Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Twenty Four

Have you been with me since December 1st when we started this crazy endeavor? If so, well, pat yourself on the back, you made it all the way to the end. Here are the final questions of the Family Circle Christmas Quiz!

B24: What is the name of the little girl who asked a newspaper editor, "Is there really a Santa Claus?"
Wha-? Did that make national headlines or something?
If you say so.

B25: Who is Kris Kringle?
Santa Claus, in Europe? Germanic countries?
[Meh, the answer doesn't say where, just "Santa Claus"]

B26: How many days after Jesus was born did the Three Wise Men visit him?
Let's go with the theme of three wise men and three gift... who arrived three days after he was born?

Nope. Twelve.


Is that why "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is something special?
If I really cared I'd look it up.

Wow. I'm ending on such a high note, not!

Today's score: 1 / 3 = 33%
Score to date: 37 / 51 = 72.5%

What is that, a C? Oh well.

How did YOU do?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Twenty Three

Almost there, folks! Have you been keeping your own score? Here are a few more Christmas-related questions for ya...

B21: The Three Wise Men brought Jesus three gifts. What were they?
Hey, I over-answered this a while back didn't I? Gold, frankincense and myrrh.

B22: What is the name of the little crippled boy in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"?
Tiny Tim

B23: How many years ago was Jesus born?
Oh I'm looking forward to the official answer! Because it's not exactly the year that we're in... but hey whaddaya know, the 1984 magazine says Jesus was born 1,984 years ago. I totally call B.S. on this answer, and insist that this question gets thrown out! :D

Which brings the tally to...

Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date: 36 / 48 = 75%

Tomorrow is the final hurrah! Join me?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Twenty Two

We are almost there! More Christmas-related questions for you, courtesy of an ancient Family Circle magazine quiz that my packrat hubby saved back in 1984.

B18: What were the creatures doing in the poem "A Visit from St Nicholas"?

Technically, weren't they "not stirring"?


B19: Who first saw the star of Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men or the shepherds?
I'll go with the Magi.
Yup. The answer clarifies that the Three Wise Men saw the star, while "the good news was given to the shepherds by an angel."

B20: How many reindeer does Santa have?
If you recall, I do not know their names, but I think there are... twelve?

NOPE, he has eight plus Rudolph.

Oh well.

So how's my score?

Today's score: 2 / 3 = 67% (hey, two out of three ain't bad)
Score to date: 34 / 46 = 74%

Six questions to go ... accompany me to the finish?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Twenty One

Continuing with Christmas-related questions, seeing as it's December and all...

B15: Where is Christmas Island?
Near Easter Island?

Turns out there are two Christmas Islands. One is in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, the other in the Indian Ocean. I did not know that; did you?

B16: What cactus plant blooms only at Christmas?
No idea.

A Christmas Cactus.


B17: Name two food items that people often string together to make Christmas-tree garlands.
I know popcorn... [and cranberries. really?]

Oops, today wasn't a good day for me, again!

Today's score: 0.5 / 3 = 17%
Score to date: 32 / 43 = 74%

Tomorrow. I'll make it up tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Twenty

Hey hey hey, we're moving along nicely... here are more of the Christmas-related questions from an ancient issue of Family Circle magazine.

B12: Name the three spirits who visited Scrooge on Christmas Eve.
The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

B13: Who plays with a pinata at Christmas, and what is inside?
I dunno.. Winnie the Pooh? Blackbirds??! LoL!

(Looks at answers)


I thought there was a movie or something that was being referenced. Turns out "Mexican children play with a pinata (a decorated, animal-shaped pottery container) by striking it with a stick until it breaks open. Inside are candies, fruits and small gifts.

I knew that. I just only ever saw it when a birthday was involved.

B14: Name one ingredient in mince pie:
minced meat?
NOPE, Chuck Testa trick dish! It usually contains raisins, apples, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Whooops! That's gonna drag my score down again, ainnit?

Today's score: 1 / 3 = 33%
Score to date: 31.5 / 40 = 79%

Will I be able to make it back into the 80% or higher bracket? Am I going to earn a "C" on this quiz? Keep coming back, we'll find out together!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Quiz : Day Nineteen

Still here? It's Day Nineteen of the Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a 1984 Family Circle magazine.

B10: What did Mary ride to the stable where she gave birth to Jesus?
A donkey? Mule? [a donkey]

B11: How many turtle doves did the true love in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?
Heh. Five?

Nope. Two.

Oh well.

Today's score: 1 / 2 = 50%
Score to date: 30.5 / 37 = 82%

We're doing this up until Christmas rolls around, so come back tomorrow for more.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Eighteen

Any of you gonna have any difficulty with any of there questions?

B8: What do Dutch children leave out for Santa to fill with presents?
A sock? A little sack? Oooh ohhh wait... how about their shoes/clogs?!
(Yep, their clogs or shoes is the answer)

B9: Who are Santa's helpers?
Or, singular and with a diminutive added, that would be the family pet of The Simpsons :)

Today's score = 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date: 29.5 / 35 = 84%

Puzzled at what's going on? I am featuring Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine from 1984, and my responses to them... just because! There will be more tomorrow, don't worry!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Seventeen

More Christmas-related questions on this seemingly never-ending Christmas Quiz I decided to subject not just myself to, but my reader(s) [if any, haha] too!

And on we go.....

B6: Who's "nipping at your nose" when you go outside in winter?
Jack Frost

B7: What kind of Christmas does Bing Crosby always dream of?
the White variety

Easy peasy.

Today's score = 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date: 27.5 / 33 = 83%

Hey, my percentage it slowing rising again. Pity I'm not gonna actually get anything out of this, LoL!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Quiz : Day Sixteen

A long time ago, back in 1984, Family Circle magazine featured a Christmas Quiz, which got saved by my packrat now-hubby. The yellowed pages somehow ended up with me a few years ago. This year I am finally going through them, and will be 'free' to put them in the paper recycling bin, once I go through all the questions here on this blog.

So on we plod.

B3: What do bad boys and girls get for Christmas?
A lump of coal?
(The answer specifies said coal would be in their stockings)

B4: If someone wished you "Feliz Navidad," would you be in England, Holland, Germany or Spain?
Spain. No debate there.

B5: Name two decorations that are often put on top of Christmas trees.
An angel or a star.

Today's score: 3 / 3 = 100%
Score to date: 25.5 / 31 = 82%


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Fifteen

Wheee! We are halfway through this bad idea I had, rejoice, rejoice!! :) Here are the "B-side" questions.

B1: Who was chosen to guide Santa on Christmas Eve?
I assume you mean Rudolph?

B2: Where is America's national Christmas tree?
Wha-? At the Rockefeller Center skating rink thingy, perhaps?

NOPE! Turns out that the official National Christmas Tree is the General Grant, a giant 40-foot-base sequoia, in Kings Canyon National Park in California. Did you know that? I most certainly did not!

Today's score: 1 / 2 = 50%
Score to date: 22.5 / 28 = 80%

You know the drill... come back tomorrow for more Christmas-related questions! Why? Because like me, you're a glutton for punishment.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Fourteen

Today's questions are sooooooooooooooooooo easy, they are not worth the pixelson your screen to read them.

A25: What date is Christmas Day?
December 25th

A26: Name three words Santa says when he's happy.
Well it's the same word, just repeated twice: "Ho, ho, ho!"

Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date: 21.5 / 26 = 83%

Tomorrow we start the "B" questions, also 26 of 'em. Are you looking forward to them?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Thirteen

"Are we there yet?"
... Not quite halfway, sorry!

A23: What do people hang on their front doors at Christmastime?

A24: What is another name for the log you put on a fire at Christmas?
A yule log?
(brief consultation of the answers) ... Yup!

Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date: 19.5 / 24 = 81%

Puzzled at what's going on? I am featuring Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine from 1984, and my responses to them... just because! Come back tomorrow for more!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Twelve

More quiz questions!

A21: Does Santa live in the South Pole, North Pole, Greenland or Siberia?
North Pole


A22: In the Bible story about the first Christmas, why did mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem?
Another blank for me... To escape persecution? No wait, that might have come after Jesus was born. Bah, no idea.


"They went to Bethlehem to be counted and taxed, following the king's order"



Today's score: 1 / 2 = 50%
Score to date: 17.5 / 22 = 79.5%

Uh oh, my score is slipping!

Like I care, LoL!

More of this fluff tomorrow.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Eleven

'Tis the season to be folly, ha ha ha ha ha haha ha haaaa! Here's another Christmas-related question:

A20: What present did the little drummer boy give Jesus?
Dammit! Trying to run the song through my head, but the lyrics I have are "I've got some gifts for you, they're up in my bum" ... thanks Family Guy! :p I'm gonna have to take a stab at "the gift of a song? Or a tune?"

The answer says "He played his drum."

Close enough. I'll take that point :)

Today's score: 1 / 1 = 100%
Score to date: 16.5 / 20 = 82.5%

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Ten

Always going forward, 'cos we can't find reverse! :) No, we're not Star Trekking across the universe, we're trudging through a whole bunch of Christmas-related questions culled from an old issue of Family Circle magazine.

A18: Name a famous Christmas ballet children enjoy.
Not that I've ever seen it or know anything about it: The Nutcracker

A19: What is another name for "Christmas pie"?
I have no idea... that ghastly fruitcake? No, that's more associated with New Year's. Hmm... I give up...

Answer: Mince pie.



If you say so.

Today's score: 1 / 2 = 50%
Score to date = 15.5 / 19 = 81%

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Nine

Still here? It's Day Nine of the Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a 1984 Family Circle magazine.

A16: What do Christian churches call the 28days before Christmas?
The advent, right? That's when you have that countdown calendar with a piece of chocolate behind each day, right? I suppose I should look up what the significance of this 'countdown' is, because I'm sure it's not because of the Christmas gifts we'd be receiving on the 25th :D

A17: In one holiday song, a little boy claims all he wants for Christmans are two things. What are they?
Awwwwww! His two front teef :)

Today's score = 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date = 14.5 / 17 = 85%

Tomorrow is another day....

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Eight

Day Eight of Twenty Five or so of Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine dated December 11th 1984. Why? Just because.

A15: What was the magic signal Santa gave before he went up the chimney in the poem "A Visit from ST Nicholas"?
I don't think I've ever read/heard said poem, so I have no idea. Therefore I'm going to guess "a clatter" as in "there arose such a clatter", but only because in The Santa Clause the son hears it as "there arose such a ladder" or something like that.

Checking the answer .... No, I was waaay off... official answer says "He put his finger to the side of this nose."


If I really cared I'd look up the poem :p

Today's score = 0 / 1 = 0%
Score to date = 12.5 / 15 = 83%

Tomorrow it continues...!! Join me?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Seven

Yawwwwnnnnn what *have* I gotten myself into?? Here are a few more questions from that Christmas Quiz from an ancient issue of Family Circle magazine:

A13: What is a crèche?
If I'm not mistaken it means crib (or 'baby's sleeping place) in French.

The official answer says "A crèche is a replica of the stable where Jesus was born."

Really? A hop to wikipedia's disambiguation page tells of THREE definitions for crèche: a day care center, the nativity scene, and a zoological term for the caring of other's young offspring provided by animals

Okay so I finally learned something new, 13 questions in!

A14: In the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," what did the true love send on the eighth day of Christmas?
Ugh. I just know the partridge in a pear tree! Let's take a stab at it and say... eight maids a-milking.

Holy cow! I got that right!


Today's score: 1 / 2 = 50%
Score to date: 12.5 / 14 = 89%

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Six

Continuing with this way too simple Christmas Quiz...

A11: If someone wished you "Joyeux Noël," would you be in Haiti, Switzerland, Canada or France?

These are all francophonic (is that a real [English] word?) countries, so you could be in any one of them.

A12: What famous snowman do you sing about at Christmas?
Frosty! [Not to be confused with that dessert from Wendy's!]

Today's score: 2 / 2 = 100%
Score to date: 11.5 / 12 = 96%

And tomorrow we plod on ... join me?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Five

A9: What was Scrooge's favorite saying in Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol"?
Bah, humbug, what sort of question is that? Teeheehee :)

A10: Name two places Santa puts presents for children.
In socks hanging by the fireplace, and under the Christmas tree.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Four

Today's questions are *such* a challenge... NOT!!:

A7: What song contains the phrase "fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la"?
Deck the Halls.
... with boughs of holly.

A8: Who is the singing chipmunk known for his Christmas songs?
There's only one singing chipmunk that I know of: Alvin!!

Wow, I sure hope they vary -- or at least increase! -- the difficulty level of these questions! My score for today is another 100%, and my score to date is 7.5/8 = 94%. It would be at 100% if I hadn't misspelled poinsettias.

Join me tomorrow?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Quiz: Day Three

More Christmas-related questions ...

A4: Who are the Magi?
My answer: According to the tale, they were the three wise men who understood the signs and followed the star to the manger where Jesus was born, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Magazine's answer: The Magi is another name for the Three Wise Men who visited the Baby Jesus.

Did you know that in the Gospel of Matthew, the number of magi isn't specified, but because three gifts were offered, it has been assumed there were thus three magi. Thank you, wikipedia!

A5: What is Santa Claus called in England?
Really? He's not called Sandy Claws Santa Claus? Then I'll say Father Christmas. (Yup!)

A6: Name three of Santa's reindeer.
Ugh. Rudolf, of course. Prancer? Blitzen?
[Holy moley I got it right! Good thing they only asked for three though, any more and I'd have nothing to offer]

For the {my!} record, the reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen & Rudolph.

Score for today: 3 / 3 = 100%
Score to date: 5.5 / 6 = 90%

We're doing this all the way till Christmas Day, so swing by tomorrow for more questions!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Day Two

Here's a question for ya:

A3: What happens when you stand under the mistletoe?
Have you actually done this? I totally know this from movies, perhaps even books, but I swear I've never seen this happen in real life: you get to (of *have* to, depending, LoL!) kiss the person who's under the mistletoe with you.

Oh funny, the official answer is "You get kissed."

I know they provide as succinct an answer as possible, but still, I'm amused at the use of passive voice while I take an active perspective.

Score for today: 1 / 1 = 100%

Score to date: 2.5 / 3 = 83%

Puzzled at what's going on? I am featuring Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine from 1984, and my responses to them... just because! Come back tomorrow for more!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Quiz - Intro & Day One

From now until the 25th, I will be featuring Christmas-related trivia questions taken from a Family Circle magazine dated December 11th 1984 (yes, you read that right!), and my responses to them.

Just because!!

Here goes!

A1: Name the red flower commonly used as a Christmas decoration.
Ummm... poinsettas? Nope, spellcheck tells me it's spelled poinsettias. I've never had to actually pronounce/say this word, no wonder I never noticed that extra "i" there, LoL!

A2. Who is the villain in Dr Seuss' famous Christmas book?
Ha! I've never read the book, but even I know about the Grinch!

Score for today: 1.5 / 2 = 75%

Wow, wasn't that exciting?

Come back tomorrow for even more fun like this! :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Best of Springfield (IL) 2010: Part Two

Last week I features the multiple-category winners within the Illinois Times' 2010 "Best of Springfield" feature, specifically in the 2010 Food and Dining category. This week, let's take a look at some of the other winners, shall we? Here they are, in no particular order....

Best Outdoor Dining: PANERA
There are at least two locations, but it sounds like the one on South Dirksen has a patio with a stone waterfall that contributes to a calming atmosphere despite being located on quite a busy road.

Best Italian & Best Downtown Dining (oops! I guess this was a multiple too!): SAPUTO'S
Established in 1948, it seems this restaurant has an atmosphere similar to Cheers. I think I've been here once. I shy away from Italian restaurants tho, too easy for me to go hogwild on creamy alfredo/carbonara pasta...!!

Most Original Menu: CAITIE GIRL'S
Accessible via the lobby of the St Nick apartments in the heart of downtown, Catie Girl's boasts a gourmet food menu but where jeans are appropriate. Having been there once, I can say the selection is unusual. I was just a little pissed that the menu we had in hand didn't say that the tricolor truffled fried were sprinkled with bacon (the online menu says it), so I spent a lot of time picking them off the otherwise scrumptious fries. A proper review later, k?

Best Breakfast: CHARLIE PARKER'S
Open only for breakfast and brunch, I think I've been here at least twice but eaten once: the queue was way too long the first time! This does seem to be Springfield's favourite breakfast place.

Best Place to have a Birthday Party for Grandma: MCL RESTAURANT AND BAKERY
LoL what a category! I'd been tempted many times to check this place out, until I finally remembered to check them out online... one look at their menu and I'd say they are just like any other restaurant out there. And *gasp* it didn't seem like they did breakfast! The horror!

Best Restaurant for a Romantic Dinner: BELLA MILANO
It seems this restaurant is so romantically atmosphered (is that even a word?) that there have been many wedding proposals made on their premises in their 5 years of business so far.

Best Restaurant off the Beaten Path: MAGIC KITCHEN
I'm sure they mean the original restaurant... the one that looks a little dilapidated, that's way up there on Peoria Road, that we passed by once an wondered if it was even open anymore! Thing is, we've gone to its twin, Magic Kitchen 2, on Lewis St (just for takeout), and nothing on the menu really stood out. I'll probably drag hubby out tot he original one of these days just we can way we've been.

Best Bakery Items & Best Desserts (oops, another one!): INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS
With a name like that...! I've noticed this place once or twice on my occasional forays down 7th St, and always snickered at the (audacity?) (arrogance?) (optimism?) of naming your establishment in such a manner. I've got to stay away from bakeries though, because it's too easy for me to go hogwild on desserts.

Best Barbeque: SMOKEY BONES
I've been to the one in Urbana/Champaign when they opened, and had their buffalo burger. it was... okay. I'm not a huge fan of red meat anyway so taking me to a steakhouse-type establishment is always a bit of a waste.

I realise I've yet to try this local eatery. They look like a local version of Culver's to me, but I'll not judge until I've partaken of its menu. I'm sure the custard aspect of its menu will be bad nes to be, though (as in, too good to have just once!).

Best Spot for a Working Lunch of 10: DUBLIN PUB
So they have good lunch specials *and* can accommodate medium-sized groups easily. Take not, working folk!

Best Place to East After 10pm & Best Hangover Food: STEAK 'n SHAKE
I've not eaten at any Springfield locations; I assume their menus are the same everywhere. I remember their coffee being really good.

I'll take your word for it. It's too easy to overeat, and on the wrong things, so I'll stay away, thanks!

Best Coffee Shop: STARBUCKS
Really? Starbucks? Well, I suppose with with the free wifi, etc. I'm not a fan of their coffee, I'd rather do Grab-a-Java.. but that's just a drive-thru place, so wouldn't qualify for "coffee shop", eh?

It seems they prepare the beans and the meat separately, so you can easily customise your chili to your own preference. Sounds like something I'd try one day.

Best Gyros: GYROS STOP
I am *so* going to have to remember to check them out! Just south of Penny Lane on MacArthur Blvd, I love the sound of $1 daily specials! :)

Best Pizza: GABATONI'S
We went there once, and weren't impressed by the service or the food.

I'll keep that in mind if we have majorly carnivorous guests.

I've only recently heard about this store, but what I heard was only good things. Open only for lunch, they have nothing but soup on their menu. I'm not really a soup person, but I'd give 'em a try.

What's soul food? I guess I should go and find out! :)

Best Subs: HEAD WEST
Not a huge fan of subs, but I keep hearing good things about Head West. One of these days I'll try 'em out, I promise!

Best Vegetarian Food: HOLY LAND DINER
I've partaken of their food twice despite not ever having been to their location (they've catered/had booths at two events I've been to), found it decent. I like the idea of a buffet even though I know the overeating danger is always there, even for healthy vegetarian food.

Seriously? Wasn't there an article recently about Olive Garden's salad being the worst "free" item a restaurant could serve its customers? I've not been in a long long time anyway (see previous comment about Italian restaurants and going hogwild on creamy pasta!).

ohhh whaddaya know, we've reached the end of the Food and Dining category. Thanks for plowing through it wall with me! Next we'll step back and so a spot of analysis of these places. See ya next week!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Best of Springfield (IL) 2010: Part One

The Illinois Times has a "Best of Springfield" feature every year. I have yet to vote, because you need submit a minimum number of votes across a vast number of categories, and I didn't know enough to do justice to any of them. Hopefully by the time voting is open for 2011 I might be in a better position to participate.

I've decided that the focus/theme of a malaysian abroad for 2011 will be food... so what better way kick 2011 off than to take note of the winners in the 2010 Food and Dining category? :)

For this post, we first look at the multiple-category winners:

A big winner was Osaka Japanese Restaurant (website), they won the following categories:
  • Best restaurant you discovered this year - they just opened for business in November 2009
  • Best Asian food - they serve not just Japanese but also Thai cuisine, so I *will* have to check them out one day
  • Best Sushi - I always feel sushi is overpriced for what gets served, and am more than happy with what I buy at the south Walmart, LoL!
  • Best new martini/cocktail - go see if the Osakatini is as good as they say
  • Best place for a First Date - I am so beyond this category, LoL!
They are located at 1665 Wabash Ave, phone # 1.217.726.8037. Here are its Yelp and Urbanspoon pages.

Another multiple winner is Xochimilco (pronounced so-she-milco) (website), sweeping these categories:
  • Best Chips and Salsa & Best Mexican - I miss my carne asada tortas from De Pasada in Chicago, I wonder if they have something as good here?
  • Best Waitstaff - well that's always a plus :)
  • Best Margarita - I'm still on a no-alcohol-consumption run, so I'll have to report what the hubby says, if/when we ever check 'em out ;)
They have three locations:
  • 2941 W Iles Ave (1.217.546.3116) [yelp]
  • 3210 Northfield Dr (1.217.544.9206) [yelp]
  • 6901 Preston Dr (1.217.483.1006)

Of the three multiple winners, this is the only one I've been to so far: D'Arcy's Pint! (website) They won these categories:
  • Best Comfort Food - just take a look at their menu... certainly seems that way, choice-wise!
  • Best Horseshoes - my first ever horseshoe was their Gobbler (turkey on stuffing smothered in french fries and cheese sauce), and no other horseshoe has come even close to the deliciousness of this. I missed the Gobbler this year (they only serve it during Thanksgiving week, it seems), so I will be heading there next Thanksgiving for another round :)
  • Best Bar Food - I've not had anything except a horseshoe there, so I can't comment on this. Yet.
D'Arcy's Pint is located at 661 W Stanford Ave (1.217.492.8800). Here are its yelp and Urbanspoon pages.

Sometime over the course of 2011, I hope to have dined at each of the above places at least once, so I can provide my own review of the establishments. In the meantime, I'll just feature the places I have been. But even before that, this post needs a Part Two! Stay tuned!

Note: D'Arcy's Pint and Best of Springfield 2010 images are low-resolution screenshots taken from the respective websites and remain the copyright of the respective owners.