Posts tagged ‘Food’

June 14, 2010

Milwaukee Food Tour

by thoughtfulconservative

After the aborted Air and Water Show on Saturday, the missus and I had a good time going on a food tour from Milwaukee Food Tours. We had never been to the Historic Third Ward so it gave us a chance to experience that also. Yeah, i know, we’re lame. 🙂

We took the Historic Third Ward tour. Our guide was Karen (@karencooksit) who was very knowledgeable about the Third Ward and its history. For example, did you know that only one firehouse ever burned down in Wisconsin and it was housed in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward?

Along the way, we had soup, appetizer, pizza, beer, main course of beef kebabs and champagne at six different establishments. I could tell you where we went but the exact restaurants may vary from tour to tour. The tour took about 2 and a half hours and we were stuffed at the end.

They have five other tours that can be taken, the Brady Street Tour, Riverwalk & Old World Third Street, Bloody Mary Brunch, and the Village of Wauwatosa Dinner.

I didn’t think the price of $45 per person was out of line, so I can recommend them. Check them out.

Milwaukee Food Tours are also on Twitter @MKEFoodTour.

January 2, 2009

The art of sleeping in a treehouse

by thoughtfulconservative

Part 3 of Danna Harmon’s Jungle Diary is up at the Christian Science Monitor web site. To catch folks up, Ms. Harmon has been trekking the Papuan jungles searching for a remote tribe that may still practice cannibalism. Prat one and part two links are at the beginning of the article.

My interest? I spent 21 years off and on, in a remote area on the eastern side of the island, the nation of Papua New Guinea. I want to compare notes. My looks can be found here and here.

First quote of note,

[In the evening we] hang out entertaining one another and eating beetle larvae (them) or sandwich cookies filled with pineapple cream (us) until bedtime.

Cookies are great but I don’t think beetle larvae are too bad, either, especially the younger ones. Melt in your mouth good almost.

The next passage tells about what you’ll find in a house,

The scenes within are usually chaotic, filled with chatting, coughing, and spitting, as well as babies crying and small pigs and dogs making a racket.

This includes church services, which, as you might guess, makes them exciting.


I sit with the women of the family who are topless, wear skirts made of sago fiber, decorate their hair with tiny mice bones and tails, and wear dog’s teeth as necklaces [very valuable to them, if they’re anything like the group we lived with]

Another one,

Bedtime happens at about six, when it suddenly becomes pitch dark. I try reading with a flashlight for a while, but the light attracts bugs that go flying directly in my eyes, and I give up.

Mosquito nets don’t even help, especially with the “no-see-ums,” the little biting bugs that are vitually invisible. We also used to wrap ourselves with white sheets to better see the “mozzies.”

And my favorite of this article,

In what seems like the middle of the night, I wake and watch the old men preparing sago patties on a smoldering fire nearby – spitting into their palms to knead the root. A mental note regarding eating sago patties from here on out is made. A little girl with evidence of a fungal skin infection has cuddled up near me. I pull my hand out of my sleeping sheet to see what time it is: 10 p.m.

Ah, New Guinea!

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September 7, 2008

Waukesha Carnival – Palinsanity edition

by thoughtfulconservative

Well, it’s been far too long since my last round-up of Waukesha-related bloggings, so here, finally, is edition 38. So let’s get started.

The buzz was over the Republican National Convention and John McCain’s inspired pick of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate.

Fox Head is one of many conservatives who are excited about the ticket after being “Eh!” about McCain. The difference? Sarah Palin, of course.

Dean Culver at Common Sense Waukesha calls it The Libs New Low! but the Right does it too.

Dan Diebert comments on a Waukesha “hate crime” against Obama. Darryl Enriquez covered it also, but he works for the Journal Sentinel so is not allowed to be funny. 🙂

Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative hit blog paydirt with two posts on Anne Kilkenny (no relation).

Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth, said we should declare wild speculations of her family and her daughter’s pregnancy to be off limits–one of the few on the left (Obama was another, to his credit also) to do so.

Kyle Prast from Practically Speaking and a friend went to see McCain/Palin at Cedarburg.

Scott Feldstein had a thoughtful review of McCain’s acceptance speech.

Troy Fullerton at Rendevous with Destiny has a crush on Sarah.

Silent e shared a cartoon from Michael Ramirez that says it all for some Republicans.

For those who believe the Republicans didn’t deal with the issues in their acceptance speeches, Spring City Chronicle posts a relevant part of Gov. Palin’s speech.

And we all know football season is here. Bryon Houlgrave gives us two posts with pictures from area high school games.

Within Wisconsin, Dad29 quoting from Patrick McIlheran reminds us that the minimum mark-up law is not dead.

The Daily Scoff tackles the Government Accountability Board.

James Wigderson looks at some state campaign financing.

Hungry? MommaBlogger at Homemaker’s Guide to the Galaxy baked you a pie. Now, go get a snack. You’ll need one.

Or maybe you want to try one of these weird foods given to us by Dan at Skeptics Anonymous and Eat Wisconsin. They’ve eaten more on the list than I have (I don’t even know what some of them are!) but two that neither have eaten, I have–whole insects, if you count larvae, and snake. Which reminds me of the old line, “I like cats–they taste like chicken!”

Locally, Jeff at Five Points labels Weekend in Waukesha a great success. I would agree.

Lisa from Sequentially Speaking shares that Neptune Comics is moving to the Westbrook Shopping Center on Moreland (Kohl’s).

James Rowan does his usual criticism of sprawl. But I did learn a new phrase–bread and circuses.

In other political posts, Sen. Mary Lasich (aide Kevin Fischer?) tells us the federal government wants to regulate our lawn mowers.

Josh at Blog Waukesha tried to educate a tax-increaser on economics, but couldn’t seem to get through to him.

Finally, Hurricane Gustav caused Tom Gehl to recall Miss Molly.

That concludes this edition. You can always submit a post (even if it isn’t yours) to the next edition by using this convenient form. Or you can e-mail the link to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com. Past posts can be found here.

February 26, 2008

Artificial sweetener may disrupt body’s ability to count calories

by thoughtfulconservative

According to Purdue University professors,

Choosing a diet soft drink over a regular, sugar-packed beverage may not be the best way to fight obesity, according to new research from Purdue University. But the researchers said this doesn’t mean you should grab a regularly sweetened soft drink instead.
Professor Terry Davidson and associate professor Susan Swithers, both in the Department of Psychological Sciences, found that artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body’s natural ability to “count” calories based on foods’ sweetness. This finding may explain why increasing numbers of people in the United States lack the natural ability to regulate food intake and body weight. The researchers also found that thick liquids aren’t as satisfying – calorie for calorie – as are more solid foods.


Oh, wait, next week there may be a study contradicting this one.

February 5, 2008

A Waukesha Carnival 2-4-2008

by thoughtfulconservative

Here’s another edition of the posts by Waukesha county bloggers that I found most thought-provoking. Note, not the ones I agree with, just the ones that got me thinking. You may have your own, feel free to put them in the comments, or email them to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com.

First of all, can a carnival contain a carnival? One could argue that Sancho’s “Hobo Sandwich” is a carnival of sorts.

Sen. Mary Lazich (aide Kevin Fischer?) contends that Wisconsin must approve a ban on partial birth abortions.

Mayor Nelson goes out on a limb and predicts presidential elections.

silent e lets us know something about matching prices gimmicks.

Jeff at Eat Wisconsin thinks the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is not going to hire another food critic. At Five Points Blog, he notes changes to Neighbor’s Social Club.

Fox Head wonders why liberals hate things they don’t think of.

Scott Feldstein announces for president. Then withdraws and throws his support behind Obama.

Sancho posting at La Raza de Waukesha (which has moved to WordPress, update your blogrolls) has a caption contest.

More election politics as James Wigderson notes Ann Coulter’s “endorsement” of Hillary Clinton. We criticize Coulter and rightly so, but we see this all over because outrageous comments begets attention and attention begets sales (book, ads, etc.). James, spending some time in Minneapolis, brings us some news from across the border.

Dad29 posts about what can happen without adequate product research.

Lisa shares at Hobo Springs about what she saw on “60 Minutes” about the sub-prime crisis.

Cindy Kilkenny blogging at Fairly Conservative corrects some errors in fact with this Laurel Walker piece.

That’s it for this week. Again if you have a post you liked or think deserves to be here, use the comments or my e-mail above.

January 29, 2008

A Waukesha Carnival 01-29-2008

by thoughtfulconservative

I apologize for not posting over the weekend. Just wiped out from work, I guess.

Anyway, following are those posts in the Waukesha County portion of the Cheddarsphere that I found most interesting. They appear in no particular order.

Mayor Nelson posted his memo that he usually posts before a Common Council meeting.

James Wigderson had some advice on picking the new school superintendent.

The Asian Badger posted his thoughts about a piece that was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last Sunday concerning the business climate in Milwaukee.

Jessica McBride wants folks to stop “disrespecting social conservatives” not that many folks will listen, but I agree.

Troy Fullerton ponders whether a conservative of conscience could vote for John McCain. I say yes, since McCain’s conservative rating matches closely with Fred Thompson’s rating among other well-known conservatives.

Kyle Prast at Practically Speaking tells about the trials of going green.

Scott Feldstein asks, “If there were a magic button which would make it so that no sexually active couple ever became pregnant unless they explicitly wanted to, would you push it?” As he says, as a group, pro-lifers would say no, but I’m one of those who would say yes.

If you haven’t followed the Kevin Fischer brouhaha, you’ve missed a doosie. Cindy Kilkenny, now blogging at Fairly Conservative, was involved and even James Wigderson got pulled into it. Be ready to do some reading and clicking if you hope to follow this.[ed. – For those surfing over here, please note, I have no horse in this race. Some of the posts and comments have been removed and I have not followed it from the beginning, nor do I particularly want to. My interest is the amount of bandwidth that has been expended in this endeavor.]

Yorick’s Persiflage reports on a health care forum held at Carroll College.

Jeff, whose posts at Five Points Blog are usually found here, has another blog, Eat Wisconsin, which is going under some reconstruction. Keep your eye on it.

Spring City Chronicle proposes something called the Larry Nelson Memorial Auditorium. I just give his warning,

This post advocates public spending on what some might call a grand scale. This may cause my more sensitive conservative and libertarian readers to suffer the vapors or have a conniption.

Ya gotta love it when anyone uses the word conniption.

Finally, Lisa at Sequentially Speaking has a list of the Marvel comic books that have “Lost” easter eggs in them.

That’s all there is this week. If you have some you’d like to suggest for this week or next week, let me know, either in the comments or e-mail to thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com .