Dolly Parton’s – Christmas on the Square

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12/02/22 – A woman who plans to sell a small town without regard for the people who live there receives a visit from an angel.

Q-tips say: Yes, we did enjoy it. Christmas on the Square lets the viewers kick back and relax during a busy Holiday Season.

New original music & enough snappy dance numbers, Christmas On the Square won’t be winning any awards but it will surely become a holiday favorite in its own right.

Parton lends her songs and her luminescence to the feel-good family movie.

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The BERGHOFF’S – Chicago

12/2/22 –

– 17 W Adams St., Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 427-3170, theberghoff.com/berghoff-rest

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The Berghoff is a rarity in America’s restaurant industry—100% family-owned and family-operated for more than 123 years.  We enjoyed this visit after our visit to  Christkindl market Chicago. www.christkindlmarket.com

Q-Tips say: Had a wonderful visit, food, drinks & ambiance. 

Both had had a light beer.

Mrs. Q’s enjoyed: – Reuben Sandwich – Hand-carved corned beef (I had corned beef), Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing, served on a grilled house-made rye. She usually does not drink a beer with a meal but when at Berghoff Rest. it is a must.

The other half had: Mini Brat & Knockwurst  – Served with German potato salad, and sauerkraut.

We shared an order of: Potato Pancakes with small side of apple sauce. 

 Q tips Say: Go. Enjoyed the visit & a yummy late lunch. Should Berghoff ever offer their “History Tour,” take it.  When we went several years ago, it was excellent. A tour that ended with tasting different dishes of food.

The Berghoff | Historic German Restaurant | Downtown Chicago IL

Bavarian Pretzel

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Hot Corned Beef Sandwich Our classic hand-carved corned beef served on house-made rye bread.

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Mini Brat, Knockwurst & Mini Ruben




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Christmas parade in Chicago

2022 – Yes, our Grandson, Daughter & Son-in-law enjoyed the Chicago Christmas Parade.

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The magic of the holidays, Chicago style, is captured for viewers around the country with musical performances, beloved Walt Disney World characters, and dazzling fireworks, as more than a million twinkling Michigan Avenue lights set the stage for the broadcast of the spectacular Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

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GINO’S NORTH PIZZA – EDGEWATER -near Loyola U.

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12/1/22 –

1113 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

www.ginosnorth.com

773 -465-1616

“CHICAGO’S BEST KEPT SECRET” · Offering thin-crust pizza, pastas, · jumbo sandwiches, and salads as well as Beer, Wine, and Cocktails.

This visit with a long time great friends, Eileen & Rich. All had a great evening enjoying the company, ambiance, food & drinks.

We began our visit by having “Happy Hour” & light munchies at our home then off to Gino’s N.

The Q’s had their usual drinks by bartender, Gen. She is sooo good & friendly & has great people skills.

Mrs. Q had: An old Fashion up w/ dirty ice on the side.

The other half had: Perfect Manhattan up/ with dirty ice on the side.

We all began by sharing: Antipasto Platter – Baby greens with salami, ham, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, mortadella, and Kalamata olives with a side of Italian dressing and garlic bread.

Eileen had: An old Fashion up w/ dirty ice on the side.

Rich had: Wine

Dinner: Thin Crust Pizza with their choice of toppings.

O-tips Dinner: Philly Cheese Steak – Our Italian Beef topped with onions, green peppers, and mozzarella with a side of au jus on garlic bread & a side of chips.

Mrs. Q says: Yes, go and enjoy. We always do. We had another fabulous visit at Gino’s N. with long time friends.

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Antipasto & delicious garlic bread

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Gino’s special pizza
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Cheesy Garlic Bread
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Holiday Decorations!
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Christmas on Mistletoe Farm

on Netflix

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11/26/22 – After inheriting a farm at Christmastime, a widowed father makes a bumpy adjustment to village life while his kids hatch a plan to stay there forever.

Q-tips say: Yes, see it. We enjoyed this movie.

Parents need to know that: Christmas on Mistletoe Farm is a festive comedy drama that incudes some gross-out humor, slapstick, and mild name calling. Matt (Scott Garnham) is a widowed father who goes to live in the countryside with his five children. The death of the kids’ mother is mentioned often but no circumstances or cause are given. Matt works hard to take care of his children. But the movie’s core message is to work less and embrace your community.

Keeping family together and happy. The Dads boss is overplayed and super mean. Otherwise everyone is delightful to watch and its a great movie.: Christmas on Mistletoe Farm is a festive comedy drama that incudes some gross-out humor, slapstick, and mild name calling. Mild language includes “poo” and “farts,” and there’s some potty humor involving animal dung and a piglet urinating onto men’s faces. Slapstick is present throughout and a few characters act in anger. There is some tame innuendo, flirting, and matchmaking, but nothing risqué. At the farm, the kids are befriended by a wacky childlike adult called Beano (Scott Paige), who might appeal to young children but is likely to irritate older kids and adults.

Q-tips say: See it. We enjoyed it. Liked the character Beano being over the top just like Santa. The family is adorable, siblings are close. Their purpose of trying to stay on the farm is the story. Keeping family together and happy. Everyone is delightful to watch and its a good movie.

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Tapas Barcelona –

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11/26/22 – 1615 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL., (847) 866-9900, tapasbarcelona.com  Sun. 5-9pm, Mon.-Thurs. 5-10pm,  Fri. & Sat. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-11pm.

Q Tips say: We like small plates (tapas). Went for a late lunch after running errands. Good food & all at an affordable price. Indoor/outdoor dining. I had my Old Fashion & the other half had a Margarita.

Mrs. Q says: Yes, call me old fashion, but I do enjoy my Old Fashion drink w/ dirty ice on the side!

We shared: Queso de Cabra Con Tomate – Goat Cheese in a tomato sauce with garlic bread.

We shared: Gambas Al Ajillo – Shrimp i oil & garlic

We shared: Queso de Cabra Con Tomate – Goat Cheese in a tomato sauce with garlic bread.

Q-tips shared: Chuletitas de Cordero – Baby lamb chops in a savory red wine sauce served with couscous.

Best part was: being together & enjoying the good food/drinks.

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Outdoor Seating
Salted Watermelon Margarita
Margarita
Lomo de Cerdo al Pedro Ximenez


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Garlic Shrimp
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Goat Cheese in rich tomato sauce w/ garlic bread
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Bad Moms Christmas

11/26/22 – Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. As if creating the perfect holiday for their families isn’t hard enough, they’ll have to do it while hosting and entertaining their own respective mothers when they come to visit.

Q-tips say: Was ok. Had a few laughs & it is really silly at times. It might entertain you while on the verge of a turkey coma, but it will never rank among the Christmas classics. Which is when the Q’s watched it – on a turkey coma.  Not cinematic excellence, A Bad Moms Christmas is a fun, guilty pleasure and put simply – a good time.

Mrs. Q says: It is NOT for little children or even for young teens. It’s far from a well-wrapped present but it’s not exactly coal in someone’s stocking.

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Ice Skating in Chicago at

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Maggie Daley Park – 337 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.552.3000
Email:info@maggiedaleypark.com

Q-tips say: A terrific FREE Park & A very friendly kid park. Many things to do. A favorite park for Ice Skating. Our Grandson, Mom & Dad their day at Maggie Daley Park skating.

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Regalia Bar & Rest.

11/23/22 –  5959 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660, (773) 856-0175, regalia5959.com Yes, Indoor/Outdoor dining.

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Q-tips say: Enjoyed this visit, food, drinks.

Enjoyed the complimentary bread.

Mr. Q had: A cup of their homemade creamy cauliflower soup.

Mrs. Q had: Caesar Salad – Romaine Lettuce / Parmesan / House Caesar Dressing – large enough to share.

We shared: Rigatoni Ragu Alla Rustico – Braised Wagyu Beef Short Rib / Mushroom / Garlic / Ricotta Dolce.

Portions are large enough to share unless you are really really hungry. Delicious food/drinks & great service.

They do hover a lot & continue to come to pick up empty dishes – this can be annoying. I understand that if they are very busy, but today they were not the busy & still did it. Perhaps management trains the employees to do that.

Photo of Regalia - Chicago, IL, United States. Complimentary house made focaccia bread along with an olive oil-cannellini bean dip!
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Tuna Carpaccio
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Beef Carpaccio

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Making Christmas Cookies

11/21/22- Grandma & Jordan making Christmas Cookies. It was so much fun.

Mrs. Q says: It took us the entire Monday morning to make Christmas Cookies & have fun.

We put on our Santa Hats & put on Christmas Music & danced & sang Christmas songs while making different Gingerbread cookie shapes. At the end of cookie making, Jordan made a cookie print of his hand.

After finishing making cookies we went around the condo serenating Grandpa, Daddy & Mama – even tho she was in the shower, we sang songs to her by the closed door, Christmas songs & offering them a cookie.

Cookie Making 2015

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Jordan’s gingerbread cookie hand print
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