Not surprisingly, I've been dining out a lot on this trip. First up was Rustique in Green Bay, a great little pizza restaurant located in a 112 year-old chapel that I found by searching Trip Advisor recommendations.
The space is quite small so we had to wait awhile for a table but it was so worth it. They have pews for seating at some of the tables which I thought was pretty cool.
Now that all my siblings are of legal drinking age, it's fun to start the evening with a drink. My sister and I ordered blackberry crushers (made with Grey Goose, Chambord and fresh blackberries) and my brother ordered a Spotted Cow. I love New Glarus Brewery's glasses with the Wisconsin fingerprint saying "Drink Indigenous."
The next day we headed to Renard's Cheese in Door County, stopping by Wequiock Falls on the way. It was a wet, muddy mess there but so cool to see both the frozen and flowing waterfalls. That's my dad below, wearing his Badgers shirt for the Sweet Sixteen game that evening.
After a fun weekend in Green Bay, I headed to Milwaukee. As part of the work conference we dined at both Firefly and the Safe House. Both the food and service at the Safe House were terrible and I would never recommend that anyone eat there. I do think it's worth stopping in for drinks though just to see what it's all about.
Firefly on the other hand was a great experience! Everyone I talked to loved their food and we had great service. I ordered a pear and chevre salad containing lettuce, white wine poached pears, goat cheese souffle, candied walnuts and white honey balsamic vinegar which I'm anxious to recreate at home.
Their cocktail menu had some great choices. First, I tried a lemon twist made with muddled lemon and sugar, citrus vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and seltzer. Next up was a cranberry basil made with muddled fresh basil, Wisconsin cranberries, vodka and seltzer. Did I mention that it was an open bar? :)
Last night I headed to Cafe Bavaria with my friend Jacquie. It's a restaurant I hadn't heard of until Lisa's blog post which just opened in February and is already very popular! There was a long wait for a table, so we started with drinks at the bar. I chose a Schofferhofer grapefruit beer made with hefeweizen because it was recommended by Lisa.
I couldn't help but order Wisconsin cheese curds as an appetizer, which is definitely not something I can get in Miami. They were good but not the best I've had. The best ones can only be purchased every other year at Cheese Days in Monroe, Wisconsin. The line is insanely long but it's so worth it.
As to be expected in a German restaurant, the menu is quite meat heavy however they do have some great vegetarian choices. I ordered a spinach salad that came with pears, walnuts and dried cranberries.
For our next round of drinks, we asked for grapefruit beers and were brought Stiegl Radler tap beers, which surprised us but we both liked it even more than the Schofferhofer. The Stiegl version is a mixture of grapefruit, orange, and lemon juice combined with beer.
It wasn't until the waitress mentioned the name radler that I realized it was Amstel Radler I was drinking at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival back in February which Rachel Ray compared to Fresca. Upon further research it turns out that radler is a beer-based mixed drink popular in German speaking regions, similar to a shandy.
I'm back in Green Bay this weekend, heading to Madison soon. While I miss my boys back in Miami, I am thoroughly enjoying seeing friends and family. It was also nice spending time with co-workers who don't meow and lick me.