Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
“Those look really good, and I don’t even like them.”
Jennifer said that to me late Saturday afternoon as the Fischer family was enjoying an Irish Fest tradition:
A trip to the Tipperary Stage at the north end of the grounds. The entrance to the stage features the Tipperary Tea Room with the best desserts at Irish Fest.
We were enjoying Guinness Cheesecake and a Bailey’s Cupcake when someone walked by with…
Prompting my wife's exclamation. Here's the problem. When there are all kinds of Irish-themed desserts available, why order a cream puff?
Bigger problem. Look again at that cream puff picture. This is akin to a Big Mac photo where the two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun look nothing like what you get in the cardboard box. Somehow, whatever got into the film creation the Incredible Shrinking Man found its way into your order.
The cream puff that we saw at the Tipperary Tea Room was about one-third the size of the above photo. Should have ordered the Guinness Cheesecake or a scone.
I’m sure the cream puff was delicious. Every selection at the Tipperary Tea Room is the bomb.
But it would be the last choice I make there. And I love that place and Irish Fest immensely. However, I’m there for the Irish flair and flavor. More importantly, and I’ve held this view for a long, long time, the cream puff should be off limits when the Wisconsin State Fair is not in operation. Of course, it won’t be. I’m fully aware of restaurants and bakeries that advertise their “State Fair” cream puffs. They’re cream puffs, alright. The Munchkin land variety.
Let’s be real. Have you ever seen a cream puff that looks like these other than at the Wisconsin State Fair?
Non-State Fair puffs might be tasty, but they're consistenty disappointing.
Now I could be misinformed, and somehow, somewhere in the Badger State there’s a bakery that produces the same WI cream puff or better with all that freshness and a beyond generous helping of dairy cream. If so, please let us all in.
Otherwise, I’ll think I’ll just pass on cream puffs between now and next August knowing full well I’ll find some other schneck to keep me satisfied.
A cream puff purchased anywhere but…
Well, that’s like ordering a Mai Tai in Iowa or a ham sandwich at Maggiano's.
Wrong, very wrong.
Finally, Irish Fest folks if you’re reading. Please get rid of the cash only ticket system for beer and wine as other ethnic festivals have abandoned the whole ticket requirement. Let people pay cash or credit at all stands. Think of your customers, please.
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
Speaking of San Diego.
I repeat...no way!
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I'll just take vanilla or strawberry, please.
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