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The Ease of Cheese
In the rolled-out-of-bed-and-just-can’t-face-Special-K category, there is big news at the UWM-area location of West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe (2974 N. Oakland Ave.). The breakfast sandwich and burrito have been so popular, that they now have siblings -- a couple of breakfast skillets, one with ham, bacon, sausage and potatoes; the other with the aforementioned meats, plus a handful of veggies. That is just a segue into more West Allis Cheese news. The West Allis location (6832 W. Becher St.) is on the road to a bigger self. The ground-breaking may happen as soon as early October. Owners Mark and Linda Lutz are planning to build an on-site café along the lines of the East Side location’s, with 12 tables, counter service and a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, lasagna, and mac and cheese. They’re also putting in an espresso machine. What next? Maybe more. I’ll post an update when possible.
Two Saturdays from now, I am steering clear of a certain city parking lot on the East Side (on North Murray and East Thomas avenues, a block north of North Avenue) because I have seen flying tomato pulp, and it is not a pretty sight. That is a fact. Flying pulp is not pretty. But it is funny. The 2012 Tomato Romp! begins at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22. More than 6,000 pounds of donated tomatoes are the featured guests. For $10, you can enter the Rotten Tomato Fight, but there’s more to the event than throwing tomatoes. There is a Best Bloody Mary Contest – participants include Cans Bar and Canteen, Hotel Foster, Vitucci’s and Von Trier – and some nearby restaurants will offer special tomato-based dishes on their menus. Ian's, for instance, is offering a Bloody Mary pizza, and Melthouse Bistro is honoring the event with a special BLT. Keep in mind that only 300 people are allowed to register for the Rotten Tomato Fight. Registration starts at 10 a.m. in front of Beans & Barley, and the early bird gets the worm. Cost for Bloody Mary contest ballot: $20. The proceeds benefit organizations committed to eradicating hunger in Milwaukee. For more info, click here.
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