This has really become a hotspot in Fitchburg. Since I interviewed the owner Tim Thompson, I've gone back at least twice with friends and family. Great spot!
I don't think ugly sweater events ever get old. Do you?! I give 5 stars to Wil Loper, our resident film critic! We recently held a company meeting and this is what it looked like:
Don't you love the lights in Studio C?! We did have real business to tend to, but at least we looked cheery.
Something old and something new -- I broke out my old, ugly sweater and I finally had the chance to talk to former WISCer Andy Choi! He's now working at WXYZ in Detroit but came back for a quick visit. It is really great to see people want to come back here and say hello... quite a little family we have.
Um... Nan and John from our marketing and promotions department were the best duo!
And of course, we had another successful cookie exchange, thanks to Susan Siman. I made some really sad red velvet cookies this year, so whoops! But I loved the little Green Bay cookies I got in return. What do you guys do at your work for fun?
I love volunteering for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates.) I have volunteered for various CASA groups since college.
So when I was asked to judge the Dane County CASA's Casas for CASA event, I nearly jumped out of my seat! I got the chance to judge gingerbread houses at the Madison Children's Museum, made a few new friends and saw a ton of creativity.
Not all of my pictures turned out but I'd like to know - which house would you choose?
Are you missing out on Toreore (pronounced tory-ory)?!
Korean Fried Chicken is a thing, if you didn't know. In fact, I think KFC is better than that other KFC.
Anyway, I've decided that I want to open a Toreore franchise. It's the best! I mean, what other place gives you plastic gloves to eat the chicken!? INGENIOUS.
Toreore is in H Mart, outside of Chicago but you can also get Korean Fried Chicken at Sol's on the Square every Tuesday. Make sure you tell Eun Sol I sent you! She's the best!
I just got back from a weekend trip to Chicago, but we ended up spending more time at the Super H Mart.
If you're into Korean/Asiany things, you probably already enjoy visiting H Mart. But I have lots of friends who want to check it out and want to know what they can find there.
The 'H' in H Mart stands for Han Ah Reum, which means "one arm full of groceries"... I thought it meant Hanguk or something. Nope. Anyway, the Super H Mart near Chicago is an easy drive from Madison and has every Asian product you could imagine.
My friend Miya likes to go there for the skincare. Japanese and Korean skincare is ahhmazing. She really digs Shiseido and SK-II ("S-K-2").
Do these scare you, too? These are $15 SK-II masks and they are like a facial! Seriously worth it.
There are lots of great things to buy... we were so happy to see a legit kimchi section and a plethora of Korean and Asian wines, household goods and snacks. You cannot go hungry here! Everything is fresh and clean and no offense, but it's leaps and bounds better than some of our local markets, though I still go to them often.
A great experience for newbies is to eat the food at the H Mart. Basically, there are a few side restaurants inside the giant store. On this day, I ordered the gamjatang (gahm-jah-tong). It's a spicy broth soup with a potato and some pork. It is so hearty but also it feels light.
H Mart is a great place to explore. I love my job but one of the downfalls is never getting to choose where I get to live! But being this close to Chicago is awesome... so much diversity and so many choices are only a short drive away from Madison. I think this is definitely worth a day trip or a short weekend getaway!
My girls are smarter thanks to our recent dog training with Dog Face Training. We loved it!
We had such a great time in the inaugural "Bully 101" class, a course designed specifically for bully breeds like rottweilers and pit bulls. Ultimately, we learned some good behaviors that could benefit any dog, like "touch" and "go to mat" ... the girls really loved it because they got a ton of treats!
Thank you so much to Giene Keyes and everyone at Dog Face! By the way, Saturday, you can go get your dog's picture taken with SANTA PAWS thanks to Dog Face! $5 donation is all it costs! These are our pictures from last year.
Thanks so much for letting me be a part of the 11th annual North Star Awards! What an honor to celebrate some of the best and brightest community members of the North side of Madison. I really loved seeing and meeting everyone.
I wasn't able to take a lot of pictures during the event, but I will share them when I get them from the other folks who attended!
Here's a quick list of the 2014 North Star Winners:
Paul Noeldner, Community Individual
100 Black Men, Community Group
Diane Walder, Helping Northside Seniors
John Weier, Helping Northside Youth
Steve Nelson of Duwayne's Salon, Northside Business
High Impact Group: Independence Day Committee
High Impact Person: Ellen Barnard, FEED Kitchen
Do you have secret santa at work? Ours started this week so I was thrilled when mine brought me homemade doggie treats for the girls! Don't they look delicious?
I checked the ingredients and got very curious as to how they'd taste.
So, you knew it would happen.
Thanks secret santa! I love the cookies! But I probably should've known to keep them for dogs only!
This is the most heartbreaking thing I've seen in a while. Parents who adopt and then fail their children by "re-homing" them to other people. We have to do better.
This story also surprised me because it has ties to Wisconsin and Missouri... so some of my friends might feel closer to this. Watch the whole thing.
The new rage is to cook your bird on its breast.
But I happen to be an accidental expert on the matter.
If you cook a turkey -breast side down- chances are your guests will rave how juicy and wonderful it is. And because you cooked it, you can pretend you knew what you were doing the whole time.
I did this once in 2002 and again in 2014!!!