Sculptures & Smokey Row

Happy Friday, folks! I hope your day is off to a wonderful start! :mrgreen:

This morning, Chandra and I met up again and went to see the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. It was really neat! My favorite sculpture was the Nomade as seen below.


About the sculpture:

The figure’s sheer size dominates the park’s landscape, and its human form made from scrambled steel letters seems to suit the city’s vision of itself in the Information Age. The artist envisioned the letters as building blocks for words and ideas in the same way human cells for tissues, organs and bodies. They’re painted with white enamel that appears dark against the sunlit sky and glows at night, thanks to dramatic spotlights at the sculpture’s base. The effect is surprisingly ethereal for something that weighs about 4 tons.



I didn’t think that I was a huge fan of sculptures, but these ones were cool! 😀


Very funky and modern.




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After wandering around the sculpture park for a little while, Chandra and I headed to Smokey Row Coffee for breakfast.


We met Amanda there! 😀 It was so nice to spend time with her.


Smoke Row was such an adorable place– perfect for sipping coffee and working on a laptop! 😉


I was surprised how busy it was for a Friday morning!


I started with a cup of Kahlua Caramel Cream coffee. I made the switch to hot coffee just to try this flavor. It was awesome– flavorful and sweet, but not too sweet.


To eat, I ordered the Early Riser sandwich, which was made with egg, bacon, spinach, and provolone cheese on ciabatta bread.




Once we finished eating, Chandra and I decided to celebrate Cookie Friday. She went with a chocolate chip cookie as big as her face. Literally!


I chose a sugar cookie with thick frosting and sprinkles. I ended up eating the whole thing before we left Smokey Row! 😉


Lunch next and then off to the hog farm! Oh, boy! 😉


  1. My favorite sculpture has to be the white tree. It looks like it came out of the movie Chronicles of Narnia or the Neverending story :)That sugar cookie looks so yummy! You know those crazy ridiculously good sugar cookies from Jewel Osco/Dominicks. You know the ones where they are as fluffy as cake and super sweet. Love those 🙂 Yay for cookie Friday!

  2. Oh my gosh! I opened Google Reader, saw your blog and thought, “Wow, it looks like she’s in Des Moines.” And, as I read more, I realized you are indeed in my town!! What brings you to Des Moines? Have you tried any other local restaurants?Love Centro, Django, Lucca, Miyabi 9.

  3. Sculptures have a way of growing on you. We have a beautiful sculpture garden in Minneapolis, it’s a unusual and fun twist on the idea of a garden.

    Chandra’s cookie looks delish… almost too good… must mean it’s time for lunch for this girl! Have a great weekend!

  4. #1 Chandra is big freakin’ trouble for going to the sculpture garden without me. I HOPE YOU READ THAT MISSY!! 🙂

    #2 I heard a little rumor that you may possibly be joining us for Beaverdash and celebratory breakfast and booze. That would be WAY more fun than a rainy day farmer’s market. Just sayin’ 🙂

  5. Oh my! I love sugar cookies like that. I haven’t had one in too long.

    Those sculptures look really cool. I love art like that. It’s much more interesting to look at.

  6. that’s so cool!
    a lot of my friends went to iowa to get their masters in creative writing– oddly, IU has the best program in the country. and being one of the only other states that allows gay marriage? never thought iowa would be so damn cool!

  7. Those sculptures are funk-ay! Have you ever been to the sculpture park in Minneapolis? I love the giant cherry in the giant spoon at that one!
    And Smokey Row looks like such a wonderful cafe – great food pics!!
    Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  8. Love the coffee house! The sugar cookie looked great too.
    Can’t wait to see pictures of the pig farm.
    My son just raised a hog for our county fair, it was a lot of fun.

  9. smokey row looks like such a fun cute place and the food looks simple and good.

    those sculptures are down right amazing! i want to come co iowa now just to see them..haha

  10. I must have be behind in reading your posts because I didn’t realize you were in good ole’ Des Moines! That is where I am from as well! I actually haven’t been to Smokey Row before and it looks super YUM! I will have to get there soon. It’s insane – Des Moines isn’t that big, but I sure have missed a lot of our newer restaurants!

    Have fun while you are here!

  11. I read you blog on a regular bases and thought it was the oddest thing when I was catching up today that i just checked out of that exact hotel this morning!

    I live in GA but travel every week for work in Des Moines and love staying downtown. Right down the street from smokey row is an orgainc grocery store (Gateway Market)if you are interested in finding some good snacks.

    Hope you have a wonderful time!

    And if you are interested in going to a beer dive try el Bait shop (only for the beer) or great french food check out Django’s (10th st)

  12. That breakfast place looks so good!! I love the name Smokey Row too. I love breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheese and I lovveee spinach too. Both of those cookies look amazing… I think I’m going to have to partake in cookie friday as well 🙂

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