Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 28, 2016

The Wisconsin Traveler’s Guide to Tequila

Next time you order a drink with tequila, impress your friends with a little español and spirits savvy. Tequila’s a traveler just like you; it hails from a very specific plant – agave tequilana, or blue agave – in Mexico.

Only the best establishments offer a variety of tequila instead of just one.  Here’s a few to add to your sampling list:

  • Blanco, a clear-colored tequila, is bottled as soon as its made and is known for its citrus bite.
  • Reposado is aged anywhere from 3 months to 1 year, making it smoother and sweeter than blanco.
  • Mezcal is tequila’s more worldly and sophisticated cousin of tequila because it’s distilled from more than just blue The varieties of agave that make up this alcohol give it a smoky and earthy taste.

Want to try all three? Head to El Jefe Tacos y Tequila in the Stevens Point Area for the best margaritas in central Wisconsin. With 47 tequilas made with 100% agave, you’ll be wondering why there aren’t more palm trees amidst the pines. Put your new knowledge to the text with El Jefe’s tequila tasting flight – just make sure you ask for at least one blanco, on reposado, and one mezcal.

Or, if you’d prefer, try tequila in one of their recommended signature drinks:

  • Classic: The El Jefe margarita combines blanco with homemade sour and combier orange liqueur.
  • Adventurous: The Cilantro Jalapeno margarita is a fresh reposado drink with a super spicy kick that’s not for the faint of heart.
  • Best of Both Worlds: The sweet and spicy Canela Caliente mixes mescal with Frangelico, homemade sour, and a cinnamon-cayenne simple syrup.

If you’re having more than one, make sure you try their locally sourced produce and meat (including duck, goat, pork and beef). The roasted pork nachos are a crowd pleaser!

Contact: 715 – 544-1744

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Find more great establishments throughout the state with our Food & Drink Finder. Then take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz and discover if you really are what you eat, plus a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes!

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February 25, 2016

Your Guide To Wisconsin’s Best Photo Tips

Spring Sun Flowers

Vacation memories can live on forever in photographs. Maybe it’s a historic building or picturesque street, or maybe it’s a beautiful sunset or a field of wildflowers. But it’s something you want to save and share. Too often, vacation photos aren’t quite as amazing as the moments that unfold. The good news is, there are a few simple tricks that can dramatically improve your shots. You don’t have to be an expert photographer to capture a great photo and you don’t even need a great camera to take great photos – even your smartphone will do. Just follow a few simple tips and be ready to capture your Wisconsin getaway. A little practice and preparation will help ensure your photos are as beautiful as your experiences. Here are four great Wisconsin vacation photo locations and four great photo tips that will make your next getaway picture perfect.

Photo op: Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton

Photo tip: use what you have

Sure, expensive cameras can take great shots but many people don’t explore the full potential of their gear. If you haven’t used your camera in a while, and are heading to a beautiful place like the conservancy, take a look at your camera’s manual and take some time to explore the camera’s settings. Practice a bit before you leave. If you’re taking images with your phone, consider downloading a photo app that will give you extra features.

Pheasant Branch Crane

Photo op: Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend

Photo tip: use a tripod

Some of the most dramatic vacation images are taken in the morning or evening. In West Bend, this beautiful art museum makes a dramatic subject at night. But strong subjects like this can lose their drama in images that are blurry due to long, low light exposures. You can fix this problem by using a tripod. If you are shooting with a smartphone you can use a bracket that will attach your phone to a tripod.

 

Photo op: Boulder Lake, Boulder Junction

Photo tip: play with light

Consider shooting your photos in the morning or evening when the light is soft and low. It’s a perfect time to shoot sunsets on beautiful lakes like Boulder Lake. The light will add interest and drama to your photos and make the skin tones of your subjects warm and flattering. Cloudy days are perfect for shooting waterfalls or rivers. Longer exposures are possible, which can add a silky quality to the water.

 

Photo op: Stevens Point Sculpture Park,
Stevens Point Area

Photo tip: vary your perspective

To add interest to your images, change your perspective. Consider shooting from a low or a high angle to add interest to your shots. The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is a great place to practice this technique. You’ll encounter some sculptures that also play with perspective a bit; check out the giant wooden bench.

Stevens Point Sculpture Park

Photo by: KT Elements

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February 24, 2016

Northern Wisconsin curd finder

Headed to northern Wisconsin? Check out this list of great places to hit up for a basket of classic curds.

Find more great restaurants throughout the state with our Food & Drink Finder. Then take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz and discover if you really are what you eat, plus a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes!

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February 23, 2016

Playing with fire

The Twilight Supper Club in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin takes a classic drink to a fiery new level with its Flaming Old Fashioned. Here’s how they do it: they add marshmallow-flavored syrup to the drink, light the orange garnish and let the patron toast some marshmallows over the flames. Who needs a campfire?

To see more food and drink surprises and discover your own Wisconsin Food Personality, go here.

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February 21, 2016

A food tour of the Stevens Point Area

 

The Stevens Point Area in the center of Wisconsin is a top-notch foodie destination, whether you’re looking for handcrafted beers and spirits, locally sourced produce or delectable desserts.

Here are a few spots to check out while you’re visiting Portage County.

The Village Hive, Amherst. This bakery and local foods collective located in the charming village of Amherst offers a shared-use kitchen to local businesses, who then use locally sourced ingredients to produce delicious cherry pies (made with real Door County cherries), lemon blueberry scones, chicken pot pies, cupcakes and more. The Village Hive also offers cooking classes and sells local meats, produce, eggs, coffee and more.

Father Fats Public House, Stevens Point. Father Fats, located just off the Wisconsin River in downtown Stevens Point, is another restaurant that takes advantage of local farms to produce seasonal dishes that cross categories. And as if the main courses weren’t enough, Father Fats also offers great drinks and desserts, too. Try the Salty Carmel Parfait or Crème Brulee for a sweet treat, or celebrate with a specialty cocktail (it’s different every night) or the restaurant’s most popular drink, the Chinatown (lychee, citrus vodka, lime and cranberry).

PJ’s, Stevens Point. Located in SentryWorld Sports Complex, PJ’s is a great spot to sit outside or take in live music—don’t miss their summer music series—amidst a beautiful setting. Whether you’re taking advantage of their daily specials or just grabbing some cheese curds (complete with horseradish dijonnaise dipping sauce) and a tap beer, PJ’s will satisfy any visitors’ needs.

Looking for more great restaurants around Wisconsin? Check out our Food & Drink Finder!

And don’t forget to take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz, too!

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