December 11, 2008

Milwaukee is 'sehr gut!'

A trip up to Milwaukee marks the tenth and final stop on my Holiday Entertaining media tour! No trip up to Wisconsin is complete with a delicious indulgence in some traditional German food. The best place in town is the historic Mader's Restaurant. For over 100 years it has served classic German fare not only to the residents of Milwaukee but to countless celebrities and four presidents.

There was no doubt that I had to order a stein of German beer, but when I saw the soft pretzel listed on the appetizer menu, I knew I just had to try it. What a surprise when the server (all dressed up in leiderhosen!) walked up to our table with this...

The giant soft pretzel spilled over the edge of the plate. Served with cheese and German mustard, it was the perfect way to start the meal.

For the main dish, I couldn't wait to try the Beef and Mushroom Strudel. It was a beef sauerbraten with grilled red onions, sauteed mushrooms and smoked ham rolled in crisp pastry baked with Emmenthal cheese. Served with ginger brown sauce and julienne vegetables, it looked gorgeous and every bite was the perfect comfort food on this cold winter evening.

Finally, we completed the meal with a classic Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte (such a fun thing to say!) or Black Forest Cake.

Danke Schon!

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