Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Wisconsin Memorial Weekend

Nick and I spent the weekend eating our way across Wisconsin, and meeting up with Dinner Clubbers along the way! Our first stop was in Black River Falls (home of the orange moose) for a short, but fantastic 14 hours with Matt, Nikki and their family. Matt whipped up a delicious dinner of Cook's Country meatloaf, creamy mashed potatoes, and broccoli. I contributed with a blueberry pie for dessert, and we all sipped on Old Fashioneds to get our Wisconsin holiday weekend started off right.

The next morning, Matt again outdid himself with a breakfast feast of French toast casserole, Neuske's bacon and fresh pineapple. After a sunny, happy morning filled with great food, amazing friends, and some really entertaining bird watching, Nick and I hit the road and headed for Madison, but not before a quick stop in Lake Delton for some Dunkin Donuts love. Chocolate glaze and sprinkles? Hell yes.

Madison was particularly lovely this weekend. Not only did we get to spend time with Greg, JJ and family, but Nick's parents were also in town, and, if that weren't enough, Rima was visiting!

We haven't prowled around Madison with Rima in nearly six years. A truly sad state of events since we used to do it weekly. Needless to say, we took full advantage of our good fortune and hit many of our favorite haunts, revelling in nostalgic gluttony. We had beers at the Great Dane, Bloody Marys at Genna's, old fashioneds at The Old Fashioned, and some of the most incredible Himalayan food at Chautara. We walked around the beautiful Capitol grounds by night and by day and took in the Dane County Farmers' Market.

Friday evening in Middleton we took in a traditional Wisconsin fish fry with coleslaw and some of the best tartar sauce I've ever tasted.  We also explored Columbus, Wisconsin and visited Sassy Cow Creamery for some delicious ice cream treats.  I found out that they supply the ice cream base to Izzy's Ice Cream in St. Paul.  We next headed to Prairie du Sac for a tasting at Wollersheim Winery and to soak up some of the elusive sunshine on their outdoor picnic area.  Sunday brought us to New Glarus for beer tasting at the brewery and some amazing wood fired pizza being made to order right outside.

We had a really fantastic weekend.  Thank you so much to all of our hosts who provided warm dinner tables and comfy beds, to all our loved ones who travelled so far to meet up with us, and to the State of Wisconsin for being so kick-ass.

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1 comment:

Jaime said...

I am so jealous! I wish I could have been there too!


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