Entries Tagged as 'goose island'

A Barbecue and Family Reunion in Wisconsin

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments


Last year we had so much fun in Wisconsin barbecuing and catching up with family, that we did it again this year. Last year, I was 7 months pregnant and it was fun this year to finally introduce everyone to Makai. He had so much fun playing and visiting with all his cousins and aunties and uncles that he missed his afternoon naps and stayed up right till his bed time at 8 p.m. Makai was especially loving Kiara, who is one month older than him; chilling out by Dustin; and playing with Tessa, Charlotte and Margo.

I had fun seeing everyone too and it was nice to be at my parent’s house in the country, which is not really the country, but is the country compared to where we live!

Also, I had never seen this version of 312 before, even though Goose Island beer is made in Chicago and is everywhere here:


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Brunch at The Radler

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

photo by Stephanie

photo by Stephanie

My brother brought Steph and Jess down for a visit and we all went (with Makai) to The Radler for brunch. Dallas and I had been there for dinner, but they just recently added brunch, so I was excited to give it a try. This is what we had:

– Pretzel Bread Pudding :: White chocolate, pastry cream, haus cherry jam (Stephanie)
– Buttermilk Biscuits & Sausage Gravy (Jessica)
– Cremini Mushroom Poutine :: Two eggs, local cheese curds, roasted mushroom gravy, fries (Richard)
– Smoked Brisket Reuben & Fries :: Gruyere, sauerkraut, haus 1,000 island (Rachelle)
– Banana Bread :: Toasted oat streusel, almonds, sliced banana (shared)

I liked my reuben, but I’m probably not the best judge, since I rarely get it. I thought it was delicous though. My only complaint was that the bread didn’t hold up and I ended up eating it with a knife and fork. Steph said her pretzel bread pudding was pretty much like eating dessert, so be warned that it’s sweet (not that I personally would mind that!). I think everyone liked what they got. I remember really liking the streusel on the banana bread!


My brother had the Haus Hefeweizen and I had the Bloody Mary, which came with a Haus Helles back, pickled carrot, bacon olive, onion, knockwurst and cheese. The bloody mary was really good. Not too spicy, just right. Steph had some Goose Island soda and Jess stuck with her usual, Coke. The Coke came in a little bottle.

So. Anyway. Everyone was pleased with their meal at The Radler. It wasn’t the cheapest, but was good. Here’s a new part of my thoughts on restaurants – The Radler was chill enough for Makai, not so quiet that when he fussed everyone looked, but not super loud. They have high chairs, but I found out the hard way that there are no changing tables in the bathrooms. I think we’ll be back. We’ve had a good dinner and a good brunch. Still so glad to have this new restaurant option added to our neighborhood!

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Fun Weekend With Friends and Family

January 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Becky, Chris, Rachelle

Friday: Amanda came down to watch Makai while Dallas and I went out for the night. First we had some happy hour drinks downtown with Jessica, Todd, Adam, Brian and Damien. Then we headed to the Roundarch Isobar holiday party at Siena Tavern. After 11 weeks, it was so nice to see all of my work friends, but it really did drive home the fact that I only have a few weeks left until I go back to work! Still a fun night. As per usual with the Isobar holiday parties: great food, endless open bar, lots of fun. This was the most drinks I’ve had in one night in literally a year. And the longest I stayed up forever (not counting New Years, when Makai was with us). Paired with the fact that I’d been sick the two previous days, I lost my voice for the whole weekend. So worth it, though!

Saturday: Amanda decided to stay over one more night instead of driving home and driving back on Sunday. We ate bacon all day and went to brunch at Revolution Brewing where she met her new favorite beer: Gravedigger Billy, a barrel-aged scotch ale.

Makai & Jessica & a bunch of beer & a grape soda.

Sunday: Richard, Stephanie and Jessica came down. We had lunch/brunch at the Goose Island Brewpub on Clybourn. Amanda met another new favorite beer: Extremely Naughty Goose, an imperial brown ale with a chocolate and whiskey flavor. I had the London Fog, a milk stout with chocolate and Earl Grey tea, and really liked that. We also both had more bacon in the form of bacon jam! This trip to Goose Island was Makai’s second restaurant outing (not counting Starbucks). I don’t think he even knew he went, though. He slept the whole time!


After lunch, Jess, Steph, Amanda and Makai went home and Richard and I went and saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We have seen all of the Hobbit and LOTR movies together.

Update: More photos from the holiday party (via the official photographer).







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