Wisconsin Small Town Spirit in Fried Mushrooms

Somewhere in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on Highway 16 just outside the center of town, close to the shores of Lac La Belle is a small piece of heaven:

Mapleway Bowl.

It may not seem much when you see it on the road: a faded forty-something year old sign and small one-story building. The front windows sport old neon advertising featuring old Wisconsin beer brands.

The door is nondescript.

You walk inside to darkness. Amber Tiffany-style fixtures above, old brown vinyl booths, chairs, a Formica bar.   You seem … disappointed.

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Recipe for Brodetto alla Vastese: Fish Soup from Abruzzo, Italy

Travel anywhere along the Adriatic Coast and you cannot ignore the traditional fish cuisine. Each locality has its own speciality such as stuffed mussels and stuffed squid, pasta with clams, fried fish, pasta and chickpeas, seafood soup and so on. Not least, the Gulf of Vasto, where many dishes are still prepared by local mums in the traditional way.

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