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Postcards: White lake

Believe it or not, it’s sunny in Madison, Wisc.

Well, a sunny 23 degrees.

This is Lake Mendota, near the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where Derek is — and wearing several layers of clothing including a down jacket.

Beautiful, but I’d rather see a photo than actually be standing there. Just saying.

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FUUD: Best of #CatTravels

FUUD: Best of #CatTravels

Traveling is tiring.

You wait in airports, you stand in security lines, you drive for miles. There’s nothing more miserable.

But there’s also nothing more inspiring and exciting and completely exhilarating, either. Which is why we endure the pain and suffering and the kid kicking the back of your airplane seat. Because we know the pleasures traveling can bring.

And in my case, that pleasure usually comes served on a plate.

The best part of traveling, for me, is usually the food.

I love trying new restaurants, sampling new cuisines — it’s a fun way to learn about a new city.

On this last trip, I spent three weeks in four states. So imagine all the food I ate!

Here are some of my noshing highlights in Madison, Chicago and Las Vegas. (I didn’t eat much in Arizona.)

Welcome to the Midwest

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I spent most of this trip in the Midwest, particularly Madison, Wisc. and Chicago. So we ate a lot of brats and cheese and drank a lot of beer. Or at least Derek did.


Dog Kimono from Inu Inu Hawaii

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Days left: 3

Dog kimono or yukata from Inu Inu Hawaii (www.inuinuhawaii.com)

Price: $30 online or at pet boutiques such as Calvin & Susie in Kilohana Square

The gist: Bored of the usual dog outfits? Or your pooch is quite the fashion diva? Get a kimono (or yukata) from Honolulu-based Inu Inu Hawaii, which specializes in unique Asian-inspired apparel for dogs. They come in all sizes — in fact, you can custom order ones for larger breeds — and patterns. Imagine your Rottweiler in one of these!

Best for: Dog owners, of course!

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#CatTravels: Arriving in Chicago

#CatTravels: Arriving in Chicago

I haven’t been back to Chicago in years, and ask Derek, I talk about this city all the time.

I loved my time here, from the restaurant we’d frequent to the swing dancing classes we’d take on Wednesday nights to the late-night el rides back to the apartment after a long day on campus.

There were so many places I missed: New Japan in Evanston (which closed), used bookstores and coffee shops on every block, professional sports. And the food scene here is vibrant and dynamic, with new restaurants always opening and old familiar eateries hanging on with loyal patrons and great food.

I had been bugging Derek to go with me to Chicago, so he could see all the places I used to eat, the people I used to hang out with, the things I used to do. So, since I was going to be in Madison, which is just a three-hour drive away, I thought, “Why not make it a side trip to Chicago?”

So we hopped in our rental car and drove to Chicago — via a craft brewery and Milwaukee,of course.

Here’s what our first day in Chicago looked like:

Leaving Madison

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We got up early this morning and left Madison for Chicago — via a brewery that was on our must-visit list.

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#CatTravels: Quiet Monday with fries

#CatTravels: Quiet Monday with fries

We’ve been eating a lot.

Duck strudel, gourmet cupcakes, hand-tossed pizzas, cheese curds.

We needed to burn some calories, STAT.

Luckily, it warmed up this morning — reaching the mid-40s — with bright skies. Perfect running weather. So we laced up our shoes — and wore as many layers as possible for a three-mile jog — and headed out the door and to the runner-friendly Lakeshore Path.

It was the only way we could justify eating at Five Guys later.

Here’s what our quiet Monday in Madison looked like:

Let's go running

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We got up and decided we needed to burn some of the calories we've been intaking lately. So we laced up and headed outside.

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