community. As Coralville grows, we have identified about 40 additional miles of trail which could be part of future development.

Trail development is funded in two ways in Coralville:

  • Through state and federal grant programs with match money from local hotel / motel taxes
  • Through working with developers as subdivisions are planned to place dual-purpose trails for recreational use and for sewer manhole access

Area Trail & Bike Parking Maps

Trailheads
Coralville has several trailheads or facilities to help users enjoy the trail system.  Trailheads have parking, restrooms, and amenities such as shelters or concessions.  The following serve as trailheads in Coralville:  

via www.coralville.org


Bring Fido! Corridor Area Hotels That Are Pet Friendly

ClarionClarion Highlander Hotel - 2525 North Dodge Street Iowa City.  All our well-appointed guest rooms come with standard amenities and feature free local calling, coffee makers, desks, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers and cable television with free movies.  Ask about our rooms with hot tubs, microwaves, refrigerators and balconies. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms can be requested. We are a pet-friendly hotel; fees apply.

SheratonSheraton Iowa City Hotel - 210 S Dubuque Street · Iowa City.  We understand our guests' need to bring their pets on their travels. Dogs up to 80 pounds are allowed with no fee.  Dogs must be accompanied by owner at all times when in public areas.  Enjoy our upscale amenities and comfortable Iowa City accommodations. We offer complimentary high speed Internet in each of our 234 guest rooms, which feature a 37'' flat screen HDTV, the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, and 100% of our rooms are completely renovated and showcase the new Sheraton design.

TravelLodgeTravelLodge - 2216 North Dodge St, I-80,Exit 246, (1)Block South, Iowa City.  The staff at our Travelodge Iowa City hotel extends a warm Hawkeye hello for your comfortable stay near the University of Iowa and University Hospital. Located just off Interstate 80, our Iowa City hotel offers comfortable accommodations at an affordable rate. Use your discounted passes to the athletic club next door, and then return for a relaxing swim in the indoor pool.  Grab a bite to eat at our on-site restaurant before heading to your room with balcony views and vaulted ceilings. Amenities include free Wi-Fi Internet access in your king or queen room and some of our rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator. Handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel in Iowa City. We offer laundry facilities and dry cleaning services. Sit beside our lobby fireplace on cold nights and start each morning with free Bear Bites continental breakfast featuring fresh waffles.  Pet policy, additional charge of $10 per night, per pet.


Road Closure: Davenport Street - Iowa City

Davenport Street, from Clinton Street to Dubuque Street, will be closed to to through traffic, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to complete utility improvements and brick street reconstruction. 

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume in mid August. 

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area.  

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


Lane Closure: Raven Street - Iowa City

Raven Street, near address 3117 between Kenwood Dr. and Court St., will be reduced to one lane of traffic for pavement repairs, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, weather permitting.

Traffic blocked by the construction must yield to oncoming vehicles and proceed around the construction zone when clear. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Friday, July 7.

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area. 

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


Holiday fireworks closures and parking information - Iowa City

Iowa City’s holiday fireworks display will close out the annual Summer of the Arts Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

The show will get underway sometime between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m., following the final jazz performance. Be mindful of the possibility of delays due to inclement weather. The rain date is set for Monday, July 3. Same time, same place.  

Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and take in the show from the University of Iowa Pentacrest lawn. The west lawn provides the best view, but fireworks will be visible from the east side of the Old Capitol building and Downtown.

ADA parking is available in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) parking ramp. People should arrive early to use those spaces.

The Iowa City Fire Department urges people to adhere to barricades and caution tape. Street closures, no parking, and other restrictions are put in place for safety. Vehicles parked in restricted areas may be towed.

The following areas will close to allow for fireworks set-up:

  • Hubbard Park, located at the intersection of Madison St. and Iowa Ave., will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Metered parking adjacent to the IMU is unavailable due to construction.
  • All vehicles parked on the street near the IMU and Hubbard Park must be moved before 8 a.m., Sunday.

The following streets and walkways will close at 9 p.m., Sunday July 3:

  • Market St., Jefferson St., and Washington St., between Clinton St. and Madison St.
  • Madison St., between Jefferson St. and Washington St.
  • Iowa Ave., between Madison St. and Riverside Dr.
  • The tunnel between the English-Philosophy Building (EPB) and the IMU

Closures will be in effect until the fireworks display has ended and the crowd has cleared. Some areas will not reopen until crews have inspected and swept for firework debris. If barricades are up, do not enter the area.

For information regarding fireworks, contact Fire Marshal Brian Greer at 319-356-5257 or brian-greer@iowa-city.org

Additional downtown street closures and parking restrictions will be in place for the Iowa City Jazz Festival, scheduled June 30 - July 2, 2017. More information to come. For festival details, visit summerofthearts.org


Construction begins on Riverfront Crossings Park - Iowa City

Phase one construction for Riverfront Crossings Park, 1101 S. Clinton St., will begin Monday, June 26, 2017.

Phase one will focus on restoration of Ralston Creek, wetland creation, trail connections to the surrounding neighborhoods, a bridge connection to 2nd St., and the addition of a new parking area at the north end of the park. The majority of the work is set for completion in the fall, with the parking area construction expected to be completed in spring 2018. 

The work beginning on Monday will include grading, as well as tree removal along the Iowa River Trail and Ralston Creek. Priority will be given to keeping at least one trail open in the park throughout construction, however temporary closures may occur. In the event there are closures, alerts will be posted on the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website, icgov.org/pr

The Riverfront Crossings Park master plan was completed in May, 2015 and a public open house meeting discussing the first phase of the project was held Nov. 2, 2016.

To stay up-to-date on all Iowa City park planning projects, visit icgov.org/parksrecmasterplan.


Parks and Recreation offers Fourth of July fun for the entire family - Iowa City

Jump into Fourth of July activities with Iowa City Park and Recreation! This year, ICPR has lots of great events planned to satisfy the whole family. 

The celebration begins at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2107 Bradford Drive, with free Tot Time from 9-11:30 a.m. for youth ages 2-7. Tot Time includes access to the inflatable bounce houses, play games, ride scooters, or climb on the traverse wall. After that, stick around for free roller skating for all ages from noon-4 p.m. Looking for some outdoor fun? Participants can also check out tennis and pickleball equipment to try out at the new Mercer Park courts. 

At City Park, ICPR will offer free amusement rides from 1-7 p.m., and admission to City Park pool will be half-off all day long. Plus, kids can unleash their inner artist by drawing with chalk on the deck (chalk provided by ICPR). 

All of this and more is waiting for you and your family on July 4, 2017.


Jim Gill’s Nationwide Campaign for Play at ICPL June 29

Award-winning musician and author Jim Gill will be at the Iowa City Public Library on Thursday, June 29, as part of his Nationwide Campaign for Play tour! 

Join us in Meeting Room A from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for a fun-filled concert featuring songs from his newest CD, “Vote for Jim Gill.” Gill says a vote for Jim Gill means taking the time to play musical games with a child. 

"When parents or grandparents take the time to play with children, they naturally and instinctively challenge them and 'raise the bar' linguistically, cognitively and physically,” he said. 

Gill’s energetic rhythms on the banjo will have members of the audience singing, clapping, dancing – sometimes even sneezing – along! 

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.