Chefs at Friendship Chinese Restaurant forge their pan-Chinese dishes with an intense pride and dedication to the tradition of well-crafted cuisine. Entrees include macadamia-nut-crusted fresh cod, almond-crusted shrimp, and "barbarian" steak with sauteed asparagus, mushroom, and chili cabernet sauce. The eatery's authentic tastes and modern twists are available for delivery as well as dine-in eating amid the dining room's dark hardwood decor and rows of Buddha-head statues.
The fertile soil of the Loess Hills boasts a rich history, dating back to 1857, of sprouting wine-yielding fruit. Under the umbrella of the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association, a confederacy of local wineries opens its doors to host informative tours, tastings, and seminars on extracting rumors from grapevines. Palate-broadening enophiles can peruse the listings of area award winners, and at-home winemakers will enjoy Pick Your Own Grapes get-togethers and amateur-level awards. Other events include annual festivals, contests, and elegant wine dinners.
Using top-flight blooms and plants imported from choice farms all across the world, the seasoned designers at Janousek's Florist have composed herbaceous floral treasures for nearly 100 years. Janousek offers numerous floral arrangements in a variety of sizes, with optional balloons, stuffed animals, or candy for spreading blossomy cheer on birthdays, anniversaries, and celebrations for opening a moist-towelette theme park. Heart-sleeved love-farmers can display their feelings to a significant other with a trio of red roses and a plush bear ($29.99), while friends and relatives can express mutual adoration with a fruit-and-chocolate basket stuffed with Ghirardelli chocolate, apples, kiwis, and other nourishing fruit ($39.99). Janousek's Florist’s hard-working, pedal-savvy staff strives to accommodate customers' specific delivery time requests, including making same-day deliveries.
This locally owned shop is well stocked with fresh-cut Christmas trees ($35–$80) suitable for present shielding and a wide selection of branch-adorning ornaments ($2–$8). Compliment your full-sized conifer with a festive, piney wreath ($20–$60), or select a fresh yuletide floral arrangement in need of a good home (starting at $40). Holiday revelers suffering from an acute pinecone allergy or case of Santerclaustrophobia can invest in one of DEE-SIGN's durable artificial trees in varying shapes and sizes ($25–$150).
From inflatables and games to magicians, Bryan Hill and his team offer a wide range of entertainment options that can liven up any soiree, as they have for more than 30 years. Inflatable obstacle courses test the endurance of kids, adults, and retired American Gladiators, and a mechanical bull tries to throw daring riders. Colorful carnival moonwalks set the mood, and live performers include airbrush tattoo artists, magicians, and a hypnotist. When the team is not enhancing parties with their colorful equipment and live shows, they’re hard at work repairing, tuning up, and installing new hardware on clients' computers and laptops.
The shifting seasons bring beauty and bounty to Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, from the baby buds and bursting petals of spring to the branches heavy with peaches, apricots, cherries, and apples during summer and autumn. In 1994, the Ditmars family laid 300 trees into the ground as a family project, but slowly expanded their hobby into a full-time orchard, now cultivating almost 4,000 trees.
In the summer, fat juicy strawberries nestle in rows ready to be picked, and in fall, fields overflow with acres of bulbous orange pumpkins ready to become jack-o’-lanterns or a horseman’s fancy new hat. Amid fiery foliage and crisp autumn air, families adventure through the onsite corn maze and attend fun fall festivals that feature face painting and hayrides. Kids can clamber over tractor tires and whoosh down slides in the orchard’s large playground. Guests reenergize at the country kitchen, where lunch selections include apple cider, frozen fruit pies, and fresh-made chicken-salad sandwiches, as well as native Iowa wines available by the bottle or glass.