What’s going on with parking? Well, right now, in the East Village, nothing, really.
First, Court Avenue. Updated parking policies were implemented in January, in the Court Avenue district on the other side of the river. The charge at parking meters on the street is rising in that entertainment zone, and the hours where paid parking is required are expanding. Visitors to the Court Avenue district will pay to park on the street at a meter 9 am – 9 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Next, the East Village. Later in spring or summer 2018, the East Village (and the streets around the popular Pappajohn Sculpture Park) will follow suit: when the changes take effect, paid parking at meters in the heart of the neighborhood will be enforced 9 am – 9 pm, Monday – Saturday.
The silver lining? At the same time as parking meter hours expand and the meter rates change, hourly rates in downtown and East Village parking ramps are decreasing, to encourage long-term parking in those structures instead.
Oh, and two more improvements: (1) the City of Des Moines is removing peak (rush) hour parking restrictions in key areas, and (2) expanding free or discounted parking areas in surface lots and on the periphery of downtown.
March 10 is National Ranch Dressing Day, and AllSpice staffer Anna worried that we’d be remiss if we never told our friends about this important food holiday, and the salad dressing (and dip) that inspired it.
So here’s the 411 on America’s favorite dressing:
If you’ve been in the shop this past week or two, you may have noticed we looked a little, well, disheveled. Or dis-shelved.
Never fear! Our discombobulation was all in the service of a good cause. We’ve been hard at work after hours, taking down the jars, moving out the shelves, getting out the drop cloths… All part of our winter project to refresh the look here at the shop.
Here are some photos of our project, and a peek at the new, rich colors:
We’ll be putting finishing touches on the shop refresh in the next week or two, just in time for spring.
Come see our updated look, and let us know what you think!
National Banana Bread Day is February 23. As we celebrate (and by “celebrate” we mean “eat a bunch of”) this yummy, cake-like quick bread, it seemed like a great time to take a look at this simple treat and its signature ingredient, the banana.
North Americans began consuming bananas on a small scale (and at very high prices) in the 1870s, shortly after the Civil War.
Jules Verne introduces his readers to bananas with detailed descriptions in Around the World in Eighty Days (1872).
The subsequent development of modern transportation networks of steamships and railroads, combined with the development of refrigeration, beginning in the 1880s, allowed bananas to become more widely available.
It took a while longer for bananas to start to appear in dessert recipes, though.
(more after the break)