Post Tagged with: "wisconsin"

2Dec
2010

Wisconsin’s Own Danish Pastry, The Kringle

I am a Wisconsinite. Go ahead, laugh. As much as I understand why the cheddar and beer stereotype (and Favre’s latest exploits) have turned us into a national joke, you should all be secretly jealous. We have something you don’t: Kringle. A circular pastry that originated in Denmark, the kringle is only common in its home country and in Racine, Wisconsin, thanks to waves of Danish immigrants in the 1880s who had enough sense to move to Wisconsin. Some of […]

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26Aug
2010

Save a Roadside Attraction!

The Midwest has a long upstanding tradition of zany roadside attractions. My personal favorite, the corn maze, is unfortunately often poorly tended, making what was once a clear path into a jumble of cut stalks buried under a foot of mud.     Like a ray of hope in an era of degrading farm mazes, two yellow flags flew high over a white sign with black lettering, in all caps, declaring: “MAZE.” To the rescue came the A-Mazement Park in […]

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10Aug
2010

The Friday Night Fish Fry (or, “Look, there’s a five-year-old at this bar!”)

In the immortal words of my born-and-raised Wisconsin grandfather, “What are you doing? Put that chicken back in the freezer! It’s Friday, I’m goin’ for fish.” Friday fish frys are one of Wisconsin’s most beloved traditions, and everyone has his own opinion of which dive does it right. Although my first choice is my grandparents’ cottage in northern Wisconsin, Club Tavern in Menasha, Wisconsin, takes the cake when it comes to the restaurant crowd.       Smoky taverns and bars have […]

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3Aug
2010

Looking to the Sky in Wisconsin

Never seen an air show? You’re missing out. And you never would have guessed where you could fill this void: Oshkosh, Wisconsin. AirVenture began in 1953 as a fly-in convention, and still is. As a customer service rep at a private airport (otherwise known as an FBO) in nearby Appleton, I typically spend this last week of July swamped in invoicing, filing, fueling, getting ice, recommending hotels and restaurants and finding 15W-50 for the hundreds of pilots who land at […]

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8Jul
2010

The Lost Art of Canning

Homemade jam is a rural secret, but may be the easiest and most inexpensive way to impress all your neighbors, co-workers and friends, no matter whether you live in the middle of a city or the middle of nowhere. (My sister even made it in her tiny apartment in Boston!) With blueberries, raspberries and strawberries all in season, now is the time to strike! In two hours, you can make enough jam to last you and your neighbors through the […]

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10Jun
2010

Door County Getaway

Generally, I would leave the Wisconsin-related blogging to the Badger State native of our duo, Tara, however, my freshman-year roommate hails from Door County: a summer getaway destination in the thumb of Wisconsin. Recently, I took a jaunt up to her hometown with two other friends to experience a couple of days of Midwest vacation bliss. With my former roommate as our tour guide, we filled our time in Door County with hiking, boating, delicious food and a drive-in. Below […]

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3May
2010

Weekend Recap: Mifflin 2010

“Mifflin” is both the name of a street in Madison, Wisconsin, and of one of the biggest block parties in the nation. The event, which even has its own Wikipedia page, typically draws thousands of college kids (…and parents and grads) annually on the first Saturday in May. The whole thing started as a dance-filled protest against the Vietnam War in 1969, where Madison, and specifically the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was a hotbed of political activity. Today, it’s more […]

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