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#31 Old 07-15-2015, 11:26 AM
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#32 Old 08-04-2015, 12:43 PM
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I used to live in Council Bluffs, IA which is over the Missouri River bridge from Omaha, NE. They have about 3 Hy-Vees in Ames? Hy-Vee has a pretty good vegan/vegetarian section. Ames has the Wheatsfield Cooperative. I wonder how Vegan friendly? I never had much problems finding anything I wanted in those states. They may have Indian, Asian markets as well.

What I have to rely on now living in a tiny town in NM is an over-priced natural foods store and Amazon's free shipping, which I think is a great deal considering I need to buy quite a lot from them. They neighbors probably think I am running a business out of my home, as many UPS trucks that come by my house.

I love that area, and will be moving back to "near" there. Kansas City, MO because I want to take classes at the Kansas City Art Academy.
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I used to live in Council Bluffs, IA which is over the Missouri River bridge from Omaha, NE. They have about 3 Hy-Vees in Ames? Hy-Vee has a pretty good vegan/vegetarian section. Ames has the Wheatsfield Cooperative. I wonder how Vegan friendly? I never had much problems finding anything I wanted in those states. They may have Indian, Asian markets as well.

What I have to rely on now living in a tiny town in NM is an over-priced natural foods store and Amazon's free shipping, which I think is a great deal considering I need to buy quite a lot from them. They neighbors probably think I am running a business out of my home, as many UPS trucks that come by my house.

I love that area, and will be moving back to "near" there. Kansas City, MO because I want to take classes at the Kansas City Art Academy.
I think we have 2 Hy-Vees. I've been to Wheatsfield, it's okay. They had Field Roast, which is awesome. I've found some oddball items there too like Gardein BBQ pockets and some Cookie Butter vegan ice cream.

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Welcome to the Midwest I've never lived in Iowa, but spent a good chunk of my life in Missouri and now live in east-central Illinois. Lots of cornfields here, too. Our apartment had cornfields on two sides of it, then we moved to our house ... which backs to more cornfields. We also have Casey's Pizza here, although I haven't tried it yet. Unfortunately, there's no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods without a road trip. I miss them both! Is Iowa super-flat like central Illinois? We were very surprised by how crazy windy it was here without the windbreak of hills and trees. Great in the summer, brutal in the winter. The lack of hills did make the snow and ice easier, though. No sliding through red lights on icy hills. I hope you enjoy married life and your new place!
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Did I hear on the news that Iowa just had a tornado?


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Welcome to the Midwest I've never lived in Iowa, but spent a good chunk of my life in Missouri and now live in east-central Illinois. Lots of cornfields here, too. Our apartment had cornfields on two sides of it, then we moved to our house ... which backs to more cornfields. We also have Casey's Pizza here, although I haven't tried it yet. Unfortunately, there's no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods without a road trip. I miss them both! Is Iowa super-flat like central Illinois? We were very surprised by how crazy windy it was here without the windbreak of hills and trees. Great in the summer, brutal in the winter. The lack of hills did make the snow and ice easier, though. No sliding through red lights on icy hills. I hope you enjoy married life and your new place!
Iowa is pretty flat. I'm used to some mountain ranges around me I lived in So Cal before where it was windy often (and we have the Santa Ana winds), so this isn't much different. I haven't experienced a winter yet, I'm worried.

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The tornado was in Adams County, and hit a couple of barns. Ames is in the center of Iowa right above Des Moines. (Pronounced Duh-moin).

Gosh Ice and snow. Once you get above Arkansas that is kind of the reality for much of the US. Excluding maybe the California/Washington coast line. The great thing about winter up there is that they know how to deal with it. The bad news is you have to dig yourself out of it. Buy a snow blower. Get it when it is on sale. You should have no problems. All weather tiers is another good investment. And a front or all wheel drive. If you have a back wheel drive vehicle like a little datsun truck, you will be in danger on the roads.
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Luckily my apartment is in charge of clearing the snow for us I will need snow tires for sure (and my car is front wheel drive). Mine are new, but not made for snow.



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