What’s happening this weekend?

May 23, 2019

Hello!  and welcome sunshine!  It’s starting to look pretty glorious out there and I’m starting to feel that summer excitement. At the Café we’ve just hired a couple of new gals: Brenna, a hometown girl back from college at UW Madison and Jo, who is originally from England.  (I see a High Tea in Bragii’s future!)

Jo and I got to talking about Fish & Chips – which I love, and loved in England.  So in honor of Jo, we will be serving (gluten-free) Fish (Cakes with Haddock) & Chips on Friday evening.  We don’t have any music lined-up so it will be vinyl, or anything anyone cares to share.  Saturday evening we will be serving a dinner of Swedish Meatballs and Bill Liggett and Larry Sells will be here to entertain you!!

It’s going to be a great weekend as we enjoy the lake and the sun and remember those who made our freedom to do so possible.

Come in and check out our new hours and menu!  And don’t forget the Memorial Day parade in the Bay at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019.


May 15, 2019

Since I got a little wordy in my dissertation on clichés below, I will give you the weekend run-down first!


Saturday, May 18, 2019  ~  6:30 – 9:30 p.m.


(Homemade hand-rolled crust & sauce – we did not make the cheese : )

Open Mic with featured artist

Introducing Kenny Jones, Country and Pop Classics

Sign up sheet at Bragii’s on Saturday evening.

What makes an expression cliché?

A “cliché” is a derogatory expression connoting something that has been so over-used that it has become common and dull.  A cliché is also a truism – it became a cliché because it was clever, poetic or spot-on.  For example: “There were so many stars in the sky, it was like a blanket of stars.”  The idea of being covered by a blanket of stars is quite beautiful and evocative and I, for one, can not think of a better way to express a sky so full of stars that it appears to be a blanket covering the earth.

I am thinking about this because I am thinking about all the clichés used for marketing in businesses like mine.   Words like “homemade”.   Or how about “made-from-scratch” or “farm-to-table”?  The problem is, for most restaurants, even “high-end” restaurants it simply is not true.  The chef is not running out to the local farmer’s market to get his supplies every other day, and it is not “homemade,” it’s made in the (Health Department approved) kitchen.   They can’t – they have high volume and big expenses.  It’s not affordable.

I don’t want to be cliché and I want my customers to understand the truth behind the culinary creations at Bragii, but I’m not creative or poetic enough to come up with a new, accurate and clever way to say that we, at Bragii, avoid food that has been processed, preserved, or treated with chemicals and that we chop everything ourselves and don’t use short cuts.  And, we prepare it fresh!  So, if a recipe calls for garlic, we chop and cook fresh garlic.  I don’t even use the kind in a jar (though sometimes I would love to save the time : ).

This brings to mind other questions such as… Can a business be ethical and maintain high quality and standards and still make money?   In other words, can it taste good, be wholesome and nutritious, and reasonably priced and profitable?  Do customers know the difference or care?  How do you feel about it?  What are your thoughts?

Hello!  How is everyone doing?  Do you ever get anxious about time?  I do.  I know in part it’s because I’m busy and even though I live in a peaceful, quiet community, I still feel the daily pressure to get things done!  Sometimes I am just waiting (and not always very patiently) for things to happen.  I think this is a good time for believing – you know, believing that the warm weather will come, that the sun will shine.  You know it’s going to happen sooner or later.  Right?  Maybe even this weekend.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Dinner:  Three ample-sized Cajun fried fish tacos with cabbage, caper slaw, homemade tartar sauce and served with tropical fruit. $12  Reservations requested.  (262) 686 – 8016

Music:  Open Mic with featured host Kenny Jones on guitar and vocals.  Country and classic hits.

BRAGII will officially re-open on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 a.m.  Our regular hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   We will continue Saturday nights with music and dinner specials through May and beginning in June we will be open both Friday and Saturday night for dinner, wine & beer, and music.  We are super excited and hope you will come in and see us and be a part of the Bragii family.  More to come…

May 2, 2019

The last few days in southern Wisconsin have been a bit gloomy, and chilly.  And we’ve been so patient waiting for the warmth to return…  I use youtube for meditation background music and one of my favorites now has no music at all- just bird song in the woods.  Listening to the warbles and bright chatter makes me feel relaxed; I smile inside, for it is the sound of Spring that my aural brain recalls from my growing up years in the Bay.   Yah, birds are pretty cool.

Saturday, May 4, 2019    6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Smoked Gouda & Broccoli Soup $5

Charred Edamame with Ginger-chili dip  $5

Warm, crusty French bread & butter basket  $5

Or take it all for $14


On the piano with Standards and Old-Pop Classics

Singalong with local talent

Jerry Rosenberg


Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Guided Meditation with Sandy Johnson (subbing for Cindy Conlon)

Wear comfortable clothing, bring mat, cushion or pillow.

$10/50 minutes


Bragii ~ the highest quality at the most reasonable prices

The Writer’s Group meets this Saturday 10 – noon.  This is an open forum for inspired writers of all styles and levels!  Don’t be shy – come and share your words!

Tuesday evening Meditation continues at 6:30 p.m.  Come early for a complimentary cup of herbal tea.  $10/45 minute bliss



Treat your body and mind with a hot or cold organic tea: black, green, rooibos, oolong or herbal tea.  New amazing selection has arrived!

Cindy Conlon, most amazing yoga and meditation instructor

Liz preps dinner


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Sister Nancy being silly

Liz Bloom – artist, musician, nutritionist, mother

Celebrate!  Celebrate!  Dance to the Music!


Wednesdays Coffee Klatch: want some interesting conversation?  We are a friendly group willing to talk about just about anything.  Join us!  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Don’t worry; be happy!


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