Mexican Food – West Des Moines

We’d been looking for our perfect Mexican restaurant. Something that offered authentic Mexican food was compatible with our young daughters, and if possible would be reasonably priced and easily accessible to us. We found this with Agave Grill in Clive, but still wanted something more, something that they didn’t offer and something that was different so we could avoid becoming bored. Enter Abelardo’s. Abelardo’s has three locations in Central Iowa, two in Des Moines, and one in West Des Moines. So when we had decided on trying Abelardo’s the other day, we decided to try their West Des Moines location which happens to be closest to our home.

I immediately knew we had found a great restaurant when we arrived — the menu was vast, and it included items that I haven’t generally found in other Des Moines area Mexican restaurants. The chorizo was featured prominently on their menu in a number of dishes and they also offered tortas, Mexican sandwiches that I haven’t seen at any other Mexican restaurant in the Des Moines area.

We started with their chips and queso. I still feel confident that the best queso in the Des Moines Area can be found at the Fighting Burrito, but Abelardo’s comes in a close second. What they may just have on the Fighting Burrito though are their chips…perfectly crunchy and chewy, quite delicious.The lady working the register was very kind and patient with us. She was willing to help us navigate their menu and gave us plenty of time to ensure we found just the right things to order.

Chips

Their tortillas are worth mentioning here. They are the largest tortillas I’ve ever seen. This beauty came with my Chorizo Plate. I figured I’d been given a few tortillas, but no, it was one giant one! And from what I can tell, it’s made there in the house. Absolutely outstanding… it reminded my wife and me of a very thin Roti bread that you would get at an Indian restaurant. Flavorful and chewy. You might be thinking this sounds silly, and I assure you that you’d be right, but if Lady Gaga can wear a meat suit, I figured I could wear this tortilla as a poncho. It was that big…and had I not eaten it so promptly, I would have tried, you can believe that.

They have a number of complimentary hot sauces available. Unfortunately, they were not labeled, so I went boldly where others may have stupidly gone before. But alas, they were all excellent and were fresh and light. Read our facts about Bacon that you should know before cooking.

My wife went with their Chimichanga. This is generally a go-to choice for her at many Mexican restaurants, so she would be a good judge of a good one. She claimed it was the best one she’d ever had. It’s insanely large, has a wonderfully crunchy outside, was stuffed to gills, and had an outstanding flavor.

Chimichanga

Chorizo Plate I just had to try their Chorizo plate. I love Chorizo and between that and the picture above the register, I knew it was what I had to order. So order it I did! It was outstanding, great flavoring, lots, I mean LOTS, of food! But of course, not enough for me to not finish…although I may have lost my pride in doing so. Nevertheless, it was incredible and I will certainly be ordering it again in the future!

For our daughters, we skipped the choices on the kid’s menu and went straight for a full sized, no frills, Cheese Quesadilla. And it was a perfect choice. They absolutely loved it. It had the same wonderful home-made tortilla and it was so wonderful with a very healthy helping of cheese! And, it was nice and large and easily shared between the two of them.

Really, how can you go wrong? Great, authentic Mexican food, healthy portions (correction: large, not “healthy”), and VERY reasonable prices. Seriously, how could a person go wrong? We absolutely love this place and will continue returning.

Quesadilla

D’Jango

D’Jango, pronounced Jango (the D is silent), is a Des Moines area French restaurant that started it all for the Iowa Food Blog. Sometime in 2012, a good friend of mine encouraged me to try a number of different local Des Moines area restaurants, and it was D’Jango that we tried first. After trying D’Jango, we were hooked on local restaurants, which led to starting the Iowa Food Blog to share these local gems. Because of this, D’Jango has always held a special place with us.

So when we recently had our babysitter watch our girls, we decided to revisit our old favorite.

For those unfamiliar, D’Jango is located on the first floor of the historic Hotel Fort Des Moines, which in itself is quite remarkable. The hotel, built in 1919 and added to the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1982 has had many famous guests including twelve US Presidents and Charles Lindberg, among others. The atmosphere is wonderful, classic, tasteful, and timeless. Tall ceilings, worn floors, and beautiful woodwork. It reeks of a place that is just begging to talk and to share its stories.

The service at D’Jango is always impeccable. The staff is well trained, very prompt, attentive, polite, thorough, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Never have I had to ask for a refill. Their timing is always spot on, and their presentation is professional as is their demeanor.

We’ve found with restaurants there is eating and then there is dining. You eat at McDonald’s–it’s functional and efficient, but you dine at a restaurant like D’Jango–you want it to be an experience, to be drawn out, a chance to visit with someone. So when dining at D’Jango, we always take our time.

D’Jango 1

We decided to begin with their Cheese and Charcuterie Flight. Many restaurants around Des Moines feature these flights, but our favorite is from D’Jango. First off, the presentation is different than what others are doing. Rather than served on a typical plate, they’ve opted for a piece of tile. Also different than many others is they let you decide which meats and cheeses you want. At D’Jango we’ve had fun with this including selecting only meats and cheeses from Iowa. This night we chose what sounded best to us. For cheese, we selected a Manchego from Spain, a Taleggio from Italy, and a Gruyere from Switzerland. And for meat, we chose Prosciutto and Cuppa Piccante from La Quercia in Norwalk, Iowa, and a D’Artagnan Le Saucisson-sec.

Besides their Cheese and Charcuterie Flight, often times we opt for their poutine… can’t beat gravy with cheese curds over hand cut fries.

For drinks, we went with their Devereux and French Pearl.

The complimentary bread is worth mentioning. Besides D’Jango and a few other restaurants in Des Moines, George Formaro also owns South Union Bakery, which in my opinion is the best bread available in the area. This means that a major upside to dining at any of his restaurants is you know the bread will always be amazing.

For dinner, Lissah chose their Fillet à Rossini, which is a beef tenderloin with foie gras, truffles, and demi-glace, and then it’s served with Dauphinoise potatoes. We’ve had these potatoes before and they are absolutely incredible. It was also served with broccoli spears.

French Pearl

I decided on their Hanger Steak with Duck Frites and ordered a side of grilled asparagus. This is a post of reflection, and I’d be leading you astray to leave out the fact that until 2012 I’d never heard of a Hanger Steak. It wasn’t until I’d heard about Alba’s Hanger Steak that “Hanger Steak” entered my lexicon. The beef comes from the Plate, which is just behind the front legs “hanging” above the ground. And apparently for years it was thought to be a very undesirable cut of meat, but if my research yielded any truth, it turns out it was known to be the best cut by butchers and the cut they would take home to their families by choice…” of course you don’t want that piece”.

D’Jango has shown me that not much goes better with a steak than some great fries, and D’Jango fries that are fried in duck fat, “duck fries”, are nothing short of perfect. I also love me some asparagus, so anytime a credible restaurant has it on their menu you know I’ll be ordering some. And ordering some I did.

It goes without saying that the vegetables we received throughout our meal were prepared well. But what’s really impressive is how all the vegetables we were served were perfect. But it should be no surprise as another business that George owns is Gateway Market. It appears that George has learned how to leverage his previous investments and successes — after mastering bread and dough with South Union Bakery he opened Centro which is known for its pizzas. Own a number of restaurants that feature dishes with lots of fresh ingredients? Start a grocery store.

D’Jango is a restaurant that I’m proud to have in my backyard. It’s a safe recommendation to anyone looking for a nice place for lunch or dinner. And it’s a place that will always hold a special place for my wife and me.

Asparagus

What is the Most Comfortable Bedding On a Low Budget

Winter is coming near and after that summer will hit the country making everyone dehydrate to the point. You have to be prepared for a good night sleep as well. A lot of people are the thing the ways of bedding and preferring thicker bedding.

There is nothing wrong with buying bed sheets which have produced from high-quality of fabrics, and they don’t even break your bank vault, or you have your card to pay the bills off. There are many quality bed sheets which you can get your hands on and decorate your bedroom with it.

But not many many people know what things they need to look at before buying the bedding, and linen sheets. Shopping is easy when you have plenty of money in your hands, but when you are on a tight budget, then you have no other choice but to look when buying a quality of the product. Here is the list of best memory foam mattress which you can use to make your sleep more comfortable.

What is The Most Comfortable Bedding On a Low Budget?

Decide The Cloth Type

If you are on a budget and want to buy high-quality material then it is advised that you choose what type of equipment you want to use for your bedroom. There are many fabrics you can choose from, and the wide range of materials are available in the market. There are materials which are worth more than you can imagine but when you look for more, you can find fabrics which are high-quality and long-lasting. Cotton-poplin, Polyester, Pure Cotton are high-quality cloth.`

Cotton: Sateen & Percale Weaves

In the western side of the country, many Americans are using Cotton Percale, which is much more affordable than the Sateen. If you want to experience Cotton Percale which is known for have soft and sheen, then you should go for it. There is no doubt that both of the cloth is better than one and other if you look at it properly. You can get Percale which has more soft and breathable fabric.

Silk & High-Quality Threading

Currently, in the Asian countries, many people are buying Silk bed sheets as they are available for an affordable price and the benefits of having the silk bed sheets are high. Many brands are producing the Silk fabric and adding attractive colors to it. The colors and high-quality of threading added to it makes the piece marvelous. On the top of that, you can get such a high-quality product for less price when you compare it to the other expensive bed sheets.

Take Care Of The Cloth

The number of people who have complained that why doesn’t the bed sheets last longer? Well, every material has a set of instructions on “How To Was,” “Warm Water Or Cold Water” and more. The maintenance of the fabric extends the life of the bed sheets or any material. Read the benefits of a Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet written by me.

Conclusion

Make sure to look at the Washing Instructions, which you can follow on daily basis and try to buy every bed sheet with similar washing instructions.  If your budget is low, you can also go for the comfortable sleeper sofa.You will save money and also extend the life of the material. What do you think which material is best for you? Share your thoughts with everyone.

Benefits of a Pre-Rinse Kitchen faucet

Have you ever noticed those big pull-down type kitchen faucets in a hotel or a restaurant? This big version of a pull-down faucet is known as a Pre-Rinse Kitchen faucet and although, it is more prominently used for industrial purposes, lately, it has been started being used in a lot of households too. This is because it provides you with a powerful and quicker cleaning than other faucets and it can easily cover a large area in just a few minutes. That is not all though, it has several other benefits too.

Some of these are as such:

  • It is highly durable

One of the greatest advantages of using a Pre-Rinse kitchen faucet is that they are more durable than your other faucet types. This is because they were constructed keeping a commercial purpose in mind due to which they are made to last longer without any scratches or stains. In fact, you can be assured that they wouldn’t lead to frequent leaks too. You can see some best kitchen faucet at KitchenGuyd.

  • It provides you with a quick and efficient cleaning

Another important benefit of using a pre-rinse kitchen faucet is that it makes your whole cleaning work more convenient and efficient. This type of kitchen faucet provides you with a strong sprayer which can be used for cleaning various dishes and vegetables quickly. You are also offered an option to change the mode from spray mode to stream mode and with its high arc, you can clean your deep sink in just a few minutes.

  • It gives your kitchen a professional look

Another reason to buy this kitchen faucet is the fact that it increases your kitchen’s attractiveness and provides a more professional and classy look to your kitchen. It high-arc design and pull down feature provides it a modern look and these faucets are known to match most kitchen themes and styles.

  • It comes in various options

This type of kitchen faucet also provides you with versatility by giving you the option of choosing a wall mounted faucet or a deck mounted faucet for your kitchen. If you want to save space in your kitchen, then you can get a wall mounted kitchen faucet but you will need to make sure that the water lines run through the wall and are properly connected to your faucet. In case a wall mounted faucet is not possible, you can still go for a deck mounted faucet which will be quite helpful in cleaning your dishes and utensils efficiently. Here is some best Copper chef pan for your kitchen, check it out.

  • It is perfect for large gatherings

A Pre-Rinse kitchen faucet is an asset in cleaning a large sink full of dishes in just a few minutes. So, if you are one of those who has a lot of parties and needs to clean and cook quite often, then a pre-rinse kitchen faucet is the perfect choice for you. It will provide you with a better and convenient cleaning and with its flexible arc, you can be sure to hit your mark every time. With its long neck, you would also be capable of covering your deep sink with greater ease.

Babbling About Bacon

Jing Hello Everyone,

That was an odd greeting, right? Well, if you are going to follow this blog better get used to it. My name is Jing and over the years, I have developed a habit of using my name as an adjective. Ok, you are probably going to “this guy needs to see a therapist” and you are probably right. But this blog is not about my mental state it is more about my love for bacon.

I was born in the USA, but my parents moved from China. They obviously weren’t big bacon fans, and chicken & duck dishes were primarily made in my house. Luckily I had Justin, who knows my best friend, and his mom cooked nothing but pork dishes. I loved bacon so much that it was all I talked about. I even joined cooking classes which initially didn’t go well with my parents who wanted me to take cello lessons. (I am reinforcing all your stereotypes right?)

Anyway, I won’t bore you will all the itty-bitty details of my childhood. But one thing, though, I loved to talk about food everywhere, even when the guests were coming. So much so that my grandmother gave me the nickname of ‘Bacon Babbler’.

To be honest, I loved this name and over the years this is one thing that has stuck with me in regards to my family and friends.

Talking about the present, I am a chef in an upscale restaurant in Tucker, Georgia. In my free time, I love sharing my Ideas on Pinterest. But recently I decided to get a blog of my own and decided to shower my Chinese Wisdom regarding the love of my life i.e. bacon.

In this website, you will find ideas on what you can do with bacon, and fun stuff related to it and also some kickass recipes.

So with this preface kind of page on my blog, I welcome you all to my website (Which like Preface of a book, no one will read).

Keep eating my friends.

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Bacon Babbler Jing