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André Darlington on food, wine and dining in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Meltdown is unavoidable with Madison's spiciest dishes

Time was that Madison wasn't so hot. Diners craving spicy foods relied on just a handful of Southeast Asian, Mexican, Caribbean and Cajun spots to deliver lip-burning, endorphin-releasing pleasure. The few fiery menu items available became rites of passage into a small cult of heat seekers. One of the more famous of these was, and still is, the "four star" pad Thai at Vientiane Palace. It has set many a frightened diner's mouth ablaze. >More
The new Sicilians: This unique region offers more than bulk wines

Over the past few years, Sicily has been throwing off its Mafioso and bulk-wine-stained past (although it's still Italy's third largest bulk-wine-producing area after Puglia and Veneto). High-quality varietals and an artisanal approach have brought increasing attention to this island that was once best known for industrial Marsala. >More
Where to meet for drinks in Fitchburg

To many Madisonians, the territory in and around Fitchburg is undiscovered country. Sure, your fun-loving friends with kids live there " somewhere " and you don't hold that against them. But you don't exactly thrill to the idea of meeting them for cocktails out thataway, either. But here's a guide to some spots where you can meet happily, from upscale to dive bar. >More
The best wines for Valentine's chocolate pairings

If you listened to marketing, you'd believe that red wine and chocolate go together like Romeo and Juliet. In fact, the pairing is more like Seal and Heidi Klum -- should be delicious, but doesn't quite work. The chief reason is that both red wine and chocolate are astringent: If the chocolate is at all sweet, dry red wine will taste vinegary. There are other factors working against the pairing too, like clashing tannins and serving temperatures. >More
Underground Meats to expand, Middlewest restaurant construction set to begin

The Good Food Awards launched four years ago in San Francisco to highlight American craft food and beverage products that are not just tasty, but sustainably and responsibly made. It is an award that quality retailers all over the country look at in order to stock their shelves. >More
Valentine's Day 2014 dinner ideas in Madison, from prix fixe to pizza

Looking for a romantic spot to treat your sweetheart on Valentines? A number of Madison-area restaurants are rolling out special lovebird menus. Here are a few highlights for the Hallmark holiday. >More
Minerva specializes in Hyderabadi and other southern dishes

Minerva Indian Cuisine is hidden away in the car-culture sprawl of west Madison/Middleton's commercial park. The restaurant impressively offers six types of idli preparations -- chili, Manchurian, fried, etc. -- more than enough to initiate the curious and satiate the nostalgic. >More
Forequarter and Grampa's alumni teaming up for craft cocktail bar on Willy Street

Hastings Cameron of Forequarter and Josh Swentzel of Grampa's Pizzeria are teaming up for a bar concept with Grampa's owner Gil Altschul at 1380 Williamson St., next door to the pizzeria. The Victorian house has historically been apartments. >More
A bill would ban the high-proof liquor Everclear in Wisconsin

Two years ago, Jeff Wielichowski of Greenfield drowned in his family's swimming pool after he consumed a concoction of Everclear grain alcohol, Red Bull and Gatorade. His mother, Luanne, blames the high-proof Everclear for her son's death and contacted Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) regarding banning high-proof liquors in the state. >More
Alt beverage boom: Make way for Madison-made soda, drinking vinegar and kombucha

Over the past few years Madison has enjoyed a surge in artisanal beer breweries and liquor distilleries. There's been big growth in artisanal nonalcoholic beverages as well. Mad Maiden Shrub is the newest beverage to hit the Madison market. Janet Chen started making a "shrub," or drinking vinegar, focusing on its health aspects. >More
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