When we think of winter in Wisconsin, we think of snowy nights, ice skating, and winter warmers. What I mean by winters warmers is that heart warming feeling after eating a hearty bowl of chili, or a hot bowl of chicken soup to melt away your frost bitten body after being in the harsh cold. It seems as though there are only few foods that relive us of the Wisconsin weather feeling. It is very easy to find yourself hibernating from the cold this winter, but if you get a chance to conquer the cold for some hearty winter warmers, I have a list of some great eats that will warm your soul.
The first thing we think of to defeat the winter chill is a steaming bowl of soup. Well how about a heaping bowl of French onion soup sheltered with that ooey gooey Wisconsin cheese topping straight from the broiler at Karma Bar and Grill. The French onion soup is slightly different than most because there is a hint of cinnamon which gives you that heartwarming feeling inside with the first slurp you take. For the record it is perfectly fine to slurp soup. In Japan and Hong Kong, slurping is a sign of approval and appreciation. So ignore what your mother told you because it is just fine to slurp your soup, so slurp away. Try pairing your delicious bowl of soup with the pretzel rolls. This is a nice winter warmer appetizer to get your meal started. These toasty oven baked rolls are served with a warm Wisconsin beer and bacon cheese sauce. Yum!
Miso soup is a good winter warmer and a great starter to an Asian entrée. Although it may not seem like it may be a hearty winter warmer,the miso paste in the soup is an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein and which is more filling than you think. A great place to enjoy Miso Soup is at Lucky Liu’s Chinese & Asian restaurant located on Van Buren just south of Brady Street. If you stop in for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a combo with choice of entrée, side of rice, and choice of spring roll or crab rangoon. With the combo you can and add a pint of Miso soup for 95 cents, and it is so worth every penny of that 95 cents! Lucky Liu’s also has a vast sushi selection of outstanding quality. There is also a lunch special of any two rolls for $8.25, or any three rolls for $10.75 including the ever so delicious Miso Soup and a ginger salad.
Nothing says hearty and delicious like some warm tangy finger lickin’ ribs from Pitch’s lounge and restaurant located on Humboldt Ave. This landmark has been serving up delicious ribs, chops, and steaks since 1942 and for staying open for that long, they must be doing something right.
You can never go wrong with some nice hot Thai noodles to warm you up especially with the added Thai kick. This would be the heat of curry and other Thai flavors that are added for a little sizzle and spice. There are so many delicious Thai places in Milwaukee it’s hard to pick a favorite.
Even though the holidays have passed, we still have that sweet tooth every once in a while. For all the chocolate lovers out there who only crave this delicate delight to overcome your winter blues, try choosing dark chocolate to satisfy your craving. I say dark chocolate because I assume everyone and their mom is watching their weight since it is the start of the year. You can splurge every now and then with some dark chocolate because it contains the same health benefits as dark vegetables, which means it is packed with antioxidants. Studies also prove dark chocolate to help lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, so go ahead and enjoy a sweet treat to brighten your winter woes.
Hopefully these winter warmers will keep you full and happy this chilling time of year. Some times it just takes a nice hearty winter warmer to get you through a hard day’s cold.