Food Review – Chicago 11/30/18-12/2/18

Greetings!

Welcome to a Chicago edition of my latest food blog! Today I will review my latest visit to my brother Brett’s neck of the woods.

The sad part is I do not get enough time to enjoy the city of Chicago. We usually roll in late evening between 8-10 on a Friday, and we leave by 2 ish on Sunday. We try to pack in as much activity as we can, I mean alcoholic beverages.

The beverages of the weekend are a maple old fashioned, that Brett made. The second and third were mulled wines from the Christkindlemarket in Downtown Chicago. There was a regular Gluwein and an apple cinnamon version. So darn good!

I am going to center in one particular meal from the weekend. We were within a short walking distance of an Italian restaurant called La Scarola, which is a building right next to the iconic old school Richards Bar (you can still smoke inside this bar) on Grand Avenue.

The place we had a reservation for 8:00. It is a small and quaint place, but the restaurant sure knows how to pack the customers in.

We started off by sharing a bottle of wine. Then immediately came the bread and butter; Matt is a happy man right now. The bread had some Italian seasoning, which would have been very delicious on its own, but I had to put some butter on it.

We waited for a good amount of time, so our wine and bread can settle in, which absolutely no complaints at all. Honestly I ate too much bread, because when I got my main dish, well you know.

I ordered the lasagna. They had some creative fantastic sounding entrees, but I know what I like, so lasagna it is. Oh my Chicago, that was the best lasagna I’ve ever had. If only I would have eaten less bread. Still, I 100 percent appreciated the presentation, temperature of the food, texture and taste. In my family, I’m the one who “almost always” finishes their meal. Except this meal, I did not. My family thought I was sick, honestly! No I’m kidding, my Mom knew right away!

And the price for four entrees and two bottles of wine, was a very good value for a Chicago, $200 including a 20% tip.

A no brainer 10/10 in my books. One of the best experiences of the year.

 

Eat the Way You Want to Eat

Hi Folks,

I’m changing it up here.  I am not posting a review, and I am not critiquing anything.

I began to pay attention about my weight since 2002, when being overweight was making me unhappy.  I’ve focused on one goal since then, calories.

As long as I stick with a caloric budget most of the week, then I’m fine.  I’ve tried Atkins, and I succeeded.  I tried South Beach for a little bit, and I succeeded.  But I love that 1-2 days a week feeling, when I am on the see-food diet.  I love bad food, who doesn’t?  If I cut bad food completely out of my diet, then it’s back to unhappiness.

Today, it is National Cheeseburger Day.  But, I managed to get a great workout in, and I stayed within my caloric budget.

So my message is, whatever diet you are trying to accomplish, eat the way you want to eat.  If it’s fruits/veggies, vegan, low carb, low caloric, enjoy it, and be happy.

 

 

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

 

Food Review – Cinco de Mayo Weekend 2018

Greetings and Salutations,

This blog is all about my dining experiences, from the previous weekend.

So what I did was, I threw my diet and exercise completely out the window, and ate like a champion.  I had a little bit of everything, so it is going to be a little difficult to crave anything these next few days.

So I am going to describe what is going on in each picture, and I will critique each picture and its food.

So what you see in the first picture is from Domino’s.  I stretched this out into three meals.  There’s a large buffalo chicken pizza, a medium pizza with double cheese, salami and Italian sausage.  Then as a side item, we have a 16 piece of parmesan bread bites.  The food tasted the absolute best when fresh, but warmed up, not that much.  It is highly recommended to eat Domino’s as much as you can, the day you get it delivered/carried out.  6.5/10

The second picture is a peanut butter cup shake I got from a gas station chain, very popular in the Midwest, called Kwik Trip.  Good shake, but the best shake I’ve ever had, triumphs this easily.  6/10

The third picture are from an authentic Mexican restaurant called La Taqueria, and it just opened on Wausau’s West Side.  So the item to get is the street taco.  I’ve tried their burrito and quesadilla, and I was not as impressed as the street taco.  So I ordered two street tacos, chicken and chorizo, and I washed it down with a strawberry margarita on the rocks.  Everything went down smooth, and the flavor was an unforgettable experience.  9/10

The fourth picture is a continuation of the Cinco de Mayo celebration, and I wanted to keep my buzz going.

The fifth and sixth pictures are from Culver’s, mostly out of the midwest, famous for their butter burgers, custard and reputation of always preparing their food fresh on the spot.  I tried their pretzel haus pub burger, and cheese curds were recommended to pair with the pub burger, and I washed it down with a diet Culver’s homemade root beer.  I also took advantage of their custard, with a one-scoop vanilla dish.  The burger reminded me of something I would get in a German restaurant.  It had that tangy mustard mixed with the cheeses, patty and pretzel buns.  It definitely, but I prefer their colby jack pub burger version – it’s more safe and more me.  As usual, a fresh dining experience at Culver’s.  7.5/10

The last and seventh picture is just a pile of sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheese, with Hormel pepperoni, and they are microwaved on top of a 1.5 oz serving of nacho cheese Doritos.  I did not feel like buying another meal Sunday night, so I did this.  Lazy, kind of boring, but a great way to end the see-food weekend diet.  7/10

Stay tuned for another dining experience from me.  Thank you for reading.

Food Review – 9/16/17, Everest Area Optimist Cheese Curds

Hello there!

This week we are going a little local on this blog.  This will be my one last hurrah, Summer blog before we start heading in the fall.

This blog is all about Wisconsin Cheese Curds.  We have a local stand in the Wausau area called the “Everest Area Optimist Club” who serves cheese curds, brats, hamburgers and hot dogs about a half of dozen times a Summer.  They’re always parked at Ace Hardware in Weston, WI (Wausau suburb), across from Target.  I found out they were serving food on Friday and Saturday.  The heart was racing with excitement.

I made plans, on Saturday, to visit the Everest Area Optimist Club one last time before the cooler weather hits, and as I expected, I was not disappointed by any means.  That golden beer battered curd was melting in my mouth immediately, cooked to perfection.  This is the curd to get guys.  This is the curd of the Summer!  A great beer battered cheese curd cannot be too greasy, which means they were not cooked long enough, and you should not be able to crunch the curd like a potato chip; that means they were cooked too long.

I experienced the perfect cheese curd, and Wisconsin folks know what I am talking about.  The only thing I am going to gripe about is, they could have been hotter, temperature wise.  They were definitely under a hot light, but they were still perfectly cooked.  9/10

 

Just Hours Away

Ladies and Gentleman,

We are just hours away from the Matz iPhone 5/5S case being available on Amazon.com!  Later this evening, we will have this case ready for buyers.  Plus it’s Friday too!  Last day of the work week for some of you, as well as myself.

We will find out if the hard work, to get this case on the market, pays off.