Wisconsin State Fair, 8/2/2014

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin.  I had three goals when attending the fair:  try the Mac & Cheese Bacon Burger Quesadilla (brand new item this year), have a couple of cream puffs and have two beers.  I achieved every goal, except I fell one beer short.

The quesadilla was at a place called “Mexican Grill”.  It had Mexican-seasoned ground beef, mac & cheese and bacon, all cut into four traditional quesadilla triangles.  It was super delicious.  The cream puffs were as outstanding as I thought they would be.

Here is the rest of what I had.  Drinks wise, I had a pint of Prairie Farms chocolate milk, a 20 ounce bottle of Coke Classic and a large cup of Miller Lite from the tap.  Other than listed before, I had a couple of bites of a three cheese (swiss/american/cheddar) grilled cheese sandwich from a specialty grilled cheese stand.  I had a repeat dish from last year; buffalo chicken dip from the Blue Moon Tavern stand; just as good as I remember.  The big miss of the day, was an order of Barbecue Pulled Pork Nachos from Saz’s.  The restaurant just doesn’t do that much for me, average at best.  Plus they charged $3.50 for a 20 oz bottle of water: I should have paid 2 bucks more to get a beer.  I wish I would have just fought the temptation of the BBQ Nachos, but oh well.

Overall, I think it’s well worth the $10 entry fee.  There are so many damn places to eat. The State Fair is a place where you absolutely cannot worry about your diet.  Feeding frenzy!  The weather was absolutely perfect.  A great scenic environment, where you can just be yourself, hang out with friends/family, and have the time of your life.  8/10

Be Grateful for a 9-5 Job

Face it, if you’re working 9-5 Monday-Friday, you are described as having “banker’s hours”. You will sometimes get ridiculed by your friends and family for it, but is it because of jealously? Most likely it is. Here is why you should be grateful for a 9-5 job:

1. Having every weekend off. There are many business such as food and clothing who are open on the weekends. These places rely on the 9-5 workers to come in on the weekend and generate business. Many festivals and events happen on the weekend too.

2. More time with your loved ones. I have two family members myself who fit the banker’s hours role. Spending time with family and significant others is always a good reason for anything.

3. You have a set schedule. You are working for someone else, but at least you know when you’re going to be done for the day. Therefore, you can make plans easier.

There you have it. Stay tuned for more informative & entertaining material.

5 Reasons to Work From Home

Good Afternoon,

I am sharing with you 5 reasons why you should land a job and not have to leave the house.  These are not in particular order.

1.  You can fire your boss!  For those of you who have done the research, many opportunities to work from home say, “Fire Your Boss!”  Scam or not, it is true.  Isn’t the goal of one’s job is not to get hassled by your boss?  There are many work from home jobs that you don’t have to put up with a superior.

2.  The internet is more popular than ever.  Find the right website that will pay you for your work, rather than you having to pay!  Watch out for that.  Make sure the opportunity it is legit before you put your hard-earned money into something.

3.  No commute and no dress code!  Are you living in a multi-million populated city where it takes you an hour to get to work, and you’re only 15 miles away?  Put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and you’re ready to work from home.  Just put on only underwear if you want, like the guy in the Lending Tree commercial!

4.  You are your ticket to financial freedom!  All work from home opportunities, even the ones that claim you can make $10,000 a month in 5 seconds, require hard work.  Making money isn’t easy, but you can work from home.

5.  You have more time for friends, family and a social life.  Parents and super sociable individuals can benefit from working at their home.  I personally am a hermit who doesn’t want to spend the money to go out and socialize.  I feel if I can earn a substantial amount of money working from home, that can change.

Those are my thoughts.  Good luck to everyone who is looking for home employment!  I’m out!

Goin’ Downtown For Sum Eats

On Friday I decided to take a walk downtown with Bryan and Mom. We sampled food at three different restaurants; Casual Joe’s, Townies Grill and Polito’s Pizza. For this blog, I will discuss my food experience at Casual Joe’s.

For those of you who don’t watch the Food Network (for DirecTV is channel 231), Casual Joe’s won a Food Court Challenge a few months ago. The team they competed against, Carlie & Company, currently work for them; however, I found out from Brianna, that Carlie & Company is back in business with the purchase of their own Food Truck. Congrats Carlie and Brianna! Here’s to not giving up on one’s dreams!

Anyway, let’s get to the food review. Friday was the day that I was going to try Casual Joe’s famous Bacon Mac & Cheese, which they featured in their Food Court Wars experience. Bryan and Mom tried it before me (damn retail getting in the way of my food fun, lol), and they highly recommended it. I grew up eating a ton of mac and cheese, and to this day, it is one of my most favorite foods. I consider myself a mac and cheese food critic, so it was meant for me to try. I look for presentation, flavor, texture and the taste of the cheese. Casual Joe’s had everything I was looking for. Fresh ingredients, unique flavor (it tasted more of a white cheddar than a traditional cheddar), the right pasta was what Casual Joe’s had. We also ordered their cheese curds, which were fresh and prepared well. Although they ran out of ranch, we tried their cranberry barbeque sauce, which went very well with the cheese curds. The service was very satisfactory, and we didn’t have to wait long to get our food. A food experience like this will get me back into their restaurant. A-

Food Review, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Wausau, WI

Mmmmm, delicious! That’s what I have to say about Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Wausau, Wisconsin.

I’ll start with the sides I had, mac n cheese and baked Potato casserole. Just as fresh as these two sides can be; only 400 calories too. We all ordered the two meat plate; however, Bryan came up with this amazing idea. Why not order four different meats and split them all? So I ate 4 1/2 portions of meat; turkey, ham, pulled pork and spicy cheddar sausage. All of them were delicious, but I give the slight edge to the spicy cheddar sausage.

Dickey’s provides that local barbecue atmosphere with consistent customer service and delicious food.


Labor Day Weekend Review Part 2

Sunday morning, we got off to a great start, food wise and went to Glazed and Infused and again had a variety of doughnuts.  Then we got a cab to go to the heart of downtown Chicago.  We settled on a snack at a local concession stand; cheese fries and nachos.  This was simply a filler so my grade won’t be an A for these two days.

Sunday afternoon we grilled at Brett’s place.  Brett bought some Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst at the local Publican Meat Company, just a few blocks from his house.  So we had those, along with a variety of deli salads.  This was the most enjoyable meal we had during these two days.  Nothing lacked flavor at all.

Thunderstorms were nearby, but we took the risk and had one last snack/meal for Sunday evening, a bar just a few blocks from Brett’s called “The Aberdeen Tap”.  We ordered 2 servings of their homemade macaroni and cheese bites, along with an order of hush puppies.  I could tell the mac and cheese was fresh, but the breading is what made the bites.  Crispy and flavorful!  The hush puppies were a little dry and needed some ranch; otherwise, good.  Top notch overall.

The last day of the trip, Labor Day, we went downtown and ate at Chick-Fil-A.  I had a spicy chicken sandwich with fries and cheese sauce.  I also had an amazing Vanilla Shake.  If I’m leaving Chicago today, I’m going out in style with a 2000+ calorie meal! Then I capped it off with a 5-piece buffalo chicken tenders from Burger King along with a double cheeseburger.

I give the Sunday and Monday food a B.  The concession food, the hush puppies and Burger King, played a factor in the grade, but the cookout and the mac and cheese bites were the highlight of Sunday/Monday.

It was sad to leave the beautiful city of Chicago.  Calorie wise, I don’t miss it, but sometimes you just have to say WTF and enjoy your life!