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Quad-Cities’ Peaceful Protest Provides Powerful Lesson

May 30th, 2020

It was baby’s first protest. My daughter,  Harper, is 6, and didn’t quite understand why we were there but she knew it was important and it was for some guy who died. Kids have empathy so she was on board. It was really something to see. And her reaction to it was awesome. She somehow got it. And it wasn’t hard to grasp the importance and grace of the event. Downtown Davenport. A beautiful Saturday evening. The streets filled with people. It could’ve been any other Saturday night, pre-covid, in the summer, during a festival, or even just a nice evening with the streets... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Loomis’s Lemon Pepper Chicken Skillet

May 29th, 2020

Who doesn’t love a good chicken skillet meal? It’s healthy, delicious and easy to prepare, and today we’ll show you one that you’re sure to add to your favorites. Here’s what you will need: 4 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon fresh parsley 1 tablespoon fresh basil 4 tablespoon lemon pepper Squeezed juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper 2 red bell peppers, sliced 1 zucchini, sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 bag of Fresh Green beans 1/2 bag of carrots, sliced 1 cup chicken stock 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes... Read More

Looking For The Best Selfie Backdrop? Here Are The Top Quad-Cities Instagram Hotspots (List #1)

May 26th, 2020

Everybody loves a good Instagram wall — a great spot to use as a backdrop for your selfies and pictures — and there are some right here in the Quad-Cities. Here are six top spots to make your Instagram pop. Rust Belt – East Moline, Illinois – This spot provides an industrial and bright look with its rock star brick and sheet metal window treatment. Faithful Pilot – LeClaire, Iowa – This multicolored wall screams for a ’70s/’80s retro shoot. The muted colors are choice. Fred & Ethel’s – Rock Island, Illinois – This pocket park’s... Read More

Catch A Glimpse of Vander Veer’s Fantastic Plants Exhibit!

May 24th, 2020

Vander Veer Botanical Park’s Fantastic Plants exhibit is really something! Add a visit to this iconic Davenport spot to your weekend plans! Davenport Parks and Recreation have put together something rather fantastic!  Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Monty’s Minestrone

May 22nd, 2020

In the latest episode of Cooking Thyme, Tristan goes with a souper soup — minestrone! Travel along with him on this souperb journey… Monty’s Minestrone Named after my character in Circa 21’s Saturday Night Fever (which hopes to see an audience again one day after all this nonsense), this soup is zesty and full of character. Though the ingredients list seems daunting, the creation isn’t it! Here’s what you will need: 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Korean Beef with Vegetables and Rice

May 15th, 2020

Now this recipe is a budget master twist on the traditional Korean dish, Bulgogi, that uses ground beef instead of sirloin. It’s also faster and cuts out the over marinating step. This is for humans that are constantly on the go but still want to cook at home as it only takes about 15 minutes! Enjoy! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste (I needed more so use more) 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (I used 2 crystallized pieces of ginger) 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 cloves... Read More

QC Views: Sherrard, Illinois

May 12th, 2020

Each week QuadCities.com contributor Tristan Tapscott will release a series of photos from cities in and around the Quad Cities.  When people ask me what my childhood was like I immediately refer to Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Wildly adventurous, borderline redneck, extremely comfortable and oddly serene. That was life in Sherrard, Illinois, my hometown. I grew up in a small hamlet of under 700 people in the middle of nowhere Illinois just outside the Quad Cities metro area. It was roughly 25 (or more) minutes from everywhere, a place where nobody locked their doors, darkness... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Asian Chicken And Vegetables

May 7th, 2020

Chicken is a menu staple for many people who enjoy it in a number of styles, and in the first episode, Tristan Tapscott goes beyond the typical breaded strips and grilled chicken to make up a tasty Asian-themed chicken and vegetables dish! Anyone can do this! I’m living proof! Let’s begin!   WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Two boneless chicken breasts 1 tsp corn starch 3 tbsp soy sauce 3 tbsp oil (for stir frying) 3-4 cloves garlic (minced) 3 bits of crystallized ginger 2 tbsp sherry Handful of fresh basil Fresh green beans Peas and carrots mix 2 cups rice 2 cups water Sauce: 2 tsp tamarind... Read More

May The 4th Be With You: ALL ‘Star Wars’ Films Ranked! What’s Number One?

May 4th, 2020

Star Wars is the most popular space saga and most exciting adventure film franchise in the world. It captured the hearts and minds of all ages and created an entire community of its own. And, since partnering with Disney, the force and its popularity has grown and become an even hotter brand. I admittedly can’t call myself a major Star Wars geek but I do admire the films and their rock star entertainment value. I love getting lost in their world and as today is Star Wars Day, I put on the Disney +documentary Empire of Dreams (highly recommended) and decided to rank the existing 11 films. Phantom... Read More

Well, Quad-Cities, What’s It REALLY Like To Be The Easter Bunny?

April 12th, 2020

Three African American children grilled me about why the Bunny was white. One of the children, no more than 8 years old, said, “This Bunny is out of touch with what’s going out there.” But I can’t talk; I can only animate. And that was my first day as the Easter Bunny. Yes, I was one of THOSE people. And by THOSE people, I mean I was one of the few, the underpaid, the sorta proud, who has donned the costume of the Easter Bunny for public appearances at everywhere from shopping malls to car dealerships to libraries and more. Where was I? Well, everywhere and nowhere,... Read More