So where’s the Palm Garden?

So on Tuesday evening — after working on Halloween costumes (more on that later), making two pans of pork enchiladas (one for consuming last evening and one for the freezer, more on that later, too), our mid-week trip to the grocery store and hemming a pair of pants for a friend, hubby Bryan and I finally sat down on the couch at about 9 p.m. and tuned in to the Travel Channel.

Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre World” was taking a trip to Wisconsin. During our recent foray to Milwaukee, we had been told that he had filmed at the Palm Garden’s weekly Friday night fish fry about a month before we were there. So we anticipated seeing the unique atmosphere that is the Palm Garden — a huge hall located adjacent to the Lakefront Brewery, where you can consume several varieties of seafood and listen to polka music while seated at large communal tables — featured prominently on the program.

We watched intently as Zimmern participated in a snowshoe softball game, drove a snowmobile across unfrozen water — late summertime events, believe it or not — and took in the lumberjack Olympics and dined on pizza in Madison and Mexican and Polish specialties in Milwaukee. The last major scene featured the making of stinky limburger cheese in Monroe, Wis.

No fish fry.

We were utterly disappointed, since the Friday fish fry seems to be one of those quintessential Wisconsin experiences — just about every restaurant has a sign advertising a fish fry on Friday.

Luckily, we didn’t turn over immediately to the 10 p.m. news, because as the credits were rolling, we caught a glimpse of the Palm Garden — and the exact table where we sat a few weeks later in the background — as Zimmern did the Chicken Dance with a bunch of children on the Palm Garden dance floor.

It wasn’t what we were expecting to see, but at least we know that Zimmern really was there. I would have liked to have found out what kind of fish he ate, however, and perhaps what variety of Lakefront beer he consumed. I’ll have to check out his Travel Channel blog. Maybe it’s there.
 

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