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While I was in Wisconsin for my Mom’s heart surgery, I had the opportunity to try a few new places. I’m not sure how long it’s been since I visited, but I’m guessing it’s been 5 years. While my Mom was in the hospital, my Dad and I generally took shifts. I worked out in the early morning while my Dad was with my Mom then I spent the afternoon and evening with my Mom so my Dad could go home rest and keep up with the house.
After this hospital meal, I quickly realized I need to find healthy restaurant options pronto so I could grab take-out and bring to the hospital. Thankfully, all my years working as a consultant and being on the road I gained skills in finding places quickly. One way is Google maps. I knew a lot of things were around the Packer stadium so I scoped out all the restaurants on the map. Then I asked for suggestions via social media. I have no idea how we survived before Facebook and smartphones. #techgeek
One of the first places I popped in at – CheeseCake Heaven and heaven it was! They serve an array of fresh salads, homemade sandwiches, wraps and panini’s as well as a few breakfast items, specialty coffees and teas.
As well as these homemade goodies!
Drool worthy pretzel rods!
Cookies, baklava and of course it wouldn’t be named appropriate if they didn’t offer cheesecakes too!
I can’t believe I had the willpower to pass on the goodies, but I did and got a grilled chicken wrap to go instead. I was so busy snapping pictures of the goodies that I forgot to take a pic of the wrap. I’m sure this is better eye candy though. The wrap was enormous. I could only eat half. CheeseCake Heaven is quiet and quaint. It reminded me of a coffee shop I would have studied at in college. I will be back one day for one of those pretzel rods and the sandwich too.
Not by Bread Alone was next. Another cute coffee shop like atmosphere with homemade sandwiches, salads, soups, speciality breads, coffees and teas.
This was just a block from my gym Xperience Fitness so I popped in and enjoyed this lovely turkey sandwich on their homemade bread with an oatmeal raisin cookie. The bread alone was worth it and the delicious smells coming from the ovens made it feel like home.
Great Harvest Bread is a few miles from my parents house and actually is part of a larger franchise. I’ve been to one in Park City, Utah a few years ago too. They make their own specialty breads too and offer soups, sandwiches and panini’s.
Additionally, they make granola and biscotti.
Also, trail mix bars, flours and cake mixes.
I stopped in for a sandwich on the way to the hospital. When I saw this rack, I immediately knew why I was there.
While I was in Wisconsin, I could not find nut butter I liked at the 2 or 3 grocery stores I had been too. My Mom had a few false alarms of being released from the hospital and each time, I would stock up on food just in case she came home. I looked for nut butter, but never found any…of quality that is. #nutbuttersnob
I never tried sunflower seed butter before so I bought this one and let me tell you it was incredible! Now that I’m back in Arizona, I looked for it at my local market but I have not seen this brand. I did find it on Amazon though so an Amazon Prime purchase may be in order. Oh yeah, the Great Harvest sandwich was good too!
Best for last, the Mustard Seed. This charming cafe looks unappealing from the outside, but inside it’s like Grandma’s house. It’s cute, personable and you just want to stay there all day.
I ordered the Chef’s special the Harvest Panini. I ordered the half sandwich and elected for a side of the tomato bisque soup. This was the first real meal in a restaurant I had while my Mom was in the hospital. They kicked us out one day and this place was just minutes from the hospital. My Mom recommended I try it and boy was she right!
The sandwich had shaved turkey breast, apples and cranberry chutney on grilled zucchini walnut bread. OMG yum!
The waitress offered me a freshly made apple raisin muffin, which of course I couldn’t pass up. It actually had a whole chunk of apple inside. I was bummed I hadn’t discovered this place sooner because I would have gone there EVERY DAY.
My last day in Wisconsin my Mom really wanted to go there with me. She wasn’t strong enough to leave the house yet so my Dad picked up our sandwiches and we enjoyed them at home together. As we ate together, I thought how grateful I was she was still with us and I had the opportunity to do something special with her before leaving. I savored that moment with her and I’m sure every future one I will too. #mom&daughterforever
Do you have a favorite local cafe? What’s the best local eatery you’ve been too out-of-town?