Culinary no-no #620

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!

After posting some Culinary “FLASHBACKS” the past few Sundays (busy, busy summer) we return with an original feature this week.

For the longest time I’ve always been attracted to news items that publish rankings or listings for certain categories. A particular Culinary favorite of mine came in 2008 when I simply couldn’t resist exploring some headlines that proclaimed “the perfect burger” and “the burger that will change your life.”  No choice, I just had to read with my full compliments to the creative headline writers.

I’ll tie that in shortly. This week’s blog was inspired by an article I saw not too long ago on the website that tells readers to EAT THIS, NOT THAT!  They state:

Whether you’re in the frozen food aisle, the fast-food drive-thru, the local Olive Garden, or even your own kitchen, you’re faced with dozens of food choices every single day. Which ones will help you look and feel fit and trim—and which are loaded with hidden calories, fats, and other nasty stuff? You’ll never know—unless you have EAT THIS, NOT THAT!

For example:

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Admittedly I always seem to prefer wanting to try the NOT THIS selection. Counting calories is not high on my priority list.

When the website promoted that it would outline the best slice of pizza in every state, like Pavlov’s Dog, I was hooked.

Granted, such an endeavor is an easy target for abuse and skepticism. Surely that’s to be understood. One other website I found reported that there are more than 16 billion combinations of pizza toppings, so who’s to say which is the best. Still I had to find out what is considered the utmost in each state, at least according to this one source.

For Wisconsin the website chose this location.

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You’ll find Novanta in Madison. Six years ago the Wisconsin State Journal wrote in a  review, “Novanta, turns out pizzas that are as good or better than the rest, and best of all, its pizzas don’t skimp on the cheese and other ingredients the way so many authentic Neapolitan pies do. Customers order at a counter from sincere, friendly and helpful employees…The name ‘Novanta’ is 90 in Italian, and refers to the 90 seconds it takes to cook the pizzas in a gorgeously tiled wood-burning oven behind the counter.”

On the restaurant’s Facebook page I discovered this beauty of a pie.

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Slow cooked pork shoulder, balsamic caramelized onions, dijon mustard, and fontina cheese make up The Pizza Porchetta. I’m intrigued, especially since I also just read that pork shoulder is the new steak.

But this is the photo of a Novanta pizza EAT THIS, NOT THAT selected to highlight in their alphabetical compilation of the best pizza shops in every state.

Slide 50 of 51: “I decided to order the Pesto Pizza. It was the perfect size for one person, and most important, it was flavorful and delicious,” said one reviewer on Yelp. Another shared that they appreciated how the pesto sauce wasn’t too oily or loaded with basil.

Of course that’s a pesto pizza.  Two red flags immediately go up for me. One, where’s the meat, and two, since there are billions of ways to order a pizza, no way in Hell I’m deciding on anything green, especially that green. Oh, I’ll bet there are hordes who think that pesto pizza would be scrumptious. I find the photo totally unappetizing.

What was the methodology  you might be wondering. Let’s go to EAT THIS, NOT THAT.

To find out which pizza shops were tops across America, we tapped our friends at Yelp who gladly supplied the data on the best pizza shop in every state. To come to these findings, Yelp sorted through its “Pizza” category and strategically chose the best spot using an algorithm that takes into account both the number of reviews and star rating for each business. We then hand-picked what we thought was the best slice of pizza at each restaurant based off of reviews from Yelp.

I contend the pesto pizza photo wasn’t the best to highlight Novanta, and I’d go so far as to suggest Novanta had no part in the decision to post the pesto or any other pizza. Again, that photo could be a turnoff, doing more harm than good. Relying on Yelp to make these 50 determinations is dubious since Yelp is such an unreliable source to begin with. Not exactly trustworthy.

Now, if I was the proprietor of a pizza establishment that was about to receive national attention I’d want as much food porn utilized as possible.

 

In this case, that means the most mouth-watering, drool-inspiring pizza on my menu.

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Marty’s in Brookfield.

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Zaffiro’s in Milwaukee.

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Infusino’s in Kenosha

And I could go on and on, BUT THOSE ARE PIZZAS AND ARE PIZZAS THE WAY THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AND LOOK!

Major point we all can agree on. Pizza is one of the most subjective topics of discussion on the planet. But pizza, like any other food, has boundaries you just shouldn’t cross, as evidenced by the ridiculous summary of pizza places from EAT THIS, NOT THAT.

“Why get a steak sandwich when you can get strips of meat and crumbles of fresh goat cheese topped on a pizza pie?” they write.

Are they serious?

Not even close.

It’s like putting Pee Wee Herman in the ring with Mike Tyson.

Look, Illinois is a God-forsaken place, but they have good pizza. Not by the photo I saw.

And if I never get to Newport, Rhode Island, that’s perfectly OK. Not on my bucket list. Even if they put a superfood (YUCK) on their pizzas.

Here’s the list. Plenty of good, but also bad stuff.

Pizza. Why must we mess?

Bottom line: When someone suggests someone or something is the very best, more often than not, it is darn near impossible to back up such a claim.

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

You’d be a fool to try to re-heat pizza, wouldn’t you?

Mushroom coffee?

Bernie Sanders ice cream

ICYMI…

Culinary no-no #619

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week (08/25/19)

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A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday morning.

1) A young boy dressed in the stars and stripes listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak at the AMVETS American Veterans convention in Louisville. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

2) Republican U.S. Representative Steve King holds a Town Hall at the Grundy Center Community Center in Grundy Center, Iowa, August 17. Photo: REUTERS/Brenna Norman

3) White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway gets a microphone affixed to her dress before giving an interview to Fox News at the White House. Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis

4) The Air Force Thunderbirds sit on the tarmac as explosions go off during the 2019 Sioux Falls Airshow in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Photo: Courtesy U.S. Air National Guard/Duane Duimstra

5) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, perform during the 2019 Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 16, 2019. Photo: Mass Communicatios Specialst 1st Class Ian Cotter (US navy)

6) A guest smokes a joint at Hector’s Inn, during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, in Bethel, New York, August 18. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

7) 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dives for the ball during a baseball game between his staff, “The Revolutionaries,” and the Leaders Believers Achievers Foundation at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. Photo: REUTERS/Al Drago

8) In Mexico City, women vandalize a vehicle during a protest called ‘They Don’t Protect Me, They Rape Me’ to demand justice for two teenage girls who were allegedly raped by policemen. Photograph: Mariana Greif/Reuters

9) Extinction Rebellion demonstrators gather outside the Brazilian Embassy in London to protest and raise awareness about the massive fires in the Amazon rainforest, Aug. 23. Photo: Getty Images

10) Pope Francis delivers a homily during his weekly audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

11) Choristers arrive for evensong as Gaia, a 23ft (7m) replica of planet Earth hangs on display inside Peterborough Cathedral. The large installation, created by British artist Luke Jerram, features accurate and detailed imagery from NASA. Photo: Joe Giddens / PA Media

12) In New York, a fossilized of skull of Chilecebus carrascoenis, a 20 million year old primate from the Andes mountains. Researchers have used high resolution imaging to examine the only known skull of the New World monkey that scampered around ancient forests, feeding on leaves and fruit. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

13) A boy jumps in a pond covered with algae at Kirtipur, outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP

14) In Lima, Peru, a dog looks at a beached five meter long sperm whale at San Bartolo beach. Police and surfers saved the injured cetacean which had remained stranded for some hours. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images

15) A pelican catches a fish during feeding time in St James’s Park, London. Photo: Reuters

16) In Nokesville, Virginia, a couple sits among sunflowers in Burnside Farm. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

17) The photo of an adorably frazzled 5-year-old girl on her first day back to school has gone massively viral on Facebook, though her mother is still mystified by how the youngster got so messy in the first place. Last week, Jillian Falconer of East Renfrewshire, Scotland, picked up her daughter Lucie from her first day of a new academic year and could barely believe the state she was in. In a hilarious side-by-side image shared to social media, little Lucie looked pristine in a “before” photo, proudly sporting her school uniform of a black sweater and skirt paired with a white oxford shirt, striped tie and matching hair bow, plus black knee socks and patent-leather Mary Janes. The “after” was a different story. Photo: Barrhead News

 

Week-ends (08/24/19)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Dead semi driver

Jon Potter

Dylan Tetil

Kimberly Williams

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The networks

Illinois state Sen. Martin Sanodval (D-Chicago)

Alyssa Milano

Megan Rapinoe

Prosecutors in the UK

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“There’s no question we are going to rely on Chicago’s suburbs as our suburbs because O’Hare, Lake County they will have some hotels that are used there because the delegates want to stay with the other state delegates, but we’re putting together a huge bus service to get them here.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on word that delegates to next year’s Democratic National Convention will stay at hotels in Wisconsin and Illinois

“Frankly BS. I support the Second Amendment just like everybody else. It’s not about taking guns away. It’s about doing very simple things that will save lives.”
Gov. Tony Evers on GOP concerns that expanding background checks on gun sales will diminish gun owners’ constitutional rights

“Governor Evers and legislative Democrats turned the recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton into a political opportunity to prey upon the emotions of Wisconsinites sympathetic to the victims and their families by recycling worn-out ideas that they knew would have little chance of preventing similar tragedies in the future. Ask yourself who is more likely to undergo a background check prior to purchasing a gun: a person who goes through legal channels or one of the 3,600 felons arrested for possessing a firearm that they already were not allowed to have? Which one is the real threat to public safety?”
State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New berlin)

“I don’t see the dynamic having changed much (on gun control). I don’t see the reality having changed much. Again, we have extensive background checks for the vast majority of gun purchases, and that has not fixed the problem. Listen, if I really thought expanded background checks would prevent these tragedies, I would take a more serious look.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes. I am sorry for the harm I have caused.”
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage

“My senior semester, they (MLK and RFK) were both shot and killed. Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, if Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would’ve happened in America?” 
Joe Biden, the former vice president and current front-runner in the Democratic primary field of more than 20 candidates, asked a curious question of New Hampshire voters at Dartmouth College on Friday

“Now, do I want Biden to be president? Not really. But Biden is the only Democrat who beats Trump in Ohio. He’s like non-dairy creamer. Nobody loves it, but in a jam it gets the job done. I can’t figure people out, but they just like Joe. Maybe it’s the familiarity. He’s like a McDonald’s when you’re in Europe.

“Fatigue is the best thing we’ve got going for us. The majority of Americans aren’t tired of winning, they’re tired of looking at his fat f—ing face! It’s hard to beat an incumbent in a good economy. Every incumbent since FDR has won if they avoided a recession leading up to an election year and consumer confidence is sky-high. … The voters that Democrats need to win, moderates who have Trump fatigue, will vote against a good economy, I think, just to get back to normalcy, but they won’t trade it away for left-wing extremism.”
Liberal TV host Bill Maher

“Biden at 76 shows his age more than Bernie Sanders (77) or Donald Trump (73). When Trump says something outrageous, that’s Trump being Trump. When Biden says something outrageous or bizarre, that’s partly his old habit, too. But his casual slips are increasingly worrying. The gaffes keep coming. How many will it take before voters seriously question his competence? If Biden is meant to be a contrast to Trump, those who say Trump is mentally unfit for office will have a hard time making the case that Forgetful Joe is an improvement.

“Even the most ardent Biden supporter — and he’s not a man who inspires much ardor — can’t take seriously the idea of Biden as a two-term president. He would start a first term already older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office, and just two years from turning 80. The question will have to be asked sooner rather than later: will Biden acknowledge before the nomination is decided that he will be at most a one-term president?”
Daniel McCarthy is director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at The Fund for American Studies

“Populism is rising because liberals have become unbearable, and I speak as a liberal, okay? Liberals have become utterly, pathetically illiberal and it’s a massive problem.” 
“Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan

“We’re missing John’s voice of reason right now in so many ways. It felt to me that the right thing to do was to encourage people to perform acts of civility” during the last week of August and then post about them on social media. “Agree to disagree, but just be civil about it.”
To mark a year since her husband died of brain cancer, Cindy McCain is encouraging Americans to be more civil

“The Badgers were last season’s big bust, going from preseason No. 4 to unranked. Maybe it wasn’t a fluke?”
The Associated Press in a college football preview

“I can’t watch these (baseball) games anymore. It’s not baseball. It’s unwatchable. A lot of the strategy of the game, the beauty of the game, it’s all gone. It’s like a video game now. It’s home run derby with their (expletive) launch angle every night.’’
Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage

“All anybody wants to do is launch the ball. They’re making the ballparks smaller, the balls tighter,  and all we’re seeing is home runs. There are no hit-and-runs. No stolen bases. Nothing. I managed 3,400 games in the big leagues, and never once did I put on a full shift on anybody. Not once. And I think I won a few games without having to shift.’’
Former player and manager Lou Piniella

“It’s home run derby every night, and if that’s what they want, that’s what they’re going to get. But they have to understand something … Home runs are up. Strikeouts are up. But attendance is down. I didn’t go to Harvard or one of those Ivy League schools, but that’s not a good thing.’’
Pete Rose

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Why are taxpayers spending millions on abandoned MPS buildings? Great local journalism

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

New York Times Columnist Calls Out Media For Burying Neo-Nazi Sponsors of Omar, Tlaib

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

We’re headed for a recession (The liberal media hopes)

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Scooters on the highway

“I’m sorry, we are not trying to be rude, but the dog doesn’t like black people.”

 

 

The Trump appeal; the Apocalypse; college learning; scooters; and Jaws

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (08/23/19): A Bad New Argument Against Scooters

Today’s highly interesting read (08/22/19): Impending Defeat for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Today’s highly interesting read (08/21/19): What Will They Learn at College?

Today’s highly interesting read (08/20/19): Why thousands of Americans come together to hear Trump speak

Today’s highly interesting read (08/19/19): All I Really Needed to Know About Cities I Learned From ‘Jaws’

2019 POO Awards – Week 1

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship at this level.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

For new readers, here is why we do the POO:

Pouring it on in high school football
Posted by Kevin Fischer on Oct. 6, 2007

BRADLEY TECH 64
MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON 6

That was the final score of the high school football game last night at historic South Stadium where I’m the public address announcer.

Bradley Tech remains undefeated and is clearly the best team in the City Conference, a conference not famous for high-quality football. The Trojans are a talented, disciplined, physical squad that like Milwaukee Riverside last season could go deep in the playoffs.

But what happened last night at South Stadium should serve as a lesson to other high school football programs. You don’t run up the score on a team that is already hopelessly beaten.

Everyone knew the Tech-Washington match-up would be lopsided. On Tech’s first three plays from scrimmage, they scored three touchdowns, and the game was quickly out of hand.

Leading 44-6 with about a minute left in the first half, Tech got the ball again near midfield. Refusing to run the ball or have the quarterback take a knee, Tech put the ball in the air, desperately trying to put 50 on the scoreboard before halftime. Tech got down to the one-yard line as time expired. Thinking there was still a second left on the clock, the Tech coaches frantically tried to call a timeout. Again, not satisfied with a 44-6 lead, Tech coaches (I emphasize coaches, not the players) wanted another TD.

As the referees huddled with the football on the half-yard line, I turned on the microphone and said, “Our clock has run out.” Admittedly, I was hoping common sense would prevail and the half would be over.

A few seconds later, crew chief Chuck Hinz picked up the football, faced the press box, and lifted the football above his head, signaling that yes, the half had indeed run out and no, Tech was not going to score 50 just yet.

That made the score 44-6 going into the second half. By WIAA rule, whenever the point differential between the two teams in the second half reaches 35 points or more, there is a running clock that only stops on a score, a charged timeout, the end of the 3rd quarter, or an injury.

Trust me. Had it not been for the running clock, Tech could have scored 80 points.

With 20 seconds to play in the game, Tech again refused to take a knee at Washington’s 2-yard line. Instead, the quarterback handed the ball off to a running back who scored an unnecessary and unsportsmanlike final touchdown to make the score 64-6.

I want to be clear. As I mentioned, this is a very good Tech team. The players only do what they are instructed, and Tech’s decision to run up the score at the end of both halves was uncalled for.

The counter-argument is that you should let the kids play and that competition is good and that you can’t fault Tech for Washington’s inability to stop them, etc, etc. etc.

We’re not talking NFL here, folks. This is high school football. There are many ways you can continue to play and keep the score respectable and avoid a brawl from happening.

You put in subs. You run the ball. You don’t call timeouts when you’re ahead by a mile. You take a knee and let the clock run out. All of these ideas were apparently lost on the Tech coaching staff.

Remember, this is a game featuring high school kids, many from the inner city. You start rubbing the other team’s face in it, and they get frustrated. I’ve seen it time and time again. They take swings and punches. Two Washington players got ejected as well as a coach. While I don’t condone those actions, Tech helped manufacture the bad attitude on the field.

Thankfully, no one got hurt in this one-sided affair.

Coaches are also teachers. The Tech coaches blew a golden opportunity to demonstrate to the athletes and the fans in the stands the value of fair play.

Tech also may have done a disservice to MPS football. It’s rare a TV crew shows up at South Stadium to film highlights, but last night, Fox 6 was there. After the 64-6 debacle, my guess is the TV sports directors will be reluctant to send cameras to future MPS games. What for? A 64-6 shellacking isn’t dramatic video.

And by the way, I’ve been going to City Conference football games for 40 years. I’ve NEVER seen a team fall behind the way Washington did last night and rally for a comeback victory. NEVER.

Shame on the Bradley Tech coaching staff for a total lack of good sportsmanship.
—October 6, 2007

Back to 2019 and this week’s dubious winner:

Week 1

Racine St. Catherine 74, West Allis Central 0

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/24/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Sunny. A high of 73. “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy.  High of 75. “A”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

I often comment that my dream job would be taste-testing brownies while petting puppies.  I’m still waiting for the opening somewhere that can fulfill that wish.  In the meantime, I have to say that this past Wednesday evening was as close as I’ve come so far.

As an Education Assistant at Kyla’s school (St. Anthony) I’ve got plenty of free time in the summer months.  Since the Milwaukee Milkmen were hiring I thought it would be a perfect part-time gig…  Close location, beautiful new ball park, what more could I want?  Hmm…  Maybe some dogs?  Um, no not hot dogs…  Every ball park has those.  I mean those furry faced creatures that make my heart skip a beat.

Finally, this past Wednesday I got my wish.  The Milkmen hosted their first Bark in the Park event.  Each fan could bring up to two dogs on a leash and were seated in our Waterstone Bank Pasture area.  Franklin’s own Lulu’s Dog Pawlour was the sponsor of the event.  HAWS was the non-profit of the game and brought a few friends that were available to adopt.

My coworker Laura is as big of a dog lover as I am.  She thought it would be fun to have a little something extra for them at the box office.  So, she brought her own bag of treats and with the owners’ permission would give them a little cheese nugget.  Then, our four-footed guests were treated to a complimentary bandana courtesy of the Milkmen that they proudly wore throughout the game:

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In addition to the Puppy Parade (sadly I was still working and did not get to take any photos) there were volunteers walking around, handing out dog-friendly treats with their owner’s permission:

Golden Eating Whipped Cream

Photo taken by me

Number of dogs in attendance Wednesday was 97.  Based on human attendance (1449) that was about one dog for every fourteen people!  There was so much pawsitive feedback (sorry, I simply couldn’t resist) that it’s sure to be an event next season too.  I’m already looking forward to it!

Golden from Bark in the Park

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

We open with a video.

Trying to save a dog in distress could lead to civil, possibly criminal charges.

Oh my.  Dogs are…destructive?

Dog racing died without a funeral.

Loyal dog Dies 15 minutes after owner loses eight-year cancer battle.

Train Your Baby Like a Dog: Outrage over TV show in the UK. And here’s an update.

Scientists have discovered that dogs developed a special eye muscle to give ‘puppy dog eyes’ and bond with humans.

What’s this? 1 Dog Year Is Not Equivalent to 7 Human Years.

Double amputee dog running marathon to raise funds for dog rescue.

Soothing Victimized Dogs with Bach and Beethoven.

Dogs are good for your heart.

Darby is a hero.

Question: What is the most dog-friendly city in the nation? The answer.

‘Lady and the Tramp’ remake casts shelter dog in lead role.

‘A Dog’s Journey’ bloopers: Watch what happens when a squirrel drives the dog stars nuts.

‘Pure cuteness’: Doggy Con draws hundreds of dressed-up dogs, from Yoda to Starbucks cups.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

And we’ve got a bunch this week.

A group of service dogs viewing a performance of Billy Elliot in Ontario Canada.
An adorable photo of a group of service dogs sitting in a Canadian theater last week catching a production of “Billy Elliot” has gone viral. The photo shows the crowd of mainly poodles and golden retrievers taking up at least four rows and attentively watching the stage during the Stratford Festival in Ontario. The objective was to prevent fur from flying during live theater so the pups can help their handlers navigate a theater atmosphere.

A dog dressed as Yoda from "Star Wars" won the cosplay costume contest award at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up like a fictional character.
Bark for the best! A dog dressed as Yoda from “Star Wars” won the cosplay costume contest at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park on Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta.  Photo: Andrea Smith, AP

Atlanta-area resident Megan Nelson poses for a photo with her dog Darla during Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Nelson wore a Cruella de Vil costume and dressed her mixed chocolate Labrador Retriever in a Dalmatian outfit. The pair won the costume contest award for best dog and owner combination.Megan Nelson and Darla, her mixed chocolate Labrador Retriever, won the best dog-and-owner combination award at Doggy Con. Nelson wore a Cruella de Vil costume and her pooch was a Dalmatian.  Andrea Smith, AP

Stella Jones, a 17-month old Atlanta resident, plays with Kira, a dog dressed as a Starbucks coffee cup, at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Kira's owner Tali Higgins dressed like a Starbucks barista. "I like coffee and my dogs are super sweet, so I thought it was a good fit," Higgins said.
Stella Jones, 17 months old, plays with Kira, a dog dressed as a Starbucks coffee cup, at Doggy Con. Kira’s owner Tali Higgins dressed like a Starbucks barista. “I like coffee and my dogs are super-sweet, so I thought it was a good fit,” Higgins said. Andrea Smith, AP

ESPN’s having a “Dog Day” today, so Golf Digest posted a bunch of photos of dogs.

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And Kyla was with the handsome Duffy, a Glen of Imaal Terrier at the Celtic Canine location at Irish Fest last weekend.

We close as we always do with our closing video, and we have a few.

First…

Next, earlier this week on The Morning Blend on Today’s TMJ 4…


AND
, one of the best dog videos of the year is in this article.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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