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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Milwaukee Day 2: Mader's and The Spice House

Below, a large glass of "Spotted Cow" - another beer locally brewed in Wisconsin. This one was brewed in the Old World Swiss Village of New Glarus, WI. Need I add that this beer has a high alcohol content? This beer was good but I liked Rendevous so much better (A shout out to Orlando and Adam and all the guys at Lakefront Brewery!)

Mader's is a Milwaukee classic. You've probably read about it in Roadfood or saw it on one of many Foodtv shows (like on what's her name's show? the perky one?) After my great sup at Coquette Cafe I was in the mood for another culinary adventure and somehow I found my way to Old World Third Street even though the GPS system was en bonne forme (meaning it was more demonic than ever - I'm not even going to tell you what it did on our way to the rehearsal dinner.) The last time that mumsy was at Mader's was right after my brother was born and both sets of grandparents met each other for the first time - if you knew my grandparents you would know that this was a complete disaster!

Below, two of Mader's specialties: Sauerbraten and Wiener Schnitzel. This was actually my second plate since my first one was ice cold and they insisted on bringing me new food instead of just heating up my initial plate (the second plate wasn't that much warmer.) The Schnitzel was good but the Sauerbraten was a disapointment: the meat wasn't very good quality and the sauce didn't have that much of a contrast between the sweet and sour.

Below, the oxtail soup. How often do you see that on the menu? This was really good and it was nice to have something different and perhaps somewhat classic.

Below, mumsy's beer stein.

After lunch we went to The Spice House which was the original Penzey's before Bill Penzey opened Penzey's. It has many of the same spice and seasoning blends that Penzey's has but it is much more quaint and inviting than Penzey's. Also, I like their garam masala much better - the Penzey's version has too much clove in it.

So, I bought whole cardamon pods (green), Tandoori seasoning (this is a gift), "European" style peppercorns (black and white), smoked Spanish paprika (sweet), ground coriander, and whole cumin seed. The piece de resistance is a blend called Milwaukee Iron Seasoning (I don't think that Penzey's has this one). It is so good! It's like a southwestern seasoning but much better: it has chipotle in it so it's smokey and it also has lots of garlic. I'm dying to get a bone in rib-eye and douse it with this stuff.

Also on Old World Third Street is Usinger's sausage store and The Cheese Mart which sells Green Bay Packer's cheese.

1041 North Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203

The Spice House
1031 North Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Blogger Raven said...

I've decided I need to visit Milwaukee. Your tales of all this yummy German food are driving me nuts!

8:18 PM

Blogger Bon Vivant said...

Wait to read about the Serbian place that we went to - divine!

9:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife discovered the Spice House over 20 years ago. It is my recollection that the Spice House came first and a relative of the owners spun off and formed Penzey's Spices (in friendly competition?).
The Spice House has a store in Evanston, IL, and Penzey's has multiple stores, including one in Columbus, OH. There, the spices are not milled on the premises, but prepackaged by Penzey's elsewhere. I believe this is in contrast to the Spice House philosophy of freshly-ground spices milled in small batches.
We found the Evanston store staffed with culinary school students who were really "into" spices. They always asked how my wife used some of her purchases and also made some suggestions.

12:32 PM

Blogger pwrye said...

Next time, try the Friday Fish Fry at Serb Hall!

2:05 PM

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