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joey madison

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  1. Sadly, Jell-O is not the first thing that came to my mind when I read the title "Turkey Mold Competition"
  2. In just a couple of weeks, I'll be venturing to Dublin for the first time. I'm anxious to explore the restaurant scene. Does anyone have any suggestions for places I should check out? I try to avoid touristy and hyper-trendy joints. In particular, I would like to visit an old-standard traditional Irish restaurant that has a deservedly good reputation amongst locals, a new up-and-coming restaurant, and a fine-dining place. I'll eat just about anything, and like adventures, so please, offer your advice! Thanks!
  3. I'll second The Old Fashioned if you're looking for quality 'sconnie' (Wisconsinite) food. Ethnic suggestions include Restaurant Muromoto for fantastic Asian fushion food, Lao Laan Xang for some of the best Laotian food you'll find anywhere, Kabul or Husnus for Pakistani/Afgahni, or Himal Chuli for Nepali. For fine dining, Harvest and Restaurant Magnus are both reliable choices. Tornado is a great old-school steak house. And don't forget to stop by the UW Memorial Union Terrace for beer on the lakeshore!
  4. That's interesting. I was in Baker Lake in Nunavut just a couple years ago, and had the best kiwis i've ever had. And fresh caribou to boot! I didn't think the prices were too outrageous, but then, incomes for most in Nunavut tend to be pretty low. Sadly the town had a KFC, Domino's and Taco Bell.
  5. The Globe and Mail out of Toronto has an interesting article on the environmental benefits of being an omnivore vs. being a vegetarian. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...y/lifeMain/home The study was done by Cornell University.
  6. My fine city (Madison, Wisconsin) holds one of the largest beer festivals in the US, you may want to contact them. See http://www.mhtg.org/gt2007.html
  7. Dinner for me is typically between 8:30 and 10:00pm. I became accustomed to eating late while living in Quebec, and I guess it kinda stuck. Even later dinners aren't necessarily unusual. I typically don't eat breakfast, and have lunch around 1:00pm or 2:00pm. In general here in Madison, Wisconsin, I think people typically take dinner around 7:00pm to 8:00pm, but those who eat on a vampire schedule are not uncommon. My relatives from upstate eat much earilier... 4:30 to 7:00pm, maybe. It's always a challenge when they come for a visit. They clamour for dinner at 5pm, sometimes earlier... and I always have to explain that restaurants won't be serving dinner yet... either that or feel like a freak when we show up at 5 on the dot, and the restaurant lies vacant, save my family, for an hour.
  8. It's milk and heavy cream for me. Especially this time of year when it's so hot. I've also encountered the lettuce problem more than once. I think living alone makes it a bit more difficult to get through everything.
  9. I worked in a joint that offered a $250 sandwich... a small sandwich. We sold two in the time that I was there. From my estimation, the purchasers wouldn't have cared if we served them cat food on wonderbread (a might not have recognized the difference)... it was just the fact that it cost $250. The whole concept of $50 burgers, $1,000 pizzas, and whatnot really bothers me. I look at the people that buy them and think, "your taxes aren't nearly high enough."
  10. I'm supposedly a supertaster, too. But the description of a supertaster doesn't match me at all. I love all sorts of cuisines, like my coffee black and strong, enjoy spinach, grapefruit, cabbage, and brussel sprouts. I do, I think, have a better than average sniffer, and am unusually good at discerning spices, kinds of cheeses, etc. But, nonetheless, silly test.
  11. Iceberg Ketel Chopin Belvedere Stoli Price doesn't seem to have much of a correlation for me.
  12. Madison has long had a fairly well developed independent and small-chain coffee market. Starbucks only recently made a tepid attempt to enter the market here, opening just a few stores. Their strategy here seems to be to pick a few niche neighborhoods towards the perifery, and saturate them with stores. They seem to be afraid to open stores closer to the center city.
  13. This is my first day reading the thread, but I'm so excited to see something coming from Manatoulin Island! I spent many summers there and on the Bruce.. So many fond memories of hunting for fossils, cliff diving, and great backpacking trips. It's been a few years since I've been back to that area. Has tourism continued to pick up? It's great to hear that farmers' markets and community gardens have taken root.
  14. I prefer to avoid haggling. I do tend to visit the Farmer's Market towards the end of the day though, so I often receive discounts from vendors who don't want to haul their inventory back to the farm. If I find a particular item to be overpriced, I simply choose to visit another stall, or the grocery.
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