In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk"

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Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/02 15:31:40
BuddyRoadhouse
Gyp-I'm not looking for an exceedingly early start.  I think if we meet at noon at Hagen's, that will give us ample time to work our way through the tour.


Perfect.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/03 03:23:00
Okay, one day to go, time to get down to serious business.
 
Here’s a best guess timeline for Saturday.  There are no non-food stops in here.  If we have extra time at any given stop, we can do some neighborhood exploration.
 
To get to Hagen’s  from Milwaukee; take I-94 south to Cicero exit (41C).  Continue south on Cicero to Montrose, turn right (west).  Take Montrose to address, about 8 ½ blocks.
 
Noon-Meet at Hagen’s Fish Market
 
12:45 leave Hagen’s
 
1:15 Arrive at Humboldt Park
 
2:45-3:00 Leave Humboldt Park (if we wrap up early at the park, and if we feel like it, we can head over to Cemitas Puebla)
 
3:15-Arrive at Red Hot Ranch (I’ll make the quick detour over to Hoosier Mama to pick up the pies, and meet the group at RHR)
 
4:00-Leave Red Hot Ranch
 
4:20 Arrive at 1100 block of west Grand Avenue (Bari/D’Amato’s/Terry’s Toffee)
 
5:45 Leave Grand Avenue
 
6:15 Arrive La Palapa, party ‘til whenever…
 
I’ll hand out direction sheets on the day of the tour.
 
Any questions; now’s the time to ask ‘em.  Otherwise, see you Saturday at noon, or whenever you can join the group.  Stay in touch.
 
Buddy
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/03 19:35:23
What's the headcount by the time we get to La Palapa, just so I can give them an idea?
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/03 20:42:26
Abe - We will have 2 for La Palapa.
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/03 21:38:14
2 for LaPalapa
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/03 21:56:47
2 for LaPalapa
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 08:41:49
I'll be joining the tour early but will depart prior to LaPalapa...see you all soon!
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 08:42:46
3 or 4 for La Palapa
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 08:58:01
X1

3 or 4 for La Palapa

4
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 10:25:41
Nina and I will catch up with the Contingent at the Red Hot Ranch. We'll also supply some cold 7UP-retro in the bottle, made with real sugar.
 
CSD
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 10:29:49
Buddy - We are looking at meeting up with you at Hoosier Mama's.  Bobbi want to look at pies first hand. We'll see how it compares to this ...

 

 
Jim
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 10:44:25
I think Bobbi will be happier than a pig in...mud when she visits Hoosier Mama.
 
Call me from the road so we can coordinate times.
 
Buddy
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 10:45:58
MilwFoodlovers

X1

3 or 4 for La Palapa

4

Who does this include?  I told them 14 based on the earlier RSVP list:
 
Roadhouses: 2
abe_froeman & Mr Maki: 2
X1: 1
MilwFoodlovers: 2
Gyp: 1
chicagostyledog: 2
JRPfeff: 2 (+more?)
irisarbor:2
 
Did Mrs MFL change her mind, as is her wont?
 
Either way, no big deal to squeeze a 15th in
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/04 10:50:25
4 is me, Gyp and the FLs.
 
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 09:41:11

X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 09:41:54
LA PALAPA LA PALAPA LA PALAPA
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 09:43:04
Thanks, Buddy....I had a great time and liked 99% of the food I had (still not sure about that Puerto Rican stuffed whatever that was....). It was a great day, even with the rain. Traffic and parking cooperated. Awesome.
Hope you're feeling better today!
 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 09:43:41
*knock knock*
"Candygram"
 
/Land Shark
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 11:07:08
Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, you're blocking my access to delicious Mexican seafood at La Palapa with your pants on the ground
 

Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 11:12:03
I put a bunch of pictures up on my Foodspotting page if anyone wants to take a look
http://www.foodspotting.com/24116-chuck
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 11:45:26
Salmon Candy on toasted Italian bread w cream cheese for breakfast.. mmmmmmmm
 
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 11:51:54
I can't figure out how to embed this, so here's a link to yesterday's entertainment.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 12:06:23
It was really great to see everyone again...the food and company were fantastic!  I really enjoyed the varried food choices from a fish shack to the Puerto rican food trucks of Humbolt Park to pie to hot dogs, fries and shrimp to the Italian twosome along with some toffee...and that doesn't even count the grand finale!
 
Thanks buddy for the coordinating job...well done and much appreciated!  Would be nice to see a few more Chicago folks join in....
 
Thanks to all the Wisconsonites that made the trip...enjoyed catching up!
 
As I had a less than stellar visit to RHR, this visit was the exact opposite...the shrimp were perfect, the fries hot and prepared just right.  I did not have a dog, but those that did loved 'em!  I'm back in the fold!
 
The sub from Bari's was a winner as were the baked goods from D'amato's...perhaps it was the company!
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 12:22:23
Ditto that Greg.
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/05 21:05:18
Had a really good time. It was great to see everybody. Thanks Buddy for putting it all together. Can't wait until the next Contingent get together.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 07:09:34
Any comments on the pies? Which ones were best? Were there 5 different pies? What was the best of the seafood at dinner?
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 07:52:31
I enjoyed the crust on the Hoosier Sugar Cream pie. All the shrimp dishes at La Palapa were very good but the French fries and depression style dog at Redhot Ranch were my personal favorites.
 
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 09:12:26
Greg -
Bobbi & I were both very impressed with the pies. The crusts were flaky and tasty, and were not overloaded with salt like so many pies we try are.  There were 5 pies, we both liked the Hoosier Sugar Cream pie, it was an unusual pie, not something typically found in restaurants or pie shops.
 
Bobbi's favorite was the Chocolate Cream, but she didn't care for the Key Lime. I had the opposite reaction to these two pies. I think Hoosier Mama goes to extremes with their fillings. That meant too much key lime flavor for Bobbi's tastes, and too much dark chocolate for mine (I know, I know ...).
 
We enjoyed everything we tried at La Palapa, and really liked the focaccias from D'Amato's for Sunday lunch.
 
Jim
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 11:51:23
At LaPalapa, I really loved the romplecherchon?  rumplestiltskin? "mattress breaker" dish with the mixed seafood over rice.  The octopus was so tender and delicious- it was some of the best octopus I've had in years!
 
Pie -wise I loved the coconut and sugar cream, but I thin the chocolate was my fave, it has a really nice balance of bitter and sweet in the chocolate that was IMO perfectly balanced by the lightness of the whipped cream topping.  The key lime was OK, but a bit too tart for my personal taste- crust was great... I think a lemon meringue would have worked better because then the tartness of the lemon is balanced by the sweetness of the meringue.  Didn't try the banana- not my bag....
Also loved the shrimp at RHR- best fried shrimp ever!
 
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 12:34:26
JRPfeffThat meant too much key lime flavor for Bobbi's tastes,

I absolutely loved the key lime because of the super tart flavor.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 13:14:23
Nice pics, Gyp, and thanks for the video, JRPfeff! All in all, sounds like there were absolutely no disappointments!
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 13:22:37
Wrong Ann.  We were disappointed you couldn't make it.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 14:50:45
AWWWWWWWWWWW.....
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/06 20:02:47
annpeeples

Nice pics, Gyp, and thanks for the video, JRPfeff! All in all, sounds like there were absolutely no disappointments!

Thanks, yeah everything was fantastic.
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/07 13:44:18
I just knew that it would turn out to be a great day because I wasn't there...wait, that didn't come out right.
 
Glad it was a good time for everybody.  I would've especially enjoyed the shrimp and seafood.
 
Brad
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/07 18:53:38
Brad,
 
Sorry you (and Annie, too) weren't there.  How was the graduation?
 
Buddy
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/07 20:05:58
Buddy, thanks for putting together another great Contingent tour. Nina and I had a swell time eating, meeting, and greeting with the group. The food was great and your margaritas were the high point
of the tour for me.
 
Mark
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/08 04:22:19
Now I am waiting for Buddy's schedule for his BBQ sauce tour...
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/08 13:20:21
Annie, we're cutting back the tour this year.  We will be in Cleveland in a couple of weeks, but no other specific plans at this time.  We had some distribution difficulties in the Twin Cities, forcing us to cancel our May dates there.  I'm currently working on setting up July and August, but no details yet.  We have no plans for coming up to Milwaukee this summer, at least not on business.
 
Back in 2009 I took almost the entire summer off and lived like a normal person for the first time in nearly 15 years.  It felt pretty good.  Sales were down, but not nearly as much as I thought they would be.  Last year we stepped it up again and saw sales jump back up.  This year I'm prepared to do limited traveling, but I'm having a hard time getting either the stores or the distributors to commit.  Once there's something worth talking about, I'll start a tour thread.
 
Thanks for asking,
 
Buddy
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/08 16:27:45
Well, we will just have to have a get together in the Milwaukee area to get you up here!
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/09 08:41:49
BuddyRoadhouse
Brad,

Sorry you (and Annie, too) weren't there.  How was the graduation?

Aside from roasting in the sun at the outdoor ceremony and then buying dinner for 10 people, it was great!  Still would've rather eaten shrimp 'til it was coming out my ears, though.
 
Brad
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:In Spring The Contingent's Thoughts Turn to Dining "Ala Trunk" 2011/06/09 13:54:10
So you've seen the pictures...
 
Buddy
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