Drinking (and Eating) Wisconsin-bly [#WIAW]

by Sarah on July 10, 2013 · 13 comments

I thought I’d take a break from (paper) writing for, well, (blog) writing. It seems that blogging might just become a brain break for me in the midst of my new PhD life. Either way, I felt it was important for me to share with y’all some of the many ways I was Drinking Eating Wisconsinbly over the past four or five days, if for no other reason than this tee cracked me up, and I had to share it with the (blog) world.

Granted, y’all know me well enough by now to know that the extent of my actual drinking was limited to a few sips of wine at dinner and about half of this Lemon Berry Shandy Leinenkugel–which I really did like, but left inside while competing in an intense game of cornhole with my family and thus allowed it to get warm.

i also love fresh kettle corn. i did not abandon that.

So, Jenn, and any of W.I.A.Wisconsin badgers gawkers out there, you will forgive me for the lack of beverages documentation, and instead indulge in my overabundance of food photos.

Wisconsin, as a state, hasn’t really discovered the word vegetarian (much less vegan…with or without benefits). So, although I was able to finagle a veggie burger or twowhen we cooked out at my grandmother’s house…

morningstar griller on both a mixed green and ramen slaw salad topped w. roasted corn salsa

…the fact that I’ve made like my redheaded Disney counterpart, taking trips under the sea, made most of my dining experiences MUCH more enjoyable.

pecan encrusted walleye sandwich with unbelievably awesome sweet potato fries

(Especially since Papa Smart is a grillmaster.)

grilled salmon+ sweets alongside lightly steamed snaps + beans from the farmers market

Despite being in the self-proclaimed dairyland of the world America, I was able to steer my lactose-averse belly away from cheese.

except the bleu cheese i had to shake off of this shrimp cobb salad, despite my requests

However while I may be dairy-wary, I also love yogurt.

frosted flakes, strawberries, raisin bran

And when Chobani is on sale at the local grocery store, you take advantage.

orange you jealous?

Every single morning.*

*Fine. Sometimes I ate what I confiscated from my Grammie’s fridge, or the hotel breakfast bar.

cheerios, raisin bran, peaches, strawberries

Even in the airport.

(Which is a good idea if you look like your trip was sponsored by the aforementioned yogurt conglomerate.)

Now, if I love yogurt, I lust after my frozen lemon–or lime–ade pies, which are unquestionably dairy-infused, but made for a great lesson on easy entertaining for my seven-year-old cousin, Lily.

From love to lust to full-on obsession.

although 10:30AM wouldn't have been too early to stop in and get some, my aunt had other ideas

Which is how I feel about ice cream.

i also feel that leaving just a smidge in the carton is a sign that i have willpower

Considering we were in town for Grammie’s 90th, a little ice cream with the raspberry cream cake wasn’t so wrong, was it? (Although my stomach may have thought otherwise.)

I guess it’s a good thing I had some local raspberry kombucha to help soothe my stomach.

And a briny, vinegary, pickle-on-a-stick to help banish the bloat.

While I thought I was pretty awesome for dipping said pickle in mustard and ketchup…

then my little cousin showed me up with her honey mustard + ketchup concoction

…Papa Smart proved himself to be even more inventive by taking the pickled Brussels sprouts we found at the farmers’ market…

…and popping them into his martini.

And although that might not necessarily be “Drinking Wisconsin-bly,” it’s certainly drinking awesomely.

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Aly@ReturnToYourRoot July 10, 2013 at 5:42 am

Ahhhh! I miss my homeland so much! (And I’m only in Chicago :P ) I’m a Wisconsin girl through and through, even though I too do not indulge in the drinking nearly as much as my fellow badgers ;)
I love that tee-shirt too, by the way! Where on earth did you find it?

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Sarah July 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

The shirt was in the Milwaukee airport! (Along with one that said “Nothing Tips Like a Cow. ;) )

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables July 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

I want a pickle on a stick!!! :) Yeah the midwest is a little behind on vegetarian/vegan trends, haha. But Alex’s parents did get some veggie burgers for the grill! :)

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Maria July 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Happy 90th Birthday, Granny Smart! Please have Granny guest post on her secrets on a long happy life.

And her cake. Wow. Gorgeous!

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Maria July 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

And I apologize for my lack of attention-to-detail, Grammie and for spelling your name wrong.

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

YUM! Local kombucha???!?! Yes, please!

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sarah @ sarah learns July 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

i love this post! i’m so bummed that we missed out on seeing each other when you were in my fair state. next time!

and so happy you got to try nessalla kombucha! it’s one of my favorites. :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl July 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I LOVE the Lemon Berry Shandy beer. It is so tasty and Summery :) . And Oatmeal Cookie Batter Ice Cream?? Holy yum!!

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lindsay July 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

oh i need that shirt and all the good lactose food that you ate with it. So worth the $ money on kombucha and a side of lactaid, yes?

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Lauren July 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Yeah the land of cheese…don’t think there’s too many vegans! Haha. I’m very intrigued by the pickled Brussels sprouts! How were they?

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Yum . . . pickles! I love them, and try to always have some on hand for when a craving hits. Knowing how much I love brussels sprouts, I’m totally intrigued with this pickled version you speak of. Sounds like they could be a winner!

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calee July 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

oh how i wish we were in the same part of WI at the same time! :)

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Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie July 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

My grandparents live in WI, so I’ve been there many summers, but I’ve yet to go there as a vegan! However, I will be there in about 3 weeks and I’m already planning on stocking up at Whole Foods/Trader Joes since my g-parents live in small towns and I’m not sure what will be available to me in restaurants. I’m glad you made the most of your visit as a vegan-with-benefits…if only they’d have more vegan-friendly food!

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