Food Review – Great Dane Pub, Wausau, WI

Hi There,

Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  Today I am reviewing “The Great Dane” in Wausau, WI.  I have not had the greatest experiences here, but the last two have been outstanding.  The last time, prior to last evening, was in July 2017 where I visited this restaurant for a 15 year high school reunion.  I ordered their cheese curds, which were outstanding.  Last night, I officially put “The Great Dane” back on the map of great restaurants in Wausau.

On the menu was french onion soup, which featured pretzel croutons.  Then I ordered a their grilled cheese sandwich, which featured ham and an awesome pimento beer cheese drizzled on the inside.  Then there was the classic poutine, which was very traditional, but their fries, gravy and cheese curds were very fresh and superb.  Then there had to be cocktails involved.  A double crown royal on the rocks and a landmark lite beer were involved.  Great Dane features their own craft beers on tap, and a lite beer was striking my mood last night.

I left the place with a bright smile on my face, and I am definitely visiting this place again soon.  Thank you for one of the greatest food experiences I have had in a long time.  10/10

 

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Food Review, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese With Wenzel’s Garlic Bolonga

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  I really have not eaten anything extraordinary in a while, but it is time to give out another food review.  Let’s go!

Here I will be reviewing Kraft Original Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Wenzel’s Garlic Ring Bologna.  This meal has had my heart for over 20 years.  It is a meal that my Mother and I take part in once every 3-4 months.  We need to make sure this stays a tradition and a treat at the same time.  To emphasize, it has to be the original mac and cheese with garlic bologna; otherwise, the tradition is not the same!

Kraft is by far not the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had, but the tradition of this dish far exceeds any taste expectations.  I used to eat a lot of bologna as a kid, but now as an adult, I only take part in bologna with Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Atmosphere wise, I’m eating this in my cozy home in my lounging clothes; it cannot be beat.  Attitude wise, nothing out of the ordinary, which is always good.  Taste wise, to some, it is a filler, but to me, this is one of my favorite traditions to take part of.  Delicious and yummy!

Food blogs and food reviews solely do not have to be judged on taste.  There has to be some personal feelings too, which I try to incorporate atmosphere, attitude and taste in my food blogs.   So if you have a similar situation like this, which tradition overpowers taste, good for you.  We are together on this, my friends.  Until next time, good bye.  9/10

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Taco Bell Food Review – 11/22/2017

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

So this food review is a special one.  It is the 10th year in a row, that I have eaten Taco Bell for Thanksgiving Eve.  The tradition stays strong.  So I am going to be a little soft on my food critique.  Here we go guys.

The picture shows food for three.  So my Mom and my older brother also participated in this 10 year tradition, and they have been with me since year 1 in 2008.  This year I went for the core items, so I did not try anything new.  My food is to the right of the paper bag.  I went all out as normal – nacho cheese doritos locos taco, cool ranch doritos locos taco, cheesy fiesta potatoes, nachos bellgrande and a chicken burrito.  I consumed more calories in this meal than one should in a day, but it’s tradition, and I do not care he he.

The food met standards and then some.  I have not had Taco Bell in a couple of months, so it felt good to have it again.  Mexican food gets cold fast, especially in cold climates, so putting it in the microwave definitely increases the quality.  Coming off a stressful three days of pre holiday work, the attitude was all the way there.  Atmosphere wise – in a warm house, enjoying T-Bell with great family.  Very nice!!  8/10

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Food Review – Opening Sunday NFL 9/10/2017

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  This week I will be discussing my annual opening Sunday NFL Feedbag Extravaganza!  This is my 9th year doing this, and I want to do this another 9 years at least.  It really should be a holiday.  That’s how popular the National Football League (NFL) is.  The NFL makes me forget about any other sport.  The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour is even contemplating moving their Fed Ex Cup Playoffs to August, so it does not interfere with the NFL.

Anyway, let’s get to the food.  On the menu this year was:

  • Screwdrivers with Ocean Spray orange juice and Svedka vodka
  • Scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon
  • Pizza dip with italian herb flatbread crackers
  • Mini brownies with Kemps vanilla custard ice cream
  • Buffalo chicken dip
  • Meatballs with barbecue sauce

Here is what I had to say about each item:

A screwdriver is not a fancy cocktail, but it is a great way to start your NFL Sunday Morning.  Three of these, and I am good to go!  Wink, wink… 7/10

The scrambled eggs with cheese and a side of bacon was a great start to the feedbag, but again, it was nothing out of the ordinary.  6/10

The pizza dip, on the other hand, is unique, and I eat it twice a year (the other time being the Super Bowl).  The dish was discovered by my mother in 2015, and it is on the menu every year.  The ingredients consist of cream cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese.  The presentation and quality is just to die for.  Every ingredient in this dish as a combination works to absolute perfection.  10/10

Mini Brownies with vanilla custard ice cream was our dessert this year.  We did not want to fancy this up.  Simple, a lot of times, is good.  This dish worked.  Add a little bit of caramel topping, and it works even better.  7/10

The buffalo chicken dip is the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few at various restaurants.  What makes it great is the hot buffalo sauce.  If I don’t get a little red in the face, after a bite, it is not true buffalo chicken dip.  This recipe does the job extremely well.  The main ingredients are sharp cheddar cheese, diced chicken, ranch sauce and Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce.  The buffalo chicken dip is the favorite every year we for 8 years, but not this year.  I feel terrible saying this, and I apologize to the buffalo chicken dip, but the pizza dip tasted better this year.  I still am giving this amazing dip a 9/10!

Last is the meatballs.  There’s no sugarcoating here; these are bought from the frozen section at the grocery store.  But you still have to put the right amount of sauce (in this case we used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce), and you have to master the correct Crock Pot setting.  These meatballs are fantastic, and the beauty is, they are not from scratch.  Who would have thought a frozen meatball could taste this amazing?  I am a believer now.  8/10

This is the end to another blog from Matthew D. Kring.  A new blog to arrive on the internet soon.  Take it easy!

Food Review – Taste of Madison Festival, Madison, Wisconsin

Hi Folks!

Here is the most anticipated blog, since my return a few weeks ago.  This is Part 1 of 2.  Today is Part 1, and it will be the introduction and each item I ate.  Part 2 will be the rankings of each item I ate, and I will reveal my big winner!

This Labor Day weekend I was at a food festival in Madison, Wisconsin called the “Taste of Madison”.  I’ve been going every year since 2010, and it never lets me down.  It’s the last big bang event of the summer for me, and I go all out!  No holds bar, the see-food diet is in full force, and the feedbag is severely strapped.  Here we go…

All the food is stuff you can order at restaurants in Madison.  Everything is $4 and under, and the portions you receive depend on where you order.  Sometimes you get a huge bang for your buck; sometimes you get a small taste.  I tried more foods than any other year I have attended, because this is the first year I was present for both days.  The “Taste of Madison” is held every Labor Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

What I ate:

Burnt Ends from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ

Bacon Chicken Ranch Slider from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ

Grat 3 Cheese Balls from Bonefish Grill

Bulgogi Korean Tacos from Bulgogi Korean Taco

Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds from Curd Girl

Deep Fried Cookie Dough from Leia’s Lunchbox

Cajun Shrimp from Melting Pot

Triple Mac n Cheese w/Bacon from The Rodeo Wagon

WI Beer Battered Cheese Curds w/paprika sauce from The Old Fashioned

Parmesan Garlic Flavored Tator Tots from Pots n Tots

Buff Chick Slider from Slide Food Cart & Catering

Mini Deep Fried Apple Fritters from Ugly Apple

Macaroni & Cheese with WI Ring Bologna from The Old Fashioned

Blueberry Vanilla Cheesecake from Grace’s Cheesecakes

Chicken Kabob from Gyros Express

Pictures are in order of how they are listed in this blog.  Enjoy Part 1, and I will see you tomorrow!

Food Review – Garlic Beef Enchiladas

For this review, like the last one, it is not something I ate at a restaurant.  In fact, I’ve been dining on these for 15 years.  My mother found the recipe in a “Taste of Home” magazine in 2002.  Then she made them, and little I knew that it would be in my top 5 favorite dishes to eat.  My mom makes them only 2-3 times a year, and let me tell you that is enough.  If I would eat them more often, the legacy of the Garlic Beef Enchiladas would deteriorate, and they would not be as special to eat.

What makes them special is the type of ingredients that are in the enchiladas.  First of all, you cannot go wrong with garlic. Second, you cannot go wrong with sharp cheddar cheese, especially when you add more than the recipe asks for.  That’s what we do in the Kring household, we add extra cheese; we’re from Wisconsin!  To make any recipe great, is the ability to follow a recipe.  Face it, as a society, we are almost always in a hurry, and yours truly is guilty of it.  When it comes to cooking, take your time, relax, and do it right the first time.

I had the pleasure of dining on the amazing dish last night.  I am battling a minor head cold, but I could not pass up on eating these.  Let me tell you, as long as you have your taste buds, you will be able to severely enjoy these with a head cold or not.  They’re very easy to eat.  You can take a small bite and easily enjoy the combination of cheese, garlic, ground beef, onions and tomatoes.

I included the recipe in this blog, and I won’t always do this, but I want you guys to have the opportunity to enjoy these like I do.  Like I said, I’ve been eating these for 15 years, and they might as well have been from a restaurant.  They’re that damn good, and I could not imagine ordering an enchilada anywhere else than my own home.  The taste of the enchiladas triumphs any atmosphere and attitude.  10/10

 

Food Review – Good Ole Fashioned Grill Out Good Mood Food

Hello Everyone,

I am back for another edition of food reviews.  This time, I am reviewing some food that we ate at home.  I’m talking some classic Summer grill out food!

On the menu was some hot dogs stuffed with colby cheese, that we purchased at a meet market in Wausau, WI, called “Country Fresh Meats”.  Second was corn on the cob drizzled with butter.  Last was a classic Summer favorite, watermelon!

The trick with grilling these cheese dogs, is you cannot get them charred, otherwise you will lose most of the cheese.  Once you have this down pat, then you are golden!  Then get your butter put on the corn, as soon as you can, while the temperature on the corn is hot, so you can get that maximum amazing flavor.  For the watermelon, no trick, just indulge, and enjoy the heck out of it.

Now, let’s rate!  Atmosphere – very decent, nice hot Summer day eating outside in my backyard.  Attitude – very good, no complaints.  Food – very good, comforting.  Overall, it won’t top an experience like Kroll’s West, but it does the job well.  8/10