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Are you ready for some Bucky?

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston (8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30), the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. Bucky will welcome Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota to the near west side in October and November for a total of seven home games. Madison is ready. >More
 Monsoon Siam is a modern Thai cafe on Atwood Avenue

A few years ago I interviewed the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold in advance of his talk for the UW-Madison's Humanities Without Borders series. We got onto the topic of "authenticity." He'd eaten in Madison before and doubted there was much, if any, authentic Lao or Thai cuisine here. "Madison certainly has an enormous array of restaurants representing other cultures, but they tend to be cooking for the people who are not themselves," Gold said. >More
 Mexican ice cream shop La Michoacana to open east-side location

La Michoacana, the Mexican ice cream treat shop at 6712 Odana Rd. that opened early this year, is looking to expand with a second location on the east side. Armida Ramos and her sister Liliana are finalizing a lease to open at 4512 E. Washington Ave., in the same strip mall with the La Hispana grocery not far from East Towne. >More
 Madison food carts undergo a summer of switch ups

This summer has been a "three-dimensional game of tic-tac-toe," says street vending coordinator Warren Hansen, who since May has been trying to find adequate and lucrative places for Madison's food carts to vend in the face of ongoing construction. >More
 El Poblano to celebrate second anniversary, new sense of identity

A few words about El Poblano Restaurant, 3737 Milwaukee St., in the parking lot of Woodman's East. Located along with Pan and Pan Bakery in the former Popeye's, El Poblano is not new; the Mexican restaurant is actually about to celebrate its second anniversary on Aug. 23 with "Luchafest 2014," featuring beer, appetizers, celebrity imitators and more. >More
 Madison, meet Deschutes Brewery and Une Année

Going hand in hand with Wisconsin's own thriving craft beer scene, the number of smaller breweries from across the country introducing their products to state is growing, too. It's something about the craft beer mindset; enthusiasts are constantly curious about new variations on old themes, and brewers from other states see Wisconsin -- and Madison and Milwaukee in particular -- as markets with drinkers who have sophisticated palates. >More
 Palmyra Mediterranean Grill offers the greatest hits of the Middle East

The new Palmyra Mediterranean Grill on State Street serves lots of Middle Eastern basics, with a backlit photo menu hoisted high (too high, for those straining to see dish details) over a large ordering counter. Is it hard to believe this boxy space used to be a bike shop, not a restaurant? It's not hard at all. >More
 Riding and reading with Brian Benson

It may be a Madison first, a mini bike tour/author reading called a "Ride and Read" that will start at the Pinney Branch Library and head to the Central Library. It's led by UW-Madison grad Brian Benson, the author of Going Somewhere: A Memoir, just out from Plume. >More
 Under the radar: Lakeside Street Coffeehouse

Attached to the coffeehouse in the former Lakeside Fibers space is this homey, neighborhoody, hump-day-through-the-weekend bar and live-music space. >More
 Is Wisconsin licensing puppy mills?

In mid-May, a Milwaukee-area Craigslist ad for "fox cages and boxes" and "slatted flooring" for sale near Plymouth, Wis., was evidence that Gerald Schulz and his dog-breeding operation, Pretty Penny Kennel, were no longer in business. Schulz used the cages for 15-some breeds, including terriers, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Lhasa apsos, dachshunds, miniature schnauzers, beagles, basset hounds, spaniels, retrievers and border collies, that he bred and sold. >More
 Samples: Rare Steakhouse now open

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 Brittingham Boats Cafe offers outdoor fare on Monona Bay

Eating on Monona Bay, minutes from downtown, with outdoor seating options including cafe tables, chaise lounges, hammocks, and even vintage metal chairs right on the dock... no, you're not dreaming. >More
 L'Etoile to move to all-tasting menu

Beginning June 30, L'Etoile will be switching its menu to an all-tasting menu format. Diners will first have a major choice from between two main options: a seven-course prix fixe meal or a three-course prix fixe meal. >More
 Citizen Koch provides perspective on the 2011 Capitol protests and money's role in politics

The documentary Citizen Koch attempts to elucidate the relationships among the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the influence of billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch, the tea party and the epic protests that took place in Madison in February and March of 2011, after Gov. Scott Walker introduced the "budget repair bill" that stripped public employee unions of much of their power. >More
 Just Coffee's Ugandan Pride supports effort for LGBTI rights with coffee, donations

Just Coffee Cooperative of Madison had to do something when it heard from a customer who was upset about its selling of coffee from Uganda. >More
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