cortadito express


let me start by saying YUM!

We followed up on the mention in September's Madison Magazine by visiting the carry-out window of Cortadito Express. This use to be the coat room of the Cardinal Bar. It has a carry-out window to Wilson St.

And I also need to say that I am not a really big fan of sandwiches. Generally there is too much bread or not very good bread. Not here. This is the Ricardo Sandwich. We also tried the Potato Croquetas. But managed to resist the Churros and Chocolate.


We ate in the bar at the window table. It was early and quiet and we could peek into the fun carry-out area. All well done from the fun orangey red color to the vines painted on the wall that are repeated in the background of the picture below.


This cute place is part of the restaurant group that includes The Weary Traveler and Natt Spil. So you know it is done right.


Sandwiches are big. Next time we will probably split one. This is not far from where we live. I can see us calling in food and dashing down to pick it up. You can check them out here.

kennedy manor

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recently we had dinner at the Kennedy Manor. I had eaten there years ago with my friend Jane. I knew that it would be a place that John would be interested in getting in to. This dining establishment has been a downtown fixture since 1931. If I could add a sound track it would be Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Andy Williams because that was who was playing. It is in the lower level of the historic Kennedy Manor Apartments.

Dinner was lovely, wine, a cheese plate, mushroom and spinach risotto and something chocolate to share for dessert.


John likes to explore but could not get far. We could see these shiny elevator doors through a locked door. I know he was just itching to see if he could find someone who would enjoy giving us a tour of their apartment. But not so. Still a lovely evening and dining experience.




Oh my. If you like chocolate you must go to the Chocolaterian here in Madison. The Parisian Hot Chocolate is a must have. It is like drinking truffles. Everything I have tried has been exceptional. They have WiFi. So it makes a great place for a little business meeting or book club. And it was a perfect place to start Valentine's Day too.


hotel red


I've been intrigued by hotelRED and took my sweetie there for his birthday. It was contemporary and pretty and RED.

And the food was good too! We had a lovely lunch and I do recommend it.


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