Just in time for Halloween, a tale of a brother-in-law and his dog. Mike Bender is not only my wife’s brother he’s also one of my closet friends. Mike has a Sprint store in Whiting, Indiana along Indianapolis Blvd about a mile from the Chicago city line. Recently buildings on either side of his store have been razed leaving only empty lots. Mike and Kim Mikulski and their two year old Rottweiler Brutus live in an apartment above the store. Brutus has enjoyed the empty lots but favored one over the other. One day a couple of weeks ago Brutus came
We made our picks from all of the booths we visited and here they are!
Best New Item
Booth #105 (Evansville Soccer Club)
Vanilla Ice Cream w/Mango-Habanero Sauce
3rd Place Best of the Fest
Mark Elliott’s Eating Extravaganza 2011
First thanks to Mike, Darrin, Carla and Casey for helping out during this years taste testing. If I get anyone’s name or booth wrong, blame Darrin he kept notes (and he’s on Facebook, so blame him directly.)
Today, me and my panel of WIKY Judges, Kelley Ashby (this was her first time as a judge) and April Rutledge met in our usual spot at 11th and Franklin and set out to sample another 21 booths. Anyone have some extra Rolaids they're not using? Here's what we tested and our reviews:
Booth 108--St. Peter's UCC in Wadesville. Chicken 'n Dumplings. Kelley had never had chicken 'n dumplings before, and she thought they were great! We all liked the spice combos and the colorful parlsey in the broth. Nice, soft dumplings and very tasty.
Today I, along with my veteran panel of judges Tracy Silver and Kathy Collins, hit 24 booths. Even with small samples, 24 of ‘em add up in a hurry. Consider this – you pile a pronto pup on top of a kangaroo sandwich, mix it with a deep-fried Twinkie and so on for a couple of dozen booths and you find out quick that it’s the combo that’ll kill you. Tough duty, I know. (And voluntary!)
Here's an interesting article from Tuesday morning's Wall Street Journal.
We'll be talking about this on Tuesday afternoon.
It's once-a-year eat-a-thon known as the Fall Festival! As we have for the past eight Fall Festivals, DJB and I hit the street with our panel of judges in search of classic, new, and bizarre food items. Our goal is to sample something from every food booth at the festival, this year numbering 135. My team includes April Rutledge, Helen Schnarr and newcomer Kelley Ashby.
Well, not everything on a stick. As we have for the past eight Fall Festivals, Diane and I hit the street with our panel of judges in search of classic, new, and bizarre food items. Our goal is to sample something from every food booth at the festival, this year numbering 135. My team includes veterans Tracy Silver and Kathy Collins along with Nut Clubbers Andy Elfreich (out of retirement as a taster!) and newcomer Jeff Alvey.
** This story was in the news yesterday, and people are understandably a bit upset about it. Looks like it's time to start storing all your cash in your mattress again. Remember those banks we bailed out? They still want to hold your money for you . . . but now when you take some OUT, they want to keep a piece for themselves.
--The latest? Bank of America . . . the largest bank in the country . . . just announced that starting next year, they'll charge a $5 monthly fee for you to use your debit card.