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…

Comfort is Key at Batches Bakery

It’s located on a quieter street in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, but any sleepiness fades away the second you walk into Batches, where a burst of colors dots the wall across from the entrance. It’s bright, but calming. Funky, but traditional. And for Jaceleen Latin-Kasper, the owner of Batches, it’s practical, but still a leap. Latin-Kasper…

From the Ground Up: Hatched

Baking, like music, is the marriage of art and science. In music, it takes the mathematics of rhythm to produce a melody. In baking, it takes precise measurements to make the dough rise. It’s a comparison that Allison Cebulla, the baker behind Hatched, understands perfectly. She majored in music performance and minored in culinary arts….

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…