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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.”

MRDC Releases Windmill Rye Whiskey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:28

Le Claire, Iowa, January 26, 2012 – The gang at Mississippi River Distilling Company has been busy again distilling up another seasonal whiskey.  Windmill Rye Whiskey will be available to purchase and taste on Friday, February 3 at the distillery and local retailers.  MRDC encourages spirit connoisseurs and rye novices to explore the spiciness and earthy qualities of rye in this whiskey.

Locally grown rye from Reynolds, Illinois was taken to De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, Illinois for milling.  This authentic Dutch windmill, which sits right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, is just 20 miles upriver from the distillery.  Each seasonal spirit MRDC produces is a product of partnering with other local businesses and using local products.

“The power of nature churned the rye into a flour that was then returned to our distillery for fermentation.  The spirit is 100% rye and was aged over charred oak and then finished in used bourbon barrels,” remarks owner/distiller Ryan Burchett.  “It was really a pleasure to work with the volunteer millers in Fulton.  They were so eager to take part in this unique venture.  They even came out and helped us bottle it!”

The whiskey has a very unique flavor and finish that is quite different than the typical rye whiskey.  “Most rye whiskey is blended with corn.”  Said distiller Garrett Burchett.  “We like to let people experience the complexities of the grain, so this one is 100% rye.  Just as you’d expect from a rye bread, this spirit is a little heavier and more complicated.  We’ve been amazed at how it opens and evolves in the glass in between sips.  It’s been a lot of fun to hear all the different flavors people are pulling out of it.”

As with each of their seasonal spirits, the rye whiskey will be a limited release.  Distillers and volunteers bottled approximately 3,200 bottles.  Windmill Rye Whiskey will also be specially featured at MRDC’s First Friday event on Friday, February 3 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Fans of MRDC spirits should also mark your calendars now for the next big release, Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey.  The second release of this much sought after spirit will be Friday, March 2, with distillery doors opening at 10 a.m.  The first release in December saw 120 bottles sell out at the distillery within four hours with the rest of the 1,000 bottle batch selling out in just 3 days at retailers.

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process and end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.


Grand Opening for Newest Rudy’s Tacos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:29

It was a love for the loyal customers and savory Mexican cuisine found at the popular local chain that motivated business owners Mike and Cassandra Kehl to open up their third Rudy's Tacos location on Elmore Avenue in Davenport, just across from Lowe's and neighboring the recently relocated Active Endeavors. With more than 54 years of combined experience and involvement with the franchise, the Kehls have witnessed first-hand the chain's rapid development into a community favorite and Quad Cities landmark.

"Rudy's offers a laid back atmosphere and a diverse clientele," said Mike Kehl, who also owns Rudy's restaurants at West Kimberly Road and West 4th Street in Davenport.   "This new location will probably be a great attraction to the active customer who wants to grab some good food and then head next door to check out the new gear," said Cassandra Kehl.

The impressive, newly-constructed Rudy's facility offers patrons a fun, family-friendly dining experience and an array of tasty menu options that can make choosing just one a difficult feat.  "I’m thrilled to see our company continue to expand in the Quad Cities," said Kevin Quijas, Vice President of Rudy's Tacos Corporation. "I feel honored there is such a high demand for our food."

What started in 1973 as a tiny restaurant in the Village of East Davenport seating only 15 to 20 people, has since expanded to include 13 different locations in Iowa and Illinois. The chain continues to grow and prides itself on remaining locally owned and operated. Rudy's Tacos offers dine-in, carry-out, private party and catering services.

"I chose this franchise over others because they're easy to work with," said Mike Kehl, "And it helps to be part of a corporation that's already well-established."

The Grand Opening will be Thursday, February 2nd from 4pm to 6pm. A ribbon cutting will kick off the festivities at 4:30pm, with free appetizers and soft drinks to follow. Patrons can take advantage of food specials all week long at the site in celebration of the restaurant's commencement.


Froot n’ Frogurt is Now Open in the South Park Mall in Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Froot n' Frogurt   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:23

New Frozen Yogurt Bar! Choose from over 30 toppings for a Fun, Healthy Treat.

Smoothies, Coffee and Fresh Fruit Bouquets also available at this location.

South Park Mall Food Fair, 4500 16th St, Moline, IL 61265

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