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    Stare at everyone!

    by LaurenAnita Written Jul 21, 2008

    People here stare at you! Its a big city but its like they know you're not from around there or something! Lol. Oh yea, and its funny that they are such a nice city but all the people think their crime is so bad and that they have gangs~! Lol, you want crime come to Saginaw!

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    BBQ Wisconsin Style

    by AVG2319 Written Oct 2, 2006

    A great WI BBQ includes beer brats, beer,potatoe salad, jello, and corn on the cob. If you want to be fancy you can make a jello salad!

    That is what we call staple summer food

    Quite different than Texan BBQ~

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    Drinking fountains are called 'bubblers' here

    by Joyce_J. Written Sep 9, 2006

    Milwaukeeans have an accent all their own. Its a sort of lazy drawl. The mixture of Polish, German, Itallian, and Scandanavian cultures has made a unique blend in this city. They ask for hot dogs with the 'works'...meaning all the fixings. They call a drinking fountain a bubbler. They are famous for their Friday night fish fries served with rye bread and cole slaw and for hot ham and rolls on Sundays.
    If you don't know the food of Milwaukee, you have to try kurds... chunks of mild cheese fresh from a cheese factory....they squeek when you bite into them...and they are delicious!

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    Packer Season

    by AVG2319 Written Dec 3, 2005

    What other states consider the beginning of the autumn season here it is the beginning of Packer Season.Football is serious business here-win or lose Wisconsinites are loyal "Packer Backers" The Enthusiasm and loyalty here for the sports team is hard to match. I have been to sporting events in various states, but nothing compares to Wisconsin. The energy the crowd has in really impressive. It is next to impossible to get a ticket to see a game at Lambeau field. Lambeau Field has been sold out on a season-ticket basis for 45 years. The current waiting list to get tickets is 67,542. People who have recently received season tickets have been on the waiting list 25-30 years. Like I said Football is serious here. "Go Pack Go!" Win or lose-it's all about how you play the game in Wisconsin.

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    Frozen Custard A Yummy Treat!

    by AVG2319 Written Nov 7, 2005

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    Another Food item that is hard for me to find outside of the state- Custard. This is the best!

    Kopps Frozen Custard in Milwaukee/Brookfield area has really good Custard.
    Here in Texas it is hard to come by and I never did find it when I was in the Southwest.

    Located on W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield and a few other places around Milwaukee

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    Squeeky Cheese Curds

    by AVG2319 Updated Nov 7, 2005

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    Not really a local custom, but if you are in Wisconsin try some Cheese Curds. They squeek when you chew them. These are great and don't seem to be available anywhere else?? I have my relatives ship these to me out of state.
    Cheese Curd is the fresh cheese off the top of the vat. Before the cheese is pressed into the cheese molds, the whey is drained and the curd is collected from the top. You can choose from white chedder,yellow chedder and flavored. I always go for the plain white or yellow chedder. Found in any WI grocery store.

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    Friday Night Fish Fry

    by AVG2319 Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    Oddly enough one of the fun past times I miss the most. Friday Night Fish is very popular here-especially true in the smaller towns. Go Early!! It is not uncommon for a 2 hour wait, but hey there is always alcohol to fill in the wait time and the Fish is awesome. Often the "hole in the wall" places have the best fish fry.

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    Bubblers & Water Fountains

    by AVG2319 Written Oct 23, 2005

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    I guess another WI thing? A bubbler is a public place you can get a drink of water from.
    A water fountain, around here, is an architectual piece of art found in public places that spews water upward like a fountain.

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    ATM/Tyme Machines

    by AVG2319 Written Oct 23, 2005

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    An ATM machine is often referred to as a Tyme machine. Actually never realized that no one else in the country knew what a Tyme machine was, rather hilarious though when you ask someone where a Tyme machine is and they look at you like your an alien.

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    The 'Cheesehead' foam cheese...

    by pipsqueak Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    The 'Cheesehead' foam cheese wedge is worn by many people of Wisconsin while they attend sports events, but especially by followers of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers. The cheesehead is great for any occasion however, and you will sometimes see them on airplane flights, at weddings or virtually anywhere you want to show your pride for Wisconsin.

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    In America's Dairyland, try the cheese

    by dlandt Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    Wisconsin is where much of America's cheese is made. It does vary in price and quality, but the local people have strict standards for cheese. If you buy it where Wisconsinites do, it should be good. If eating in a restaurant, stay away from the main chains, where they will use plastic-like bricks and make sure you get real Wisconsin cheese. We associate Wiscon so strongly with cheese, that we call Wisconsinites "cheeseheads", a word they also use for themselves. On other VT pages you can see their state symbol, the hat that looks like a cheese. In all seriousness, the cheese here is really something to try. On the whole, its probably not able to hold its own against the Europeans (some of it CAN), but its the best you'll get in the States.

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    Cheese curds

    by dlandt Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    This peculiar local favorite is kind of neat. Cheese curds aren't mature like a real cheese, and they have a different texture. People in Wisconsin snack on them. They also have different things to kind of spice them up, kidn of powders that have a sour cream or ranch flavor, jalapeno etc. I don't eat the flavorings because I think they taste like chemicals, but some people like them. You can eat the curds deep fried, or just plain. They have more moisture in them than a regular cheese, and are supposed to kind of squeak when you bite into them.

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    Fresh Apple Cider

    by dlandt Written Mar 31, 2004

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    In a state that produces fresh apples, it not unexpected to find fresh apple cider. You can buy this in some of the local grocery stores, or in the country shops. Its definitely worth a try, and, at $2.25 a half gallon, it won't break the bank.

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    Wisconsin makes great beer

    by dlandt Written Mar 31, 2004

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    One of hte things we in Chicago know Wisconsin for, is its brewing tradion. Originally based in Milwaukee and founded by German immigrants, its long since lost the major corporate breweries, most of them at least. (Probably to China where they belong) They've long since switched back to their roots with numerous smaller breweries. Pictured here are just a few of the local brands you can try and, although they vary in price and quality, no trip to Wisconsin is complete until the local beer has been tried and tested.

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    HUNTING...............

    by RobMorgan Updated Jul 4, 2003

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    If you`re into hunting or shooting, there is a massive shop just outside Praire Du Chien.
    It`s called CABELAS`S.
    It has EVERYTHING you can imagine to do with these pastimes.
    Even if you`re not interested, stop by & have a look (there is always an ice cream trailer outside anyway).
    I was gonna buy a gun, some ammo, a fishing rod, some bear traps, a canoe, camoflage clothes, etc.....but Liz said "just have an ice cream instead" !!!!!!

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