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Friday, July 25, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 63.0° F  Light Rain
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FOOD AND DRINK

Madison eats agenda: Taste of Monona

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 Crops, people wilt in intense heat across southern Wisconsin

You don't need the weatherman or thermometer to tell you, it is hot and dry in Madison. Since thaws in January, this year has proved unusually warm. Temperatures may reach 100 F Thursday. Gardens and farms in the city feel it too. And the less than a half an inch of precipitation over June has left yards around town parched. To keep up, gardeners are busy watering two to three times a day to keep plants from wilting and dehydrating. >More
 Why Madison needs a year-round public market

Every Saturday my wife, Dianne, and I go to the Dane County Farmers' Market. We go too early, but that's my opinion, and my opinion does not matter on the subject of local produce. Dianne wants to beat the crowds. I want to sleep in. We beat the crowds. So, I always arrive grumpy and muttering about how expensive everything is and why can't we just go to the grocery store? >More
 How well does Texas 'cue travel? Dickey's Barbecue Pit makes its case

There are only 11 of these United States that do not hold a Dickey's Barbecue Pit somewhere within their borders. So yes, that makes Dickey's a national franchise. But order a serving of chopped beef brisket, and observe the smoke ring -- that pink circle that marks true barbecue like a halo signifies divinity. There's something going on here, something worthy that challenges Madison's frequent suspicion of chain restaurants. >More
 Milwaukee Public Market struggled, then flourished

Milwaukee's public market experience provides Madison with a road map of how to make a public market work and what pitfalls to avoid, but it also highlights a glaring deficiency in our city's economic development toolbox. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Argyle Fish Fry

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 Kim's Noodles has hot pot, banh mi and...avocado smoothies

The banh mi, a glorious product of French colonial Vietnam, was the perfect candidate to become a cult food obsession. The sandwich has an exotic pedigree; its ingredients brilliantly complement each other; it's cheap; and it is open to creative variation. Such conditions make otherwise indigenous street foods ripe for international stardom in our food-crazed era. >More
 Viet House, Las Islas del Mar, Salad Creations open

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 Summer goals: Eat at Wedl's Hamburger Stand in Jefferson

I've tried making a summer list for the past few years, of classic, probably nostalgic, summer activities that I have to indulge in before Labor Day, or at least by the actual end of the season. One that's been hanging out on the list for a few summers is "Go to Wedl's Hamburger Stand in Jefferson." >More
 Madison eats agenda: The Ultimate Cocktail Event, Clips of Faith, StrawberryFest, Picnic on the Farm

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