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EXIT 138B: State Capital and Ale Asylum in Madison, WI

In Attractions, Exit Episode, Kari, Restaurants & Bars, Wisconsin on Tue-03-Feb-15 at 2:47 PM

I’ve hit the road again!  I stopped in Madison to visit Kari and we explored in Madison.  Although we are both from Wisconsin and have been to Madison on random occasions in the past, we hadn’t really seen everything.  Kari recently moved there, so we decided to check out some places that we had never been to.

Ok ok ok… we’ve been to the capital building before.  I don’t know if they still do this, but when we were in elementary school, there was always a field trip to Madison to tour the capital.  I don’t remember much about it.  But on our recent visit, we just did a quick walk through and some memories came back.  It’s a beautiful building on the inside and out.  We didn’t do a tour, but they do offer free tours most days.  They take 45-55 minutes, and if you have less than 10 people you don’t need a reservation.  You can find more info on the State Capital Tour website.

Then we hit up Ale Asylum brewery.  Because, why would we start making episodes without beer?  We got a flight and a pizza.  And. it. was. all. amazing.

My ranking of the 6 beers we had:

  1. Unshadowed (German Hefeweizen)
  2. Phantasm (Autumn Ale)
  3. Bedlam! (Belgian IPA)
  4. Hopollo (IPA)
  5. Ambergeddon (Amber Ale)
  6. Hopalicious (American Pale Ale)

If you are from Wisconsin, you may have had Hopalicious.  It is a great beer.  I love Hopalicious.  But they make so many great beers at Ale Asylum that it ranked last on our flight.  Crazy!  Crazy good beer at Ale Asylum… you need to check it out.

They do tours of the brewery on Sundays.  I need to go back!


EXIT 2: The Original Red’s Savoy Pizza in Hudson, WI

In Courtney, Exit Episode, Restaurants & Bars, Travel Tips, Wisconsin on Tue-28-Aug-12 at 9:43 PM

Pretty much anything with cheese and hot sauce is automatically awesome, but the taco pizza fries we had at The Original Red’s Savoy Pizza were exceptionally tasty.  We had asked the worker what the restaurant was known for, and he told us, “The pizza fries!”  There were a few varieties, and I’m pretty sure we chose the best one… the taco pizza fries.

Pizza fries are basically a pizza with no sauce, and cut into strips instead of slices.  Ours was topped with taco meat and served with sour cream and hot sauce.  (Was kind of expecting more of a “taco” sauce/salsa type dip… but was pleasantly surprised with the many hot sauce packets we were given… since we are very much into hot sauce.)

Since most of the hot spots in Hudson are by the river off of exit 1 (or so I assume), we had to drive around a bit to find this place… but it isn’t far off the highway.

A tip for anyone:

If you’re in a new area or trying a new place, ask the workers what the best thing to have is!  They usually are happy to tell you what the place is known for and what they recommend.

Bonus Episode: Exploring La Crosse, WI

In Attractions, Courtney, Matt, Parks & Recreation, Restaurants & Bars, Special Episode, Wisconsin on Thu-23-Aug-12 at 9:34 AM

To prepare for Explore 94, Matt, Courtney, and I decided to film a test episode in La Crosse, WI.  We spent time at Riverside park, visited the World’s Largest 6-pack, and shared some appetizers at Buzzard Billy’s.

Home to Hiawatha (“Indian Man”) and Fido (a dog statue which you can apparently adopt somehow), Riverside Park is a scenic park along the Mississippi River.  The park was full of energy with people visiting, locals jogging, and boats racing.  It’s a lovely spot to hang out, have a picnic, people watch, or attend an event.

While in La Crosse, you might as well take a few minutes to pass by the World’s Largest 6-pack, because really, how cool is that?!  City Brewery also has a gift shop and offers tours.  You can also visit King Gambarinus (he’s legit), who resides across from the big beer cans.

Our final stop was Buzzard Billy’s, a great gem in the historic downtown area of La Crosse with authentic New Orleans and American Cuisine.  My ultimate recommendation is the sweet potato fries.  I would definitely go back for those!  (And to tell you a secret, we had been there before… and I wanted to go to get the fries again.)  The Buzzard Eggs (chicken tenders, jalapenos, and cheese wrapped in bacon) were obviously good because they were wrapped in bacon, however they could have used more cheese and less chicken.  It’s something different to try, but next time I’ll just double up on the sweet potato fries.

It was a fun evening with Matt and Courtney, and a lot of footage to edit.  It gave me a better idea of how Explore 94 will go, although every exit will be a different experience (especially when I’m not exploring with 2 people who live in the town).