These bovine ladies were present for the entire weekend at Cheese Days. We saw them tethered up in a parking area on Saturday, pre-parade. One of them was showing her contempt, voluminously, at being stuck on a hard concrete pad instead of roaming freely in a nice soft meadow. Fortunately we we able to steer clear of the Yellow River without sullying our shoes, but it wasn't the most pleasant welcome to Cheese Days.
The rest of the day was more to our liking. A good start, as always, with a Limburger Sandwich
. ScreamingChicken opted for their Smoked Brat Sandwich. I could tell from the deep brown color, the smoky aroma, and the audible snap he'd made a good choice. Now I was hankering for my own sausage sandwich, but wanted to move on to the local Turner Hall
Most Turner Halls followed a German aesthetic, but because of all the Swiss settlers in south central Wisconsin, Monroe's version looks more like a Swiss Chalet
. They had a couple of dining options once we got there. We've found The Ratskellar
restaurant inside to be slightly overpriced for the portions they serve. A better value can be found in their Cheese Days only sidewalk cafe. Four different sausages and a variety of good sides can be had for a just a few bucks. Unfortunately, the flavor of our Smoked Sausage didn't live up to the standards set by Baumgartner's. Lesson learned. Next time, we start with a Limburger Sandwich AND the Smoked Sausage from Baumgartner's.
The rest of the day's food treats included Pork Tacos (I don't think it was Al Pastor) and Raclette
over new potatoes, sprinkled with spring onions, mini-gherkins, and a squirt of Dijon mustard.
As the ChickenDude mentioned, we made a side trip into a back alley (literally) where we found Marv's Farm Toys and Antiques
. It was a fun stop, even for lifelong city boy like me. HowlingYardbird, OTOH, was in heaven; transported back to his youth where he claims to have owned and operated a few of the vintage pieces on marv's shelves. I was happy I could make him happy with this hidden gem. Marv is quite the character and will bend your ear for a fair amount of time if you don't have an exit strategy, so if you're thinking about making a visit, be forewarned.
After circling the town square a couple of times we parted ways with HeWhoSquawksLikeBarnyardFowl and joined our daughter and SIL, abe_froeman & Mr. Maki who were there with friends. The heat fatigue started to take its toll, so after a short time, we decided to move on.
After a short drive up the road we stopped for a highly recommended Burger at Cow & Quince
in New Glarus, WI
. JRPfeff sent around this video
to some of us, highlighting "8 Unique Wisconsin Cheeseburgers". We were there on a "Burger Wars" Saturday when they feature four different Burger creations to compare and contrast. Mrs. Roadhouse and I split an outstanding Burger featuring Balsamic Grilled Onions, a gorgeous slice of Heirloom Tomato, all smothered by a melted slab of Sartori's Montamoré Cheddar
. You could really taste the distinct, slightly gamy flavor; like high quality venison, of the grass fed, locally sourced beef.
I deferred to Mrs. Roadhouse's choice of a side salad instead of fries and didn't regret it. It featured a beautiful mix of greens, topped with colorful garden veggies with a splash of light vinaigrette. We also split a nice bowl of Corn Chowder. I couldn't resist a scoop of the housemade Coffee Ice Cream for dessert.
This was a dandy year for Cheese Days. Maybe a smidge hotter than we would have liked, but we were smart to come on Saturday and miss Sunday's festivities. The crowds were still big, but at least we weren't smooshed up on the sidewalk to make room for The World's Longest, Slowest Parade.
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2018/09/17 16:28:28