Home from our trip to Chicago and Wisconsin, there’s just enough time to squeak out a post before heading to Camp Blogaway this weekend.
It was my third visit to Madison, home to the University of Wisconsin, since Larry and I began dating in 1996. It was his medical school reunion that motivated us to travel and included a stop in Chicago, where I lived many moons ago and where Larry’s daughter now resides. Having attended a small college in Michigan with less than 1,500 students, I love the University’s huge campus filled with over 40,000 “badgers” who brim with school spirit and Midwestern friendliness.
First stop for a beer and burger took us to Old-Fashioned which won our blue ribbon for our best burger of the visit. I had not quaffed a beer in years, but when in Wisconsin…And don’t tell Larry’s cardiologist about the four cheeseburgers he devoured, one for each day in Madison. We shared a brat, too, just to say we ate at the State Street Brat House.
Forty degree-weather and sleet kept me from touring the famous Saturday Farmers Market on the Square, but I did make it to Fromagination, possibly the best-stocked cheese shop I have ever visited. The folks there were as friendly as could be, giving out samples even after I explained I was on my way home to San Diego.
Thanks to Jane of Let There Be Bite, we celebrated my birthday at Sardine with oysters and flounder. The olive oil cake with pink grapefruit sauce and pistachio ice cream was a perfect end to the best meal of our visit to Madison.
Next up, a recap of our trip to Chicago, including a terrific meal at Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill. I plan to try and recreate an amazing dessert I shared with my step-daughter. Hint: it will involve goat’s milk.