Good Morning! Happy Wednesday!
How the heck are ya?! 🙂
I don’t know about you, but I am in a little bit of a funk right now. A funk that I’m sure you are all familiar with…or have experienced yourself at some point. While I am so grateful for my career…and enjoy it so much most days…the trials recently have taken their toll. I feel the stress coming out of my ears and the daily drama draining my enthusiasm. While I dig deep to push through…I’ve had to resort to an extra bowl of chocolate ice cream…a few extra deep breaths…and several extra personal pep-talks to survive the last month. In each of those pep-talks, I inevitably remind myself how much I enjoy the variety each day. Variety in surroundings, variety in co-workers (typically in a different territory each day or few days), variety in challenges and….variety in FOOD. Yea. You read that right. As I talk to myself each morning, I often find myself thinking, “Oh Yes! I’m headed to Des Moines today. That means I can pop into Palmers.” Or…”Sweet! I will be in the QC early tomorrow morning, that means I can swing by Cafe Indigo and grab a Caramel Roll!” Ahh. It’s the little things that keep us going…like a caramel roll. 🙂
Today’s post is for all of the folks in Eastern Iowa. If you are reading this and are in close proximity to Bettendorf, IA…I encourage you to check out one of my favorite cafes in Iowa, Cafe Indigo. One of my partners, Julie Edmunds, introduced me to this wonderful little cafe several years ago. And…in all of my visits, I have not strayed from the Portobello Burger and Hummus Wrap. They are just SO GOOD. Needing a few hours away from home and work, Ryan and I took a roadtrip to the Quad Cities on Saturday. In addition to a stop at our favorite shop (TJ MAXX), I also introduced Ryan to Cafe Indigo. He was just as pleased!
To start each lunch, the servers at Cafe Indigo offer homemade potato chips. So simple…but so good!
While I recommended my two favorites (Grilled Portobella Sandwich and The Hummus Wrap), Ryan opted enthusiastically for the Western Chicken Cheese Panini. Grilled Chicken, Pepper Jack, Smoked Gouda, Cilantro, Bacon, Avocado, and Pico de Gallo….now that is right up Ryan’s alley! And assuredly, he was NOT disappointed. (I snuck a bite to be sure.)
Ryan’s decision to go with the panini, left me in a predicament. Portobella Burger…or Hummus Wrap. Eeny Meeny Miny Mo. Hummus Wrap it is! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wrap. So simple. So filling…but so light.
Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Artichokes, Red Onions, Tomatoes, Carrots, Asiago Cheese, Sprouts, Basil Pesto, and Chipotle Ranch Hummus wrapped in a tortilla.
While the flavor in this wrap is so delightful, I am equally excited that half of the wrap fills me up. That leaves me an extra half for lunch the next day. WOO HOO. Ok. So I had to steal one more bite before packaging it up…I just couldn’t resist!
Last…but certainly not least, is my LOVE for their Caramel rolls. There have been days I’ve raced over the the QC a little earlier than necessary just to get a roll before heading to the hospital. There have also been days I have called ahead of time and asked them to set one aside so I could pick it up on may way out of the QC that afternoon. Because, fortunately or unfortunately, these rolls are SO good that they sell out early each day.
So again…Eastern Iowans…this post is for you. Next time you are in Davenport/Bettendorf, please stop in and visit Cafe Indigo. You won’t be disappointed. That I promise. Whatever you do though, don’t go on Mondays. They are closed on Mondays. I’ve learned that lesson…the hard way and man was I disappointed. 🙂
Cafe Indigo. 4925 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA 52807
Finally, if you are not local to Eastern Iowa but would like a make a pan of your own Caramel Rolls, check out one of my earlier posts on Sticky Buns! That recipe will leave you wanting more!
INDULGE. In Life. In Love. In Food.