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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

When Hunting For Great Coffee, Set Your Sites On Caribou

April 23rd, 2017

Put down that newspaper grab a Cup a Joe and follow my series, the Java Journey. Our latest stop is Caribou Coffee, located at the John Deere Road and 7th Street Moline HyVee. I walked up to this little coffee stand and asked for a decaf mocha with dark chocolate chips. It was delicious! It  tasted like homemade! Caribou coffee, located inside the Moline HyVee, which is usually bustling with customers, is a cozy  little nook with a comfy leather couch and plenty of seating in a little enclave. I learned it was a whole separate world from the store itself. As I spoke with Kathy, the bubbly friendly... Read More

Top Five Healthy Restaurants in the QC

January 25th, 2017

As we begin this new year, many of us make resolutions to make healthier choices, and this includes eating better. There are few things in this life that we have control over, the food that we use to fuel and energize ourselves is one of those things. We all know this and, yet, this country as a whole still consistently overeats and eats things that are not good for our bodies. I’ve been working very hard to change this for myself, at home, and am now choosing to frequent establishments that support me in this goal. Below are my top 5 favorite places to eat a healthy meal in the Quad Cities.... Read More

RAW Brings Fresh Tastes To Downtown Davenport

January 3rd, 2017

Twice now I have had the pleasure of visiting RAW, a new cocktail lounge located at 136 East 3rd Street in Downtown Davenport. Upon my second visit I was lucky enough to ask one of the owners, Sid Rognoni, a few questions about the establishment. Rognoni and the other owner, Chris Odendahl, co-own Bowls Urban Eats, the restaurant just up the block. They had their eye on the space for awhile, wanting to open a high-end bar. The place has been beautifully renovated, giving it a “big city” feel. RAW is serving up seasonal, fresh food and drinks using some local, all interesting ingredients. So... Read More

Taste Buds’ Delicious Smoothie Is A Green Machine

October 27th, 2016

Rising from the roots of the old Mad Roots Juicery, Taste Buds in downtown Rock Island, 150 16 ½ St., is offering similar fare, but with its own twist. One of those familiar aspects of the menu is the smoothie and juice bar, which features a variety of concoctions for the health-conscious and those looking for a delicious and nutritious treat. I ventured down to Taste Buds last week to check out its menu and have one of the aforementioned smoothies. Now, whenever you see a story like this, invariably the reporter ends up getting one of the craziest combinations on the menu. You don’t see the... Read More

Plow On Over To Steel Plow For Some Awesome Food

October 5th, 2016

When Moline Governor’s Bar and Grill closed its’ doors earlier this year, many a community member mourned the loss of the establishment. However, on September 26, the doors of the building reopened as the Steel Plow Burger Company, where the space has been refreshed with more current ideas now being used in the kitchen. Steel Plow is located at 2180 53rd Street and already has the community buzzing, I had to stop in a few different times to get a table without more than a 30 minute wait. The décor of the restaurant is clean, simple, with a hint of local flair. The artwork on the wall carries... Read More

Cool Beanz Offers A Taste of Fall With Their Pumpkin Spice Latte

September 9th, 2016

Pumpkin spice latte. It’s become a harbinger of fall and a punch line for coffee aficionados, but the fact is, it never would’ve become either if not for one simple fact: Damn, it’s really good. Anyone who knows me well knows I’m pretty much addicted to caffeine. And I have two regular haunts I hit here in my Rock Island hometown to get that fix – Theo’s in downtown and Cool Beanz in College Hill (1328 30th St., Rock Island.) And so it was, on a sunny Thursday afternoon that I was pitched my first PSL of the season at Cool Beanz and decided to check it out. Now, to start, let me say... Read More

Charley’s Is A Delicious Slice Of Philly In Davenport

August 31st, 2016

A Philly cheese-steak sandwich seems deceptively simple to make but it’s much easier to botch than you would think. And believe it or not, Charley’s Philly Steaks – a MALL sandwich shop no less – is the real deal. And it’s freaking delicious. A Philly is, at its heart, thin slices of steak, onions, green peppers and a rich cheese (I’ve seen everything from the traditional provolone or Havarti to cheddar used) between a couple of toasted but fresh sub rolls. Sounds pretty easy, but more often than not, some element is off. The steak is overdone and too chewy, there’s too many onions,... Read More

Static Melt Opens Grilled Cheese Food Truck In Davenport

August 8th, 2016

There are few comfort foods as fulfilling and joyful as grilled cheese. So if you’re looking for a gouda time, trying to sandwich in a good meal, and want to pick up something that you’re not going to have to have to take a provolone out for that’s going to cost you a lot of cheddar, you’re going to want to check out the new food truck in the Quad-Cities – Static Melt. Static Melt, run by Dan Bush, 33, and Drake Deregules, 25, of Davenport, debuted Wednesday night to huge response, offering a mouth-watering menu of five grilled cheese sandwiches, and watching as dozens of people lined... Read More