Thursday, March 2, 2006

Cheese, Brots, and Beer

On our way back to Minneapolis, MN from Minocqua, WI, we stopped for lunch in Chippewa Falls, WI at the Bake & Brew Cafe. When we first headed out to Wisconsin, we were told to look out for "cheese, brots, and beer". The store attached to Bake & Brew offered all three... and more. (This was the genuine article, the quirky small town boutique that Cracker Barrels across the country so overenthusiastically try to replicate.)

Cheese curds!






Brots








(Well, almost beer...)

We found other intriguing surprises...









...and even some imports from Virginia!










We had a very distinguished new driver for our jaunt out to Wisconsin: John Folin of Allied Concert Services, one of the people who made our whole February tour possible. John has been coordinating concert series all over the upper midwest for many years, and we could tell by his detailed discussions of each town we drove through (there must have been 50 of them on this trip alone!) that he knows not only this country, but also its people, history, and character.

We had a really great time with John... especially trading dude ranch stories and discussing the meaning of the term "unincorporated town". (Click here if you, too, are curious about the unincorporated bit.)

8 Comments:

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The local foodstuff looks inviting. But the domestic beer of Wisconsin leaves much to be desired, and the Clydesdale beer from St. Louis just leaves me with a headache. What you ladies might like to try, instead, is a microbrew beer. Then you can suit your tastes to either a Pale Ale, Lager, Pilsner or Stout--whatever you develop a preference for. Otherwise, go Canadian or Heineken/Amstel, because life is too short to drink watery beer:)
-J.Cee

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger donna said...

Oh, yes! Go Canada! Which Canadian beers do you like? My personal favourite has been Fin du Monde.

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything Molson: Molson Ice; Molson Golden and the red bottle Canadian. I avoid the Molson XXX because it's too strong to enjoy after a few . Moosehead occasionally. There's no Canadian microbrews available in southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island. XXX only became available in this area within the past year, but like I said it's yucky. -J.Cee

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am beginning to think that the favorite actvity of the Claremont Trio (aside from playing, of course!) is eating. Have you counted how many references your blog has had to food over the past month or so? Then how come the members of the Claremont Trio don't weigh 200 pounds apiece???

Oliver

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger emily said...

There are no calories in a blog post. In the interests of full disclosure, I should report that the food we actually ate at the Bake and Brew (sandwiches, salads, smoothies) was much healthier (and more boring) than the food we photographed.

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you guys, I'm not sure if you're aware of this or not, but when you stopped in Chippewa Falls for lunch you were about 20 mintues away from me!! (University of Eau Claire) I wish I would have known! I'm glad you all survived your trip!

Rachel Wunsch

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger julie said...

Hey Rachel! I did see signs to Eau Claire and I wasn't sure how far we were...but now I wish I'd called you to check! That would have been so cool to see you ;-( Unfortunately we didn't have much time because we had to fly to Montana that same day.

How are things going at school? When are you coming to New York again? I'm hoping to come to Milwaukee again with Aaron when he plays his recital there the first weekend in June....

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's spelled brats. not brots.
just thought you should know...

 

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