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Best condiment to throw on a hot dog?

Tony Packo's ketchup

Jul 03, 2014
atcpa in General Topics

Family fondue night

Fondue! One of our family favorites! It's been our Christmas Eve tradition for about 40 years passed down from my parents.

If doing oil or broth fondue with proteins, I recommend an aurora sauce. The recipe I have is from a 1970s cookbook and doesn't seem to be the same as other aurora sauce recipes I read. It's 1/2 cup mayo, 2 TBSP brandy, 2 TBSP ketchup, and a splash of worchestershire sauce. Adjust to your taste. It's soooo good on steak and chicken pieces.

I make a variety of sauces with our meat fondue. They seem to differ every year, but the aurora sauce stays. I've done bleu cheese sauce, mustard sauce, and teriyaki.

Have fun! My family loves fondue, and we don't care if it's in style or not!

Mar 07, 2014
atcpa in Home Cooking

Your Christmas Eve Dinner.

My family has always had meat fondue for Christmas Eve. I guess it started in the 70's when fondue was new and exciting to Americans. We've never stopped...and actually I and all of my siblings now do it with our own families. My favorite meal of the year!

Dec 03, 2013
atcpa in General Topics

Showing off in Milwauke....

What about La Merenda? I have not yet been disappointed there, and I read in the JS that they have new patio space.

Jul 18, 2013
atcpa in Great Lakes

DC pizza and tapas

Thanks, everyone! We have really enjoyed the food here in DC so far. I think we've got three meals left....we'll see where we end up.

We ended up going to Ella's for pizza, and it was very good. We ordered a small pizza at the bar during happy hour, and that was the best one of the night because the crust was that nice crispy/chewy combo. Overall, it was a good experience.

For tapas we went to La Tasca because one of my colleagues made a reservation for our crowd (we ended up with a group of about 12). The sangria was good, but I missed the dishes I was craving from Jaleo. I guess that's what happens when you're with a crowd from all over the country.

Looking forward to my last few meals here....thinking about sitting in the lounge at Rasika for an early dinner tonight.

DC pizza and tapas

I'm currently in DC for a conference and will be here until Thursday. I've been trying to figure out the local recommendations for pizza and tapas, but the pizza discussions I can find are old, and when I think of tapas, I think of Jaleo, but I've been there and would like to try something new. Are there any coal fired pizza places? If not, which wood fired place do you recommend?

As always, I appreciate the help. Fwiw we're staying downtown, but we can take the metro for good food.

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

I'm Swiss, and there are a few things my mom and her siblings learned from my grandma....
Zopf - Swiss Sunday bread (you used to only be able to buy it on Saturdays at the market)
Birra Brot - I hated this one as a kid...and now my kids hate it too. But, someday it will make them think of their grandma, and they'll also realize what a great vehicle it is for butter.

May 21, 2013
atcpa in General Topics

MKE - Cafe Hollander in Tosa

I just heard about Sobelman's Bloody Mary a few weeks ago...and I really need to try one soon. I am a recent convert to Bloody Marys since in the past they just tasted like cold tomato soup to me. About a year ago someone gave me an "extra spicy" Blood Mary and I realized it was the spice I needed. Now I have to try them wherever I go as long as the server tells me they're spicy.

Feb 15, 2013
atcpa in Great Lakes

MKE - Cafe Hollander in Tosa

Went to Cafe Hollander last night for the first time. I have never spent much time in Tosa, but I might have to return in the near future. The food was fine...nothing I would write up as spectacular, but the mushroom flatbread was good enough for a light dinner.

Highlight of the night...the Bloody Marys were excellent! I ordered the Milwaukean - Rehorst vodka, horseradish, bacon, and cheddar. I would have been equally happy with any of the other bloodys on the menu. Definitely a fun spot for a casual dinner and drinks.

Where else can I get dinner in a glass like this?
Cheers!

Feb 14, 2013
atcpa in Great Lakes

Since MKE discussions have been slow, how about your shopping recs?

I've never heard of tower chicken, but you can bet I'll be visiting there soon!

Jan 29, 2013
atcpa in Great Lakes

Giving Back...Chowhound deployed to Afghanistan needs 'foodie care package'..

Chris, if you didn't get my box yet, you will be soon....and as I wrote in my note, I did raise a few glasses to you when I was in Vegas last weekend. My table of 12 at Sage raised one for you! Thanks for your service!

Oct 25, 2012
atcpa in Not About Food

MKE - Deptolla's Top 30 of 2012

I have not been to c1880, but my friends who work in the industry tried it and loved it. That's about all I can say about it. I've been wanting to try c1880 and Braise for a while. Wish I could get the other half to like food as much as I do!

Sep 25, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Where to eat in Milwaukee with kids?

I second the recommendations for Organ Piper Pizza on Hwy 100. Nice family atmosphere and something you don't get to experience every day.

I would steer clear of Stonefire Pizza. As a mom of 3, my opinion of Stonefire is that it's just an expensive version of Chuck E Cheese. Not worth the time...or the money that you spend on everything but food.

AJ Bombers is a winner with my kids and my friends' kids. They love the atmosphere, and it's something different. There are lots of peanuts around, though. So, avoid if anyone has an allergy.

Kopp's is definitely good for the whole family. Save room for custard!

Sep 20, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Giving Back...Chowhound deployed to Afghanistan needs 'foodie care package'..

Oh wow...I have tears in my eyes as I read this at work today. I think my shorties and I will be putting a few boxes together this week. I'm so excited to send a little bit of home to the other side of the world!

Sep 11, 2012
atcpa in Not About Food

MKE dining near Bradley Center

Any suggestions for something within walking distance? Most of the places I'd like to go to are on the other side of the river. Anything closer other than the local bars?

Sep 11, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

How long does dinner take?

Going to Vegas with a group of friends next month, and I'm planning our one group dinner. I loved Sage so much last year that I think that's where I'm going to take us this time as well. The problem is figuring out how much time it really takes for dinner. Some of us will be going to a 10pm show the night we want to do dinner. If we have a table of 10 doing the tasting menu at Sage, how much time do I allow? Would at 7pm reservation be adequate?

THANKS!

Sep 11, 2012
atcpa in Las Vegas

Green Bay this weekend for the football game. Need Sunday brunch and post game ideas.

I don't get to GB that often and must admit I'm not a Packer fan, but I am still from WI and enjoy a good beer and some bar food. With that in mind, I'd recommend Titletown Brewing Co for the microbrews. No sure what their hours are, but the beer is worth the visit.

Sep 06, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

The meat definitely would have been confiscated. On our return last year (one year ago yesterday...sigh) my brother had a few things from a deli in Parma that were taken. That was a real heartbreak!

Aug 07, 2012
atcpa in Italy

What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

Oh my! I am now in need of a friend in Italy who can get some of those cute pocket coffees for me! I can't believe I've never heard of them!

Aug 07, 2012
atcpa in Italy

Milwaukee: cola flavoured slushees (pls indulge me)

I believe we have cola flavored slushies in New Berlin at the Speedway on the corner of Greenfield and Sunnyslope. I will indulge you and drive by there on my way home from work today to check it out. I know they have Mountain Dew slushies (a mom's worst nightmare), and I believe they have had cola ones in the past. I'll let you know in a few hours.

Jul 20, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Milwaukee in Early July - Kilbourn Town and maybe a bit further

You have a lot of options downtown. Milwaukee street has a lot of restaurants - not necessarily local specialties, but good food. Distil is a favorite of mine, but that might be because of the craft drinks. Rumpus room is on Water street, and opened to great reviews in the Spring. I like the German recommendations too. That is in l one with the local specialty you were looking for.

Jun 13, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

My first time in Toronto - dining experiences

I forgot to mention that I happened upon Prairie Girl bakery yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed a chocolate peanut butter cupcake.

May 31, 2012
atcpa in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My first time in Toronto - dining experiences

So here I am at the airport on the way home after a wonderful week in Toronto. You have a beautiful city, and we enjoyed every moment. Of course, for me, the best moments were the ones spent around the table with friends enjoying some amazing food. Here are my experiences:

On our first night in town we wanted to have a beer centric dinner, and my preference was Beer Bistro. However, my friends weren't quite on board with my food selections just yet. We ended up at 3 Brewers, and it was a fine welcome to Canada. The seasonal beers were good, and the food was just what we needed after travelling. Nothing exciting....just decent eats. The next morning we met at Eggspectations for a working breakfast at 7am. There really aren't many places open that early from what we could find. My classic eggs bennie was good, but a colleague had the eggs Benedict with guacamole which was even better. The cook was working hard for us since we were a table of twelve waiting outside the door at 6:55.

Saturday night we ventured to Chinatown, and picked a dumpling place with an older couple making dumplings it he front window. It ended up being a great choice despite the fact that I'm not sure of the name of the place. We all decided that the beef and noodles dish was the best beef and noodles any of us had ever had. Dumplings, soup, and a few bigger dishes...dinner for 7.....$69. I could get used to that!

The next night is when things got interesting. Again, a group of seven ventured out looking for a table without a reservation. Who knew that the restaurants would be so busy on a Sunday night? It's not like that at home in Milwaukee, WI. We walked into a rather empty Buca, but we were told that it would be 2 1/2 hour wait for a table. So as we left there and turned the corner, we stumbled upon Gusto101. What a find! The hostesses greeted us with warm smiles, and despite a crowd, we ended up getting a high top table right away. The house wine is perfectly drinnkable at $1 per ounce. We started with Tuscan fries, buffalo mozzarella salad, and grilled octopus. The highlight was definitely the octopus. It was tender and smoky and was enjoyed by everyone at the table. We all passed our plates around during the main course, and the consensus was that the mushroom fetuccine was the favorite. My personal favorite was the Estate pizza - a cold pizza with arugula, sun dried tomatoes, and, I believe, ricotta (I've eaten so much since then I can't even remember what was on it!). We shared two of the dolce platters for dessert, and each one of us found something to enjoy. The s'mores brûlée was a hit with the majority. So, we called it serendipity that we secured a table at such a trendy place, and we went back to our hotel full and happy.

Monday - hot dogs at Rogers Field. You all need to go enjoy a baseball game! I can't believe how empty that stadium was!

Tuesday - I met a friend and Toronto local at Spice Route. They would not do the prix fixe for just two people, but we granted liberty to our server to bring us what would be good. We asked for a price point of $50 each for food, and she picked some good dishes. The standout for me was the thinly sliced beef that you cook on a rock. Since I never even looked at the menu, I have no idea what it was called. The novelty of cooking the meat on a hot rock won me over.

Weds - last night was the highlight of my food adventures. After reading here on chow a recommendation for the tasting menu at L'Ouvrier, I had our concierge make us a reservation. I will admit that as we drove away from downtown I started to worry about where we were going. My fears were overcome when our sweet and attentive server brought me my first drink - aperol spritzer made with prosecco and a garnish of grapefruit (among other things) - yummy! Our courses we as follows: oysters, buffalo mozzarella salad, tuna tartare, tortellini, duck confit, and a peanut butter panna cotta. Highlights? The tuna and duck were both excellent! The drink pairings were also very good, and I did not feel as if they were small pours. We have one couple in our group that are not adventurous eaters, and the kitchen did make an accommodation for the non-seafood eater. They willingly tried every dish, though, and I think even they were pleasantly surprised. It was a very fun night for all of us.

Thanks to all of you Toronto hounds! Without you guys I would never have found our two best dinners (even though Gusto was a fortunate accident)! If any of you ever come to Milwaukee I'd be happy to reciprocate the recommendations!

May 31, 2012
atcpa in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brewpubs

I'll be in Toronto for a week starting on Friday. Would love to go to a local brewing co for a few brews and some decent food. Any suggestions? One of my colleague suggested Steam Whistle. Admittedly, I have done no research on local brews. I'll take any and all suggestions into consideration. We'll be staying at the Sheraton.

May 22, 2012
atcpa in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food along I-90

Do you have any planned stops or know what time of day you'll be passing through certain places? That would help with suggestions.

May 17, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Milwaukee with 11 yr olds soccer team....casual dinner

Not outdoors and not downtown, but a Milwaukee institution nonetheless...Organ Piper Pizza on Hwy 100 (aka 108th Street) is an experience. The pizza is decent, and the atmosphere is one that I've never seen anywhere else. There is a large pipe organ that the organist plays and takes requests from the diners.

May 03, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Waukesha County, WI - Hounds on the move

A new restaurant just opened in New Berlin a few weeks ago, and I had a very nice date with the world's cutest 5 year old tonight. Bellafini's is now open in the City Center complex. My handsome man and I both ordered pizzas. Mine was Pizza Funghi, and I was very pleased. His was a Margherita Pizza, and both he and his sisters (he decided to share the leftovers) loved it. The olive tapenade that accompanied the fresh bread at the start of the meal was also very good. I recommend checking it out.

May 01, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Mke got a little nod in the newest Food and Wine mag

There was a small blurb in the newest Food and Wine talking about the craft drinks at Distil and a new bar called The Hamilton that I haven't heard about. My experiences at Distil have been great. The onion jam on the burgers is fabulous!

Apr 16, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Waukesha County, WI - Hounds on the move

That's too bad. I really enjoyed it there.

Apr 15, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes

Waukesha County, WI - Hounds on the move

Yokoso on Barker and Blurmound is a good sushi spot. As is Wasabi on the corner of Moorland and Bluemound.

Lagniappe Brasserie on Greenfield in New Berlin always gets good reviews, and I've wanted to try for a few years, but I just don't seem to get out much (darn kids).

You liked Peachtree? I'll have to try it sometime.

Brennan's is a family favorite for produce, cheese, and microbrews. It has been dubbed "the tasting store" by my kids.

Apr 12, 2012
atcpa in Great Lakes