Saturday, February 6, 2010

Reprinted columns

Arty Kids

Reprinted by Isthmus Parents

A plague of chocolate frogs: Horror movie and treat pairings for Valentine's Day

Reprinted by The Onion A.V. Club Milwaukee

Let's get tropical: A guide to alcoholic island-hopping

Reprinted by The Onion A.V. Club Twin Cities, The Onion A.V. Club Chicago, The Onion A.V. Club Milwaukee, The Onion A.V. Club Denver, The Onion A.V. Club Washington D.C.

"Even caramel sundaes is gettin' touched": Snacks inspired by hip-hop rhymes

Reprinted by The Onion A.V. Club Chicago, The Onion A.V. Club Washington D.C., The Onion A.V. Club Milwaukee, The Onion A.V. Club Austin

Rotting temptation: Where to find stinky delicacies

Reprinted by The Onion A.V. Club Twin Cities

The devil in cider: crisp alternatives to keeping BACs up while the temperature's high

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

List of Publications - Isthmus 2010

Fitchburg's Thai Noodles offers worthy cheap eats
Thai cuisine is among the world's most exciting: It's colorful, dynamic, ebullient, in-your-face. It's a cuisine that doesn't shy away from intense flavors like chili paste and fermented fish sauce. Eating Thai is about trying centuries-old flavors of galanga, kaffir lime leaves and cilantro.
12 months of meals 2010
All year long, we at Isthmus/The Daily Page keep track of new restaurants, cuisine revamps, and established spots that have moved or opened satellite campuses. If you've been meaning to try out a new local kitchen, here's a rundown of some of our favorites.
Milky way
When you're from Wisconsin, it's easy to take milk for granted. It's part of the landscape. Goes well with chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter sandwiches and blindingly hot Salvadoran peppers. In the grocery store, most of us grab a carton of our regular, whether whole, 2%, 1% or skim, and beyond that we probably don't have much of a handle on how different milks actually taste.
What makes a good olive oil?
What is extra virgin olive oil? It comes from virgin oil production where olives are not treated with chemicals, has no more than 0.8% acidity, and is not recommended for cooking. High temperatures distort the subtle taste qualities of extra virgin olive oil, so if you are sautéing vegetables for a marinara, you should use something less expensive, like plain old virgin olive oil.

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  • Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    List of Publications - The Onion A.V. Club 2010

    feature Attack of the neon morsels: Inedible-looking colors in food

    The A.V. Club tastes some local food items that look radioactive at best.

    January 6, 2010 | 12:00am 1

    Belly Up Pork, beer, and money for the kids

    REAP Food Group's latest event involves eating pork, drinking beer, and helping the kids. Sounds great to us.

    January 7, 2010 | 12:00am 1

    feature The Coopers Tavern to put more expensive beer, poutine, and bone marrow on the Square

    Promising upscale brewpub fare to go with lots of upscale brew, The Coopers Tavern is set to open this Wednesday.

    January 11, 2010 | 10:15am

    feature "Even caramel sundaes is gettin' touched": Snacks inspired by hip-hop rhymes

    "Flame broil base, my pickle make ya wiggle / You're busted, my mustard, will wax your whole plate."

    January 13, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature A $25 taste of the good life: Restaurant Week tradeoffs

    Is the flat-rate fine-dining fest really a bargain? It depends on where you go.

    January 21, 2010 | 12:00am 1

    Blog Buzzed and bloated in style: A look at two new Madison pubs

    We catch up with the campaign to make Madison drinking and bar fare fancy.

    January 22, 2010 | 12:00am 3

    feature Pizza by the rulebook: Café Porta Alba's pies and their not-quite-Neapolitan rivals

    The Neapolitans have strict guidelines for pizza-making. We sample the one restaurant in town that sitcks to them, and some equally pleasing options that don't.

    January 27, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Port of call: Wollersheim Winery

    Wollersheim Winery hosts a tasting to unveil its versions of this famous high-octane sweet wine.

    January 28, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Go long for the onion dip: Super Bowl foods in playbook terms

    Not totally sure on the difference between a spike and a sneak? No matter, just put some food in your mouth and nod.

    February 3, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Small-batch treats from start-ups

    A local business incubator brings small-batch treats to the masses just in time for Valentine's Day shopping.

    February 4, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature A plague of chocolate frogs: Horror movie and treat pairings for Valentine's Day

    Find the way to that special someone's heart through a Solar Plexus Chakra Bar and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.

    February 10, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Fatness before the fast: Where to gorge on Mardi Gras

    Before making sacrifices for Lent (or not), get jammed up on jambalaya, po' boys, and catfish.

    February 15, 2010 | 12:00am 2

    Belly Up Goodwill eating at The Big Eat

    Madison's culinary heavy-hitters team up for The Big Eat's gluttonous fundraiser.

    February 18, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Drunken dungeons for winter: Dark beers served in dark basements

    Can winter just fucking be over already? No, but you can sulk with porters and stouts in several fine underground drinking spots.

    February 22, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Rush-hour redemption: Commuter-friendly breakfasts that won't demoralize

    Cheap, respectable eats for those running early.

    March 1, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up The International Festival’s oblique food pairings

    Dance and eat your way to becoming internationally full.

    March 4, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Corned, banged, and bloodied: Curious Celtic abuses of meat

    This St. Patrick's Day, honor the fine Irish culinary tradition of questionable beef and pork preparation.

    March 12, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Clash of the light and dark wine titans at Ocean Grill

    Enjoy two extremes of the red-white wine continuum, along with some heavy snacks.

    March 18, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Trail Of Beers: Verona Road

    We find out where to score chicken cordon bleu and watch Fox News over drinks on the edge of town.

    March 19, 2010 | 12:00am 3

    feature Madison's Mexican-food market becomes even more crowded (and perhaps more "dank")

    The A.V. Club visits three new Mexican restaurants in a city we already thought had plenty.

    March 24, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Sardine's Easter brunch is decadent and depraved

    Don't expect any resurrections to occur after this Sunday feast.

    April 1, 2010 | 12:00am

    Wisconsin Film Festival Food love (Mini-Fest #3)

    These four films are dedicated to all the foodies out there.

    April 9, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature French and crusty: In search of real baguettes

    We hunt down some great locally baked baguette sandwiches and French dip.

    April 14, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up A cookbook that deceives children

    The chef from Middleton's Bean Sprouts Café unveils recipes that make kids enjoy vegetables.

    April 15, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Extra, utterly Madison excuses for Tea Party rage

    Anti-tax demonstrators at Thursday's rally need only look around them for more reasons to get angry.

    April 15, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Madison Sourdough adds bread and brightness to Willy Street

    Local bakery fills old cafe with sunshine and oven-fresh goodies.

    April 21, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up A golden ticket (to Monroe Street)

    Hey, how often do you get to go to an event called a "chocolate walk"?

    April 22, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Rotting temptation: Where to find stinky delicacies in Madison

    Smells horrendous! Let's eat!

    April 27, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Farmers' market madness

    The massive crowds at the Dane County Farmers' Market can be a downer, so here's a more relaxing alternative.

    April 29, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Bargain hunting: Madison menus' best bang for the buck

    $16 for a bowl of soup? Shit.

    May 4, 2010 | 12:00am 2

    Belly Up Gorge away on mom's special day

    Restaurant Magnus is really throwing down for Mothers' Day.

    May 6, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Wild fungus weekend

    Muscoda's a short trip for some killer shrooms.

    May 13, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature The new Cilantro Bar & Grill does some amazing Mexican

    But don't even bother asking for chips and salsa.

    May 18, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Brat bashing time

    209,000 brats aren't going to eat themselves.

    May 27, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Moo-ve your dairy-ere

    Cow puns here! Get your cow puns!

    June 3, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Lunch Adventure: Henry Vilas Zoo

    Why not celebrate the majesty of the animal kingdom with an all-encompassing corndog?

    June 7, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Art, wine, cheese, and a bit of karate

    It should be a kickin' time in Sun Prairie.

    June 10, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Get your guns, chicken, and baseball for Father's Day

    Even the baseball team is called the Bullets.

    June 17, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Lunch Adventure: Meriter Hospital

    A good dessert selection is the upside to getting your tonsils out.

    June 22, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Pricey pig-out for a good cause

    A rare 10 on the Fatsometer, this event will definitely be worth it.

    June 24, 2010 | 11:30am

    feature First Impression: Porky Pine Pete's Smokehouse BBQ

    Madison's starting to get slathered up with a lot of good barbecue.

    June 29, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Early morning munching for the World Cup

    Even if you're not a fan of soccer, an excuse to start drinking early might be worth faking it.

    July 1, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Creole cuisine and French flavors

    Does the "French paradox" work with beer?

    July 8, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature The devil in cider: crisp alternatives to keeping BACs up while the temperature's high

    Sure Woodchuck will get you drunk, but why not get blotto with something classier?

    July 13, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Let's make a (big) deal out of Monty's birthday

    Seriously, have you had the meatloaf sandwich? It's fucking amazing!

    July 15, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Six-day fine-dining free-for-all

    Who's up for some smoked corn pudding?

    July 22, 2010 | 12:00am

    Recap Black Market's amuse-bouche at Bon Appetit Cafe

    Guests were treated to 12 tricky courses with deceptive names like "fruit roll-up" and "pork and beans."

    July 27, 2010 | 1:30pm 3

    feature Trail Of Beers: Broadway

    Monster burgers, animal horns, and converted fire stations all highlight a thriving bar scene.

    July 28, 2010 | 12:00am 3

    feature Doubling up on get-togethers

    Atwood Summerfest and Senior Scenester Potluck make for a busy Saturday.

    July 29, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Good things from the garden

    An extremely healthy meal with a little bit of ice cream.

    August 5, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Food Network thinks Gail Ambrosius has the best "little box of chocolates"

    But you'll have to go all the way to California for the best "beer-spiked cupcake."

    August 5, 2010 | 10:10am

    Belly Up Stick it where the sun does shine

    Why bother sitting down to eat lamb medallions when you can just take them with you?

    August 12, 2010 | 2:00pm

    Belly Up Sample some African food and culture

    Good food for mind and body.

    August 19, 2010 | 9:00am

    feature Urban chickens lay Salmonella fears to waste

    It doesn't matter which came first when you have both.

    August 24, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Neighborly noshing

    Orton Park Festival combines the best Madison has to offer in food and aerial acrobatics.

    August 26, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Come get a Taste

    More than 200 options with which to stuff your face.

    September 2, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Zucchinis, martinis, and things inbetweenies

    Fill up on booze and veggies for a mere $65.

    September 9, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Roll out the barrel of fatty food

    To get an authentic experience, pack 16 days' worth of eating and drinking into this six-hour event on Saturday.

    September 16, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Lunch Adventure: Costco

    Just like everything else at Costco, the food is cheap and the portions are huge.

    September 20, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Up on the Farm

    Raise money for kids program without having to deal with the little tyrants.

    September 23, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Lunch Adventure: Madison Children’s Museum

    The fountain alone makes lunch here a no-brainer.

    September 28, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Down the line for Wine & Dine

    A short drive to Milwaukee and you’ll be in food and booze heaven.

    September 30, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Red hot chili party

    Go get some of that chili, dog.

    October 7, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature The secret’s in the sauce: Four of Madison restaurant's most confounding condiments

    Fraboni’s, The Plaza, and more slather some delightfully mysterious sauces.

    October 12, 2010 | 12:00am 5

    Belly Up The roast with the most

    A big-time pig-out at the Madison Hostel.

    October 14, 2010 | 12:00pm

    Belly Up Time to stockpile for winter

    The markets are closing soon, so get it while the gettin’ is good

    October 21, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature Harold’s Chicken Shack opening on the West Side

    It also serves fish, shrimp, and giblet, if you’re up for that.

    October 22, 2010 | 2:00pm

    feature Tobacco, makeup, and child care never tasted so good: Adult behaviors in candy form

    Sweet treats that will get them ready for the grown-up world.

    October 26, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature More Magazine, the rest of the nation getting wise to Madison chocolatier Gail Ambrosius

    From cartographer to chocolatier: two things we know nothing about.

    October 27, 2010 | 10:15am

    Belly Up Start your wining

    But pick up some for home if you really want to go for it.

    October 28, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature What will $10 get you at Nostrano?

    It’s time for some high-class booze.

    November 1, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Heavy Metal Chefs play with madness, knives

    Not exactly metal, but at least there will be fire and knives.

    November 4, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Age appropriate food fun

    Something for teens, something for over-50s, and whatevs to everyone else.

    November 11, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature First Impressions: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

    This place is way better than the gross-sounding name would suggest.

    November 16, 2010 | 12:00am 2

    feature Time to get pie-faced

    All the pies you can handle.

    November 18, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature No Reservations Madison: Five places Anthony Bourdain should visit when he’s in town

    We plot out a local episode of the rock-star chef’s Travel Channel series.

    November 18, 2010 | 11:00am

    feature Don’t you know I’m a locavore?

    Who needs the other 49 states? Wisconsin’s got everything you need for a kickass Thanksgiving right here.

    November 22, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up This Thanksgiving, let someone else cook and clean so you can focus on stuffing your face

    Weigh yourself before and after the meal. It’s awesome!

    November 24, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature First Impressions: Underground Kitchen

    Delicious food prepared by survivalists, without the pesky apocalypse.

    November 30, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up What! Celebrate a feast of yore-days

    Gather round the steak of loin, ye!

    December 2, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature What can you get for $10 at Campus Candy?

    The new Wonkafied State Street spot is guaranteed to get your head spinning.

    December 7, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Scandinavian food: Tough to pronounce, fun to eat

    Our Norwegian’s pretty rusty, but that won’t stop us from stuffing our faces.

    December 9, 2010 | 12:00am

    feature First Impressions: Bella Vita

    The new Italian eatery shows a lot of promise.

    December 14, 2010 | 12:00am

    Belly Up Ring in the new year by saying goodbye to Restaurant Magnus

    Madison’s best Scandanavian restaurant will unfortunately close up shop after the new year.

    December 30, 2010 | 12:00am