Cuisine - American, Foodie Firsts, Places - Milwaukee

New Sausage Kabob at Miller Park for 2011

The Sausage Race at Miller ParkI don’t think many of my faithful readers know that way back in 2006 I had the pleasure (or curse) of being a famed Klement’s Sausage at Miller Park when I worked for the Milwaukee Brewers. As the story goes, I was wearing horrid, glittery gold shorts, pink tennis shoes and was dressed as Brett Wurst, the bratwurst during a day game. I was pinch-running for a girl who tore her casing just before the 7th inning race.

I thought, “Hey, I’m a little slow, but it’s all in good fun.”

Well, there’s more to being a little slow in baseball. When you only have 90 seconds due to Major League Baseball contracts and radio broadcasts, that really only leaves the famed sausages about 30 to 40 seconds to make it from the far third base side to the far first base side. After wobbling my way around home plate, and teetering near the Brewers’ dugout (Ned Yost came to my aid to hold me up), I finally crossed the finish line – only to be berated by my boss saying that I was the most pitiful sausage ever. This news coming only a few short weeks after I fell out of a golf cart (while dressed as Stosh the Polish Sausage) while making rounds to happy-go-lucky tailgaters in the stadium’s parking lot.

Needless to say, that was my last day working as a sausage and for my beloved home team. My dreams to make it on Sportscenter as a heroic victor were crushed by the highlights of me nearly falling into the dugout being played repeatedly on local television.

Still, I love this endearing mascot that Milwaukee calls their own. And, I’m proud to say that another nod to it will come in 2011 when the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Kabob makes its debut at Miller Park.

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Italian Beef and Fries at Dr. Dawg

Dr Dawg exterior in Glendale.Late in 2010, Dr. Dawg opened up on Milwaukee’s north side. I really enjoyed their Chicago-style hot dogs with all the fixins and Sprecher root beer on-tap. A little while later, I went back to test out the Doctor’s Italian beef.

Can I get an “Mmm, good”?

Dr. Dawg’s Italian beef comes in three sizes: 5-inch, 7-inch and “Da Big 12.” Slow-roasted, paper-thin slices of tender beef are piled high on a cushy, fresh Italian roll. Also slathered on top of the sandwich is your pick of sweet peppers or spicy giardiniera.

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Congrats to Golden Gate Restaurant

Golden Gate Restaurant in Waukesha, Wis., has again been named one of the top 10 Chinese restaurants in the country.

Congrats on the achievement! The awards were handed out Jan. 10 in San Francisco and were hosted by celebrity chef Martin Yan (love him!), chef Theresa Cheng and San Fran Mayor Edwin Lee.

Read the full story from Fox 6 Now.

Golden Gate has some of the best crab rangoons in the Milwaukee area – full of crab and a little peppery. Their pressed duck is also a special treat, and it won’t break your wallet. They also have a great Friday Fish Fry that puts an Asian twist on a Milwaukee fave.

Can’t wait to come back and enjoy!

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Review: Blue’s Egg

Counter area at Blue's Egg.The sister restaurant to Maxie’s Southern Comfort opened in July 2010. Too bad I didn’t hear about Blue’s Egg until right before my Boston-bound departure.

Located near Gilles Frozen Custard on Wauwatosa’s east side, Blue’s Egg took over the space vacated by one of the last Heinemann’s in Milwaukee.

The interior is warm and comforting – taking you back to the feeling of diners of yesteryear – with chrome, neon signs, kitsch and smooth lines.

The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Who doesn’t like the idea of brunch any day of the week? The menu has old favorites with a new twist like a curried tofu benedict or a chicken and spinach mac & cheese.

The line is long but well worth the wait. Instead of giving you the standard coaster-buzzer to await your table you get a playing card. The waiting area isn’t too large and people pile over into the nearby counter area looking out for a spot.

We recently went for brunch on a Sunday on two occasions. The wait the first time – for a group of four – was about 40 minutes. The second time – for just Brett and I – was only about 20 minutes. Make it through the wait and you won’t be disappointed.

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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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