Zoo a la Carte 2013

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Every year in August the Milwaukee Zoo hosts an event called Zoo a la Carte – basically, a bunch of restaurants from the city set up food stands within the rambling zoo and you get to look at animals, enjoy the gorgeous summer weather, and indulge in fair-type foods. Why didn’t I think of this?!

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The husband and I went yesterday with his family and had an awesome time. Most of the animals seemed to be napping, but at least they were very visible and sitting still for photos.

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For lunch Zach had shark shish-kebobs with mango dipping sauce (I don’t like fish, so kissing him after this was disgusting) and I had wonton nachos.

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The concept of wonton nachos intrigued me, and these were good, but I think they could have been much better. Basically, they were wonton chips covered in teriyaki chicken, nacho cheese, and sour cream. Not sure who was making the executive decisions on topping choices. I think they should have done the chicken, some kind of crunchy, sesame-y slaw, and maybe a drizzle of a sour cream/siracha/sweet chili sauce. Oh well.

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For drinks we chose a mango-strawberry smoothie and mango bubble tea.

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Zach followed up his shark with some really delicious bacon-cheese fries. Nothing fancy, but they were hot, fresh, and well-seasoned.

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Dessert was the best part (naturally).

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Zach had a chocolate-covered strawberry….

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….we split a creamy, decadent square of crustless raspberry-ganache cheesecake….

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…and I shared this pièce de résistance with Zach’s wheat-eating brother and friend. It’s a turtle funnel cake; basically a funnel cake covered with ice cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, pecan pieces, and whipped cream. I usually don’t go for desserts this sweet, but the crunchy, not-too-sweet funnel cake balanced out the sugar overload on top and it the perfect combo of texture and flavor. We got so sticky and powder-sugar-covered, but it was totally worth it!

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I can’t wait to go again next year.

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