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Rock Island’s Igor’s Bistro Is So Good It’s Scary

September 28th, 2022
Rock Island's Igor's Bistro Is So Good It's Scary

The first iteration of Igor graced the silver screens in 1933. Today Igor has been in some variation of different personas in many different classic horror movies as a bumbling and loyal assistant to mad scientist and evil monsters. However, Igor’s Bistro in Rock Island (next to Saukie Golf Course) offers up something much different than a campy horror movie. You could say its less B-Movie and more Blockbuster hit. Although I wasn’t invited into the kitchen I’m sure that they aren’t cooking up meals in a bubbling cauldron, and Chef Rick, isn’t a mad scientist,... Read More

Iowa’s HyVee Fast And Fresh Has Got One Great Burger, Says Doc

August 26th, 2022
Iowa's HyVee Fast And Fresh Has Got One Great Burger, Says Doc

It’s 13th Century Mongolia, you climb up on your horse to ride all day. Conquering villages, winking at village hotties, and building up a hunger only one thing could satiate. The good ole classic Hamburger. Well, I’m sorry 13th Century Mongolian Rider, although you’ve slipped some all beef patties between your horse and saddle to make it tender as a mothers love. This burger has to have “Buns Hun”… Fast forward 500 years. 1891 Oscar and Fanny Wilby of Bowden, Oklahoma are kicking off a 4th of July BBQ to celebrate “Merica”. The beer is room... Read More

An Ode To Chicago’s Most Famous Cuisine, From Iowa’s Doc Kaalberg

August 23rd, 2022
An Ode To Chicago's Most Famous Cuisine, From Iowa's Doc Kaalberg

The year is 1929. The Great Depression has started and folks are hungry. Chicagoans say “Hold my hot dog…I got you.” The origin of the Chicago Dog, is wrapped up in a time when folks were working hard and needed a nutrious yet delicious meal. The components of the Chicago Dog saved the working class and have stayed unchanged since the original rolled up and out of a hot dog stand. All Beef frank, not boiled but steam cooked and held in warm water for upto 20 to 30 minutes. Boiling makes your Frank’s tough. The steam and hold gives that perfect snap. Nathan’s... Read More

REVIEW: Lock 14 Dam Good Salsa Is Hot, Doc Kaalberg Says

August 22nd, 2022
REVIEW: Lock 14 Dam Good Salsa Is Hot, Doc Kaalberg Says

There are few things fresher in life than LOCK 14 Dam Good Salsa. For example. 1). Stepping out of the shower on a hot day, wrapping a towel around your waist, and then using the A/C vent in the bathroom to air dry your undercarriage. 2). The way the pores on your nose feel for 1 min and 48 seconds after ripping a Biore charcoal nose strip off your face, that you saw in your wife’s make up drawer, while air drying your undercarriage off over a A/C vent in the bathroom. 3). Stepping into the kitchen, to a fresh batch of Lock and Dam Good Salsa on the counter that’s been prepared... Read More

Doc Kaalberg Dishes On His Favorite French Fries In Illinois And Iowa

July 15th, 2022
Doc Kaalberg Dishes On His Favorite French Fries In Illinois And Iowa

In honor of National French Fry Day here is my quick list of my top 5 favorites in the QC. 5. Tacobar Nacho fries. Perfect for a drunk snack or a hangover. These babies are packed full of what a growing boy needs. 4. Duck City Bistro Duck fat frys… These fries are the reason ducks were invented. Don’t ask my the logic on that, just know it involves science. 3. Luli’s homemade chips. Not really fries, but since this is my page I’ll allow it. They are potatoes, they are fried, they are to die for. Pro tip get the spicy ketchup with them. 2. Bone Collector BBQ &... Read More

Mama Bosso Boss Gets Doc Kaalberg To Review Their Frozen Pizza… Again

July 1st, 2022
Mama Bosso Boss Gets Doc Kaalberg To Review Their Frozen Pizza... Again

I get things wrong. Look it up. I graduated 2nd in my class, errr 2nd to last in my class. However, like you I have my opinions and I started writing these reviews as a way to share those with you. With that influence and reach, I have to accept I’ll have some that disagree with me. Some that don’t like me. Some that send me feet pics…(Please stop, feet gross me out), and some that listen to me and go find and patronize these businesses and products. So, I’m honest. If I want to keep growing, and keep you as followers, there is a trust that must be kept. That being said.... Read More

What Wine Goes Best With Combos? Doc Kaalberg’s Latest Food Review Examines This Question

June 29th, 2022
What Wine Goes Best With Combos? Doc Kaalberg's Latest Food Review Examines This Question

Random Person: I wish there was a Certified Wine Expert to tell me what wine pairs with my Combos… Me: I got you fam… Product Review Combos, the quintessential stoner snack. Invented in the late 70s this baked not fried snack hit the shelves in 1985. A bite-sized, cheese-filled cracker, pretzel or tortilla, COMBOS was developed by Mars Chocolate North America. Since the first nacho cheese variety was introduced, the line has expanded to seven distinct flavor combinations (cheddar cheese pretzel, pizzeria pretzel, cheddar cheese cracker, pepperoni pizza cracker, zesty salsa... Read More

California Pho Is Undeniable… And Good, Says Doc Kaalberg

June 28th, 2022
California Pho Is Undeniable... And Good, Says Doc Kaalberg

I get lost sometimes in my reviews. One can only describe how a food tastes so many times without repeating themselves. It was great, amazing, flavorful, perfect, the best I’ve ever had, omg Becki so good, LIT AF. I am sure I could continue on. This weekend, I had the chance to sit down at California Pho , invited by Binh Nguyen Van. Joined by Cook and Cuffs by Chef Keys . What I was in store for was more than any of the words above. Normally I try to order 4 to 5 things off the menu to give everyone a spread of foods to ogle over. However today we are keeping it simple. 3 items... Read More

Doc Kaalberg Gives Two Caffeinated Thumbs Up To This Quad-Cities Coffee

June 8th, 2022
Doc Kaalberg Gives Two Caffeinated Thumbs Up To This Quad-Cities Coffee

Tried out a new coffee that’s ground and roasted right here in the QC area, not gonna lie this stuff is incredible. Shout out to Country Morning Coffee Cafe’ & Roasting Shop. I picked mine up at Moline Hyvee. They had a bunch of flavors but this one just kinda defined me right now, if you all need a mascot for this flavor I’m your man!  Read More

Doc Kaalberg Takes A Big Drink Of Moline Starbucks And Finds Everything’s Zen

April 3rd, 2022
Doc Kaalberg Takes A Big Drink Of Moline Starbucks And Finds Everything's Zen

Today, unfortunately my review is for a corporate monster, a big business if you will. Starbucks. Specifically, the Starbucks inside Moline’s Hyvee on the Avenue. Why do I say “unfortunately”? Well because this is more about the barista than it is about the coffee. I love coffee, I love local coffee, I love Colombian coffee, I love Ethiopian Coffee, hell I even love elephant poop coffee. Trust me its insane, I’ve had it once. But what I love more than coffee is the folks that serve the coffee. That is what brings me back. That is what brings me in for the next high... Read More