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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #225

Culinary no-no's

You're hungry and you want to go out to eat.

Maybe you're craving a morning dose of...


Biscuits and gravy. Or how about some.....

Chocolate chip pancakes.

Maybe it's lunch time.


Or the dinner hour....


So you head out to one of your favorite restaurants.

One more thing.

You just happen to look like this...

Ladies with buns in the oven are advised not to eat triple sundaes and fried onion rings. Instead, expectant moms are encouraged to eat breads and grains, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cereals, pasta, rice. Fats and sweets are to be consumed sparingly.

To offer soon-to-be mothers healthy options, a trend in some restaurants is to provide special pregnancy items on their menus.

A rather high end example is the T'ang Court at The Langham in Hong Kong. Since January 2008, their Pregnancy Menu has featured four different culinary collections aimed at women in various pre-natal and post-natal stages.

Here are some of the entrees.

For the first trimester, sautéed sliced grouper with lily bulbs and sweet peas.

The Post Pregnancy Menu includes double boiled "Wu Shan" chicken and fish maw with Chinese herbs, stir-fried sliced beef with glutinous rice vinegar and fried rice with conpoy, diced ginger and egg white.

In a promotional news release about their special menu, T'ang Court writes, "Women today are more educated and financially independent than ever, therefore expectant mothers will not miss anything that can comfort them during pregnancy. From having regularly body-checks to attending prenatal yoga classes, all designed to bring assistance to the expectant mother during this joyous time. In sight of this, the award-winning T'ang Court at The Langham, Hong Kong has designed the Pregnancy Menu for expectant and new mothers making the pregnancy period more complete."

While pregnancy menus might be bright and well-intentioned marketing, are we once again going too far with our health crazes?

Aren't pregnant women smart enough to make their own healthy decisions without having to be prodded by a special menu? if she's unsure about an entree and its potentially risky ingredients, sasonings or sauces, can't she just question her server and/or a chef? Is she to feel guilty if she rejects the sauteed grouper and sweet peas and opts instead for the veal parmigiana on the regular memu?

The award-winning T'ang Court even says, "Women today are more educated and financially independent than ever..." If so, then a pregnancy menu might not be necessary.



A few weeks ago when I was filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN, one of the topics was a proposed legislation to reduce the number of daily meals served in Wisconsin prisons from three to two. With food the topic du jour that particular hour, I couldn’t believe when my producer, Paul Kronforst told me in my headset that he can’t stand olives. Hates ‘em. I found Paul’s distaste simply un-American.

Couldn’t help but think of Paul when I came across this.


Of course, there are a million and one excuses exonerating fat people from being fat.

Here's another.

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