Greetings from Des Moines! I had a few delays during my travels (crazy strong winds in Chicago + brake issues on the plane), but I eventually made it, safe and sound!
When I arrived in Chicago, I was more than ready for lunch. I ended up buying a salad with chicken and roasted veggies and an iced decaf Americano with crÃ¨me brulee syrup.
My salad wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped (not enough chicken or roasted veggies), so I also ate a Larabar that I brought from home.
My layover in Chicago was 2.5 hours and then we sat on the plane to Des Moines for another 1.5 hours, so I got hungry again and broke into a snack that I packed, which was a banana with a packet of chocolate coconut peanut butter. I just squirted the peanut butter on the banana as I ate it. Surprisingly, I didn’t make a total mess!
I arrived in Des Moines around 6:30 PM, hopped in a cab, and high-tailed it to the hotel. I had dinner plans at 7:00 PM with a few of the folks judging the Ultimate Potato Recipe Contest, so I pretty much exploded in my hotel room and then boogied to the restaurant.
Thankfully, our dinner reservation was at Centro and it was just a short walk from the hotel. I was only about 10 minutes late and no one seemed to mind. A couple of other people had minor travel issues as well, so they were understanding.
To start, we shared some bruschetta and fried Brussels sprouts among the table.
The fried Brussels sprouts were to die for and we ate every single last bite of them! Fried Brussels sprouts = love.
During dinner, I ordered a glass of white wine, which tasted especially wonderful after a long day of travel.
As an appetizer, I ordered the spinach salad, which came with bacon, Asiago cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, and a ridiculously delicious warm bacon salad dressing.
For my entrÃ©e, I ordered the seared sea scallops, which came in a lemon butter sauce with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, red onions, and roasted hazelnuts. Holy goodness, it was amazing. Actually, the entire dinner was amazing, and I left Centro stuffed to the gills. So much good food!
Flip Belt Giveaway
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Question of the Day
What’s your favorite fried food?
Mine is definitely Brussels sprouts!