Outstanding Szechuan in NYC–

POW!  Here we are gobbling away at a place called “Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen”…yes, that is the full name of the place–quite a mouthful but totally worth remembering because the grub here is OUTSTANDING…mmmm, aaaahh!

Madam Zhu’s is located on Sixth Avenue between Greenwich and Waverly…a totally chill little restaurant with tons of cozy energy, lots of attentive and welcoming staff, and a load of good stuff to eat.  During this visit we are ingesting egg skin pork dumplings…Szechuan chicken chunks…stuffed chicken wings…qongquing chicken soup with chewy noodles…spicy mushrooms…sauteed spicy pea shoots…Madam Zhu’s Special Spicy Fish Soup–MAGICAL…and a tasty dessert of coconut bubbles with walnuts, banana, and other fruits…mmmm, aaaahh!  All of this is washed down with, believe it or not, a white Sancerre. . .kind of a kooky choice, but we find a way to make it work–as we always do.

So, overall, you should know that Madam Zhu’s is relatively new here in New York…it is being reviewed totally favorably by many of our esteemed food writers…and the place is rising in popularity simply because this food is GREAT–my wife and I look at each other as we are eating, and we feel like we are dining somewhere in Asia. . .totally transporting.

Please consider eating at Hao Noodle & Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen the next time you find yourself on the edge of the West Village section of Manhattan here in beautiful New York City. . .you will love it, or Madam Zhu will pop you in the head with a wok–hao, hao!!

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Feast with friends–

BOOM!  Friends come to New York for a visit…we gotta feed them some good stuff…nothing better than an Italian feast over at Rafele’s on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Morton Street in the West Village section of Manhattan–jaaaa!!

We inhale all of the following items: meatballs in red sauce–my favorite in the city…calamari with shrimp and clams and herbal goodness–delectable…prosciutto on warm puffy bread–magical…wide pasta with mushrooms–mmm…seafood soup–yum…seafood pasta–aaaahh…and a porchetta that is our new number-one in town–absolutely wonderful!  Then for dessert we gotta do an affogato, a tiramisu, and some sorbet–mmmhhmmmm!  Everything is washed down with Gavi Di Gavi and heart-warming limoncello at the end.  This meal and the staff and the overall vibe in Rafele’s are all spot-on…but the best part of the evening is eating and kibitzing with my beautiful wife and two of her best friends–what a great way to enjoy the passage of time.

Please make your way over to Rafele’s on Seventh Avenue the next time you find yerself lookin’ for somethin’ to feed on in the West Village…you will love it here–I gar-ron-taaaaayy!!

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It’s a fry-up, baby!

MMM!  We love our runny egg yolks oozing all over a pile of fried potatoes, shallots, mushrooms, bacon, and ham–jaaaa!  Add a big dollop of lah-jah, aka spicy chili oil (not pictured), and we are totally good-to-go.

Eggs are one of the great food items that we have available to us…full of protein, low-calorie, high-nutrition, ultra-versatile, and magically tasty…we can eat these babies all day every day, yes-indeedy-dee!

Please be sure that you are getting enough eggs in your life. . .they make the passage of time oh-so enjoyable.

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Dairyland Rubicon crossing–

YES!  We willingly cross the Rubicon to find a good Friday Fish Fry out here in America’s Dairyland, and today we have found a good one.  The place is the Pleasant Ridge Store…the location is County Road ‘Z’ on the outskirts of Dodgeville Town in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin…the vibe is cozy and welcoming…and the food is extremely tasty–mmmm, aaaahh!

This place is as “exotic” as any other place that we have eaten in. . .it is remote, it is local, it is rural, it is authentic, it is surrounded by dairy farms, and it is unlike any other place within a 50-mile radius. . .we are happy to be here. . .the Pleasant Ridge Store helps us enjoy the passage of time, and in our book this is the biggest compliment that anyone can say about any dining spot.

Please consider eating at the Pleasant Ridge Store in Dodgeville, Wisconsin if you ever find yourself wandering around in this part of the world. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

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Rural gem–

KABOOMY!  Here we are gobblin’ away at a place called the Pleasant Ridge Store located on County Road Z out on the edge of Dodgeville town in the heart of dairy country, and we could not be happier–jaaaa!

Pleasant Ridge Store has been doin’ business out here for about seventeen years now. . .it is owned and operated by a dude called Charley.  Charley is a farmer who can cook extremely well…he does great burgers from locally sourced cattle–this is easy as there are cattle EVERYWHERE out here…he does a great fish fry–we have the cod, and it is DELECTABLE…he does ribs every Thursday–supposedly quite good drawing folks from far and wide…he does reubens, po-boys, cheesesteaks, grilled chicken, tasty-ass french fries, cole slaw, cottage cheese, and particularly tasty spicy chicken wings that make us smile real-big-like. . .mmmm, aaahh!

All of this goodness can be washed down with most Wisconsin beers of your choice…plus one-off kegs of special local brews that will make you grow big and strong.  I am driving though, so I just settle for bottle of unsweetened iced-tea–PERFECT!

This is the kind of place that we search for when traveling throughout the world–a totally local place that has no pretense and tons of desire to serve patrons with the tastiest food that they can produce…all in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere–the added benefit here is the magnificent view of America’s Dairyland…this truly is a pleasant ridge.

Please consider dining at the Pleasant Ridge Store the next time you find yourself in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. . .you will love everything here–I gar-ron-taaaaay!

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Full moon…New Glarus…priceless–

BOOM!  It’s a full moon here in New Glarus, Wiskonsen–America’s Little Switzerland–and we could swear that we are seeing multiple cows jumping over our lunar friend. . .or maybe I just had ten too many Spotted Cows with brunch. . .moo!

The food in New Glarus is tasty…the beer in New Glarus is even tastier…and the vibe is warm, chilled-out, and welcoming. . .we will come here again and again until our time in the rolling hills of Wisconsin comes to an end.  We strenuously recommend that you consider a visit to this fun little town if you ever find yerself wanderin’ around in the great midwest of the U.S. of A.. . .you will love it so much that you will jump over the moon with the cows…yes, you will…really.

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Glarner Stube ROCKS!

BAM!  After being closed for the month of February, the Glarner Stube is open again in New Glarus, Wiskonsen…jaaaa!!  This might be our favorite dining spot in the entire state. . .seriously. . .this place is REALLY GOOD.  They serve the most delicious weiner schnitzel and potato rosti that we have ever had outside of Germany/Switzerland/Austria. . .absolutely wonderful. . .plus, the atmosphere is totally cozy and inviting…the staff are efficient, spot-on, and welcoming…the taps are all New Glarus Brewery items–quite possibly the most magical beer in all of Wisconsin…and the food, again, is the highest quality imaginable for this type of cuisine. . .mmm, aaaahh!!

I would say that this is the one must-dine-at option if you ever find yourself wandering around in America’s Dairyland wondering what to eat. . .please, consider a visit down here–just a twenty-five-minute drive or so from Madison. . .book a room at the Chalet Landhaus, drop yer bag off, splash yer face, then walk on over to the Glarner Stube for the best Swiss/German meal that you can find in America. . .you will love it here–sehr gut!

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