Archive | October, 2011

New Glarus, Wisconsin

31 Oct

country road

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to head back to Wisconsin to attend a couple of Brewers playoff games. Since the weather was so nice, I thought a trip to New Glarus, WI with my Mom would be a good idea. I had recently read a great article, entitled “A Bit of Switzerland in Wisconsin”, about the town in the New York Times travel section.

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus

A link to the article can be found at the end of this post and was definitely much of the roadmap for our day trip.

We left Waukesha around 9AM and took the country route there via highway 59. After a two-hour drive through beautiful farmland with the trees changing to beautiful colors of yellow, orange and red, we arrived

New Glarus Brewery

in New Glarus. Our first stop was to the New Glarus Bakery to grab a late morning snack. This bakery has been around for more than 100 years, and still offers many of “old world” favorites. We opted for scones and some apricot pressed cookies for our ride home. The scones were delicious and hit the spot after our long drive.

tasting wristbands

Next we stopped over to the Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus. I don’t know how it is that I ended up getting out of there without any cheese, but we did try the pumpkin pie and dark chocolate fudge. We ended up taking the dark chocolate fudge home with us. The people who work there are really knowledgeable and can speak at length about the process used to make the different varieties.

Beer!

They have a whole bunch of interesting flavors you can try. Check out their full listing on their website.

The main reason for making this trip was to check out the Brewery, which makes the very delicious Spotted Cow, a tasty and popular ale among Wisconsinites. The Brewery offers three 3oz. beer samples for $3.50 and you get to keep your tasting glass. They had six beers available for tasting so my Mom and I decided that we would get different ones so that we

Bar at Puempel's Tavern

could try all of them. My favorite was the Moon Man and their Oktoberfest. On our way out, I was sure to stop by the store and pick up my own mixed six-pack to share with my family for the evening Packers game.

After spending some time basking in the sun and drinking beer, our final stop was to Puempel’s Tavern to try the

Cheese plate and beer

braunschweiger and limburger sandwich with raw onions on rye. The NYT article said that while it sounds not so tasty, it actually is. Now, I consider myself adventurous when it comes to food, but the thought of this sandwich, does not sound appetizing. When I was growing up, my grandparents would feed

Braunschweiger and limburger sandwich with raw onions on rye

me liverwurst sandwiches on rye bread, but never with stinky cheese! We decide to order the cheese plate to start with, which is a mix of cheddar, colby and swiss cheeses from around Green County (yay local cheese). What was hilarious about this was that this nice cheese was served with, wait for it, the equivalent of Ritz crackers. My Mom

View from New Glarus Brewery

 ordered a bratwurst and I ordered the sandwich. When our food arrived, I could already smell the limburger. I cautiously took the first bite and it didn’t taste nearly as bad as I thought, but the smell of that cheese was overpowering the entire experience. I ended up ditching the cheese and just finishing it with the onion and braunschweiger. I have to say it was an experience, but I won’t be ordering that one again! The even more wonderful thing about this entire lunch was that with our beer vouchers from the brewery, our total bill was $19.90. I have to say, New Glarus is an affordable spot to getaway in Wisconsin. The town has a lot to offer and the beer is delicious!

 

NYT Article: http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/travel/a-bit-of-switzerland-in-wisconsin.html

New Glarus Bakery: http://www.newglarusbakery.com

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus: www.mapleleafcheeseandchocolatehaus.com  

Puempels Tavern: www.puempels.com

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Delarosa

30 Oct

Gail and our pizza

My dear friend Gail was visiting SF last weekend and we spent most of the weekend eating and drinking through the city. On Saturday night we didn’t have reservations anywhere and decided that getting on the list at Delarosa, would do the trick.

We started out with the crispy tagliolini dumplings, mozzarella, prosciutto and green pea which was basically a delicious fried ball of amazingess. I have been to this restaurant a number of times, and this is my first time trying this dish and from now on, I’m going to order it every single time. We next moved on to the skewer of sea scallops and citrus which is served with leeks and potatoes in a light sauce. I love sea scallops and this is a nice fresh dish that’s not too heavy to accompany whatever you pick off their menu. Our third shared plate was the meatball in a spicy marinara sauce.

Fritti - Crispy tagliolini dumplings

We also decided to order the heirloom tomato, ricotta salata and basil pizza. I’ve tried a few of their different pizzas, and for some reason wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I felt that it lacked some flavor, which I thought would be the opposite given the tastiness of heirloom tomatoes and the refreshing flavor of basil. The margherita pizza I’ve had before is much better and flavorful. We were also so full at this point we could hardly eat anymore we probably would’ve been better off only getting two shared plates and a pizza instead of three!

Sea scallop skewers and meatballs

Also, I think their wine list is a little short so we opted to pay the $15 corkage fee to bring in a bottle of Zinfandel from Quivira, which I would highly recommend.

Overall, Delarosa is a solid spot in the Marina to grab dinner, especially if you aren’t able to get reservations at some of the other places in the neighborhood. They allow you to call your party in up to 45 minutes before you arrive to get on their waiting list. By time you get there, the wait is usually only 20 or so minutes and they are really good at calling you if you head to one of the nearby bars for a drink. I definitely give them props on convenience in that department and the food is solid.

www.delarosasf.com – 415.673.7100 – 2175 Chestnut Street

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