December 31, 2010

"Wisconsin fans will be taking this very seriously while enjoying $8 brats, $7 fried cheese curls and $10 pitchers of beer at Mad River Bar & Grille, 1442 Third Ave."

The NY Post is telling New York City folk where to go out to watch the various bowl games, and this is the advice for Badger fans. That's all very nice. But it's not cheese curls! It's cheese curds! Unless they've got some sort of homemade Cheetos over there at the "grille," it's cheese curds.

And, by the way "grille" is the thing on the front of a car. "Grill" is the thing you cook on. But that's not the Post's fault. Maybe the curl/curd mix-up isn't the Post's fault either. I see the Mad River Bar & Grille's idea of a Wisconsin experience is Coors beer. Come on! Pick a Wisconsin beer!

24 comments:

former law student said...

You would prefer Lite beer?

But, I was fortunate enough to be in DC in 1998 for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring 'Sconsinites and their wacky folkways. A replica of a traditional Northwoods tavern properly served Point Special, if I recall correctly. (We watched a documentary on ice fishing, with a Q&A session with some actual ice fishermen.)

The other half of the festival featured the Philippines.

Lincolntf said...

Touchy, touchy...

Happy New Year, all.

edutcher said...

Local color is always a tough thing for outsiders.

Witness the way people mispronounce Bala Cynwyd.

former law student said...

Witness the way [outsiders] mispronounce Bala Cynwyd.

Outsiders, hell. You should hear how Chicagoans pronounce Goethe (Street).

But Pennsylvania has some strangely named towns (Forty Fort? Wilkes-Barre?). I remember a Readers Digest joke about a King of Prussia resident being given a ticket by a radar cop: "Sorry, your Highness, it's my job."

Paul Zrimsek said...

Coors is probably all they can get. Remember, "it's our great beer and they can't have it!"

garage mahal said...
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garage mahal said...

Coors: Light straw color, pure straw taste flavor. Beer? Or just bad water? You're better off trying a 7-Eleven Game Day Light.

k*thy said...

Boy, how much more of thay could they have screwed up?

Big Mike said...

curls is what happens when curds goes through Microsoft's spell checker.

edutcher said...

former law student said...

Witness the way [outsiders] mispronounce Bala Cynwyd.

Outsiders, hell. You should hear how Chicagoans pronounce Goethe (Street).

But Pennsylvania has some strangely named towns (Forty Fort? Wilkes-Barre?). I remember a Readers Digest joke about a King of Prussia resident being given a ticket by a radar cop: "Sorry, your Highness, it's my job."


Wilkes-Barre is from the two families that really ran the place. I assume Forty Fort was either the fortieth in the chain (French and Indian Wars) or forty miles (leagues, etc.) from somewhere.

Photog714 said...

It's curds. Rhymes with turds. OK. I think I got it now. Just one more question. Why do people eat that crap?

Seven Machos said...

I will now bring up my favorite story about New Yorkers who think they know everything but are actually idiots. Perhaps I have told it before, but anyway...

I was writing once about Notre Dame. When speaking about the students, I at one point called them "Domers." Now, anyone should know this ubiquitous term. Students are called and call themselves "Domers" because of Notre Dame's iconic Golden Dome). If not, the term should be googled.

But no. My brilliant Manhattanite editor changed it to "Damers" and published it.

MadisonMan said...

Why do people eat that crap?

Because it is delicious!

Reminds me -- I've told this story before -- of the brilliant George Hesselberg column in the State Journal of how he once tried to get the NYTimes to issue a correction because in a story about bratwurst they ran an illustration of summer sausage. NYTimes editors are hilariously dense.

MadisonMan said...
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MadisonMan said...

How do you pronounce Bala Cynwyd? I'd say BA-la SIN-wid. But I'm not from SE PA.

I can pronounce Natchitoches, LA, however, Punxsutawney, and Oconomowoc.

Bartender Cabbie said...

No wonder the women in WI tend to be hippos.

Class factotum said...

No wonder the women in WI tend to be hippos.

I live in Wisconsin. People here are not skinny but they are not hippos, either. I lived in Texas for 17 years and I haven't noticed that Wisconsinites are any heavier than Texans.

The food - cheese, brats, frozen custard, pretzel rolls - is excellent and it helps to have just a little extra padding in the winter to keep the heating bills down.

Bob From Ohio said...

"Wilkes-Barre is from the two families that really ran the place."

No. It is named after two British politicians who supported the colonists in the American Revolution.

John Wilkes was a "Radical" MP and also Lord Mayor of London. He was barred from office because he upset the ruling class.

Colonel Issac Barre was a MP.

Bartender Cabbie said...

Been to WI many times. I stand by my statement.

Abdul Abulbul Amir said...

And, by the way "grille" is the thing on the front of a car. "Grill" is the thing you cook on.

Perhaps that was true in the days of yesteryear. In modern times grilles as well as shoppes are just pretentious names used by grills and shops respectively.

LakeLevel said...

Linenkugel, where the hell did that name come from?

Class factotum said...

RE: Hippos in Wisconsin.

I would direct you to the obesity map, which shows that 26.9% of the adults in Wisconsin are obese compared to 29.0% in Texas.

http://calorielab.com/news/2010/06/28/fattest-states-2010/

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