BluTender Battle: Ladies vs. Lads

Generally speaking, when I talk about cooking with my cousin Linda Marcus, she’s almost always the one giving me great recommendations. Same goes for fashion advice – she competed in Season 15 of Project Runway. But not this time. Shortly after publishing a hot toddy recipe a couple days ago, I received a notification that she…

Sprecher Brewery to Open Off-Site Taproom

Sprecher Brewery will open an off-site taproom in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The new taproom, which will be called Sprecher Milwaukee, will take over the space Brenner Brewing previously occupied, located at 706 S. 5th Street. According to Sprecher Brewery, the Milwaukee site has 24 working tap lines, furniture and brewing equipment that was left behind…

Second FreshFin Poké Location Opens in Historic Third Ward

This summer, I visited FreshFin Poké for the first time at its original North Avenue location. I ordered the Mango Tango and totally fell in love with the place. So, when I heard it was opening a second location in the Third Ward at the Landmark Building, I was over the moon. And yes, as the…

Lakefront Brewery Prepares for Black Friday

It’s one of the most “Milwaukee” stories I’ve seen: Thousands of people, lined up in the cold outside overnight to buy three bottles of Lakefront Brewery’s Black Friday Beer. The doors open at 8:00am, but Lakefront’s tour manager, Dylan Mazurkiewicz, says when people get kicked out of bars around 2:00am, they show up to get in…

Thanksgiving Pies Ready to Order at Troubadour Bakery

I recently took a poll of my Instagram followers to find out how many preferred baking or ordering pie for their Thanksgiving meals. Although more leaned toward baking, it quickly became easy to see why bakeries are so busy leading up to Thanksgiving – with the turkey, the stuffing, the yams, the gravy, the green…

Sprecher Brewery Releases New Fall Drinks

Apple-picking season may be over, but cider season certainly isn’t. Sprecher Brewery just released two new drinks for the fall: Cider de Pomme Cranberry Hard Cider and Perry Sparkling Pear Wine. I stopped by the brewery to learn more about the drinks, from how they’re prepared, to the best cheese to pair them with. If…

Moxie: More than a Name

Starting over is never easy. But sometimes, you don’t have a choice. That’s a lesson Anne Marie Arroyo and her wife, Tamela Greene, learned the hard way, after their jobs were eliminated at Harley Davidson in 2015. But fortunately, their experience has led to a fantastic new restaurant on Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay:…

Movida: Bringing Tables Together over Tapas

One of the reasons I love writing about food is that it’s encouraged me to become more adventurous in so many ways. I can’t even begin to describe how many incredible facts, big and small, I’ve learned about the food scene in Wisconsin, or how many recipes are bookmarked for me to try out in…

Hotel Madrid Prepares for “Stranger Things” Halloween Ball

It’s the Netflix hit that I was too wimpy to get through alone. “You like Steven Spielberg?” My friends would ask. “Well, then, you’ve got to watch ‘Stranger Things.’” Well, I wimped out pretty quickly, and keep telling myself I’ll get through the whole show one of these days. But in the meantime, I’ll settle for learning…

DanDan Raises Money for Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico.

DanDan announced it will be raising money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico from October 12 through November 12. During that time, the restaurant says 100-percent of the sales of three special cocktails will go toward hurricane relief. The restaurant kicked off the fundraiser with an event, Tropical Libations, on Thursday, October 12. According…

Finding Inspiration in “Commanding the Table”

Before there was “Chopped” on Food Network or the #feedfeed on Instagram, there was a young woman named Ella Brennan, looking to make her mark on the New Orleans restaurant scene in the 1940s and 1950s. “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table,” a documentary featured in the Milwaukee Film Festival, follows her journey from working as a…

Apple Pie in a Bag: An Unintentional Recipe for Success

Whether you’re a good cook/baker or not, if you’ve spent any time in the kitchen, you’ve made mistakes. Sometimes, they’re minor, like pouring a little too much wine for a sauce or keeping scrambled eggs on the stove a little too long. Sometimes, your mistakes might require you to start over, like completely forgetting the…