Monthly Archives: May 2016

Favorite QC restaurants for patio season

The sun is here to stay in the Quad Cities (with the exception of those pesky, periodic rain clouds). And that means it’s officially PATIO SEASON.

My family loves to enjoy dinner out at one of the many Quad-Cities area restaurants with outdoor seating. We enjoy these patios throughout spring, summer and early fall.

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Cool Off in the Summer Heat

It’s almost that time of year where the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly down on then QC. And what better way is there to welcome summer vacation than heading out to cool off in our local pools? Whether on the Illinois side or Iowa side, there’s a place for you, your friends and family to take a dip in the cool waters of summer, starting Memorial Day weekend.

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Belgian Village – To-Go!

My mother loves the VandeRueben from the Belgian Village; it has always been one of her favorite sandwiches in the Quad Cities. She was, of course, heartbroken to hear of their closing a few years back.

We grew up out in Blue Grass, Iowa, where it typically took 20 minutes to get into town, and that was to the west side of Davenport. So it took a lot of dedication to drive all the way over to Moline to get one; and when we did, we would always take at least one to-go with us, so we could enjoy one again soon without the drive.

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Modern Art with A Side Of Traditional Italian Food: An Interesting Mix

After what seemed like weeks of rain, it was a beautiful spring day so I drove to downtown Davenport, Iowa, for a nice Italian lunch at Antonella’s Ristorant & Pizzeria. The restaurant is traditional with a wide choice of items on the menu including wonderful pizza and pasta. My favorite dish is Eggplant Parmigiana, but today I chose a lighter fare with a house salad, homemade tortellini soup, and warm bread fresh from the oven.

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Journey through Iowa’s past with Highway 6 Movie

In a world of technology and constant “on-the-go” mindsets, we often forget to appreciate (or even address) the history of our great area. But Moline Public Library has made it a point to promote the long forgotten culture, heritage and historic sights of the Mississippi River Valley.

This time around, it’s time to drive back to soda shops and drive-in movies of the past. On Wednesday, May 4th, the library will show a film on river city history by Emmy nominated filmmakers, Tammy and Kelly Rundle.

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Go take a hike (this Mother’s Day)

SPRING HAS ARRIVED! I’m sorry for the all-caps, but can I get an “amen?”

It’s always a relief when spring arrives in the Quad Cities. And it’s the perfect time to find some new, outdoor adventures. Luckily for us, our area has so much to do outside for families – from festivals and fairs to parks and forest preserves.

As the temperatures warmed up, my family spent the morning hiking at Illiniwek Forest Preserve. It was the perfect spot to get active, get outside and spend time together. (And the hike is totally beginner and child-friendly.)

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