Dessert Valley, Wisconsin

Revel Bar/Golden Leaf Cafe

By Luc | May 21, 2024

Golden Leaf Cafe in Menomonie is the location of a small milestone in the process of my family life. It is the place where, in mid-2016, my then-fiancée/now-wife and I…

Fried Ice Cream/Casa Vallarta Mexican Restaurant

By Luc | May 14, 2024

The first time I heard of fried ice cream was probably in the late 1980s, likely via a Chi-Chi’s ad. I’d see the commercial on TV promoting something that struck…

Lava Cake/Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill & Bar

By Luc | May 7, 2024

Earlier this spring, the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Too Sweet” by Hozier. The essence of the lyric is that the object of his desire is, in…

Pecan Bourbon Tart/Hy-Vee

By Luc | April 30, 2024

You don’t find too many tarts around the Chippewa Valley. I have made a tarte Tatin, based on a recipe that my mother once found. However, tarts aren’t particularly commonplace.…

Peanut Butter Cake/Bloomer Bakery

By Luc | April 16, 2024

Would you believe that I’ve never been to Bloomer? Almost a lifelong resident of Eau Claire, and I’ve been to almost all the surrounding communities at one point or another…

Boba Tea/Star Cup

By Luc | April 9, 2024

Over the past few years, boba tea has spread in popularity around the Chippewa Valley (as well as across the country). More specifically, I would argue a good amount of…

Pandan Ube Ice Cream Cake/TemptAsians

By Luc | April 2, 2024

Lately, my toddler daughter has been playing a game on the PBS Kids Games app based around the cartoon “Jelly, Ben & Pogo.” I keep noticing that halo-halo is one…

Freeze Dried Happy Farmers/Mike’s Star Market & Monkey Man Sweets & Treats

By Luc | March 26, 2024

I recently turned over the blog to one of my co-workers at Mid-West Family Eau Claire, Dan Kasper. One of his main initiatives is Backyard Dreams, giving opportunities to folks…

Carrot Cake/Hangar 54

By Luc | March 19, 2024

Easter approaches, and around this time of year, bunny imagery appears. In the dessert realm, that might be associated with candy eggs (Cadburys…mmmm…) but for a local touch, let’s go…