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It's young professional award (nomination) season, Des Moines. Have a friend or colleague who's makin' big moves in her or his career? Be sure to nominate that person for the Central Iowa YP of the Year awards. The awards are open to anyone under the age of 36 "who has made significant contributions for civic, charitable, entertainment or quality of life in central Iowa." Happy nominating! 

YOUR NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANTS ...

... could be in Des Moines and you don't even know it. Make your next meal a memorable one by checking out one of these five new restaurants, which includes menus ranging from tacos to BBQ and beyond that have cropped up in the last year.

Got the munchies? Sink your teeth into the Alba burgers

HOW MANY HOURS UNTIL BACON FEST? 

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is Saturday, guys. I ate a four-course bacon meal to get ready for the big event ... but that's a little crazy. Looking for a more moderate way to get in an all-bacon mentality? Try reading our list of 14 super bacon-y things you can do at bacon fest. The list dishes on everything bacon fest-related, from music to food to contests.

Get piggy with it: Flash mob: Pigs dance for Baconfest

GROWLER FREEDOM

A handful of bills are moving through the Iowa House, addressing boozy topics. One would make it easier for brewpubs to sell growlers directly to customers; another bill would allow bars to use self-serve alcohol machines; a third would open up the possibility for tasting rooms at Iowa distilleries.

Beer me: Ride the rails to Bondurant's new Reclaimed Rails

I'M KINDA BUZZED AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE...

-- Matt, Juice.

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