I've been sent into a pear & brie panini induced coma

It's true, ladies and gents.  I tried a panini at Gardina's in Oshkosh and my life will never be the same.  I've always been a fan of interesting dishes and unlikely combinations, and Gardina's has a menu full of them.

It all started while I was walking home from my group project yesterday afternoon.  The girl I was working with went off to get food with her meal plan, and I, meal plan-less, started walking in the direction of my apartment.  My apartment with the sinfully barren fridge...  I was hungry and had no idea what I was going to do with my life, when my friend Lilly texted me to ask if I wanted to go to Gardina's.  Without hesitation, I said yes and kept walking in the direction of my apartment.  She told me to text Kailey for a ride since she was tanning near where I live.  Somehow, the stars aligned and as I walked past the tanning salon I saw Kailey walking out.  It all happened so fast.  I thought to myself, "I'm going to be able to eat today!" Before I knew it, I was on my way to my new favorite cafe in Oshkosh.

If you learned nothing from that dramatic little tale, know this:  Gardina's is simply amazing.  Last time I went, I ended up spending like $30 on wine, appetizers, and cheesecake and trust me, I am usually an "Um, is that guacamole extra?" kind of spender.  Gardina's is worth it.  If it hadn't been 3:00 in the afternoon, I would have went all out with the wine too.

But here are the most wonderful paninis I could have ever dreamed of:

Mine was: Thin sliced pear, brie, drizzled with Wisconsin honey. With turkey.

And the french onion soup...better than Panera's.  And I never say things like that.
Homemade croutons, people.

And then I got the mini cheesecake, which is a little pricey for what it is, but it's just enough cheesecake for me.  Last time we went a little nuts and ordered the whole cheesecake platter (but we also had just each drank 2 glasses of wine...)  This time I just went with the turtle.  They put these unexpected little spiced nuts on top which are phenomenal.

I literally cannot get enough.

And I'm also obsessed with the two appetizers I tried last time: the Classic Bruschetta (always a winner) and the BBT Pesto Flatbread (just try it).

This is one of the things I'll miss about Oshkosh :'(