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Quad Cities USA - Guide to Davenport & Bettendorf Iowa and Rock Island & Moline Illinois
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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

Get ‘Er Dunn And Get To Dunn Brothers

June 25th, 2017

Onward on our journey through the Java world. Although their name is Dunn Brothers They’ve only just begun. Gina and Paula Bertini. The owners of Dunn Brothers Coffee. Gina tells me they open the Bettendorf shop in February 2011 and the Davenport May of 2016 . They are franchise out of Minnesota. Two brothers Ed and Dan Dunn started with their first coffee shop in St Paul Minnesota. They began franchising out in 1987.  (now get this eat your hearts out Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts) currently there are approximately 60 shops! Well I am impressed! Good for you guys! These are in the Midwest... Read More

Cool Beanz Is Cool Beans!

May 14th, 2017

The next stop on our Java Journey is a very cool little coffee shop called  Cool Beanz. “Many changes have been made since our opening in August of 2009,” says owner operator Annette of her shop located in the hilltop area of Rock Island on the corner of 14th Avenue and 30th Street. She goes on to tell me Cool Beanz actually got its name from her father. “Back in the seventies the word cool beans was a very popular slang expression not unlike far out groovy,” she said. “That’s a perfect name for a coffee shop. It represents the laid-back atmosphere I wanted to create.” When... Read More

Milltown Serving Up Great Views, Great Coffee

April 29th, 2017

Hello my fellow coffee lovers, time for another trek on the java journey. Now let’s travel down by the Riverside Down by the Riverside, the mighty Mississippi River Side to Milltown coffee 3800 River Drive #2  Moline. I spoke with a nice young man Ben, the general manager of Milltown coffee, and he told me Milltown coffee has been there for two and a half years. It gets its name from” City of Mills on the river. It’s a place to open your mind up to creativity, escape from the stress of work and enjoy the view of the river. The large windows and spacious area make it possible and... Read More

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