PCP: Beer or bratwurst?

first_imgBrats’ history, taste, make it superior When it comes to tailgating, there is no more frequent a visitor than the bratwurst. Our German ancestors not only made the wise choice of immigrating to Wisconsin; they brought brilliance to the meat game. Not only do words fail to describe it, but few tastes compare to that first brat of the afternoon, draped in whichever condiment(s) your taste buds yearn for in supplement.In this PCP, brats face stiff competition from their game day comrade, beer, but the bratwurst holds attributes unmatched by beer and many other favorite tailgating beverages.First off, with a tailgate scene that generally includes at least 10 companions, brats are ideal. Why limit the efficiency of your grill with flattened burgers when the succulent sausages can double the amount of grill space?Brats will fill you up along the same lines beer does, yet the alcoholic beverage won’t last very long in your system. If you don’t want to be making multiple trips to the lavatory, then don’t make the mistake of choosing beer over brats.Better yet, use that beer a different way and cook your brats in it. After all, Wisconsin is the original home of the beer-battered brat. I have yet to hear of brat-battered beer.Just about everything can help your brat, too. Ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, onions, …  I am running out of breath.Got underage kids at the tailgate? Help fill them up without breaking the law and hand them a brat. I bet they’ll ask you for another.When it comes down to it, the obvious choice is the Bratwurst. Brats won’t leave you stumbling around, leaving stains on your wardrobe. They just want to be eaten, at every tailgate imaginable.If you’re getting real hungry and feeling really creative, throw a pair of brats on the same bun. That’s tailgating gold.Brats are delicious, but beer is … beerDo you like beer? I like beer. Hell, I love beer. Who doesn’t? We’re from Wisconsin and no state does it better for brewing up the beverage of the gods than the Dairy State.In fact, I bet Sean would argue beer is the king of tailgating if he was of legal drinking age. But he’s not. So let me tell you why beer is best while I put Sean up in his high chair.For one, it tastes delicious. I don’t care if it’s Pabst Blue Ribbon or Milwaukee’s Best; I’ll drink any beer (except Keystone Light, a worse destroyer of the innards than dorm room toilet paper) until I feel (or look) as bloated as William Howard Taft. I’ll take six Schlitzes … or whatever’s free!There are countless varieties on the drink as well. For those who want to consume more than the recommended amount, there’s beer on the lighter side. Want something that tastes great and is less filling? Try Milwaukee’s own Miller Lite (Bud Light should be illegal in Wisconsin), perfect for the many games of beer pong, beer ball and flip cup that make game day, or any other day for that matter, such a great occurrence. Can you make fun games out of brats? Seriously, let me know; that’d be awesome.Maybe you’re not balling on a budget and you want to get classier in your beer choice than your grandmother’s choice in scotch. Might I recommend any of the fine choices New Glarus, Capital Brewery or Leinenkugel’s offer?And let’s be honest. On a warm summer day or a crisp fall afternoon, nothing hits the spot better than that first sip – or shotgun – of beer.But I won’t say no to one of those brats. Or several. After all, I’ll need a solid base to go with this six-pack of Moon Man.last_img read more

Chelsea face Man Utd in FA Cup final as Giroud sinks Saints

first_imgFor Southampton, the focus returns to their desperate battle to avoid relegation, with just four games left to climb out of the bottom three.Saints boss Mark Hughes claimed the crucial moment was the officials’ refusal to use the video assistant referee when Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero may have dropped the ball over the line under pressure from Charlie Austin.“We are disappointed with the officials. Their goalkeeper has thrown the ball into the back of the net,” Hughes complained.“If ever there was a case for VAR to review, that was the moment. Why it wasn’t referred I’ve no idea.”– Nimble Giroud –Giroud was warming to the task of giving Southampton another headache and he went close to breaking the deadlock with an acrobatic volley before half-time.Chelsea’s dominance was finally rewarded in the 46th minute.Cesc Fabregas lofted a pass towards Eden Hazard and he controlled brilliantly in mid-air before slipping the ball through to Giroud.There was still work for Giroud to do and he side-stepped three defenders with surprising grace, his nimble footwork giving him just enough space to slot home from close range.After Caballero got away with his sloppy handling, Austin appealed in vain for a penalty when Giroud left his arm out to block the forward’s header.But it was too little, too late and Morata came off the bench to wrap up the win with just his third goal in his last 19 appearances.Morata, who has failed to impress since his move from Real Madrid last year, was furious after being hauled off at Burnley.Just days later, he was all smiles when he nodded home from Cesar Azpilicueta’s 82nd-minute cross. Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea booked an FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United as Olivier Giroud tormented Southampton again with a sublime strike in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Wembley.Giroud has made a habit of scoring against Southampton and the France forward was their nemesis in a one-sided semi-final.Opting to select Giroud instead of Alvaro Morata proved a shrewd move by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the former Arsenal star produced a tremendous piece of skill to break the deadlock early in the second half.Giroud has feasted on Southampton this season, scoring twice to spark Chelsea’s 3-2 win last weekend and also netting a late equaliser against them for Arsenal in December.His fourth goal for Chelsea since his January signing was followed by a late header from substitute Morata, setting up a heavyweight final against United at Wembley on May 19.That will be Chelsea’s last chance to win major silverware at the end of a troubled season.“The most important thing is to reach the final. This is the second FA Cup final in a row for us. I’m delighted for our fans,” Conte said.“For sure, Olivier has been a good signing for us. I needed a player like him, strong physically, to hold the ball up.“Today I decided to start with Olivier because I knew we were playing against three strong central defenders, but when Morata came on the impact was impressive as well.”Chelsea’s 13th FA Cup final appearance will be a repeat of the 2007 showpiece, when Jose Mourinho’s men won 1-0.The Blues, back in the final after losing to Arsenal in May, last won the competition in 2012 and are bidding to lift the trophy for the eighth time.Winning the FA Cup might not be enough to convince either Conte or Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that their two-year partnership should be extended.Conte has spent much of the season complaining about Chelsea’s failure to back his transfer plans, while several of his players are believed to be unhappy with his demanding training sessions and intense personality.The Blues face a tough task to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham by five points.Against that backdrop, winning the Cup would at least provide an uplifting conclusion to a frustrating campaign.last_img read more

Olympia Area Kitchen Designer – Cabinets By Trivonna: Creates Another Nurturing…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0In order to create a truly nurturing environment, a designer needs to fully comprehend what prompts a customer to want to remodel their kitchen.  Trivonna often asks lots of questions both in our showroom and in the customer’s kitchen.In talking with Larry and Elizabeth, she learned that Larry was the primary cook, but both were active in the kitchen – often in each other’s way. For example: she needed in the oven while he was at the stove. Upon entering their kitchen she saw that it was somewhat dated (tile counters, white doors on wood cabinets with framed soffits and pantry).As they talked, she learned that, when working at the computer desk, they felt like they were in a hole — separated from the rest of the family. They also needed more (or more usable) storage. After considering various design ideas, the new kitchen featured Dewils inset cherry cabinets. The upper cabinets kissed the ceiling (adding more storage).  The framed in pantry was replaced with two pantry cabinets including a combination of drawers and roll out trays, providing far more accessible storage.  The desk was moved to the end of the kitchen near the family room.  A wall microwave and oven were installed away from the cook-top.This kitchen was remodeled by Tim Dickey, and won the Olympia Master Builders 2011 Remodeling Excellence Award!last_img read more

Saturday Spring Weather Tease

first_imgTwo River-area residents woke up to a preview of spring Saturday, March 30. After a long stretch of chilly weather, warmth and sunny skies drew people outside. From leisurely strolls on the boardwalk in Long Branch to flying kites on the beach at Sea Bright, from baseball games at Fair Haven Fields to bicycling and running in Thompson Park, people showed they were ready for some fun in the sun. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img