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Dinner + Drinks is a podcast about all the things you share over food. Co-hosts Bridget and Nick release Sunday night episodes talking about the delicious things they ate last week, funny kid stories, meal plans for the next week, life, and, of course, all the drinks. Additional interview episodes featuring guests with interesting viewpoints on food and drink topics will be release semi-regularly!Do you have a question you'd like answered on the podcast? A suggestion for a great guest? General feedback you'd like to share? Just drop us a line at hello@dinnerplusdrinks.com with your comments - we'd love to hear from you!This podcast is brought to you by Lake Geneva Country Meats, and previously was called Reduce by Half. You can find the old episodes marked as Season 1 of Dinner + Drinks.Thanks for listening - we appreciate you spending time with us!
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It was a beautiful fall day, so we decided to hit the road and record live from the patio at The Candle Mercantile in downtown Lake Geneva. Remember when you were in school and it was a nice day outside, so your teacher has class outside? It's exactly the same.We hope you enjoy this slightly different episode that also visited a few other of our favorite places to hang out in downtown Lake Geneva. If you're a local, now is (arguably) the best time of the year to get out and enjoy our community. If you're not local, it's a b-e-a-utiful time to come visit and check out these spots:The Bottle Shop - a wine bar and so much more with spirits, beer, snacks, and an incredible patio to enjoy fall. Haverly & Co. - a fun boutique stocked full of great finds at reasonable prices that our friend Emily operates in a back corner of The Bottle Shop's patio!Topsy Turvy Brewery - an urban brewery in a renovated church Lake Geneva with a patio made for people watching while sipping on delicious beer.Clock Tower Pizza - kitty corner from Topsy Turvy, Clock Tower pizza whips up pizza, smash burgers, and hand cut fries that are worth every single calorie. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to the entire crew at The Candle Mercantile for their hospitality hosting us. You need to stop in to pour your own fall themed candle, or pick out one of their perfectly scented pre-made fall scents. While you're there, enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cider, and enjoy a snack at their indoor candle bar or on their patio. Did you hear our Pinkies Up release this week? It's all about German wine for the Oktoberfest season. You can find it wherever you're listening to this episode, or watch on YouTube to see all of Bridget's facial expressions.If you like what we're doing here on the Dinner Plus Drinks podcast,  here's how you can follow along and get in touch with us:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comThanks for listening, we hope you have a great week!~ Bridget and Nick
We love Oktoberfest! When we think Oktoberfest, we usually think of beer, but there is a ton of great German wine that you can drink as well. For this episode, we took on the challenge of finding German wines that you can drink for Oktoberfest. Most people immediately think of overly sweet Riesling when they think of German wine, but Germany makes a wide range of styles and grapes. Some are really good, some...well...you'll have to listen and here what we think.Here are the wines that we tried:Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Sekt Brut - a sparkling riesling!Wittmann Weisser Burgunder - a German Pinot Blanc!Weinhaus Hegger Muller Thurgau - an offbeat German white wine!Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer - an aromatic wine that reminds Bridget of her husband's grandfather! Relax Reisling - a very sweet blue bottle riesling!The Daily August Pinot Noir - a light bodied Pinot Noir showing off the good work Germany is doing in Pinot Noir.Villa Wolf Dornfelder - a slightly sweet German red wine.We hope you enjoyed this episode and if you aren't already, please join us for our weekly Dinner Plus Drinks episodes. You can subscribe and follow along with us on the following channels:Watch on YouTube Visit our websiteGet links to subscribe to the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comCheers everybody - we'll talk to you soon!Bridget & Nick
It's Bridget's (and Shannon's) Birthday!!!We had to celebrate and have a little bit of fun. We hope you enjoy our celebration of Bridget on this week's episode. Here are links to what we talked about:Kenyan engineer Nzambi Matee is recycling plastic into bricks that are stronger than concrete. She's getting some much deserved recognition for this amazing idea. Check it out!COVID has been bad for a lot of things, but it has sparked new interest in certain outdoor hobbies like birding. Congrats to "The Nest" a new bird boutique in Greendale, Wisconsin who is taking advantage of the trend and thriving.Norm MacDonald recently passed away - his interview on Conan with Courtney Thorne-Smith was legendary. Take some time to watch and enjoy.We hope you enjoyed listening to this episode. Also a big shout out to listener Beth who said hi to Bridget - we appreciate everyone that listens and it's great to get to talk to you in person!If you like what we're doing,  here's how you can follow along and get in touch with us:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comThanks for listening, we hope you have a great week!~ Bridget and Nick
It's my birthday!  Ok, not quite yet, but it's in just a few days.I'm taking a quick walk down memory lane of my top 5 favorite birthday parties.  Plus,  sharing a few fun birthday traditions that you can start this year for any birthday celebrations you may have coming up!Make sure to catch this week's Dinner Plus Drinks which will drop on my actual birthday.  I'm told it's full of fun and surprises, so we'll see what Nick has in-store for me.
Greetings friends! On this episode, conversation somehow managed to drift to Mr. Bridget (aka Tyler) a lot. It was good to sit down (well, actually stand up) and talk about a crazy week. Check out these links!Bridget found this article encouraging us all to stop chasing success and start enjoying life to be very helpful. Read it for yourself.Nick is delighted to find that Dad Jokes can be used for good! Tanks Good News brings us this story about dad jokes helping a neighbor get motivated to recover from surgery.If you want to look like Nick, Tyler, and (according to Bridget) every other Dad in the world, you should go to Clear Water Outdoor and buy yourself a Patagonia Better Sweater. If you ask for "Nick's Boy Sean," and Sean himself helps you, he promised a 15% discount on your purchase!We hope you enjoyed listening to this episode. We always aim to be a little ray of sunshine in your week, and we hope we're making that happen. If you like what we're doing,  here's how you can follow along and get in touch with us:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comThanks for listening, we hope you have a great week!~ Bridget and Nick
I'm wrapping up my chat about public schools and a bit about the documentary Waiting for Superman.But it's always great to see the other side and this article was helpful in doing such:Harvard Educational Review 
After our little recording snafu last week, we're back with a full episode, we hope you didn't miss us too much! In this episode, we talk about childcare apps, determine how Nick would do in 5th grade, talk about the Nugget, and lots more. Here are a few links to what we are talking about:Bridget's Nugget is ordered and en route - hopefully it can be kept a secret from the kids until Christmas. Nick and Sarah also have one ordered: did we talk you into getting one? Let us know. You can learn more about the foam play couch on their website.This Grandma is a wizard at making incredible art using MS Paint. Props to Bridget for finding this story. You can check out the artwork here.Buddy Rich is one of the best drummers ever and if you want to listen to some jazz to help clear your mind, Nick recommends you check out his music. You can listen on Spotify here. What's on your mind? Do you have any good news to share? We'd love to hear some stories of happiness that aren't from fictional universes! Here's how you can follow along and get in touch with us:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comThanks for listening, we hope you have a great week!~ Bridget and Nick
It's back to school time and it is a lot.  As I was panicking about my son's first year of full-day classes in our local public school, my Father-in-Law introduced my to a documentary that fascinated (and horrified) me. I'm here to tell you a bit about the movie and specifically about how school systems deal with teachers that are doing a less than stellar job.This one has so much information, it'll be broken up into 2 parts!  Enjoy part 1 of 2.Resources:https://www.netflix.com/title/70129364https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/movies/24waiting.html
Nick made a bit of an oopsy doopsy with our recording this week so that only the video portion of our recording actually recorded. That's obviously a problem for a podcast.We're sorry we messed up (well Nick), so here's a little explanation, plus a few fun kid corner stories for you to enjoy for the week.We'll be back next week!
I admit, it's a long one.  But man, if you like thrifting (or want to like thrifting) this one is for you!  I'm sharing some of my latest thrift store finds and a few quick tips on shopping at a thrift store (pssst, sneak peak below):Try everything on!Don't flip through every single item on the racksTarget (and other retailers) donate their (new with tags) items to thrift stores when they've gone through  their sales cycle.Happy Thrifting!
Nick messed up this week and incorrectly picked what wine Bridget would like better out of a few that were sampled. He feels pretty bad about this, so in this episode, he sought to correct his bad friend behavior by getting to know how Bridget thinks just a little bit more. Here's what we talked about this week:Bridget found this sweet video featuring kids that are starting businesses to do good in their communities. It's really uplifting!Nick is fascinated about Bridget's take on this story about 15 year old Olivia Moultrie fighting for her right to play professional soccer - and then scoring her first professional goal!If you're looking for kids books that are fun for parents and kids, Nick highly recommends the Mother Bruce series of books by Ryan Higgins.We changed up our format a little bit to focus on what the show's all about - unwinding with friends, talking about the good things in life: food, drinks, and kids! Let us know what you think about the tweak and if you have any topics you'd like us to discuss. We're here for you and appreciate the feedback you share with us. Here's how you can follow along and get in touch with us:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comThanks for listening, we hope you have a great week!~ Bridget and Nick
As usual, I could go on and on about this topic, but I actually kept this one pretty quick...mostly because I speak way too fast.  But social media sure has changed and businesses are taking advantage.  The influencer culture is here to stay and I'm here to talk about it, so listen in!--Referenced in the show:#BamaRush New York Times article:https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/style/bama-rush-explained.htmlUnder the Influence Podcast - a must listen!https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/under-the-influence-with-jo-piazza/id1544171101 So you can see both sides of the story:https://www.instagram.com/girlgangz7733/Don't forget to say hello and let me know what you think at hello@dinnerplusdrinks.com 
We're back to our normal programming after 3 weeks of Olympics episodes and we're talking two related and fun topics: Taco Bell & Poop. Also other things. Here's a run down of links to this episode's topics:Shoutout to Mackenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates for donating their wealth to support gender equality projects, among other causes. This Taco Bell Defy restaurant concept may be the coolest thing to come out of the pandemic.Nick loves his Uline Industrial Packing Table. Check it out - there are lots of possible uses for the table!Bridget is feeling this Grilled Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa meal as an end of summer recipe.Nick wants to show some appreciation to Kim for this Crispy Hot Wing recipe.Keep up with the show or get in touch with us with your questions and ideas using these links:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comThanks for listening, we hope you have a great week!~ Bridget and Nick
Happy Oktoberfest Season!Yes, that's right, Oktoberfest is just around the corner and some of the best beer of the year has already hit the shelves.Check out this well-written (and entertaining) article to learn a bit more about Oktoberfest beer: https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-oktoberfest-beer If you want to try Bridget's Top 5 Fave Oktoberfest beers, get them while they're still around:Munsterfest - 3 FloydsFestbier - Maplewood Oktoberfest - Lakefront Brewing OctoberFest - Sam AdamsOktoberfest Marzen - Hacker PschorrHonorable mentions: Staghorn, Spaten   If you're wondering where I got my info on the history of Oktoberfest in Munich, you can check it out here:  https://germanculture.com.ua/german-holidays/oktoberfest-traditions/  🍻 Prost! 🍻
It's the last episode of our Dinner Plus Drinks Olympic Games!We had two final events with the standings tied between Bridget's Team Greece and Shannon's Team Ireland. Who will win? There is plenty of last minute drama and fun in this week's episode, tune in to hear the results of this riveting competition.A huge thank you to Shannon for joining us and representing Team Ireland so well in this Olympic Game series. We hope you enjoyed a break from our "routine" episodes and had fun celebrating the Olympics with us. We'll be back to our normal episodes next week. If you've had fun, here's how you can follow along with us and get in touch with us to share feedback and ideas:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comCongratulations to both of our "athletes" for a competition well contested.  Thanks for listening, have a great week, we'll talk to you next week!~ Bridget and Nick and Shannon
Is always striving for greatness the answer?   What if we just practiced being content with right where we are?  I'm getting aaaallll philosophical on you this week and diving deep into answering life's questions.  I even found some scientific research to back up the thoughts in my head.  You can check it out here (and, for real, check it out because it's great!): https://bit.ly/2VDS1ivAnd, as promised in the show, if you need a few quick tips for experiencing contentment: Practice mindfulness.  Identify your well-being contingenciesRadically accept all emotions.Have a great weekend and challenge yourself to find some contentment!
We are in the midst of the Dinner Plus Drinks Olympics! Shannon and Team Ireland are competing feverishly against Bridget and Team Greece for the title of Dinner Plus Drinks Olympic Champion. In this episode we reveal the results of last week's competitions (food, drink, and Team of Champions), plus participate in some super fun short games of skill. Watch on YouTube to see all of the fun, or listen to Nick channel his inner Bryant Gumbel and commentate on the happenings.Thanks for following along on our Olympic fun! If you have comments, feedback, or ideas for next week's closing ceremonies, here's how you can get in touch with us:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comHave a great week - we'll talk you soon for the Olympic Closing Ceremonies!~ Bridget and Nick and Shannon
I love the Olympics and perhaps equal to the sports, I love hearing the fun factoids and interesting information that surround the athletes.  Plus, stories of perseverance, fortitude and sportsmanship are inspiring and amazing.This week, I'm sharing some of the bits of fun I've found.  Some stories you've heard, some you probably haven't heard.  So get ready to get inspired!__ If you're looking for more inspiring moments, check this article out to peak at The 25 Most Inspiring Olympic Moments of all Time: https://bit.ly/3fdeyto  (it's #10 for me!)And if you, like me, were curious about the flowers each athlete is receiving, read all about their meaning here: https://n.pr/3xhl0pw Happy Olympics watching - have a great weekend!P.S. This one is a little long - I was just *so* inspired :)
Welcome to the Dinner Plus Drinks Podcast Olympics!!We love the Olympics, so we decided to put on our own Olympic competition featuring Bridget competing against her twin sister Shannon! First, we had to choose countries for these two competitors to represent. Shannon lucked out and drew Ireland to represent, and Bridget was assigned Yemen! However, after the Bucks victory, we decided to reassign Bridget to represent Greece in honor of Giannis. After a short break, and regrouping at the Athlete's Village, the competitors shared some of the wonderful things they learned about their countries and recommended drinks, food, and products we should try from each country. Nick is going to cook each recommended meal this week and his wife Sarah will declare a winner!Most importantly, both Bridget and Shannon assembled a Team of Champions - 3 famous people from each country to represent and fight for the pride of their nations. We need you to vote for your favorite team. You can find a post with the Champions on both our Instagram and Facebook. Comment on the post letting us know your favorite team and we'll announce the winner on next week's episode!We have 3 weeks of Olympics fun planned - we hope you'll join us as we play games and revel in the spirit of International fun. If you have suggestions for contest, please write in and let us know your ideas. Here's how you can follow along with us and check out our social channels:Watch this episode on YouTubeVisit our websiteLike us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramGet links to follow the podcast in your favorite appOr email us at: hello /at/ dinnerlusdrinks /dot/ comLet the Olympics begin!!! We hope you have a great week watching the games - go USA! We'll see you next week!~ Bridget and Nick and Shannon
Bucks in Six!  Holy cow, the Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA Champions and it has been amazing to watch.  A city and a team that once was barely a blip on the radar is now a destination. Having spent over a decade in Milwaukee, I love that city.  I grew up there.  Not actually growing up since birth, but I really grew up as an adult.  Tune in to hear a small brush of what I love about the city of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Bucks.A few sites that I reference during the show:OnMilwaukee article (Bucks Bandwagon): https://bit.ly/3wXkJIf  Milwaukee Record article: https://bit.ly/3zrloU1Have a great day!
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