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  • La Nopalera

    June 25th, 2017

    20170613_122229La Nopalera replaced the Subway on Schroeder Road. Despite the big space, it’s got a small, mom-and-pop feel, with a concise menu and a grocery section limited to a few perishables and non-perishables.

    An item you typically don’t see on menus is the sincronizada ($5.95), which is a mouthful to say and a mouthful to eat. Ham, cheese, tomatoes, avocados and jalapenos or chipotle sauce are pressed between two flour tortillas. It’s tasty, but I would have preferred the contents to be a bit warmer.

    Street corn seems to be growing in popularity in Madison, and this version ($2.95) is fresh and delightful. The corn is mixed with a huge dollop of mayo, crumbles of cheese, lime juice and tajin seasoning.

    The Mexican BLTA ($5.95) adds avocado and jalapenos to the classic. The ingredients were very fresh (e.g. the avocado is sliced just for this sandwich), and torta was used instead of toast, a nice touch.

    20170613_123332Other items include salads ($5.95) and hot dogs ($2.95).

    Come for breakfast sometime. The yogurt ($5.95 for 16 oz., $6.35 for 20 oz, $6.95 for 24 oz) is blended with your choice of fresh mango, peach or strawberry, then topped with banana, apple, strawberry, mango and granola. The mango version I had was full of flavor and contrasting textures, but the yogurt melted quickly and was basically soup after five min.

    La Nopalera is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    See more photos in our La Nopalera Flickr album.

    La Nopalera Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Chili King

    June 18th, 2017

    20170616_123552There is no shortage of Asian cuisine on South Park Street, and new to the arena is Chili King. It replaces the short-lived Angkor-wat, which replaced Inka Heritage.

    Chili King has an enormously long menu, spanning cold and hot appetizers, rice dishes, noodle dishes, various types of entrees, “famous sauteed,” lunch specials and even sushi. My normal tactic is to try a cross-section, and here is what I have to report:

    “American” appetizers include egg rolls and crab rangoon. The other apps, such as the sliced pork stomach ($7.99), are typically not found on an Americanized Chinese menu. The strips of pork stomach weren’t too chewy but essentially had no flavor other than the bit of chili sauce on top, so you may need to add more sauce like soy sauce. The portion size is enough to feed 2-3 people with an entrée.

    I didn’t expect the lamb with fish in creamy sauce ($14.99) to be served as a soup. Fortunately, you get a generous portion of both–the lamb came in bite-sized pieces, and the fish was very tender and absorbed some of the broth flavor well. Other similarly categorized entrees include the hot & spicy solo fish fillet ($13.99) and dried string bean with pork ($11.99).

    20170614_122549The Singapore noodles ($13.45) is a heaping plate of noodles with the right amount of curry seasoning, plus giant chunks of chicken, lots of shrimp and an over-abundance of vegetables. It’s good as-is and even better with a little Sriracha on top.

    You will find a section of the menu called “boiled/casserole” comprised of hot pots. I tried a dry pot instead; specifically, the turnip & twice-cooked pork dry pot ($15.99). A pleasant surprise, the pork came in the form of thinly sliced pork belly, mixed with both crunchy and tender vegetables. I appreciated the perfect amount in of heat from the chili peppers.

    Of note, there is a fairly extensive array of vegetarian dishes as well.

    Chili King is open every day for lunch, dinner and carryout. Delivery is available.

    Chili King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Summer bucket list 2017

    June 11th, 2017

    steve-miller-band(This is an update of a previous blog post.)

    When you live a northern state like Wisconsin, you have to really take advantage of the seemingly few warm days we have. Madison, like Milwaukee, Chicago and other nearby cities, really crams a lot of events together from May to September.

    Here is a list of things I look forward to doing each summer in and around Madison:

    • Community festivals such as Verona Hometown Days
    • Dane County Farmers’ Market, followed by Bloody Marys at Genna’s (which is open at 10 a.m. Saturdays during Farmers’ Market)
    • Concerts on the Square
    • Bike Night at Quaker Steak
    • Boating on Lake Mendota (with a stop at Three-Foot Bay)
    • Tubing on the Sugar River (and hanging out afterward at Wisconsin Riverside Resort)
    • Concert at Breese Stevens Field
    • Memorial Union Terrace
    • Backyard concerts at Wisconsin Brewing Co.
    • Governor Nelson State Park
    • Golf outings (especially the Middleton Chamber’s)
    • Sand volleyball
    • Flea market at McGaw Park
    • Madison Mallards Duck Blind
    • Brewers tailgate
    • A double-feature at Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre
    • Live on King Street
    • Mad-City Ski Team show
    • Maxwell Street Days
    • Art Fair on the Square
    • Taste of Madison (and Taste of Madison judging)

    What’s on your summer to-do list in Madison? Let us know in the comments section.

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