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LibbyBoo's picture

Ok, so not having been able to sleep last night, I spent a good amount of time reading about past fests and viewing pics....how fun!  I mean, of course, the fests, not my reading.  :)  Anyway... about how long before anyone would consider getting together in the MidWest again?  Chicago or Minneapolis or Madison or South Dakota or Wyoming or really anywhere around here? 


I'm guessing I'm not the only new person on here, and it would be very cool to get to meet a bunch of you.


Anyone up for planning something?


Edited 6/7/2006 1:46 pm ET by LibbyBoo

MadMom's picture

(post #56822, reply #1 of 25)

I have to say that I cannot imagine anything being better than Madison...great food, great people, fantastic farmers' market...what's not to like?



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(post #56822, reply #2 of 25)

Your so sweet!! I am always up for a madison midwest fest, but I would be up for Chicago or Minneapolis too. Pamilyn

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MadMom's picture

(post #56822, reply #3 of 25)

Oh, those who know me well know that's not true...just ask the AntiCook!  Seriously, I had such a grand time and loved meeting everyone and loved Madison.  If I couldn't live in North Carolina, I might just move there, LOL.



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Gary's picture

(post #56822, reply #4 of 25)

My grad student will be in Madison next week attending a course at Promega. Any suggestions for decent places to eat downtown on a grad student budget? TIA.

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elizaram's picture

(post #56822, reply #5 of 25)

Cheap eats are a specialty of mine, LOL! There are lots of great little places on State Street, which runs between downtown and the UW campus. I'm partial to Himal Chuli and Chautara (Himalayan/Nepali), Buraka (African), Casa de Lara (Mexican), Kabul (Afghani), Chin's Asia Fresh (not bad for a chain), and Ian's Pizza (unique toppings by the slice). I'm sure I'm missing a few but those are the ones that come to mind. The Great Dane (Doty & King Streets) and the Angelic (Johnson St, just off State) are both good brewpubs with decent cheap food. I prefer the Great Dane, myself. For a little more $$, but still not bad for lunch, Bandung (Indonesian, at Williamson and Blair) and Brocach Irish Pub (on the south side of the Capitol Square) are both very nice.


I'm sure Pamilyn and Deanna will chime in with other suggestions, but here's a start!

Edit: All of the above may not apply - Promega is actually in Fitchburg, which is a few miles away. Is the class there, or in downtown Madison? Fitchburg has some decent eats, particularly along Fish Hatchery Road, but they'll be a mile or more walk from the Promega campus.


Edited again to add links.



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Edited 6/8/2006 8:55 am by elizaram



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(post #56822, reply #6 of 25)

Thanks for all of the great suggestions. He is staying in downtown Madison and has a car.

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elizaram's picture

(post #56822, reply #7 of 25)

You're very welcome! Since he's staying downtown, I'll add a couple of breakfast spots - Marigold Kitchen (on S. Pinckney St. just off the Square) is the place to go for a hot sit-down breakfast; or if starch and sugar in the morning is more his thing, Cafe Soleil (northeast side of the Square - it's the bakery side of L'etoile) has absolutely killer pastries.



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(post #56822, reply #8 of 25)

I double and triple Marigold Kitchen. Pamilyn

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(post #56822, reply #9 of 25)

If he likes Indian, and has time at lunch, you can't beat Maharajah's lunch buffet - $8.95 for all you can eat. We brought the festers there and it was universally liked.
http://www.thedailypage.com/going-out/theguide/venue.php?id=2075

I'm not a fan of Casa de Lara. For mexi, I'd rather go with La Hacienda (South Park Street - near downtown), or there's a great little hidden place on Greenway Cross - which is between Fitchburg (where Promega is) and downtown. It's called Taqueria Marimar and the address is 1325 Greenway Cross. Super cheap and nearly all Hispanic clientele. It's just off of Fish Hatchery Road in a little strip mall type building. Don't be put off by the looks of it - it rocks.
http://www.thedailypage.com/going-out/theguide/venue.php?id=1709

For mediterranean, you can't beat the Mediterranean Cafe, which is right on State Street. Again, it's a small place, but cheap and delicious:
http://www.thedailypage.com/going-out/theguide/venue.php?id=1883

If he wants to experience a Wisconsin Supper Club, just holler. I'm sure we can come up with some good recommendations for Friday night fish fries and the like.

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pamilyn's picture

(post #56822, reply #10 of 25)

Thanks Deanna, I didn't know about the mexican place or the mediteranian place. I don't get down to State Street like I used to. Pamilyn

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elizaram's picture

(post #56822, reply #11 of 25)

Oh yeah, forgot about Mediterranean Cafe - I haven't been there yet, but everyone I know who has, raves about it.

Different strokes on the Mexican - I don't care for La Hacienda. :-) I've heard great things about Marimar though, have been meaning to try it. This is getting WAY out of downtown, but have you guys been to Pelayo's? It's an absolute hole in the wall in an industrial area (on S. Stoughton Rd, next to Bachmann's, across from Farm & Fleet) with awesome cheap southern Mexican food. You should definitely give it a try if you are in the area.



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DeannaS's picture

(post #56822, reply #14 of 25)

We've been to Pelayo's twice. The owners/staff are incredibly nice, but I think the food is hit and miss. Aaron had a great torta sandwich the first time we went. They also comped us some flan for dessert - unfortunately it was burned. Bah. I've heard good things about the tamales. But, all in all, I'm not as impressed as others seem to be. I think the awful dry cheese they dust on everything has something to do with it. It tastes like the parmesan in the green jar.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #56822, reply #12 of 25)

I am defintely up for a mid-west fest - Chicago or Madison - Chicago has been on the list for awhile. I hope this comes together.


Did you see the thread for the Oct get together in NYC? Can you make that??


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(post #56822, reply #13 of 25)

Anyone serious about this? Wolvie are you going to NYC?  I would totally do a Chicago fest. Pamilyn Edit to add...when would people be up for a Chicago fest?


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Edited 6/10/2006 1:04 pm ET by pamilyn

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LibbyBoo's picture

(post #56822, reply #16 of 25)

Pamilyn, (and everyone who'd be interested)


I am totally serious about it.  Madison, Minneapolis and Chicago are all equal distances from us (sorta), so any of them would be fine with me.  I trust we'll find good eats wherever we go!  :) 


The only super busy time I have coming up is the end of July, the beginning of August.  As long as we can work around that, I'll be there! 


So...are we kinda leaning towards Chicago?  Or did I misinterpret?


Let's choose a preferred month first, and we'll move on after that.  Good enough?


 

LibbyBoo's picture

(post #56822, reply #17 of 25)

Okay....I need to change one thing - I am also busy July 4 - 10. 

pamilyn's picture

(post #56822, reply #20 of 25)

August would be good for us. Wolvie??? When is good for you? Lee?? Anyone??? Pamilyn

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Wolvie's picture

(post #56822, reply #21 of 25)

mid - late aug is okay -  already have plans for the 1st thru the 11th. :-)


It will be pretty hot, IIRC. We may want to do spring or after NYC.


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(post #56822, reply #22 of 25)

I thought we had some tentative plans for 8/18?........

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Wolvie's picture

(post #56822, reply #23 of 25)

yep - you're right. Tessa and Gary's!


It will be a busy August. :-)


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pamilyn's picture

(post #56822, reply #24 of 25)

Just for fun I checked the football schedule. Wisconsin/ Michigan game is at michigan :(

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Wolvie's picture

(post #56822, reply #25 of 25)

This is a good thing. :-)


I hope to get up to a game this season, and I adore Ann Arbor.


Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


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Wolvie's picture

(post #56822, reply #18 of 25)

I love NYC, so yes, I am going.


I'd defintely do a Chicago fest, now that I have moved, I don't have to worry about the next showing, being in the area to sign contracts, etc. Such a relief!


I will send you my new snail mail and addy, btw. Just got hooked up on Friday. :-)


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Iguana's picture

(post #56822, reply #19 of 25)

We're in for a Chicago fest!
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LibbyBoo's picture

(post #56822, reply #15 of 25)

Awesome!  I'm glad to hear there is some interest! 


I did read the post about New York...unfortunately, I can't make it.  I would LOVE to, but can't fit it in the budget next to the required family reunion trip to South Dakota this summer.


I do hope that opportunity comes up again!