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Sunday, April 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 63.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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FOOD AND DRINK

The gift of the melon (recipe)

Melons love just the type of weather that makes me wilt. They do sweeten the deal for me, though, with their cool, candy-like flesh. A likely hothouse bedfellow for melons is cucumbers, more commonly wafting as a fragrance duet in bed-and-bath boutiques -- but why stop at eau de toilette? A cucumber-melon salad sounded like a refreshing way for me to beat the heat. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Pardeeville Watermelon Festival, Chilimania, Wisconsin State Chili Cook Off Championship, Thirsty Troll Brew Fest

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Eating at the 2011 Taste of Madison on ten bucks

As dozens of businesses from around Madison and nearby communities set up camp this weekend to demonstrate their abilities in the kitchen for the city's annual Taste of Madison, I was on a mission to prove that a money-making affair could be tackled on a college student's budget. I was given $10 and told to make it go as far as I could to fill my grumbling stomach. >More
 The revival of Dog Eat Dog raises the bar at Pooley's

A couple years ago, Joe Anderson decided that he'd done enough work for other people and wanted to go back into business for himself. From 1999 to 2001, Anderson had been a partner in the original Dog Eat Dog, a hot dog eatery on King Street. He was bought out, and in 2004, Dog Eat Dog closed. The space became home to the original Restaurant Muramoto. >More
 Barriques begins roasting its own

Barriques, the six-site local coffee-and-wine house, is now roasting its own beans. Previously, Barriques obtained its beans from Milwaukee's Alterra. Co-owner Matt Weygandt says the transition will happen over the next week. The Middleton location has already switched over; it's largely a matter of when different shops will use up their existing supply of Alterra. >More
 Cookbook cues: Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss

The sodas we drink out of cans from supermarkets and machines are much degraded from the birth of such concoctions at soda fountains at pharmacies back in the 19th century. Leaving aside such concerns as exactly replicating the formula for Coca-Cola, an obsession for some, there's a world of other flavors that can be mixed with seltzer water. >More
 Barriques to roast its own coffee beans

Barriques, the six-site local coffee-and-wine house, is now roasting its own beans. Previously, Barriques obtained its beans from Milwaukee's Alterra. Co-owner Matt Weygandt says the transition will happen over the next week. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Taste of Madison, LaborFest, Eat Local Challenge

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Bluephies Downtown Deli modernizes the art of carryout

Bluephies Downtown Deli occupies part of the ground floor space in the Network 222 Building on West Washington Avenue, an office center geared to tech companies -- Sonic Foundry has a home there. The space has a warm yet warehousey look, with light woods alongside corrugated tin, cement floor juxtaposed with coppery upholstery. There's Wi-Fi, and if you show up with your iPad you might imagine that you're catching approving glances from employees running in to pick up their box lunches. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Orton Park Festival, Sassy Cow Social, Potosi BrewFest, Farm-Fresh and Fast

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
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