On the Bayou: A Taste of New Orleans

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes gumbo as “a soup thickened with okra pods or filé and containing meat or seafoods and usually vegetables.” The dictionary’s definition wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. But ask Chef Gregory Johnson, and he’d tell you there’s a lot more to the soup than meets the eye. “Gumbo means: take her, take you, take me,…

Arugula-Prosciutto Pizza

If I had to choose one meat that my eye is instantly drawn to in a menu or at a grocery store, I would go with prosciutto in a heartbeat. I absolutely love the salty flavor of prosciutto. In fact, I can almost always guarantee that I’ve got a small stock of prosciutto in my…

Latte on a Lazy Day

I had an incredible – and incredibly busy – Friday taking in some of the best parts of summertime in Milwaukee. After getting off work in the morning, I went on a tour of the 2nd annual edition of Sculpture Milwaukee, which showcases more than 20 international artists right on Wisconsin Avenue – all for…

No Bake, No Hassle: Rice Krispie Treats

I try to challenge myself to make one meal or dessert each week that’s out of my comfort zone. Maybe it takes a little while longer, maybe it’s labor intensive, or maybe it’s so detailed that I need to double or triple check each step. For every hard recipe I try, I believe it’s also…

Exploring Blue Bat’s Tequila Menu

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, one of the newest restaurants in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, offers more than just the 160+ tequilas you see on the menu. Each drink has a flavor, an age and a hint of history waiting to be told. Blue Bat’s tequila expert, Mike Guardalabene, can tell you about not only…

View MKE Announces Opening Date

View MKE is expected to open Monday, June 25th at the top of Historic Brewer’s Hill, in the former home of Wolf Peach. The restaurant’s name gives nod not only to its fantastic view of downtown Milwaukee, but also to the chef’s goal of highlighting local and global cuisines through sharable plates. “I think once…

Hotel Madrid Hosting First Sangria Fest

This Sunday, June 24th, Hotel Madrid will host its first Sangria Fest in Walker’s Point. The restaurant is partnering with Café Corazón in Bay View, DanDan, Vanguard, Movida and Mikey’s to share six unique sangria recipes. Each restaurant will set up an outdoor booth at Hotel Madrid, where festival-goers can meet the people behind the punch. Additionally, attendees…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Growing up, my family used to joke that a Highland Park deli called Once Upon a Bagel (best name ever) was our second kitchen. It’s hard to remember a weekend where we weren’t gathered around a table there, or a weekday in which our fridge wasn’t fully stocked with its bagels, cream cheese and tuna…

From Cheerios to Homemade Granola

I don’t remember much from 1998, but here’s what I do remember: the snowy day I became a big sister, my dad woke me up before dawn to drop me off at my best friend’s home across the street. He grabbed a pre-packed bag of my school clothes and threw a winter coat on over my…

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery to Open Second Location in Wauwatosa

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery will be opening a second location in Wauwatosa this summer. The cafe’s newest spot, opening no later than August 1st, will be in the former Milwaukee Career College building at the corner of Highway 100 and Burleigh. “There are a lot of things going in this building that are all…