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

Labor Day Weekend Review Part 1

A – Let’s go through the details

Today is Thursday.  It’s been almost a week since I went to Chicago with my family to enjoy the Labor Day Weekend.  Anytime we visit my brother, Brett, or he makes the trip to Wausau, we always have a lot of food experiences.

We hit the road a little after 6 pm on Friday, and let me tell you, we might leave that late more often, because traffic was hardly an issue!  We arrived to Brett’s place around 11 pm.  We settled in, got going on alcoholic beverages and had a late night snack:  chips and some Tombstone Classic Sausage Pizza.

On Saturday, for breakfast, we went to a local doughnut shop near Brett’s place called “Glazed and Infused”.  I’ve never seen a doughnut place like this.  It had the combination of a big city, local and cozy atmosphere.  We sampled many donuts:  creme brule, old fashioned cake, apple fritter, maple long john with bacon and classic glazed.  My favorite was the creme brule (apple fritter close 2nd).  A nice toasted glazed with amazing flavor and creme filling.  I have never had a doughnut with bacon on it, so I thoroughly enjoyed that experience.

For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant just a few blocks from Brett’s called “Mart Anthony’s”.  Brett found a deal on GroupOn for a price that lured us in.  We ate outside to begin with, which started the great experience.  Then they brought out some bread with some olive sauce to dunk it in.  We all mixed the olive with parmesan cheese to make it more of an amazing flavor.  Then we ordered some pizza bread (equivalent to thick crust pizza fries) and a mozzarella/tomato salad for appetizers. The main dish I had was lasagna, which was absolutely fresh and full of flavor, plus it was a big portion.