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Summit Up: Loving good ol’ Wisconsin cheese

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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column dreaming of Wisconsin cheese.

Sharp cheddar, medium cheddar, mild cheddar, cheese curds, cheese spread – we want it all.

Lately we’ve been on a ravenous cheese kick,

and just in the nick of time. We’re heading to Wisconsin this week, and we plan to spend it (among other things) munching on the yellow goodness.

Yummy yum. We couldn’t be more excited.

Oh wait – we could if we had a beer brat too.

A brat soaked in beer is truly a Midwestern delicacy, but man – it should be everywhere. The goodness is actually indescribable, but we’re going to try. It’s spicy, it’s tangy, there’s a hint of malt and hops. It’s covered in ketchup and mustard. And it’s fresh off the grill.



Speaking of tasty food, we also recently wrote about getting prizes in cereal boxes, and asked locals to share their favorite finding at the bottom of the bag.

Jim from Summit Cove wrote: “The best prize would have to be the battery-powered lighted

spoon from Rice Krispies! Can’t really think of a use around the home (who eats cereal in the dark?). However, certain to bring the laughs when used to stir hot chocolate around the fire backpacking!”

Wow, are those still around and available for purchase? We may have to check out the Rice Krispies the next time we hit up the supermarket.

And Jim, we actually do eat cereal in the dark.

So, that battery-powered light spoon would be perfect for us.

Our readers must be thinking: “Why would anyone eat cereal in the dark?”

Well, the milk and the fibrous crunchiness is our comforting sleep aid, and we generally have a bowl right before bedtime. It knocks us right out.

Yeah, we recognize that’s a bit bizarre, but everyone has their foibles, right?

Our favorite nighttime snack is banana-flavored Cheerios, but we also like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and anything with dried fruit.


When we’re not sleeping or munching on cereal, you may find us spinning fire poi.

Warning: Do not try this at home!

For those of you who’ve never been to a String Cheese Incident concert and don’t know what we’re talking about, fire poi involves spinning burning fireballs around in Figure-8 patterns wildly around your head while trying not to get burned.

We take great delight in breaking out our new- found skill at bonfires, backyard bashes and the occasional back alley.

There truly is no thrill greater than knee-shaking, adrenaline rush of a successful poi performance. We have found that this is the best way to gain instant life-of-the-party status.

Some of you, dear readers, may think that this particular art developed from fire poi’s ugly step-sister, glow-stick spinning – but you would be wrong. Poi was created by the Maori people of New Zealand and the word poi can refer to the physical object, the choreography and the accompanying music. Poi dancing is not traditionally done with fire, but is the closest relative to fire poi.

Now we did not begin poi-ing with fire. We

practiced spinning for five or so years before we ever set anything on fire.

So, if you would like to experience the leg-quivering glee of flaming balls whooshing past your head (eventually), we would suggest checking out for a practice set. Now throw on that bikini in your backyard and start spinning!


We’re out, with our cheesehead on.

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