Oh Baby

Weekends at home are always so nice, but they come and go entirely too quickly.

My husband and I drove to Des Moines Friday and were able to squeeze in lunch with an old friend before family obligations began for the weekend.

Since Yom Kippur was this weekend, my Mom prepared a tradition Jewish meal, which singlehandedly made the 5 hour car ride worth the while. Her matzo ball soup, brisket, and noodle kugel were the perfect, warm welcome home.

Before leaving town today, I hosted and attended a baby shower at Café DiScala for my dear friend who is due in November. Café DiScala is a charming restaurant residing in a rustic Victorian mansion complete with a farmers porch, inviting double doors, and an exposed wooden staircase. The food mimics this homey feel, with the restaurant’s garden providing many of the herbs and vegetables used in the dishes.

For lunch we enjoyed a mixed greens salad with amazing balsamic vinaigrette dressing, along with a choice of eggplant parmesan or house made cavatelli with sausage. The restaurant is known for their eggplant parmesan, and is some of the best I’ve ever had; it’s not breaded, fried or disgustingly cheesy, and it’s served with peppers and onions, and topped with garden-fresh basil.

Café DiScala was a pleasure to work with and helped us throw a lovely party with delicious food.

House salad



Adorable and delicious petit fours from The Bake Shoppe for dessert.

Bee Happy!

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