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January 2021

Food Review: Bremer Gyros Sandwich Kit

By Mike Thayer

20201219_133251Who doesn't like a good Gyro, right?

The warm pita, the tzatziki sauce, that delicious meat sliced so thin but piled thick and everything topped with juicy, red tomato, and a little onion....  It's another does of YUM!

But finding a good restaurant that serves them can be a challenge, especially with this COVID-19 crap going on with restaurant hours and access not always being convenient.  You can try to piece together everything you need to make gyros at home, but that can be a challenge to, not every grocery store carries the beef/lamb sliced meat that makes the gyro, the gyro, let alone finding a decent package of pita bread.

Enter Aldi and the Bremer Gyro Sandwich Kit

Available at my favorite grocery store, this kit comes with all the base ingredients you need to craft a rather tasty Gryo, all you need to do is add some tomato and onion.  Priced at just $7.49, that breaks down to only $1.50 a sandwich!  You can't get a good gyro that cheap at a restaurant.

20201219_133406This kit is super convenient, you can prepare these in the microwave or stove top, I recommend that latter, giving the meat slices that ever-so-slight crispy edge you're looking for as if the meat was just sliced from the spit.  The ingredients by Bremer are quality ingredients making this kit a repeat buy, I'm giving the Bremer Gyros Sandwich Kit 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars - DEFINITELY a repeat buy!  The meat is seasoned well and the pita is soft and 'pillowy' when warmed.  The only knock I have is the tzatziki sauce is a bit bland, some doctoring is in order, I added more garlic, a bit of dill and a drizzle of olive oil.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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BLAIRS FERRY ROAD NE LANE REDUCTIONS

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, February 1, 2021, eastbound traffic on Blairs Ferry Road NE will be reduced to one lane between Fountain Drive and 12th Avenue (Hiawatha). Additionally, effective Tuesday, February 2, 2021, westbound traffic on Blairs Ferry Road NE will be reduced to one lane between 12th Avenue (Hiawatha) and North Pine Drive. Both lane reductions will be in place for one (1) day, and are for utility work.


Yeti Pedal

Winter singletrack trail ride for bicyclists on snow groomed single tracks. Open to fat tire, mid-fat tire and tires 3.7 inches or greater in size. All riders...… Read on

Date February 1, 2021
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Tom Harkin Trailhead
719 Camp Cardinal Boulevard
Coralville, IA 52241
Cost Free

Take Your Big Game Spread to the Next Level with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Taco Family Meals

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has teamed up with Avocados From Mexico to offer guests complimentary guacamole with any purchase of a Taco Family Meal or Chips & Queso Party Tray

WHAT: 

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Baja-inspired family meals are sure to score big for any Big Game watch party. The taco shop’s Taco Family Meals offer generous portions of the guest’s choice of meat, sides, fixings and more, and the Chips & Queso Party Tray is a guaranteed way to be the MVP of the day. After all, who doesn’t love football with a side of Baja?

To take your tailgate to championship level, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has teamed up with Avocados From Mexico to offer guests FREE guacamole with the purchase of any Taco Family Meal or Chips & Queso Party Tray. Fuzzy’s guacamole is made in-house daily with fresh Avocados From Mexico so you won’t want to miss out on this delicious addition to your gameday. The promotion is available Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.  For orders placed online or through the app, please use code SUPERGUAC at checkout. 

The Taco Family Meal is available in two sizes; regular (serves 4-6, $35) and large (serves 6-8, $50), and includes:

  • Choice of two meats – shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, spicy pork or grilled veggies (fajita beef, fajita chicken, or shredded brisket are available for an additional charge) 
  • Choice of two sides – borracho beans, black beans, refried beans, cilantro-lime rice, Mix-Mex rice
  • Chips, salsa and Fuzzy’s famous queso
  • All fixings – tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, feta, garlic sauce, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce®

 The family meals are available at participating locations and pricing may vary by location. Place your order online at www.FuzzysTacoShop.com or by contacting your local shop by phone.

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here

ABOUT:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com


Communications Engineering Company (CEC) Celebrates 75-Year Milestone

Hiawatha, IA – CEC (Communications Engineering Company), a nationally recognized technology solutions provider and systems integrator in the Midwest, announces today a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary.

CEC was established in 1946 by founder Paul Parmer to support the growing need for communication via radio transmission. From post-WWII to a worldwide pandemic, CEC evolved as communication systems became increasingly sophisticated and pervasive. Jim and Lisa Smith, CEC owners, share, “When we purchased CEC 30 years ago, we acquired a company steeped in 45 years of technology history, and, most importantly, an amazing team of people focused on solving customers’ complex needs. We are here today because of our employees’ passion for bringing tools that help our customers face organizational challenges.”

A year-long series of celebrations will be held across Iowa and Wisconsin to honor the company’s history, showcase emerging technologies, and put a spotlight on the talented people creating premier customer experiences. This includes re-launching the popular Business Technology Conference (BTC) in October 2021. With a historic and timely focus – 75 Years of Technology & Innovation: Past, Present, and Future – the conference will be an opportunity for organizations to assess their technology foundation, learn about trends, and work on their technology vision and roadmap.

“CEC is a trusted partner of hospitals, manufacturers, educators, governments, and financial institutions because we deliver great technology experiences,” states Kim Lehrman, CEO. “Technology is in a constant state of change and evolution. To position ourselves for the next 75 years, we will continue to invest in building the talent that customers want beside them as they choose, engineer, implement, and integrate their mission-critical systems. That has been the foundation for CEC’s success in the last 75 years and will continue to be for the next 75 years.”

In anticipation of renewed growth, CEC has developed industry-leading training and mentoring initiatives, including: Department of Labor-sanctioned apprenticeships, Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI)-certified training, and manufacturer certifications. In addition, planned summer internships will focus on developing knowledge of technology and associated career paths within CEC. Discovering the potential in each individual and growing and nurturing that passion is what leads the company to success. These premier programs promote a deep understanding of the specific skills needed to impact the next generation of technology masters – and CEC is leading the way.

About CEC

CEC employs more than 300 professional and technical staff in eight locations in Iowa and Wisconsin. The company offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, fire and security, healthcare communications, IT, and two-way communications. Focused on creating world class technology experiences, the CEC team partners with clients to understand their businesses, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. Visit www.cecinfo.com.


Another round of snowfall has landed; sidewalks need to be cleared once again

On a positive note, we didn’t receive the higher snowfall totals that we were expecting. But another round of snow wrapped up at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, continuing a lively streak of snowstorms throughout January, and leaving us with plenty to handle.

The City wants to thank all the residents who have been diligently clearing their sidewalks of snow during these snow-filled weeks. We know it's not easy, we also know how challenging it can be. A special thanks to all who take care of their neighbors who need a hand.

To ensure the safety of neighbors, dog-walkers, and those who require sidewalk access, snow should be cleared within 24-hours of a one-inch or greater snowfall, or after any accumulation of ice has ended. Doing so helps protect the many pedestrians who use sidewalks daily in Iowa City.

Those who do not remove snow and ice could face a fine, something we all want to avoid.

Sidewalk policy

Property owners are responsible for the ice and snow removal from all sidewalks that abut their private property.

The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Renters should check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them.

Clearing curb ramps and crosswalks

Be a good neighbor and keep curb ramps clear. Snow and ice-free curb ramps are needed to keep sidewalks accessible to everyone, especially for those with limited mobility.

Snow and ice that is shoveled or that accumulates in crosswalks makes it difficult and dangerous for many of our residents, especially those with limited mobility, or children on their way to and from school. When you get to the end of your sidewalk, please shovel a few extra feet to clear the crosswalks and curb ramps if you are able.


A screenshot of a video about City snow shoveling rules.

Watch this video to learn more about Iowa City's snow removal ordinance. 



Snow Emergency Extended

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar RapidsCedar Rapids’ Snow Emergency has been extended until noon on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 to assist crews with snow removal efforts.  On-street parking is restricted on Emergency Snow Routes to make it easier for crews to clear the road curb-to-curb. Parking on posted Emergency Snow Routes when a Snow Emergency has been declared is prohibited. Vehicles in violation during a Snow Emergency may be ticketed and/or towed.

Snow Emergency routes are designated with street signage and are prioritized for plows to clear due to their high traffic volumes. To view a map of posted Emergency Snow Routes, visit the City’s website: www.cityofcr.com/snow.


Transit Delays Expected Due to Weather on Monday & Tuesday, January 25 & 26

Coralville TransitDue to predicted winter weather conditions, delays are expected on Coralville Transit beginning on Monday afternoon and Tuesday, January 25 and 26, 2021. Please plan for extra travel time.

Delays will make predicted bus arrival times on Bus on the Go (Bongo, www.bongo.org) and the Transit app inaccurate, however, the real-time maps on Bongo at www.bongo.org with actual bus locations will be accurate and should be used to locate buses.

We will continue to monitor the weather. The safety of our passengers and drivers is our priority. If any changes to service must be made due to weather, they will be posted as soon as possible; however, weather and road conditions can quickly change. 

For questions, please call Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.


Winter weather pays another visit, reminding us to prepare for another round of snow removal

If you enjoy snow, you are having an amazing January! For the rest of us, please hang in there as we prepare for another round of snow removal. Just remember, every day brings us one step closer to spring.

Although this is starting to feel like the new normal and maybe some are even starting to get used to it, we'd like to thank our residents for doing their part to clear their walks this winter. We know firsthand that it isn’t always easy, but it does make for safer travel for everyone.

To ensure the safety of neighbors, dog-walkers, and those who require sidewalk access, snow should be cleared within 24-hours of a one-inch or greater snowfall, or after any accumulation of ice has ended. Doing so helps protect the many pedestrians who use sidewalks daily in Iowa City.

Those who do not remove snow and ice could face a fine, something we all want to avoid.

Sidewalk policy

Property owners are responsible for the ice and snow removal from all sidewalks that abut their private property.

The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Renters should check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them.

Clearing curb ramps and crosswalks

Be a good neighbor and keep curb ramps clear. Snow and ice-free curb ramps are needed to keep sidewalks accessible to everyone, especially for those with limited mobility.

Snow and ice that is shoveled or that accumulates in crosswalks makes it difficult and dangerous for many of our residents, especially those with limited mobility, or children on their way to and from school. When you get to the end of your sidewalk, please shovel a few extra feet to clear the crosswalks and curb ramps if you are able.


A screenshot of a video about City snow shoveling rules.

Watch this video to learn more about Iowa City's snow removal ordinance. 



Video Update: Repair and Upcycle Series, Dog Sweater Pawty, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include the virtual Repair and Upcycling Series, a dog sweater contest at Thornberry Dog Park, and more. Select the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


Iowa City Update: Repair and Upcycle Series


Repair and Upcycle Series

This popular waste reduction series is going virtual this year! Help us meet our Climate Action goals by finding creative ways to continue using the “stuff” we already have.

Climate Action Survey

Take this short online survey and receive tips on how to be the best climate champion you can be.

Thornberry Dog Sweater Pawty

Get your furry friends bundled up in their best sweaters and join us at the Thornberry Dog Park for a family-friendly, socially-distanced contest.

DVIP Souper Bowl Fundraiser

Help support the Domestic Violence Intervention Program through the Souper Bowl Fundraiser, which is offering pick-up or delivery options this year.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.