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BinD4 10.17-18-19.08-WI Dells-NOW WITH PICS

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Can you come?

Poll ended at Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:03 am

I'll be there with bells on!
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My boss might let me have the weekend off.
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My heart will be there, but my body's otherwise occupied elsewhere.
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Total votes : 21

Postby Dana » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:27 pm

volfan wrote:
Wanda Woman wrote:Sit next to Volfan

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Have gay waiter who is smitten with Briner cowboy

=

Good service




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Seriously!!

I bailed from the kiddie table for dessert and sat 'tween Vol and Wanda.
The service I received went up 500%.
Or, so Wanda tells me.
I was a bit dis...tracted. :oops:

By the PEcan pie!
What were YOU thinking?

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Postby Wanda Woman » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:46 pm

Dana wrote:I bailed from the kiddie table for dessert and sat 'tween Vol and Wanda.
The service I received went up 500%.


Indeed. Dana had ordered coffee and asked me to pass the sweetener,. The waiter INSISTED on getting Dana her very own setup. She just happened to be sitting next to our Briner Cowboy.



One of Volfan's charms is his ability to be completely oblivious to anyone, male or female, who is flirting with him. :wink:
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Postby jackiecat » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:01 pm

I had a great time (even though all my pictures look like I was falling asleep!)

My 2 favorite things about this meet:

Because we stayed in one place I was able to really spend time with and talk to everyone. And what a wonderful group of people to get to know!

Pari's nature tour of the Dells area, showing us HIS Wisconsin, beautiful! Thanks again Pari.

OK, and 3 - trying things like sauerkraut and hoppy beer which I was sure I didn't like and wound up loving them!

Oh, and one more - Laughter and being silly
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Postby altnbrwnismyguru » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:26 pm

Wanda Woman wrote:
Dana wrote:I bailed from the kiddie table for dessert and sat 'tween Vol and Wanda.
The service I received went up 500%.


Indeed. Dana had ordered coffee and asked me to pass the sweetener,. The waiter INSISTED on getting Dana her very own setup. She just happened to be sitting next to our Briner Cowboy.



One of Volfan's charms is his ability to be completely oblivious to anyone, male or female, who is flirting with him. :wink:


Makes note....Have VOL at the table where I sit for better service....... :wink:
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Postby GameCook » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:46 pm

Folks --

WHERE ARE THE PICS already?? :? :roll:


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Postby beenie » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:23 pm

GameCook wrote:Folks --

WHERE ARE THE PICS already?? :? :roll:


:wink:


You know, despite it being a meet in Wisconsin, Chicagoland folks outnumbered WI folks - you wouldn't need pics if you'd joined your brethren and actually been there. :P
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Postby Dana » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:47 pm

beenie wrote:
GameCook wrote:Folks --

WHERE ARE THE PICS already?? :? :roll:


:wink:


You know, despite it being a meet in Wisconsin, Chicagoland folks outnumbered WI folks - you wouldn't need pics if you'd joined your brethren and actually been there. :P
Yeah, what SHE said :P
(GameCook you and your dear wife should try to make next year's event.)
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Postby Parintachin » Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:58 pm

Wanda Woman wrote:
Dana wrote:I bailed from the kiddie table for dessert and sat 'tween Vol and Wanda.
The service I received went up 500%.


Indeed. Dana had ordered coffee and asked me to pass the sweetener,. The waiter INSISTED on getting Dana her very own setup. She just happened to be sitting next to our Briner Cowboy.



One of Volfan's charms is his ability to be completely oblivious to anyone, male or female, who is flirting with him. :wink:


Maybe that's why he was so off his game. He was smitten. Probably been smitten since last year and was waging an internal battle, trying to get up the guff to ask for his number.
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Postby GameCook » Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:02 pm

Dana wrote:
beenie wrote:You know, despite it being a meet in Wisconsin, Chicagoland folks outnumbered WI folks - you wouldn't need pics if you'd joined your brethren and actually been there. :P
Yeah, what SHE said :P
(GameCook you and your dear wife should try to make next year's event.)

We'd love to come, unfortunately our lifestyle with all these dogs precludes a lot of traveling. Someone has to stay home, or we have to take them all in our dog truck. Maybe next year.

In any case, we would have had to cancel this last weekend even if we had planned to make it. My wife had to urgently fly out to California to see her mother. She is in the hospital and it looks like it is near the end. :?

Now -- WHERE ARE THE PICS?! :P :lol:
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Postby Quizmistress » Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:15 am

Gamey said:
My wife had to urgently fly out to California to see her mother. She is in the hospital and it looks like it is near the end. :?


Aww, dear, I'm so sorry. Give her our love.
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Postby Dana » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:20 am

GameCook, I'm very sorry to hear that.

As for the pics, it's all a BIND conspiracy. We voted to hold off all pics of fun and merriment until all y'all vow to visit next year. Either that, or we are still unpacking, watching all the backedup tivo'ing, and catching up on our blog reading...before posting. ;)
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Postby beenie » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:54 am

Dana wrote:...catching up on our blog reading


I finally set up an RSS reader yesterday, then proceeded to dump 3 hours into catching up on blogs. Oy.

GC, I'm thinking about you and yours.

Maybe if he's not too busy, Pari might have time to get some pics up before work today. Though I think there are others who have more than we do.
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Postby volfan » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:54 am

If he was so smitten then he should have been bringing me free drinks! :P
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Postby Wanda Woman » Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:04 pm

volfan wrote:If he was so smitten then he should have been bringing me free drinks! :P


He did put that girly drink you wanted on my tab . . .

(but that was only because you made me order it for you).
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Postby Erin » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:47 pm

Dammit, Quizzy...I'm eating blue box mac n cheese with my extendo-fork. :lol:
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Postby Quizmistress » Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:15 pm

Erin b***hed:
Dammit, Quizzy...I'm eating blue box mac n cheese with my extendo-fork. :lol:

Hey! You spotted 'em!

You may be slumming it with cheap mac&cheese, I have to hide my fork from my 3 kids.




But it does make an awesome back-scratcher. :wink:
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Postby GameCook » Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:34 pm

Pics?
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Postby Kinsley » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:36 am


Last Friday, for the fourth consecutve year, Briners gathered by the Frank Lloyd Wright
inspired fake fireplace at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lake Delton Wisconsin.

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Soon, they migrated across the boulevard to the House of Embers for cocktails

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and cocktails

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and other appetizers

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and beer.

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As usual,

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they ate well.

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Then they had a few more drinks

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and retreated to their hotel rooms to prepare for a full day of excess.

Can't say that I recall much more than that. I had begun the day in Chicago,
took a train to Milwaukee, where I rented a car and began driving toward the Dells.
Hadn't gotten as far as Madison when a pickup cut me off. I swerved into the median
to avoid him, ran over a couple of orange barrels and spun around a few times,
without hitting anything more solid.

The good news is that it happened in a fairly level area, so I spun instead of rolled.
The bad news was that the radiator was ruptured, so that car wasn't going any farther.
More good news was that Dana was behind me, and didn't have to drive too far out
of her way to rescue me. More bad news was that my head was still spinning until
I got home Monday afternoon. Did I mention that I took trains from Baltimore to
Chicago to Milwaukee and back? About 24 hours each way, including time waiting in
stations. Not sure I'd do it again, but I'm glad I did it once.
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Postby GameCook » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:29 pm

Thanks Kins!

Everyone looks happy and the food looks awesome!
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Postby Wanda Woman » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:55 pm

I've got pics! I'll try to post them this weekend.
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Postby Parintachin » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:57 pm

Okay, if only to stop Gamecooks whinging (nothin' but luv for ya big guy... :-) ), we pick up where we left off, dinner at the House Of Embers.

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I'd like to apologize in advance. Apparently Cambot has it in for our beloved Guru. Every time an some odd look would fleetingly zip across her face, Cambot would lung like an Inuit spearing a seal.

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We had a great time at HOE. They handled our rather large and ebullient party with style and efficiency. So very different from how we were handled the next night.

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I made a vow that I would take a lot more pictures this year, I have a new cameras existence to justify. Obviously I was not the only one.

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I'd never been to House of Embers before and it was shockingly neat. Very kitchy and very old-school. What can you say about a place that has a Omar Shariff theme room.

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Like many old school bastions, they are still capable of pouring a civilized cocktail. I had a pre-meal dry gin Martini and...

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... Beenie had a post-meal Pumpkin Cocktail. See now, Kevin, if you'd ordered this, we'd think you were a little light in the loafers.

After dinner I hit the wall. A few nights of minimum sleep, an early morning seeing Beenie off to work and much excitement took it outta me. My fellow Briners broke my freakin' balls about it in the morning, but I
enjoyed the day much more for a good nights sleep.
In the morning we gathered in the Hilton cafe for breakfast and planning.
This was actually my favorite part of the trip. I spent over three hours
down there as Briners came and went, sat and talked, slipped out for smoke breaks and chatting. some of the group loaded up for the Madison Farmers Market, some were heading to Dells On Tap and some of us wanted to split time between beer tasting and tourism. I was with the latter group. Coppertop, my hero and smoking buddy for the trip, who kept trying to play ninja with the tab everywhere we went (sneaky person what she is), was kind enough to loan me the drivers seat of her rental mini-van for the day and so Kins, Jackiecat, Dana, Coppertop and I headed out for Beer, Tourism and Points Beyond. We did a quick tour of the beer tent. It was loud and crowded. After about a dozen beers, it got hard to tell them apart so we took off.

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We stopped for lunch at the Cheese Factory. Believe it or not, it's a vegitarian restaurant. I'm a big believer that if you constrain something, it grows better and this place upheld that theory. Without easy proteins and animal fat to go to, much more thought was given to seasoning and texture.

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I had the cheve crepes with cranberry chutney. It was full of win.

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Afterwords I had more fun than I should probably be allowed giving the van crew a tour of my stomping grounds. Here's the weedy remnants of Lake Delton.

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Here's a very useful sign.

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I love Wisconsin's Rustic Road program. My goal is to drive them all. R-49 runs along the Wisconsin River, so of course we had to stop for a few pictures.

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We kinda screwed Kinsley out of his afternoon nap, but we got back just in time to change and head down to the Del Bar for an evening of great Briners and crap service.

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Of course, Mr. Fan took his rightful, Cowboy Crowned place at the head of the table.

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And yet, his was not the only hatted goodness. Erin's chapeau was a triumph of last minute DIY awesomeness.

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And, of course, it received it's meet of praise from the president of the Erin fanclub.

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See, everyone had cool hats except me. SRSLY, If I'd know how serious all of yous were about this, I'd have brought mine.

Is it just me, or do these two look related? Okay, maybe not, but tarred
from the same brush I think.

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Miss Dana, looking sophisticated as always.

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Guru, looking evil. Don't ask me what's up with the hair, I have no idea.

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And then... we drank.

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And when people drink, they put things on their heads. Quizzy was nice enough to model a few selections for us.

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I call this the "Texas Madame" look.

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Of course, the Flat's where there. Who says Briners never talk about Good Eats or Alton? AB was constantly on our minds.

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While Bad AB was constantly trying to abscond with my cocktail. Freakin' lush.

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Mandatory Boobylicious Shot

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After dinner, just about the time the service went south, we had coffee.
Josh may have had a little to much. kept talking about TP.

I deliberately avoided any food porn shots from the Del Bar. It breaks my heart that such a talented kitchen got f'd by such a crap floor service.

Difficulties or no, I had a great time this year. It was much more of the
relaxing, conversation filled weekend that I'd hoped for.
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Postby Kinsley » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:05 pm


I've got plenty more, I'll post some, with commentary after work.

I really feel uncomfortable taking pictures in these situations.
Flashing in peoples' faces is so rude, like the MiB's neurolizer :oops:
but I want to be able to illustrate my rambling BS, so I do it. :wink:

...AND

As we've seen often in the past, the presence of food totally distracts
me so I can't really concentrate on capturing good images. :lol:

I'm much happier when photographing sunrises and sunsets and flora
and fauna and mountain vistas and seashores and great examples of
the creative works of man. Wait'll you see Chicago '08!

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Postby BonBon » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:09 pm

Thanks to Kinsley and Pari for posting pics and some commentary. Those of us unable to join in still get a vicarious pleasure from seeing and hearing about the fun.
Carry on.

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Postby Kinsley » Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:57 pm


Saturday, for me, was a lazy day. We had plans to travel about 50 miles
to a kitschy "attraction" called the House on the Rock. Pari and I have
talked about this "experience" every time I've visited Wisconsin. Ain't
got there yet.

I didn't see much ambition from other briners either. Beenie took a small
expedition to the Madison farmers market, and Volfan led a few to the
beer festival. Many of us sat in the Frank LLoyd Wright inspired hotel lobby
sipping coffee all morning.

Then we set out to explore.

The Wisconsin Dells is an unassuming community, noted for it's elegant
architecture

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and understated decoration

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It is famous for scenic Lake Delton

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and cliffs above the Wisconsin River

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That river became the them of the day, as Pari took us on a trek that
paralleled and criss crossed it many times

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As the sun began to sink, we realized that we were on the wrong side of
the river, and tried to find a bridge.

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Our salvation arrived in the form of the last ferry that still carries cars
across the river. We weren't the only ones, so we had to wait for it to
take 2 or 3 loads before we got our chance. Being an old school guy,
who remembers when ferries were much more common, it was a pleasant
moment.

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I was half asleep all afternoon. Missed my nap the day before, didn't
sleep real well the night before, and was still recovering from doing a
720 on the interstate just 24 hours earlier. :roll: My head was still
spinning. I don't think I had much to say all weekend. If I did, it
probably didn't make much sense.

In our next installment, we finally get to the Del-Bar and encounter the
evil manager who pissed off the "Kiddie Table." :x

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Postby sadiedog » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:15 pm

*pant, pant*

We *just* got home. Gorgeous, spectacular, magnificent drive! God this is a fantastic country! Nuts to going East, (;)) come West my good Briners, come West. But be sure to take the far northern route. I promise you it's worth the trip. But not any later than mid October...this was pushing it.

I've got lots of pictures to download/upload, I'll get 'em up tonight. I am freaking starving...need to raid refrigerator...now!

ETA:

Don't nobody panic - we visited my parents all last week, that's why we are getting home now. We had fun and I've got neat pictures to show from the trip. :P
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Postby sadiedog » Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:55 pm

Here are some of the pictures from the Beerfest.

First, Wanda, Volfan, Josh & I ate at this disturbing little German restaurant/Sports bar. Essen Haus? Das Boot? The dinner music consisted of heavy metal music, rap and some Bob Marley. None of us remember ever being in a restaurant with such an identity crisis before. My walleye sandwich was good, but not very German. Wanda had a Bob Marley sandwich - again, not very German. The boys were brats - I mean, the men had brats :P The only thing that was even remotely German was the Fraulein in the skimpy outfit and the really odd murals on the walls. It is these murals I shall share with you first:

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On one wall we have Jeb and Jethro sitting, looking rather glum for men being surrounded by buxom beer maidens in festive cowboy hats. Maybe the men were glum because they were being served in the Care Bear forest.

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Next we have glum...um...Germans? dancing. I question this because there seems to be an Italian gentleman dancing with the blond woman in the back. And I had no idea that the Germans invented the calf warmer! Someone should tell them that they should really wear socks when wearing leather shoes.

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They had creepy, weirdly drawn children in that same mural.

On to the beer fest. Had a great time, tasted a bunch of different beers from last time. I think our favorite place became Furthermore brewery. They had 4 different types of beer, the cracked pepper, sour apple, coffee (Wanda's fav) and a stout with peat smoked malt. Boy was that complex! There was a berry beer, but it was like drinking cough syrup. I also tried a blueberry ale that I promptly poured out. BLECH!

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Josh & Wanda
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*glurb*
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Ugh. I'm tired and can't seem to form sentences anymore. Here's the link to the rest of the album: BiTD 2008

I'll get captions up as soon as I can.
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Postby Kinsley » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:31 pm


On Saturday, October 17, Briners gathered for the fourth time, inspired by the teachings of food
guru Alton Brown

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at the DelBar, a steak house in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

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Some of us wore our hats. I had a nice one, but I don't think anyone got a picture of me wearing it. :cry:

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This is the kiddie table you've heard so much about

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...and these are some of the grownups.

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There has been plenty of discussion about the service. Was it really better in previous years?
I'm afraid I drank so much at these parties, that all I'm sure I remember is what I have
pictures of to remind me... but I think it was always kind of uneven. :roll:

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Anyway, Pari skipped it, but I wanta talk about the food. I've eaten six meals there, and except
for one dessert, everything was tasty enough, but they seem to have an identity crisis. They do
a fine job with steaks and roasts.

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...But there are Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Greek, Mexican, German, Belgian and even Amish
items on the menu. In some cases they don't quite get the idea. The Shrimp Tempura is
served with a cocktail sauce of catsup and horseradish. :? A typical Amercan combination
for fried shrimp. But, if you're gonna call it "Tempura", give me a soy based dipping sauce.

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The plating is really haphazard for a place that aspires to elegance. Some items are presented
nicely

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But we've commented about the escargot in previous years,

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and sometimes they just seem to plop it on the plate like an army mess. :roll:

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I like pie. :lol:

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think about whether they should.''
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Postby Wanda Woman » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:34 pm

Some pics to add:



Friday night, we all met down at the lobby where Briners were fascinated with their cell phones.

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While Beenie and Copper Top look on.

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It was time to get our HOE on. I love neon signs.

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There are effervescent martinis at the HOE.

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Volfan takes a pic of Dana in front of the HOE sign.
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The HOE is very conveniently located next to the Moccasin Center, for all your moccasin needs.

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Our HOE dinner was spectacular. Dana was quite the celebrity, due to her connection with the owners. The exact nature of the connection is somewhat complicated and impossible for me to replicate here. The food, though I neglected to take pics, was wonderful. They serve the most scrumptious cinnamon rolls as part of their bread baskets (though you need to ask for them now). It was a delightful meal.



Saturday morning, we all gathered in the breakfast area and fanned out throughout Wisconsin into three platoons. I was assigned to Operation Brewfest due to my familiarity with the terrain.

For reasons possibly connected with the consumption of barley, malt, and hops, it seems I only managed to snap one recon pic of the Brewfest, of Sadiedog and Josh.

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After a wonderful pre-dinner respite, we headed over to the Del Bar for Saturday night dinner festivities.

Roll call!

Dana:

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Volfan:

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Sadiedog and Josh:

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The Gurus and the little Guru-ette:

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Jackiecat and Dana:

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Ms. Erin and her loverly chapéu:

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Copper Top:

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Beenie and Pari:

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Quizzy:

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Kinsley:

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If you look carefully, you can see the kiddie table waitress. Get a good look because you won't see her again this evening.

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Of course, Flat AB returned.

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FAB luuuuvs to drink.

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Also in attendance, clipped to my purse, was a patch sent to me by Eye4got. Thanks again, Eye!

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I made a stop at the Madison Penzey's before I left. The haul:

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I love Wisconsin, dontchaknow.

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It was another fantastic BinD! It was great to see everyone again and get to spend a bit more time with all y'all. I'm already looking forward to next year!
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Postby Grovite » Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:48 pm

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Nice crotch shot :lol:
Rock & Roll is like Mexican food. As it improves in quality, it stops being what it is.
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Postby Wanda Woman » Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:34 am

Grovite wrote:
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Nice crotch shot :lol:



Busted like Benjamin Bunny.


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