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2010/11/02 15:31:29 (permalink)

Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend !

We made a  run up thru the Indiana Amish country, then enjoyed a very nice Polish dinner with Annie and Bob Peeples in Milwaukee, before setting our sights on the Trick or Treat night with our Family out in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  In between stops in Milwaukee and Baraboo we found time to raid the Bargain Table at Usingers Sausage Store in Milwaukee...for us, and for barter-goods to use with Poverty Pete and some of our family.
Here's our guard-dogs protecting us from the aggressive Amish War-Wagons !!
 

 
Anne and Bob met us at the Crocus Restaurant on 13th St in Milwaukee. It was busy, but the server was a really sweet young lady and she worked hard to take good care of us.
Here's our 'group and a photo of my Polish Pork Chops with Peppers and Onion and Potato Pancake.

 

 
AND  here is a sample of the sausage and Pastrami etc that we bought at USINGER'S. We love to visit their store, and especially to check over the 'bargains' !

 

 
I'll skip the grandkid photos...Just let it be said that ALL involved in the Trick or Treat game suffered sugar-highs for the evening !!  Breakfast Monday morning at the Log Cabin in Baraboo filled us just right for the 500 mile ride home.
 
OK That's the Readers Digest version of a report!!!
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    bdtn
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 15:58:39 (permalink)
    usingers is great we mail order from them all the time its the only way to get the good stuff in tn
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 16:18:03 (permalink)
    That potato pancake looks  just wonderful!
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 17:07:58 (permalink)
    While I am glad you enjoyed the trip, I would have loved to meet at Freddy's!  Your calzones will always be waiting!
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 17:39:01 (permalink)
    Al, as usual, your photos are great.  Good to see a ppic of Ann and Bob.  I know Poverty is looking forward to your purchase and he has a nice treat for you.  I met with Poverty last week in Nashville and he and I toured the town completely.  We had some great popsciple's, Hot fried chicken at 400F and BBQ at Neeleys and shared a glass of wine at the Maxwell Hoouse Hotel where ROZ and I stayed during her meeting.  As you recall, Poverty and I called tou from the Hot fried chicken place.
     
    Neeley's BBQ has a very nice location right on the Cumberland River with a great view of the Titan,s practice field.
     
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 17:40:29 (permalink)
    Gregg,
     We spent all Friday morning shopping the Goshen, IN Mennonite Thrift Shops...Then tried to beat the weekend traffic in Chicago. It was a close vote, but that schedule beat the Cicero Freddies stop by one vote (hers!!).
    We hope to stop in the old Czech neighborhood on our next trip !
     
    BDTN-  Part of the 'Loot' we picked up on the bargain-sale table at Usingers is targeted for sale or trade to our Tennessee buddy Poverty Pete.  He has already called to say he will come up next week to pick up his goodies...10 lbs or more of the Brisket/Pastrami chunks and a bunch of the summer garlic sausage.  Usingers catalog is great, but in a corner of the retail store they have a bargain-table....contents change frequently...at really great prices. That Brisket/Pastrami was only $2 a lb !!! I like it because it is fully cooked, but not smothered in the pepper and other spices that kill the beef flavor for me.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 17:47:34 (permalink)
    Looks great...nice seeing Ann again!
     
    Is there a reason that Roadfood people stop in the MKE area without contacting Contingent members that would love to meet up with them? Just something I noticed....
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 18:15:43 (permalink)
    X1
    Looks great...nice seeing Ann again!

    Is there a reason that Roadfood people stop in the MKE area without contacting Contingent members that would love to meet up with them? Just something I noticed....

     
    X1, Rumor has it they are avoiding Brad
     
    Ann, A pleasure to finally meet you
     
    mayor al, Nice report.  great choice of food and company
     
     
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 20:05:00 (permalink)
    X1
      The logistics of the trip gave us just the evening hours Friday...after a long day of shopping in Indiana then driving up to Milwaukee. There was no intention of skipping anyone...just the need to have a quiet dinner with a couple of friends and sack out to prep for the madhouse that was the Grandkid Halloween in Baraboo.
      We have enjoyed meeting with many of our RF friends in the Chicago-Milwaukee area over the years, and will again when time allows for getting the group together.  I really wanted to stop at Freddies in Cicero/Berwyn, but that great food would have caused a lot of difficulty in the schedule to be ready for dinner-out later that evening.
    See you guys in the Spring !!
     
    Joe, Thanks for the feedback. It was great to share time with Annie and Bob, I know that she missed her RF friends, and seeing them was a real fun 'Welcome Back' experience.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/02 21:31:07 (permalink)
    I don't know, Al. Pictures of the area to show what the culinary experience is really like, photos of the food, the place with the food, the wonderful stuff you bought for later consumption, and the people with whom you enjoyed your repast? What's that to do with Roadfood? (Is that a potato pancake or a manhole cover that just looks delicious?)
     
    Oh, and it's nice to see Anne. Hi there Anne.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 06:28:08 (permalink)
    MH,
    I am pleased that you liked the concise report. It shows that , when you take your 'meds' on schedule, you can be quite civil !!
    One note of interest from Janet- After visiting (and shopping) in all three of the best-noted Amish Community areas (PA-Ohio-Indiana) she prefers the Ohio area for our next Amish shopping tour. It may have been the time of year or the great weather that influenced us to make that choice, but we will definitely be heading back to the area north and east of Columbus next Spring.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 08:27:26 (permalink)
    We had a delightful but short time with the Bowens. Bob and I look forward to meeting up with others soon.The meal was great.I had sauteed veal w/mushrooms served with potato pancakes, and Bob and Janet had the Polish plate, with a sausage, three types of pierogi( cheese, meat and sauerkraut),a cabbage roll and sauerkraut.Bob chose a boiled potato for his side. I have never had a better potato pancake.Ever.The veal was simply prepared but very tasty. We all shared bites( even Al gave up some of his pork chops) and were quite impressed.I dont know what kind of seasonings they used to prepare the food, but I gleefully realized I hadnt needed the salt or pepper. We ended the night at Kopps-Bob and I shared the Tiramisu custard, Janet had a double scoop cone-tiramisu and snicker cheesecake, and Al had a gorgeous looking turtle sundae( he would not, however, share) I also brought a pint of chocolate custard home. All in all a too short but lovely evening.
    Hi to you too, Mr. Hoffman!!
    Nice to meet you, too Joe.
    Great to be in touch with all of you again!
    Ann
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 10:31:19 (permalink)
    joerogo

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    Looks great...nice seeing Ann again!

    Is there a reason that Roadfood people stop in the MKE area without contacting Contingent members that would love to meet up with them? Just something I noticed....


    X1, Rumor has it they are avoiding Brad

     
    Considering I live well over an hour from the closest (to me) Milwaukee suburb that's not a difficult thing to do!
     
    Brad
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 10:36:37 (permalink)
    You know Al, everything was going just fine till you got to meds.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 10:48:09 (permalink)
      I apologize Michael. I have shared these forums with you for so long that it is difficult to think of you as the "New-Age Michael" !!
     
     
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 11:26:35 (permalink)
    Oh Al, there's nothing "new-age" going on. I have no plans to start being nice for nice's sake. I am an equal opportunity curmudgeon and have no plans to suddenly start suffering fools. You know me better than that.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 11:55:08 (permalink)
    What a relief !  We do look forward to our Return to the Ohio Amish country next Spring...perhaps a stop at the Sunbury Grill will be in order?
    BTW if you ever want to see me at my best, stop in the Centerburg Cemetery ( the new side on the right side of the road), near the first turn out as you climb the hill you can smile and wave at the future home of a REAL Jack-In-The-Box !  The stone is in place waiting like a Moon-rock for it's owner to 'turn-up' (so to speak!
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 12:03:39 (permalink)
    I try to stay away from cemeteries. As to the Sunbury Grill, are you sure you wouldn't prefer the Cracker Barrel? I hear they have lots of nice stuff for sale there.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 12:09:21 (permalink)
    Great report Al! Almost made me feel like I was there. The Chops and Potato Pancake, and the stuff from Usinger's, all made me really hungry. You four make a great looking group! And those guard dogs look like they are also enjoying the trip.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 17:18:07 (permalink)
    *snicker*
     
    Hi everyone!  (waving)  (was that dumb?)
     
    Polish food looks great.  Not one Pierogi?  I'm sure I could eat that entire latke!
     
     
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 17:32:35 (permalink)
    Marlene,
    Janet and Bob both ordered the Polish combination Plate. Sausage, Pierogi, Cabbage Roll and SaurKraut, with two Potato Pancakes on the side. Here is Janet's dinner...to show we did the International Sampler !!
     

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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 17:53:20 (permalink)
    Is swooning over food allowed?
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 18:12:17 (permalink)
    Yes.
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 19:12:43 (permalink)
    Swooning is Good !   Passing out face-down into the Cabbage Roll as a result of several Shooters prior to dinner, is not acceptable !!   As the Mayor did A Long, Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy far far away !!!
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 20:22:01 (permalink)
    Understand completely.  Did you know that barstools can double as dominos?
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/03 21:00:40 (permalink)
    Bar stools deliver?
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/04 08:42:44 (permalink)
    I am eternally grateful that I have left those imbibing habits in my early life far behind !  It was not the Pizza business (Domino Effect) that caused the embarrassment, but rather the kind folks at Embassy Suites. Their 2 hour long "Happy Hour"  filled me with (among other things) glee prior to attending the Polish dinner celebration, where I got 'Down-and-Dirty' with a muti-sensory connection to the Polish Plate similar to the one in the photo above.  I could hardly look at Janet's dinner, much less taste it...even after 35 years+ since the first episode!" />
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/04 10:55:34 (permalink)
    Good stuff as always Al!  I made it to Crocus only before, but it was a very enjoyable experience.  It sure it great to see Annpeeples again.  And no trip report of yours is complete with at least one photo of the pups.  With all that great looking and undoubtedly, great smelling meat in the truck, that must have been driving Demi and Duff crazy!
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    Re:Wisconsin Trick AND Treat Weekend ! 2010/11/04 12:52:46 (permalink)
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    Annie and Bob looked great. It is so good to have her back with the group. We laughed for a long time that evening !  Janet had no concept of what KOPP'S Custard was...thinking of Ted Drewes and Culvers. So it was a real shock for her to get a two scoop cone that she could not finish !  All she could do was ask what the 4-5-6 scoops cones were like???
      
     I wish I had a photo of the server at Crocus. She was a little blonde cutie !  Good Polish accent affecting her English a little, but willing to repeat stuff for clarity. TTM would have lost his heart there, for sure.
        The dogs received some of the strongest (smokiest) pig's ears and gnaw-bones from the folks at Yoder's Meat Market in Indiana. We gave them one ear, cut in half, at the motel that night, but it reeked of the smokey brine, so we kept the rest til we got home Monday. The ears were consumed, but the bones keep reappearing from under pillows and cushions where they are hidden after a gnaw or two.
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