During the Midwest extravaganza, we spent an evening at D'Arcy's Pint in Springfield, IL: home of the horseshoe. If you're not from central Illinois, you might not be aware of this culinary delight. In so many words, a horseshoe consists of meat on texas toast covered in french fries and smothered in cheese sauce. The first third of a horseshoe is pure bliss; the next two-thirds...well, let's just say that you'll feel it the next morning. Needless to say, a horseshoe is best eaten with a bottled beer.
One of the fun discoveries at D'Arcy's was New Belgium Brewing's Fat Tire. Unfortunately, according to their Libation Location, it is unavailable in the NY Tri-state area (which is probably why I haven't heard of it yet!)
The best part of finding New Belgium, besides the fun bike on the bottle cap, is its tie-in with the Tour de Donut (mentioned earlier in this blog) -- the 32 mile bike race where you can eat as many donuts as you can at two pit stops to knock 5 minutes (per donut) off your time! Apparently, a competitive eater from Kansas City participated this year and ate 40 donuts and still finished the race. Michael and I ate 38 fewer donuts than that between us, and that was enough for us. You gotta love the food out there in the Midwest.