Sam & Kate

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 Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek, Sam & Kate takes place in a small town in the heart of the country. Hoffman plays Bill, the larger-than-life father to Sam (Jake Hoffman), who has returned home to take care of his ailing dad. While home, Sam falls for a local woman, Kate (Schuyler Fisk). And at the same time, Bill starts to fall for her mom, Tina (Spacek). But finding love is complicated and for these four, it is no different. They all must confront their past in order to make their new love work for the future. Truly a family affair, art imitates life with the father/son casting of Dustin & Jake and the mother/daughter casting of Sissy & Schuyler.

Q-tips say: Yes, we did enjoy this movie. Two generations of talent provide the warmth and charm for this enjoyable romantic comedy. Parents and kids working together adds to an overall sense of niceness. Sam and Kate as its characters sort through challenges many people face in an ordinary world.

Mrs. Q says: No one wears a cape, but all four of these people are heroes. They’ve survived to this point overcoming personal obstacles. Now fate brings them together and it’s not as obvious as you might think.

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BRIO Italian Rest. Sarasota FL 2/3/23

BRIO – 190 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 702-9102

Q-Tips say:
Go and enjoy, we did. Happy Hour begins at 3:00 to 7:00 in the bar/or outside sitting. Also specials on Weds. & Thurs.

Libations: Their Manhattan. We shared the bread.

Mrs. Q had:  Carpaccio –  Shaved tender beef, field greens, capers, mustard aioli.

Mr. Q had: Mushroom Soup & Carpaccio.

 Indoor/outdoor/bar area seating & good service by Ryan.

Photo of Brio Tuscan Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque


Brio Italian Grille | Victoria Gardens

Pasta Bolognese

Photo of Brio Italian Grille - Sarasota, FL, United States. The patio dining area


Beef Carpaccio - Picture of Brio Italian Grille, Pembroke Pines -  Tripadvisor
Brio Italian Grille Menu: Pizza Delivery Houston, TX - Order | Slice
Chicken Marsala
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Fireflies in the garden

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Successful novelist Michael (Ryan Reynolds) visits his family in the Midwest, only to learn that his mother, Lisa (Julia Roberts), has died in a tragic accident. Along with his father, Charles (Willem Dafoe), a college professor, and his sister, Ryne (Shannon Lucio), Michael attempts to come to terms with his grief. Lisa’s absence revives many old wounds, however, and the emerging tensions threaten to destroy the family just as they make an effort to come together and mourn.

Q-tips say: Not as enjoyable as anticipated. An unrelentingly grim drama about yet another dysfunctional family.  This histrionic family drama must have looked good on paper to attract such a big-name cast, but on the screen it comes off as glib, rushed, and underdeveloped.

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To Leslie

Leslie (Andrea Riseborough) is a West Texas single mother struggling to provide for her son (Owen Teague) when she wins the lottery and a chance at a good life. But a few short years later the money is gone and Leslie is on her own, living hard and fast at the bottom of a bottle as she runs from the world of heartbreak she left behind. With her charm running out and with nowhere to go, Leslie is forced to return home to her former friends Nancy and Dutch (Allison Janney, Stephen Root). Unwelcome and unwanted by those she wronged, it’s a lonely motel clerk named Sweeney (Marc Maron) who takes a chance when no one else will. With his support, Leslie comes face to face with the consequences of her actions, a life of regret, and a second chance to make a good life for her and her son.

Q-tips say: Yes, we did enjoy this movie. This movie might not be an easy film to watch, but viewers won’t be able to look away.

Leslie – Andrea Riseborough’s incredible performance is one of the year’s best in a film that avoids the trappings of unforgivable misery and instead draws our empathy into the real struggle of coming back from addiction. To be sure, Leslie is her own worst enemy, but she has a disease and there’s still time, maybe just enough time, for her to find the path to recovery. We hold deep hope for that redemption.

Lead actress Andrea Riseborough was not even mentioned for an Academy Award even if she had one of the greatest performances of many others. Perhaps she was not considered because she is not African American or Hispanic or Asian. So sad.

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PIER 22 – 2/2/23

PIER 22 - Bradenton, FL | OpenTable

PIER  22 -1200 1st Ave W., Bradenton, (941) 748-8087,  

Q-tips say: Great service, ambiance, drinks, & water view.  Indoor/ outdoor seating. Happy Hour begins at 3:00. Went for an late lunch.

Mrs. Q’s had: Old Fashioned Bourbon, bitters, garnished with a cherry and orange.

The other half had: Old Fashion.

My Entrée:  Margherita Flatbread – Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella.

The other half had:  New England Clam Chowder – Creamy chowder filled with fresh clams, potatoes and vegetables, served with oyster crackers.

Entrée:  Braised Ribs – 14 oz., braised pork ribs, molasses coffee barbecue, slaw.

Good time, good food, ambiance, views &

outstanding service by: Hannah.


Mussels and Bleu
Mussels – White wine, garlic butter, spinach, bleu cheese, bacon.
Baked Onion Soup
Baked onion soup – Caramelized sweet onions with fresh thyme, toasted croutons and melted provolone.

Five Star New England Clam Chowder - Happily Unprocessed
New England Clam Chowder
Homemade Caesar Salad Recipe - Weekend at the Cottage
Caesar salad
Crème Brûlée - Baked by an Introvert
Creme Brulee
Braised Ribs
Braised Ribs
Photo of Pier 22 - Bradenton, FL, United States. Margherita Flatbread
Margarita Flatbread
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Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Lovely interior

STONEWOOD – 5415 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34276, (941) 355-3315

Q-tips say: Go & enjoy!  Bar bites in the entire restaurant. Happy Hour:  I had my usual Old Fashion w/ their Happy Hour Bourbon with dirty ice on the side.  The Other half had: Perfect Manhattan w/ dirty ice on the side. 

We enjoyed dining in the dining room with server, Josh.  He did an excellent job.

Shared the pretzels- fresh made pretzels.

I had: French Onion Soup.

The other half had soup – NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER – Chopped clams, diced potatoes, onions, celery, cream.

Both enjoyed our Entrée: BUFFALO SHRIMP -Lightly seasoned, flash fried, bleu cheese crumbles, bleu cheese aioli, mild buffalo sauce. All sauces on the side.

Have gone to the dining room with friends and had regular menu meals/service & libations. If you are in Sarasota, FL give Stonewood a visit. We do go often and enjoy.  Go & enjoy!   

Don’t forget about the pretzels instead of the usual bread which they now charge you for – you get 4 pretzels for $2.95


French Onion Soup: rich in robust flavors, a true classic soup recipe

French Onion Soup


Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Freddy m the bread basket. Yum!

Pretzel sticks

Chicken Katsu Curry - Dining and Cooking
Shrimp & Scallops
$15 For $30 Worth Of Casual Dining (Also Valid On Take-Out W/Min. Purchase  $45) at Stonewood Tavern - Byram, NJ
Pork Chop
Stonewood Grill & Tavern - Wellington Restaurant - Wellington, FL |  OpenTable
Smoked Salmon appetizer
Photo of Stonewood Grill & Tavern - University Park, FL, United States. Seared ahi tuna
Seared Ahi Tuna
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Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Landside 1/31/23

Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Landside |

6906 14th Street West (941) 758-7880   Bradenton.   anna-maria-oyster-bar-landside-bradenton

Both Q’s had: Special of the day – Main Lobster –  & shared the onion straws.  My side: brussel sprouts & red potatoes.  He had Cole slaw. 

Whole Maine LobsterWhole Maine LobsterPhoto of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Landside - Bradenton, FL, United States. Best oysters Eva!


Photo of Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Bradenton, FL, United States. Onion straws appetizer
Onion Straws
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The Mulligan

Paul McAlister is a success at everything–except what really matters. Separated from his wife and estranged from his son, Paul keeps his focus on his next boardroom mega-deal. Like an errant tee-shot on a difficult hole, Paul’s life could use a do-over… a “mulligan.” A retired golf pro tries to point this successful businessman who is far from God toward what really matters in life. Through their new friendship, the Old Pro helps Paul discover there’s hope for second chances in the One who offers us “the ultimate mulligan.”

Q-tips say: Yes, we did enjoy it.

Mrs. Q says: . In this day and age with a the garbage on TV, in films and the Uncertainty of the world in which we live, I would like to CHALLENGE everyone who reads this to Take A TIMEOUT, GET YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER for just TWO Hours and watch this film together. If your kids (young or older) whine and carry on, make some popcorn. Mr. Pat Boone was phenomenal as “The Old Pro!” This may be your last opportunity to have a “Mulligan” with your family. There is NO guarantee that we or they will be here tomorrow. Enjoy the movie together- just the movie, popcorn – NO cell phones, etc. I’m not big on golf but I actually enjoyed this movie. The story behind it was really good yes I recommend it.  It did deliver messages – not all God messages, which, most of it was meaningful, particularly how the main character eventually learns he has to change himself.

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Gigi & Nate

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Gigi & Nate is the story of Nate Gibson, a young man whose life is turned upside down after he suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic. Moving forward seems near impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Although she is trained to assist Nate with his basic needs, Gigi helps Nate find what he needs most of all: hope.

Q-tips say: We enjoyed this movie. The critics did not like it but the reviews from the audience – liked it.

“Gigi & Nate” won’t change the world, but it will give (most of) you the warm and fuzzies. Sometimes that’s all you need to take away from a movie. The final 20 minutes quite well by tossing in two thoroughly unpredictable twists.

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Rosebud’s Steak & Seafood –

2215 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229 (941) 918-8771

Rosebud Steak & Seafood

Q-tips say: YES, to Rosebud. Go in the Dining Room.

During “snow bird & spring break time,” make a reservation for the dining room.

Dine in – Take out. Early Bird Menu, Yes, go to the dinning room.

1/28/2023 – The dining room is much nicer & not as loud so you can actually carry on a conversation. Go to the dining room.

Mrs. Q had: Old Fashion drink up – dirty ice on the side.

Mr. Q had: Perfect Manhattan up – dirty ice on the side.

We shared: The fresh bread.

Mrs. Q had: Orange Roughy – Caught down under, mild flaky fish, lightly floured and sauteed. Sides: house salad & green beans.

The other half had: Whitefish Piccata – sautéed with garlic, mushrooms and capers in a lemon white wine sauce. Sides: Salad & Pasta with meat sauce.

Dine in the dining room & ask for Tom. One of the nicest people & server we have met. Can’t say the same of other servers, especially in the bar area.

Some of our favorite dishes: Awesome Prime Rib dinner, delicious fish items such as Salmon, several whitefish choices, ribs, shrimp, & best Liver & Onions around. Go & enjoy in the dining room.

Photo of Rosebuds - Osprey, FL, United States. 1 Dozen Oysters
Raw oysters
Photo of Rosebud's Steak & Seafood House - Osprey, FL, United States
Complimentary Delicious warm bread
Orange Roughy
Orange Roughy

Loaded Baked Potato

Baked Potato
Photo of Rosebud's Steak & Seafood House - Osprey, FL, United States. Baby  Veal Liver w/Sautéed onions & bacon
Liver & Onions
Photo of Rosebuds - Osprey, FL, United States. Caesar salad
Caesar salad
Prime Rib
Prime rib
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