Escaping the Winter Blues
Greetings from Bizarre Foods HQs! This past weekend was the first I’ve spent at home in about a month. From Milwaukee (where my boyfriend Josh and I got trapped in a blizzard) to Miami (where we got trapped at a Jersey Shore-esque party at the Fontainebleau), it’s been crazy… but lots of fun. Here are the highlights:
My sweetheart and I headed down to Milwaukee to celebrate his sister’s birthday. We hit up Lakefront Brewery for a tour (that basically means walking through a warehouse filled with giant vats of stuff while drinking *generous* beer samples). Let me just say, these guys craft some pretty delicious barley pops. I loved LOVED the East Side Dark… If you think dark is synonymous with heavy, give this brew a shot. Your mind = blown.
The brewery hosts a big Friday fishfry from 4 – 9pm (if you’ve been to ‘Sconnie haven’t done a Friday fishfry, go back three spaces). It was fantastic grub and they had a polka band to boot. Skip the combo platters and just go for the beer battered cod– it’s the best by far.
The following weekend, we swapped fried food and whiteouts for white sand beaches. Andrew did a few events at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival; the boyf and I decided to get in on the fun. We stayed at the Fontainebleau, which turned out to not be our speed. However, we did get this flattering photo snapped of us in the lounge… hot pink lighting apparently suits us well (although the price tag on drinks did not… yikes).
We were fortunate enough to spend a good portion of Saturday night at the Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach party. For the record, the best things I ever ate at that party were Lee Schrager/Epicure Gourmet Market’s mini brisket sliders on challah and matzoh ball soup shooters (doesn’t sound beachy, but it worked). Joelle’s Desserts banana cake pops– pictured below– were ridiculously moist (worst word ever, but best descriptor I can think of) and so fun to eat. I’m not a dessert girl, but uff-da, these did it for me.
And I have to give it up for AZ and the folks at Montaco Truck. Their fish tacos killed it. However, I think this was AZ’s highlight of the night. I’ve never quite seen him so giddy. It was hilarious:
Four days after returning from our beach getaway, the boyf and I (along with seven friends) headed to Lutsen, MN for skiing– near Canada. Yes, we have ski hills in Minnesota. It’s nothing like out west, but you do get spectacular views of Lake Superior, and you can still eat like a pig and burn it all off on the slopes. This year, I made the cover recipe from the March 2011 Bon Appetit. It’s a fancy Pimiento Mac and Cheese, but I added ground beef and hot sauce to jazz it up. It was almost as big of a hit as our Hot Tub Time Machine-inspired onesies:
You gotta love an 80′s-inspired long butt:
So this is how I’ve been beating the winter blues. How are you guys escaping (or simply enjoying) the cold? Please share!