Monday, October 5, 2009

Weekend Wanderings

Sunday was our son’s 37th birthday. The last race in the series he helps sponsor was then so we met him and his wife Dianna in Des Moines Saturday and spent some time with them. First, we took them to lunch at Buffet City, 8801 Universtiy. This Asian restaurant has the biggest selection of any in Des Moines. Along with the expected buffet items there is a Mongolian grill and sushi. They fix a baked broccoli dish with cheese and seafood-stuffed puffs that are yummy. If you can’t find something you like here, you aren’t looking hard enough. And guess what – lunch is only $5.99 per person! Where else can you get a deal like that!

After lunch we went to Nobbie’s. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a giant party supply store. They were having their Halloween ‘fair’ and the place was crawling with kids of all ages. They had hair painting and a man who showed how to put on fake injuries and scars for the kids. The kids and adults loved to see the results. They have the largest selection of decorations and costumes in the area as well as other seasonal, bridal, and theme-party items.  Beware of the giant spider!

Although it was cool and sometimes sprinkling, we decided to check out the new John and Mary Poppajohn Sculpture Park. What a wonderful addition to downtown Des Moines! There are about 20 pieces and they represent all different styles of art. Here are some of my favorites. 

Des Moines has also done a wonderful job with the flower beds and planters along the downtown streets that they change seasonally. Right now there are mums, flowering kale, pansies, yellow and red Swiss chard, and dusty miller along with the done-blooming stems of Asiatic lilies as a background. Very pretty.

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