eat local.

wining, dining ..and judging.

I had the honor of guest judging a food competition on saturday in downtown des moines, battledish. [J] & I spent the day visiting seven local restaurants, sampling each chef’s custom dishes + cocktails. and picking our favorites.

to say it was fun would be an understatement. eating, drinking, & spending time with my fiance are three of my favorite things.

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mini smoked chicken tostadas + melon margartia at liberty’s grill.

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braised pork belly + bourbon street beet martini at alba.

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smoked miso ramen at tacopocalypse.

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fresh carrot, ginger & sweet potato pizza at gusto.

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half of the esteemed guest judges.

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pork tenderloin with fried corn pudding & bacon-braised greens + a moroccan 75 cocktail at proof.

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surf & turf beef short rib & a seared scallop + a new york sour cocktail at BOS.

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argentinian beef tenderloin at dos rios.

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the pictures truly don’t do the food justice. everything was beyond scrumptious. and my personal favorite was the pork tenderloin from proof + smoked chicken tostada from liberty’s grill because I am a sucker for mexican foodI’ll be back.

then [J] & I went home, got dressed up in our finest sweats, and spent the remainder of the day lounging on the couch. that’s how you end a successful day.

happy tuesday.

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  • hooleywithaz October 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    holy crap. that all looks amazing, and i need to remember all those places for next time we visit friends in dsm (hopefully this winter!)

    • #LLinaBC October 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

      it all was so scrumptious. des moines has quite the local food scene, I love it. if you come to dsm – I want to know! 🙂