Bean & Bistro Located In Northwood, Iowa

Coffee, Chai Tea And More

In love their coffee at Bean and Bistro. I have had their lattes, cappuccinos, regular and decaffeinated coffee. Their coffee has a nice mild flavor and I love the aroma of the coffee. I love their vanilla chai tea and their hot chocolate. I have had vanilla, pumpkin spice , caramel and other flavored coffee drinks. All of their coffee is made to perfection. If you ask for a lot of froth on your coffee that is what you will get.

Breakfast and Cinnamon Rolls And Cookies

I love their Wednesday burrito breakfast special. I order the burrito that has ham in it and it is absolutely delicious. I love all of the food at Bean & Bistro located in Northwood, Iowa. The burrito is filled with hash browns and cheese that I order. You can get your burrito with ham, bacon or sausage and it also comes with sour cream. The special comes with a large cup of coffee and cream if you want it. Their cinnamon rolls are the best cinnamon rolls that I have ever eaten in my life. The frosting is a light brown cinnamon frosting that gives it just the right amount of sweetness. I do not like cake icing cinnamon rolls as they are way to sweet and they do not make those which I am glad for. They also make another outstanding cheesecake cinnamon roll. The cinnamon roll has cheesecake on top of it and I love cheesecake. I generally take home two cinnamon rolls to have later on. I would highly recommend trying their cinnamon rolls as they are mouth watering. I like to take home some of their cookies to snack on. I have tried their chocolate chip cookies and more.


They have various kinds of wraps that come with chips. They have a grilled cheese sandwich which comes with tomato soup. I have tried their soup and I loved the fact that it was not spicy as I do not like spicy foods. Their grilled chicken wrap is delicious. They have smash burgers that come with caramelized onions, bacon and Swiss cheese and homemade chips. They have daily lunch specials that are very generous and filling. I love all of the food at Bean and Bistro  located in Northwood, Iowa.

The Owner And Staff

The owner always ask me how my food was which I appreciate. She works in the kitchen with gloves on while she prepares your food. Her co worker is an excellent barista and they both have pleasant personalities. They take time to visit with you and put a smile on your face. I ordered 6 cinnamon rolls one day for me and other people to pick up when I got there. They were ready to go when I got there.

The Atmosphere

The restaurant is nicely decorated. I love the antiques in the restaurant as there are two old coffee grinders and a neat little antique corner table with a mirror. She has pictures on the walls of people drinking coffee and old coffee signs. There are more interesting antique pieces to look at. You can she the care she takes in preparing your food in the kitchen while you you wait. Take a nice little drive and have some coffee, breakfast, lunch, cinnamon rolls and more at Bean & Bistro located in Northwood, Iowa.

Italian Night

Starting the 2nd Saturday in March from 5 to 8 PM she will be starting Italian night. You can bring your own wine or spirits to enjoy while you are eating your Italian food. There will be an uncorking fee for your wine or spirits. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening with friends or family.

The Bistro Bed and Breakfast

She has a Bed and Breakfast above her Bistro. You can spend a nice quiet evening above her Bistro and get served one her wonderful breakfast items and your choice of hot coffee or other hot drinks that she has.

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Getting My Cats Winter Essentials

Heated Cat Beds

I buy my heated cat beds from I like the K& H brand heated cat beds as they last a long time and are completely dependable. Some of the cat beds zip apart and you can take out the element and wash the rest of the bed on a gentle cycle in your washing machine and then let the bed line dry in a warm basement or area of your home. I like the window sill, round and dog house style heated cat beds. Make sure the cords are in good shape on all of your cats beds and that they are in good working order before use to prevent any fires.

Stock Up On Cat Food And Litter

I stock up on cat food and litter as I do not want to be moving the heavy containers around when there is a solid sheet of ice on the ground. I love the fact that delivers your cat supplies right to your door. I order cat food, treats, kitty litter, toys and so much more from

Checkups At Your Vet

I make sure all of my cats have had their checkups before winter sets in. I make sure my cats shots are all up to date and their teeth are in good order. A happy cat is a healthy, loved and well cared for feline. By taking your cat to the vet regularly you may prevent a big health problem down the road. All of us want our feline friends to live their full nine lives.

Cat Toys And Exercise Wheels

Your cat will be more fit and trim with an exercise wheel in your home for cats. It will take your cats a little while to get used to using the exercise wheel. Cats running and pouncing on cat toys helps shed some of those unwanted pounds. I have some brain teaser cat toys to keep my cats minds more alert. My cats love cat treat balls. When my cats move the treat ball just right a nice cat treat rewards them for their efforts.

Canned Food And Cat Treats

As the temps. keep dropping my cats love to have more canned cat food added to their diet. My cats love canned food with squash or pumpkin in it along with chicken or fish. More food helps keep up their body temp. and their energy level. My cats always look forward to cat treats. My cats prefer chicken or tuna flavored cat treats.

Clean Up Your Cat Dishes And Litter Boxes and Bedding

I have fluffy towels for my cats next door to cuddle up in and I wash them before cold weather arrives. I take my litter boxes outdoors and clean them with soapy water and a scrub brush and I put rubber gloves on. All of my cat dishes get cleaned or replaced.

Keep Your Cat Free From Drafts

Make sure your door seals are in good shape and your windows are closed securely. Put your cat bed, litter box and dishes in a warm area for your cat. Never keep a cat outdoors that does not have shelter and a nice warm spot to curl up in and a heated water bowl and plenty of food. I hope you and your cats stay nice and cozy this winter.

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Patriot Wings Restaurant Next To The Airport In Mason City, Iowa

My friend and I ate at Patriot Wings Restaurant recently and we were very impressed with our food. I love how the restaurant was decorated for the Fall season. The surroundings and the atmosphere are magnificent. Our waitress came to our table in a timely manner. She took our order and she gave us a nice carafe of water.

I looked over the food that was delivered to the other tables while we were waiting for our food. The food that was delivered looked absolutely mouthwatering . I could hear them tell their friends how wonderful the food tasted. Their conversation ended as they kept eating their food.

We ordered the Black Angus Burger with french fries. Our black Angus burger was cooked to perfection and it tasted delicious. Our french fries were seasoned and not greasy and they were very tasty. Our waitress filled our carafe with water again.


She had wonderful desserts that you could eat in the restaurant or take home with you. I took home a wonderful looking cherry tart and a scone. The cherry tart was out of this world, it was absolutely amazing in its taste. The scone was very tender and had a marvelous flavor.

We saw a plane take off through the window while we were eating our Black Angus Burger and fries. It is fun to watch the planes come and go while you are eating your meal. I always enjoyed eating at the airport restaurant as a young child. I was very fascinated with the airplanes and I still am today.

The restaurant also has a bar so you can enjoy a drink with your meal. I saw several people having a glass of beer. Some women were drinking mimosas. The food and the waitresses and the waiters and the cook and baker do an awesome job. I would highly recommend eating at Patriot Wings Restaurant in Mason City, Iowa next to the airport.

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Stores and Food That I Love in Kalona, Iowa

My Grandmother grew up in Wellman, Iowa which is not far from Kalona, Iowa. I have relatives in Kalona, Iowa. My Grandmother was in the Pleasantview Nursing Home in Kalona, Iowa until she passed away. My family and I would always shop in the stores in Kalona and i still enjoy shopping in the stores in Kalona. Kalona is an Amish and Mennonite community. I love watching the Amish buggies go down the road.

 Kalona Antique Company

I always enjoy going to the Kalona Antique Company which is an old church that has been converted into an antique store. I have made numerous small purchases there over the years. In my younger days it was old metal toy cars, marbles and other objects that enticed me.  I purchased a few old oil lamps in my later years. They have a hug assortment of fine items for sale.

Hardware Stores in Kalona

Yotty’s Ace discount hardware store is my favorite hardware store of all time. They have the old hard to find items. I purchased a nice heavy gauge aluminum scoop shovel with a metal and wood handle made like the ones from years ago. I like the old wood floor in their store. I have purchased oil lamp parts, dehumidifier, paint brushes and fire king bake ware and much more. I like the fact that is family run multi generation business. They are very nice, knowledgeable, and accommodating to all of your needs.

I always stop at Gambles hardware to get my garden seeds. I purchased a nice homelite gas operated hedge trimmer that worked perfectly for years. I also purchased a pellet gun there years ago. I love shopping at hardware stores. Gambles hardware stores carry a wide array of products.

 Kalona Coffee House

The Kalona Coffee House can take care of all of your coffee needs. They make stunning lattes and cappuccinos. They have wide array of cold coffee drinks. A nice place to meet and gather with your friends and enjoy an awesome coffee drink. Try one of there muffins for a wonderful snack. Pleasant and awesome atmosphere with the amazing fresh coffee smell.

Tuscan Moon Grill

I love to eat my evening meal at the Tuscan Moon Grill on Fifth in Kalona. I purchased their lamb dinner several times. The lamb came with a large baked potato and grilled vegetables. The lamb was cooked to perfection. I also purchased a glass of white wine and it had a nice delicate flavor. The owner of Tuscan Moon visited with us at our table and he was from Italy originally. I like a restaurant where the owner or chef visits with you directly as you know they take great pride in their restaurant and their customers.

Kalona Creamery

I love the Kalona Creamery. I love their fresh cheese curds and other cheese.They have old fashioned candy bar brands from my childhood days. I have purchased a sky bar, milk duds, etc. They sell canned pork and chicken which is amazingly delicious. You can watch them make the cheese curds.

Stringtown Grocery Store

Stringtown Grocery Store is an Amish convenience store. I have purchased their homemade breads, pies and more. The Amish are excellent bakers. I love their fresh carrots, potatoes, apples, cherries,and so much more. They have all kinds of spices and seeds for sale. They have a wide variety of candy. They have all of the baking ingredients available for sale for all of your baking needs. They have nail clippers, harmonicas and much more for sale. A wonderful and welcoming and very clean store.

Plan a day trip to Kalona

Kalona is a wonderful town to spend your day shopping with your friends or family. You will have plenty of things to do to keep you pleasantly occupied all day long.