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Quad Cities USA - Guide to Davenport & Bettendorf Iowa and Rock Island & Moline Illinois
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Flamingos Offers Colorful Ice-Cold Creations

May 8th, 2019

If you’re drifting through a haze of heat exhausted and you see a painted shack near the side of the road, don’t worry, it isn’t a mirage. It really is nirvana. Nirvana in the form of icy cold refreshment. Nirvana in the form of the Flamingos Tropical Cone stand. For more than five years, Flamingos has been serving up icy cold treats – from smoothies to drinks to Mexican ices to flavored fruit concoctions and more – at its 801 Oregon St. location, and at 1903 Park Ave., right outside Muscatine Mall. Gabby Aguilar, 28, who owns both of the shops, is proud and thrilled to see her dreams... Read More

Osaka Is A Godzilla Of Sushi In the Quad-Cities and Muscatine

May 2nd, 2019

Looking for a catch of the week that doesn’t involve noodling the flooded Mississippi River? If you’re  jonesing for Japanese you won’t have to fish far for satisfying sushi and sashimi any longer. Osaka restaurants in Moline, Davenport and Muscatine offer fresh dishes from the land of the rising sun roll, and they’re a Godzilla-sized hit. While other local outlets have offered sushi as part of their broader menus, Osaka is unique in its sole dedication to Japanese cuisine, as well as its environment and presentation. Walk inside and you’re immersed in an expansive, warm crimson replete... Read More

Pineapple On A Pizza??? How About Pineapple IN A BEER??!!!??

March 4th, 2019

Well, as the savage debate over whether pineapple goes on pizza rages on, with countless lives lost in the process, and by lost in the process, I mean time lost spent debating whether pineapple goes on pizza when who really cares about what someone else has on their pizza, let alone their opinion on it, allow me to throw a new pineapple conflict your way to endlessly debate. Should pineapple go in beer? Oh my God! Did he actually say that??? Did he??? Did he??? Yeah. You’re damn right I did. Because that’s just how I roll. And I like pineapple. I like it on my pizza. I like it in smoothies.... Read More

Forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Vanilla Pumpkin Beer Is Your New Beverage Crush

October 17th, 2018

Forget your pumpkin spice lattes. You want a fall beverage that’s really going to warm up your ugg boots and steam up your Han Solo vest and stretch pants? Head over to your friendly neighborhood HyVee Marketplace Café and get yourself the O’Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin Beer, which is now on tap. After having a couple of these, you’ll feel like you’re cheating on your Starbucks in the best of ways and the worse of ways. When I first saw the Vanilla Pumpkin Beer on tap, of course dozens of basic white girl jokes came tumbling out of my brain like so many wicked treats out of a Halloween bag,... Read More

You’ll Be Sweet On Radicle’s Strawberries And Cream Beer

July 25th, 2018

You ever wonder what happened to Strawberry Shortcake? You know, Strawberry Shortcake, the cartoon ginger who has had her artificially-scented life documented by various cartoons/animated reality TV shows over the past couple of decades before they got sent to the reeking dumpster of cancellation? Her friends were Lemon Meringue, Blueberry Muffin, Orange Blossom and Raspberry Torte, and they all had their own sickly sweet and sour personalities, but Strawberry Shortcake was the leader. Strawberry Shortcake debuted in 1980 as a child in the cartoons, so she’d be in her forties now. And like many... Read More

Radicle’s New Mango Mint Brew Is The Beer Of The Summer

May 9th, 2018

Mango, peach, beer… and mint? Ewww, right? Bear with me folks, bear with me. If there’s one of several bars in the Quad-Cities that I really enjoy going to, it’s Radicle Effect, at 1340 31st Street, Rock Island. The bartenders can vouch for this. So can many of the regulars. So can Freddy Rumsen. Radicle is a pretty radical joint. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s got a lot of the veteran bartenders from one of my other faves, Blue Cat, now behind the post, as well as several other excellent mixologists. It’s a great place to get a perfect Old Fashioned... Read More

Aroma Offers Delightful Scents And Tastes

January 6th, 2018

Today the Java Journey takes us to Iowa. Nestled inside the Green Thumbers flower shop on Brady Street, is a lovely place where you can have a coffee and enjoy the sight and smell of true natural beauty. The coffee shop has been a part of the beautiful floral Nursery for  slightly over a year. But in that one year Aroma Coffee has gained quite a following. Not just those with green thumbs( that right there leaves me out) stop in.  But people driving up Brady Street and( we know how busy Brady Street gets.) Many business people and they have quite a group of Palmer students come in for a coffee... Read More

Java Journey Goes Atomic!

September 6th, 2017

Well coffee lovers I’m back at our next stop on our Java Journey. It’s a quiet little place called Atomic coffee. Atomic coffee sprung into existence as of January 29, 2016. It’s located at 4707 Brady Street Davenport and is a small drive-thru with big flavor. The newest location that opened April 24 is located just inside the entrance of Ora at 6701 Northwest Boulevard Davenport. Brady Street is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and the newest one is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The owner Peter tells me the name Atomic coffee came after sifting through 50 other... Read More

Dead Poet’s Espresso Is Alive With Fun And Flavor

July 16th, 2017

The Java Journey goes back to Moline. I hesitate to admit at first.. I couldn’t find the place very easily . Well I would have asked directions… wait a minute isn’t that a man’s line? haha. (But I digress ) Dead Poets Expresso LTD 1525 32nd Avenue A Moline. “Et tu Brutus?” Being a poetry lover myself, Sir William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe being  two of my most favorite I had to include Dead Poets espresso LTD (not to be confused with Dead Poets Society that was a good movie however.) After I had finished driving in circles yes about 3 times (stop laughing),... Read More

Aroma Offers Delightful Scents And Tastes

July 4th, 2017

Today the Java Journey takes us to Iowa. Nestled inside the Green Thumbers flower shop on Brady Street, is a lovely place where you can have a coffee and enjoy the sight and smell of true natural beauty. The coffee shop has been a part of the beautiful floral Nursery for  slightly over a year. But in that one year Aroma Coffee has gained quite a following. Not just those with green thumbs( that right there leaves me out) stop in.  But people driving up Brady Street and( we know how busy Brady Street gets.) Many business people and they have quite a group of Palmer students come in for a coffee... Read More

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