Monthly Archives: October 2012

Above and Beyond Pumpkin Pie

By: Allie Johnson

Fall is the season for apple-picking, wearing cozy sweaters, and consuming all things pumpkin. Each season I eagerly await the fall specials at all of my favorite restaurants and without fail, one of the new menu items will include pumpkin. It’s fair to say that my passion for all things pumpkin has led me to trying my fair share of pumpkin flavored food, and from that I have compiled a list of the best of the best.

Here are the Top 5 Pumpkin Concoctions
1. Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha from Caribou Coffee
As a coffee addict, I have tried nearly every pumpkin flavored coffee drink on campus that I can get my hands on. Nothing comes close beating Caribou’s signature fall drink. This mocha differs from the traditional pumpkin latte because the white chocolate cancels out the bitter taste of espresso. All that’s left is a rich, creamy pumpkin flavor topped with loads of fluffy whipped cream. Yum!

2. Pumpkin Donut from Dunkin’ Donuts
I love Dunkin’ Donuts and I love pumpkin. Put them together and you have a masterpiece of deliciousness. The pumpkin flavor is subtle. It tastes like a regular donut, but with hints of cinnamon and spice.

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory
In a nutshell this dessert is a thicker and creamier version of pumpkin pie, with a graham cracker crust of course. One slice will keeps me full for the whole day.

4. Pumpkin Pie PopTarts
Replace the traditional PopTart filling with pumpkin crème and stick it in the toaster. It’s everything I love about PopTarts with the added benefit of fall flavor.

5. Pumpkin Pie Babcock Ice Cream
It’s the ice cream every Badger knows and loves. The Pumpkin Pie flavor of Babcock Ice Cream tastes exactly like it sounds, like frozen pumpkin pie.


Greetings and welcome to the first The Dish blog post of the 2012 academic year!! While my articles for The Dish focus on a taco source around Madison, my taco-reviewing project is global in scope, and the blog is a nice place to highlight some non-Wisconsonian tacos I’ve tried over the years.

Taqueria La Fondita (Lynnwood WA) - taco review

Dang good tacos!

As students return from various places around the Upper Midwest, US, and world, the first question on the tip of everyone’s tongue is often, “Had any good tacos recently?” Fortunately, my answer is always: “Yes, and let me tell you where!” Even though I stayed in Madison (well, Deforest) working on my research this summer, I often thought back to home, and more specifically the best deal I’ve ever got on tacos. While not the greatest tacos on Earth (that honor belongs to Benton Harbor’s La Perla), or even the best tacos in the Seattle Suburbs (Taqueria la Raza), Taqueria la Fondita provides an excellent bargain on taco plates – including chips, soup, and free coffee! And the tacos taste darn good too. Anybody else eat some good tacos this summer?

Taqueria La Fondita (Lynnwood WA) - taco review

Yup, look at all that free soup!