The weather is finally cooperating, making it the perfect time to get outside and explore Des Moines. Some options:


Now that your face isn’t melting with all the heat and humidity, head out to one of these new rooftops and patios that opened recently in the Des Moines metro area. Two face each other. One place has a patio and a rooftop deck that you should visit frequently. Two have a pretty amazing view of Des Moines.


Speaking of new patios, it might be the perfect time to explore the new Magnolia Wine Kitchen. Tressa Glass offers up seven reasons you should go there.


Taste food from 20 different countries from 45 vendors at the World Food & Music Festival, returning Sept. 16-18, this time on the Court Avenue Bridge. Best part? Each both has one dish for $1 so you can sample as many different countries your stomach allows.

Need to know: I’m digging the food scene in Iowa City. If you’re headed to the Hawkeyes game on Saturday against North Dakota State, then bookmark this look at some of the great places to dine there.

ICYMI: Ever get in a dining rut and need to discover something new? Look no further than these Des Moines Dining Essentials guides, covering everything from barbecue and ice cream to breweries and classic restaurants.

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