thanks madison! we had a great impromptu visit toward the end of the big dairy expo. wish we could have stayed for weeks in the balmy fall weather, walking around the beautiful downtown area of the city. i checked out a couple of this summers' threads about madison just prior to arriving and made sure we got some delicious hearty breakfasts in at marigold kitchen, a fun night out at lombardino's, and an absolutely smashing dinner at graze, which will continue to inspire us for many months and years.
in general we were very impressed by all the great small restaurants and pubs & the thriving independent coffeehouse culture similar to the familiar one at home in msp-- i think i only saw one starbux, praise be! oh and we were so, so charmed by the wee, leetle, teeny, mini-food truck village at the end of state street by campus :) i am really disappointed that we didn't make it to the dane county farmer's market. everyone we spoke to was so nice and friendly. we will definitely be back to continue exploring beautiful madison!