#SoCS: Food for Thought

From Cedarburg Coffee Roastary – post vacation debriefing

Today, Linda G. Hill is asking all of the SoCSinites in blogland to use the last photo taken and come up with a word to use in our post.

Mine is FOOD.

I love food, but so much more when on vacation and opportunities arise to try new places and give the thumbs up or thumbs down. Last week, my biking buddy and I had several opportunities for new experiences in the Milwaukee area, along with adult refreshment to wash it all down. I’ll explain with more photos…

Mussels as an appetizer from Twisted Fisherman before the plates of walleye and coleslaw arrived.

We had a few appetizers before meals, but mussels were probably the best. Second might be the pretzel bites with truffle mustard that we used to soak up a bit of adult refreshment.

The best Mexican breakfast burrito at lunch time (ever) was at Corazon. It was the only good part of the “Beerline Trail” of which there was no beer and included a hard-to-follow path. Filled with egg, beans, avocado and rice, it hit the spot for our lunch break. Three days later, prior to visiting the Twisted Fisherman, we stopped at Mobcraft Beer Brewery and Taproom for a flight and the aforementioned pretzel bites. My favorite brew? Benedict Scutterbotch, which tasted like root beer. Delicious!

Outside seating at Lakefront Brewery.

We were both disappointed with the food at Lakefront Brewery or maybe it was what we selected to eat. That being said, I judge restaurant food on everything ordered because it all should taste good. My buddy didn’t eat most of her meal, which doesn’t bode well for their mac ‘n’ cheese or deep-fried hot dog. Beer was the best part, but that is what it’s known for and the atmosphere here, both inside and out, was very inviting. From the outside seating area, we walked along the river for several blocks, enjoying the beautiful summer evening and the lights of downtown Milwaukee.

Warm grain and kale salad from Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa

The weather was hot, hot, hot while we biked and on Saturday afternoon, we took a break on the way back and enjoyed one of the best salads I’ve had in a long time. Kale, butternut farro hash, parmesan, almonds, pomegranate seeds and carmelized shallot vinaigrette. We could have added chicken or shrimp, but this and two tall glasses of iced tea were enough to rejuvenate our sweaty souls.

Traveling beer garden at Juneau Park

On Friday and Saturday evening, we found beer gardens and food in two separate county parks. On Friday, Whitnall Park served a fish fry that was not quite gourmet, but tasted soooo good with beer and an appetite. Good fish, good coleslaw, good fries, excellent company. The beer garden at Juneau Park was sponsored by Sprecher Beer, served next to their beer fire truck. We ate from a separate food truck, but the offering was only meh, not worth mentioning.

So, all in all, we had good and not-so-good food, enjoyed some tasty beer and appetizers, and generally decided that being in each other’s company, as great friends, was more important than anything we could ever put down our throats.

Chocolate excluded.

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last photo you took.” Take the last photo you snapped. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you look at it? That word is your prompt. Enjoy!

17 responses to #SoCS: Food for Thought

  1. Dan Antion says:

    It looks like you had a great time. I enjoyed the pictures from the trail, and the food and the beer. I like ordering flights of beer at places like that.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We had a wonderful time exploring Milwaukee, Dan. I’m looking forward to going back and testing more of its cuisine, beer and the bike trails. Quality control, you know…

  2. quiall says:

    I am glad you excluded chocolate because you know, chocolate! I’ve always said the best way to get to know a people or an area is through their food. That is their expression of love. Of course not all of it is lovable.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, chocolate Pam! We didn’t visit any chocolate shops while there, but did try to get a scoop of ice cream (vegan for me) from a recommended spot. Unfortunately, the long line of people made us decide we’ll have to wait for another time to find more love in their cuisine.

  3. henhouselady says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I have only passed through Milwaukee. It looks like I missed some great food.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s easy to discount a big city in what itmay have to offer, but we found our time in Milwaukee to be both delightful and delicious!

      • henhouselady says:

        Thank you for your suggestions in your blog post. Rooster and I will have to consider making a visit.

  4. JoAnna says:

    I’d like to try that kale salad. Twisted Fisherman is a great name. What a cool and funky looking building! 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m with you on the salad, JoAnna. I have a few other recipes to work on today, but I may see this in my future catalog of good things to eat.

  5. murisopsis says:

    What a fun trek! I am intrigued but the beer fire truck – does it have a reservoir of beer? Do they dispense with a fire hose?? So many possibilities!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      No fire hose, the beer came out of taps. But that’s a great idea! Biking, beer and food…tons of fun!

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Well now I’m hungry. I agree with your conclusion though– it’s not the food and drink, it’s the company that makes the meal.

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