The Bookworm blooms big |

The Bookworm blooms big

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO, Colorado
AE bookworm 1 KA 5-29-07

EDWARDS ” What do Judy Blume, Machiavelli, Quixote and Voltaire have in common?

Besides being applauded authors, they are the inspiration and namesake for a slew of crepe combinations being served at the Bookworm’s new location in Edwards. Along with almost triple the space, a bigger book selection and lots of comfy chairs, the new location has a full service cafe that features coffee drinks, beer and wine and a menu full of savory and sweet crepes.

Inspiration for the crepe names struck co-owner Kristi Allio one night a few months back when the idea to name them after books and authors came to mind, she said.

“The Odyssey” crepe, named after the Ancient Greek epic poem, features Greek ingredients ” chicken, feta cheese, spinach, olives and red onion. The kid-friendly “Curious George” crepe is filled with bananas, walnuts, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

Opening day at the new location arrived with alternating drizzle and downpour weather conditions. The warm, well-lit bookstore provided a perfect haven from the storm ” the smell of freshly brewed coffee beans filled the air, brightly colored fresh flower bouquets were scattered throughout the store, along with modern black leather armchairs.

As the rain poured down outside, Julie Dalton and her son Andy waited by the store’s front door, shopping bags in hand, for the rain to let up.

“I think the new location is wonderful. You can come and eat, drink and relax here. It was really needed,” Julie said.

“It’s going to help Edwards because the town is expanding so much,” Andy added.

Julie, who is part of a local book club, bought “A Passage to India,” by E.M. Forster. She’s excited for future book club meetings, which are planned to take place in the new cafe space, she said.

With “Are you there God? It’s me Margaret,” Judy Blume weaseled her way into my literary heart back in the sixth grade. And so the dessert crepe named after her, in honor of her book “Superfudge,” was an easy choice. The large triangle-shaped dessert crepe, filled with hot fudge sauce, bananas, walnuts and topped with whipped cream was warm, decadent and filling.

The next day, under sunnier skys, I stopped by for lunch. Various staffers all claimed “The Jungle” crepe to be their favorite. Named after Upton Sinclair’s scandalous book about the meatpacking industry, this crepe is veg-head friendly ” filled with artichokes, sundried tomatoes, fresh spinach, goat cheese and pesto. At $6.50, the crepe, served with a mixed green salad on the side, was more than enough for lunch.

When possible natural, organic and Colorado-grown ingredients are used to make the food and drinks, co-owner Kristi Aillo said. Allio spent two-and-a-half years managing eat! drink! before she assumed co-ownership of the bookstore with Nicole Magistro on March 1. The chai tea is from Third Street Chai out of Boulder, the coffee is from Denver-based Novo, and the loose leaf tea is made by Pekoe, also out of Boulder. The huckleberry jam in the Huck Finn crepe is made from Colorado-grown huckleberries, Allio said, and the milk in the coffee drinks is organic.

The menu also features an eclectic wine and beer list with eight by-the-glass wines, ranging from $5 to $9.50, and six beers, ranging from $3.50 to $5. Free WiFi Internet is also available.

Caramie Schnell can be contacted at 748-2984 or

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