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Fat Tuesday Feast to Kick Off Mardi Gras at Thunder Bay Tuesday, February21st, 2012 from 5-8pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:32
Thunder Bay will celebrate Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday Feast on February 21st from 5-8pm.

Fat Tuesday Feast will include a New Orleans style Cajun buffet including Alligator Gumbo, New Orleans tossed salad, Layfayette Farfalle Salad, Southern Slaw, Cajun Smoked Brisket, Baton Rouge Fried Chicken, Blackened Fish, Red Beans and Rice, Fried Shrimp and Crawfish, Tabasco wings and more! Don’t miss out on your chance to taste some the best Cajun creations around prepared Chef Andy.

The event is open to the public. Adults are $16.99, kids 5-10 are $6.99 and under 4 eat free.

Reservations are recommended. For more information please contact Thunder Bay Grille at (563) 386-2722, located at I-80 & Brady St, Davenport, IA.

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Another reason to buy organic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chaz Czinder   
Monday, 06 February 2012 09:28

This Food Blasts Your Body With Up to 180 Times the Fluoride in Drinking Water

A Primary Source of Fluoride: Your Food!

While toothpaste and drinking water would appear to be the leading sources of fluoride exposure, probably the most common source of exposure is actually non-organic foods!

Full story and video here:

Super Bowl Cookies, Valentine's Day Specials, and Cooking Classes! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whisk Away Cafe   
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:53

Whether you are cheering for New England or New York this Sunday, we have the treats that will make your Super Bowl party a winner! Stop in this week to get Patriot and Giants frosted sugar cookies. They are $1.50 each or $12 per dozen. Sunday Feb. 5th only the Super Bowl cookies are buy 6, get 6 free until supplies last. We also have football cupcakes and cookies! Special orders are accepted to guarantee availability.


We also have the perfect gifts for all of your Valentine sweethearts, whether it be students, teachers, husbands, wives, boyfriends or girlfriends! You can pre-order Valentine's Day cookie bouquets, heart-shaped cakes and cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and more! Stop in for a complete list of available items. As always, we would be happy to customize anything your heart desires!


We are happy to announce that we will begin holding cooking classes this month! Call or stop by to reserve your spot for any of the offered classes. Here is a list of available classes:


JUNIOR CHEFS (Ages 9-14)

Sunday, Feb. 5 3-5 p.m. • $15 per person

Young chefs will learn how to bake and decorate fun and delicious desserts for Valentine's Day!


TINY CHEFS (Ages 3-8)

Sunday, Feb. 19, 3-5 p.m. • $10 per person

The Mystery of the Missing Banana
Kids will learn how to follow instructions as they crack an egg, mash bananas with their hands, and stir the batter. They will also learn how rewarding it is to eat something they've made with their own two hands!



Monday, Feb. 6 7-9 p.m. • $25 per person
Get unique dessert ideas that will make your
Valentine's Day special.

Thursday, Feb. 16 7-9 p.m. • $25 per person
If you can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras,
bring Mardi Gras to your home!

Thursday, Feb. 23 7-9 p.m.






919 6th Avenue, DeWitt, Iowa 52742 (MAP IT)


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Cafe d'Marie Expands Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 08:22

Cafe d'Marie, located at 614 West 5th Street where downtown Davenport meets the Gold Coast neighborhood, has expanded their hours.  They are now serving guests from 8:30am until 4pm seven days a week. 

Support a local business! The charming Cafe d'Marie is serving up breakfast, lunch, gourmet coffees, salads & more in a gorgeous historic building. Located on 5th Street behind the Scott County Admin building at the foot of the Gold Coast. Recently voted one of the Best New Restaurants in the Reader's Best of the Quad Cities readers' poll.

Call 563-323-3293 or visit them on Facebook® for more information.

Take Your Love Life to Sweet New Heights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:10
Chef Shares Secrets for Enjoying the Sensuality of Food

Thanks to the proliferation of outrageously popular TV food shows, Americans have grown to appreciate the aesthetics of a meal almost as much as its flavor. We’ve discovered our chefs are artists as well as cooks and bakers, and their colorful salads and abstract chocolate sculptures are works of art as well as good things to eat.

But there is yet another dimension to food to be explored, says Italian-born Chef Tiberio Simone, a James Beard Award winner and author of a provocative new coffee table book, La Figa: Visions of Food and Form ( Shot by Matt Freedman, it features full-color, artistically rendered portraits of the naked human body decorated with fresh ingredients.

Incorporate food in your love life, he says, and you’ll discover the sublime.

• Choose fresh, natural, organic foods. Sexy food still has the taste nature gave it, and there’s no better choice than organic food because it’s grown with love. A farmer’s market is a great place to shop because you can touch and smell the produce.

• Watch out for food allergies – even if you don’t plan to eat the food. If you’re planning a sensual meal for your lover as a surprise, be aware of any food allergies or sensitivities he or she may have. Also, foods can cause irritation, burning or rashes when placed on the skin, if a person has a sensitivity. This can be especially true for certain delicate body parts.

• Bring your lover on your food-shopping excursion. View it as a bit of sensual foreplay. You can have a lot of fun caressing and gently squeezing the foods, and inhaling their aromas. The conversation should be entertaining, too.

• Taste the sensuality of the food while you and your partner eat. This sounds obvious, but it’s not. Seduce your senses by breathing in the aroma of the dish. Close your eyes and inhale slowly so you can analyze and take in the ingredients. Take a small bite, roll the food around your tongue and in your mouth and make small sounds of pleasure. You might feel ridiculous, but it’s fun, especially on a romantic date.

“Food and touch are truly the basic ingredients of life. If done properly, they will not only provide pleasure, but also engage and delight the senses,” says Simone.

Adds photographer Freedman: “Any food can be beautiful and sensual if it has qualities that appeal to what you and your lover find sexy and enticing.”

Take a peach, for example.

“Start by looking at its shape and colors,” Simone says. “Press it just hard enough to feel the firmness and the touch of velvety skin, just like when you touch the skin of another person. I believe that fruits and vegetables respond to touch by releasing beautiful aromas for us to breathe in.”

Simone says his Italian heritage and his culinary fluency heightened his awareness of the sensual similarities between fresh, organic foods and the human body. Like the human body, every food in its natural state has beauty in its lines, shape, color and texture. And like the human body, food gives us exquisite pleasure on a primal level.

“Spend a little time looking for the sensual aspects of food, and I guarantee you will become a pro at enjoying the sensual side of life,” he says.

About Tiberio Simone

Born in southern Italy, Tiberio Simone is a James Beard Award-winning chef.  He has been cooking for as long as he can remember, beginning in his mother’s kitchen. Tiberio started his career at an Italian restaurant in Seattle. He eventually became the pastry chef at Seattle’s Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. He now runs his own company, La Figa Catering.

About Matt Freedman

Matt Freedman is a professional freelance photographer and technologist who combined his photography, writing and technical talents to produce the first iPhone app about the Burning Man festival. He is also the former staff photographer and director of technology for the bi-monthly magazine JUST CAUSE. His photographs have been published in “Trekking Nepal: A Traveler’s Guide” and the French book, “Artivisme: Art, Action Politique et Résistance Culturelle.”

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