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Tamara’s the Cake Guru [Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake]

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After lunch at Jansen’s Bar and Restaurant this afternoon, we headed to a new cupcake place in Oshkosh that came highly recommended by our lunch companions. Tamara’s the Cake Guru is located on 1529 Oregon Street in Oshkosh and is worth the drive. Let’s just say this place was a little piece of heaven. I think Oshkosh may be home of the two best cupcake places in the Fox Valley (the other being Caramel Crisp Cafe downtown).

When we walked in the small bakery, the smell took me away. It was a nice complement to what my eyes soon laid eyes on. There were probably 12 different types of colorful cupcakes behind the glass counter and about 10 large cake displays sitting around the large windows. They were all decorated adorably, whether it be for a wedding, fall festival or a baby shower. These cakes were impressive and 100% better looking than any dessert I have every attempted to make. We took our place in line, looking starry-eyed at the choices of cupcakes that were in the case. As you can see below, they were colorful and all wrapped in decorative wax paper. They were even on the cheap. $2.50 for one huge cupcake that probably was the equivalent of a pound of sugar.

Some of their flavors include (are you ready for this?):

Alabama Slammer
Almond Poppyseed
Andes Minthe
Applespice
Baileys Salted Caramel
Bahama Mama
Banana Split
Birthday Cake
Blackberry Merlot
Black Forest
Blueberry and Cream
Blueberry Breakfast
Boston Cream Pie
Bubble Gum
Butter Rum
Candy Candy Candy
Candy Store
Caramel Cashew Cream Cheese
Caramel Frappuccino
Carrot
Champagne
Choc Cherry Amaretto
Cherry Cheese
Cherry Cola
Chocolate Caramel Bacon
Chocolate Coconut
Chocolate Covered Cherry
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Mocha
Chocolate Heath
Chocolate Key Lime
Chocolate Malt
Chocolate Meltaway
Chocolate Merlot
Chocolate Mocha
Chocolate Peppermint
Chocolate Raspberry
Chocolate Rum Cake
Chocolate Salted Caramel
Chocolate Volcano
Cookie Jar
Cookies and CreamCrème Brulee
Dirt cupcake
Dreamsicle
Éclair
Eggnog
English Toffee
Fruity Frosty Fun
Gingerbread
Hot Fudge Strawberry Sundae
Hunka Hunka Burnin Love
Irish Car Bomb
Kahlua and Cream
Kahlua Caramel Macchiato
“Key” Lime and a Coconut
Key Lime
Kiddie Cocktail
Lemon Cream
Lemon Dream
Lemon Blueberry Chardonnay
Maple Bacon Coffee
Milky Way
Mint Oreo
Old Fashioned
Old School Lemon Poppyseed
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Peanut Butter Cup
Peppermint Twist
Pina Colada
Pink Velvet
Princess
Pumpkin
Rainbow
Raspberry Lemonade
Raspberry cheesecake torte
Red Velvet
Red White and Blueberry
Rocky Road
Root Beer Float
Rum and Coke
Rumchata
S’mores
Snickerdoodle
Snickers
Snowball
Sprinkles
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Strawberry Burst
Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Margarita
Strawberry Mimosa
Sugar Cookie
Tequila Sunrise
Tiramisu
Triple Chocolate
Triple Chocolate Latte
Triple Shot
Turtle
White Chocolate Raspberry
Wildberry Smoothie
Winter Raspberry
Yellow birthday cake

I cannot imagine walking into this place, having to choose from this many flavors. I thought picking from about 12 was rough. Anyways, I decided on the Cheery Cheesecake Cupcake. It was vanilla cake with cherry filling in the middle with cream cheese frosting and a fresh cherry on the top. It was to die for. I even scraped the wax paper to make sure I didn’t leave any cupcake behind. If you are ever in the mood for a cupcake and live in Guatemala, New York, Egypt, or even as far a Green Bay, make the trip. You will not regret it!

-M

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1529 Oregon Street
Oshkosh, WI 54902


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Jansen’s Bar & Restaurant [Chicken Ranch Salad]

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Food in the Fox had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces (and meeting some new ones) after traveling to Oshkosh today for a THRIVE lunch at Jansen’s Bar & Restaurant located on 344 Bowen Street a few blocks away from Lake Winnebago.  The older tavern is located in mostly a residential area, but was relatively easy to find. We walked in and the place definitely gave off more of a bar feel than a restaurant, but there were a dozen or so tables and a few booths and they had a table setup for the THRIVE lunch group.

Bar, Dessert, & History

 There was a long list of specials on one menu board and on another, there was a long list of desserts, which seemed a bit odd, because there usually are not many desserts offered at bars, besides Grasshopper ice cream drinks and margaritas. The menu was filled with all kinds of tasty looking items. A few of the people at lunch, gave us a run down of the history of the place, which, I guess has been around for many years. One lady mentioned that her parents came here every Friday for about 20 years for fish. That’s loyalty.

Cupcake on the Brain, Oh- AND a Salad

I decided on going with something healthy, after the discussion lead to talking about a new cupcake place in town, which without a doubt, we were trying out after lunch. I went with the daily special, the Chicken Ranch Salad, which was lettuce (shocker), cherry tomatoes, onion, black olives, cheddar cheese and grilled chicken with a side of white toast. It also came with about a half-gallon of ranch dressing on the side, which you can see in the top right hand side of the picture below. The food didn’t take to long, which was bit strange because it looked like there was only one cook in the halfway open kitchen (kudos to him!). The salad was a typical grilled chicken salad, nothing over the top, but I definitely finished every last cabbage piece on the plate. It was around $8.50 for the salad and I would probably check out the place again.

Now, about that cupcake place

-M

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344 Bowen Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901


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Jansen’s Bar & Restaurant [Chicken Lite]

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After a two or three week absence we finally managed to head down to Oshkosh for the Wednesday THRIVE Lunch. Today, THRIVE Lunch was at Jansen’s Bar & Restaurant on Bowen Street. We were surprised to find that Jansen’s is something of an Oshkosh institution. Most of the people at our table were regulars and we soon found out why.

Hesitation Leads to Great Pub Food

Honestly, we were a little dubious as we pulled up to Jansen’s. It looks a like any other bar you might find on a backstreet in any Midwestern city and as such we actually pulled over quick to double-check if this was the intended destination. It was. We went in and found a fairly typical bar/restaurant combo and took a seat. As our table filled up with some Jansen’s regulars, our hesitations were quickly put to rest. It turned out Jansen’s has a long history and a great reputation in the Oshkosh area for pub food. 

Holding back the temptation to order something awesome like a steak sandwich and fries, I managed to settle for the Chicken Lite sandwich. Usually the word “lite” translates into “blah” but not this time. The sandwich consists of boneless, skinless charbroiled chicken breast served on lightly grilled French bread with your choice of soup, salad, or potato. I went with the salad, which was super crisp. You can also Supreme it for $1.00 and add Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes (which I did). It also came with a couple of orange slices and a pickle. Overall, there’s not a great deal more one could ask for in a simple chicken sandwich and I was pretty pleased with what I ordered. However, I was a little bit envious as I looked around the table and saw the French dip sandwich mounded with French fries. Oh well, maybe next time.

 After packing it away at Jansen’s, we ended up heading to Tamara’s the Cake Guru for desert.

- T

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Jansen’s Bar & Restaurant
344 Bowen Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901


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