Foodventurous: Eatery A

My husband is such a good sport.  I love to try new restaurants and so does he … as long as the menu is within his comfort zone.  And every so often, he will humor me and try something out of our comfort zone.  This was the case when we went to Eatery A in Des Moines.  He was comforted by the fact that wood-fired pizza is one of their main menu categories!

This place is unassuming from the outside and warm and inviting on the inside … I mean, what’s not to love about decor focused on reclaimed wood and a huge wood-burning oven visible from the front door (and just about everywhere else in the restaurant)?

Reviewing the menu, I think my husband got a bit hesitant.  I got excited!  Grapes … goat cheese …guanciale … jalapeno jam … ON PIZZA!  Foodie heaven.  One thing that really caught my attention though was the Chorizo Stuffed Dates on their “Delicacies” menu … wrapped in bacon and served on pepper coulis with naan bread.

Eatery A’s Chorizo Stuffed Dates

This was the highlight of my meal.  I love it when I try something new and the first bite makes me just stop with the food in my mouth, close my eyes and savor the flavors.  I’m always glad to open my eyes and see that I still have more on my plate!

The pizza was very good and there are other pizzas on their menu that I really want to try (chorizo-pineapple-jalapeno jam for starters) but I could really make a meal off their “Delicacies”!   My “good sport” husband was a little out of his comfort zone but had to agree that this was a great place to share dinner and make his wife happy.

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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