Cuisine - American, Cuisine - Mexican, Foodie Destination, Places - Milwaukee, Places - Wisconsin, Recipes

The Best of 2010

El Beso construction photoEverywhere you look this week it seems that someone is doing a recap of the past year. I’ve been doing this food blogging experiment for nearly six months. It has been more successful than I could have imagined – many thanks to all of my friends and family for passing along links and giving me a good word.

I wanted to say goodbye to 2010 by taking a look at the 10 most popular posts from the past year.

1. New La Fuente location opens today
The most popular blog of this year – many thanks to Google and a Milwaukee contingency that loves its Mexican food – was a link to the Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the opening of the new Tosa La Fuente.

2. Yeah, I Ate That: The turkey leg
This was a little post I put together based on a scrapbook page from my honeymoon album. It got a lot of coverage thanks to AJ at the Disney Food Blog and the folks at the Disney Blog Carnival.

3. Construction update: El Beso Mexican Restaurante
Another indication that Milwaukee loves its Mexican food. Who knew? I was in the Greenfield-area doing some book shopping and snapped a few photos for this third most popular post of the year.

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The world of Harry Potter’s food

Harry Potter 7 ImageI thought since the last installment of Harry Potter opens at midnight that I would feature a little bit about the boy wizard’s world of food.

The imagined world that JK Rowling created is full of real and magical culinary treats from butterbeer and pumpkin pasties to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Bean and Chocolate Frogs. An internet search reveals that there are millions of websites and blogs dedicated to the recipes and foods that Harry, Ron and Hermione enjoy through their fictional journey. Big name companies like Universal and Jelly Belly have even jumped on board to help create a world of magic for Muggles around the world to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.

Here are some of my favorites that have my stomach growling and gearing up to enjoy “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Pt. 1” tonight!

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A trip to Elegant Farmer

The smiley barn at Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis.When you’re a Cheesehead, nothing says fall like a trip to The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis. With their world-famous Apple Pies Baked in a Paper Bag, apple orchards, pumpkin picking, frozen apple cider on a stick and more, it’s a great way to spend a sunny, autumn day.

Also known for the yellow smiley barn, The Elegant Farmer is a country market with pizzazz. You can find fresh cheese and cured meats like sugared ham, fresh salads, and daily specials like chicken pot pies. Or, make your sweet tooth happy with some of their sugary treats like the gigantic muffins, pies and cookies. There’s also several varieties of fresh produce to create your own sweet and savory dishes – just in time for Thanksgiving.

Here’s a quick video highlighting some of The Elegant Farmer’s products from my recent trip to the farm:

Find out more about The Elegant Farmer at www.elegantfarmer.com. Also, Thanksgiving pie orders need to be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 21.

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Recipe – DIY: Elegant Farmer Apple Pie in a Paper Bag

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Inside Disneyland’s Club 33

Hidden in the streets of New Orleans Square at Disneyland in California is a restaurant so exclusive that most park guests don’t even know it exists. Sadly, I must admit that I will probably never have the chance to experience the secrecy, majesty and history behind Club 33, so when I saw a review of it pop up in my Twitter feed today, I was giddy with delight.

Tony Spittell presents a Disney Culinary Quest on the DisUnplugged Blog, and his review of Disneyland’s Club 33 presents all the grandeur and spectacle of one of Walt’s greatest visions.

Located at 33 Royal Street, just steps from the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Blue Bayou Restaurant, Club 33 is a members-only respite, and the only location at Disneyland park to serve alcoholic beverages.

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Sneak peek: Disney’s La Hacienda de San Angel

Cocktails at La Hacienda

Margaritas are served to cast members during a preview at La Hacienda de San Angel. The restaurant opens soon at Epcot at Walt Disney World.

Epcot’s latest dining hot spot is opening soon. Cast members (and a few lucky guests) were able to sample Mexican treats from La Hacienda de San Angel recently and the Orlando Sentinel was there to snap pix.

An extension of La Cantina de San Angel, a quick service restaurant on the banks of World Showcase Lagoon, La Hacienda is a sit-down, dinner-only location from 4 p.m. to park close. The restaurant will seat 250 and will be the PERFECT spot for viewing Illuminations. My friends over at DisneyFoodBlog have heard that all the chairs in the restaurant face the waterfront so you can catch a glimpse of the laser and light spectacular. The menu consists of queso fundido (warm cheese with peppers and spicy chorizo sausage), tacos, roasted meats and shrimp, black bean soup, chocolate churros and fruit empanadas. Oh …and margaritas.

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