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The new New Seoul

Elements of the Korean aesthetic have been surfacing in dining contexts all over the nation since David Chang began working marinated barbecue and kimchi into the menus of his chowhound-destination Momofuku restaurants in New York City. >More
 The return of Kabul on State Street

Back in the early 1970s, Madison restaurants typically served staunchly Midwestern fare: sausages, steaks, fish fry. There were few other options. >More
 Eating on the UW-Madison campus for under $8

State Street is synonymous with UW-Madison, and some all-time favorite Badger hangouts have been on University Avenue. But when Isthmus asked our food crew to reveal their favorite campus eats under eight bucks, the choices turned out to be largely along Regent Street from Park to Monroe. >More
 Madison Area Chefs Network does park snacking right with inaugural YumYum Fest

The first YumYum Fest, a benefit for the Madison Parks Foundation, was held on Sunday in Madison's new Central Park. Our finest chefs presented what's essentially a rejection of Taste of Madison and its typically middlebrow offerings and huge crowds in favor of a smaller-scale event promoting innovative menus, daring and boundary-pushing explorations of the limits of pop-up food, and risky culinary choices that were exciting even in failure. >More
 Pinball is once again trending in Madison

If "wedge head," "popper," "drop target" or "kickout hole" are terms you understand and you live in Madison, you probably know Hilton Jones. Jones started MadRollinPinball about three years ago to help promote pinball in Madison, and he's on a roll. >More
 Nine fine spaces hidden in Madison

It takes many years to learn the ins and outs of a city, especially one as multifaceted as Madison. Not only are we situated at the locus of four lakes, but parks and nature preserves were deliberately woven into the fabric of the city as a way to promote a higher standard of life. It's easy to notice the sprawling University of Wisconsin campus, and the seat of Wisconsin's government, with its impressive architecture. But there's no better time than summer to explore Madison's lesser-known locations. >More
 Helping your kids stick with music lessons

Some clever-clogs is playing Rachmaninoff on the piano at a party, and there it is again, that oft-heard adult lament of lost opportunity from a dejected onlooker: "I wish I could play. I wish my parents hadn't let me quit music lessons. I was just a kid -- how was I to know?" It's a reasonable complaint. >More
 What visitors to Madison absolutely should not miss

Lately it feels like locals are playing tour guide a lot more in Madison. We have a higher visitor count, thanks to the national attention our food scene is receiving and increasing business traffic. What used to be a town of supper clubs, fish fries and pickled herring is now a city interesting enough to be a draw for curious gourmets from neighboring culinary titans like Chicago. We still rock the steakhouses, burger joints and beer halls, but in 2014 Madison has more than that. >More
 Playtime unplugged: Madison designers help reinvent the board game

Once upon a wintry eve, before the advent of Netflix, DVDs, television and radio, families would gather around a piano to sing songs, or around a board game to pass the time. This was largely a function of not having a whole lot else to do. Before electricity, even reading a book was a bit challenging after sunset, and people mostly just ate dinner and went to bed after a bit of crocheting or cribbage. >More
 Doesn't Madison's bike polo team deserve a real court?

THWACK! In Minneapolis, a bicyclist in shockproof gear fighting through the North American Bike Polo Championship 2013 slams a polyvinyl chloride ball into the net with a customized fiberglass mallet, then skids to a halt. In Madison, bike polo players are riveted, watching the aspiring champions of this nascent sport on BikePoloTV. >More
 Madison Vines: The new mini-video platform already has its stars

What's a Vine? It's a six-second video that lives mostly in the world of mobile devices like iPhones. Download and open the free app, touch the screen to start recording a video " a cat stretching in a sunbeam, a friend dunking a basketball, a stupendous steel drummer " then publish with a push of a button. >More
 West Madison's changing grocery landscape

When I was growing up on the near west side of Madison, summer days meant riding dirt bikes around in a pack to Hoyt Park, Quarry Park and Picnic Point. After a day of adventuring, we would be hot and thirsty. Time to hit the main grocery store of the area at the time, El Rancho on University and Farley. >More
 An introduction to Madison billiards subculture

Bars from Madison to Sydney have pool tables. But you don't see many 10-by-5-foot carom billiards tables, the kind with no pockets. And these days you mostly won't, unless you're obsessed with the antique game of three-cushion carom billiards, an intensely challenging pool-like game from a distant era. It turns out that some Madison residents are carrying the billiards torch. >More
 Pork peaks in Madison restaurant culture

Pork has become incredibly popular, both locally and nationally. At the center of this pork renaissance is the class of animals referred to as heritage pigs: larger, purebred hogs with a mass of bristles, many inches of back fat, and a distinct lineage. >More
 Apple Apps from Madison: Meet eight local developers

Young men and women with Apple ear buds are packed into a room, intent on their work. Some are doing graphic design, some are writing code, some are writing marketing materials. Flannel, odd haircuts and freshly scrubbed faces abound. Ethernet cables spool into closely arranged desks stacked high with computer gear. A delivery guy is loading the break room table high with moo shu shrimp and mushroom egg foo yong. Is this San Francisco in 1998? No -- it's a gaming company on Madison's west side in 2012. What's going on here? >More
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