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Finding Fresh Food in Wintry Weather

The polar vortex may have passed (or has it?!), but we’re still under a blitzkrieg of snow and negative wind chills. I often find, when speaking to people about the Midwest during winter, there’s a misunderstanding that when our gardens and farms are covered in snow, we have no access to fresh food. But fear not, intrepid travelers. Fresh fruits, meats, and vegetables are abundant­­–if you know where to look.

Lake Michigan breakwater in the winter. Via Wikimedia by Benn Newman.

Lake Michigan breakwater in the winter. Via Wikimedia by Benn Newman.

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Milwaukee Makes the Big Screen

I don’t know about you, but when we watch Anchorman in this house, our dog totally speaks up when Ron Burgundy says “Bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee!” … … … Okay fine, so maybe he doesn’t. But regardless, we do love watching shows and movies with references to the great Cream City. Luckily for all of us, MKE scores a lot of film credits—and leaves an entire trip’s worth of landmarks in its wake. So, all you cinephiles, come along with me on a trip through Milwaukee’s video history.

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News team! ASSEMBLE! Via Wikimedia by daisydeee.

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Top 5 Brewery Tours in Milwaukee

You want beer (or cheese, or sausage, or a Bloody Mary…)? Milwaukee is the place to be. Check out the top five brewery tours in the city.

Historic Pabst Brewery
I know what you’re thinking: “Pabst Brewery isn’t in Milwaukee!” Well at one point it was, and the historic building is there to prove it. You may not get to tour the whole brewery, but this “historic beer tour” introduces you to Captain Pabst, shows you vintage commercials, takes you to the original tour entrance from 1844, and pours out a cold one, all for $8.

Via Wikimedia by Richie Diesterheft.

Via Wikimedia by Richie Diesterheft.

Lakefront Brewery
Have you dreamed for years of being crowned Beer Queen? Here’s your chance! For seven dollars, you not only get a free pint glass and four sample beers, but someone also becomes alcohol royalty. And, this one is right on the riverfront so you can enjoy your lager on the water. This is one of the top 5 brewery tours in the country, so buy your tickets early online.

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Sightseeing on the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan

Our household recently celebrated a fabulous day. No, not the day I put on Clueless and ate an entire container of gelato (although that was incredible). It was our first anniversary! Look, here’s a picture of the bouquet I made for our wedding, even though it’s mostly unrelated to this post.

Okay, okay, Kyle helped. But isn't it AWESOME??

Okay, okay, Kyle helped. But isn’t it AWESOME??

Anyway, we had a great day in the city. The highlight of the day—aside from the glory Kyle felt from putting up with me for an ENTIRE YEAR—was the Edelweiss Historic Milwaukee Boat Tour down the Milwaukee River.

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Good Food and Giant Jenga at Horny Goat

So, I’m really just a big kid. I know this about myself. I am a giant child in an adult’s body. And normally that’s fine. Well, except when a dash of immaturity jumps in – like when I giggled in the car the entire way to the Horny Goat Hideaway. Look, we live 45 minutes away. That’s a lot of giggling. But it is at least a LITTLE funny, right? Right?? Guys?

The Horny Goat Hideaway along the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee

The Horny Goat Hideaway along the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee

Anyway. Once I had control and we left the parking lot, the experience was really a mixed bag. Kyle found a lot of Yelp reviews before we went talking about how the staff is rude, and I’m sorry to say that I can’t disagree with that. The guy that sat us seemed completely put off that we didn’t want to sit by the bar and preferred a table upstairs. Although, I’m not entirely sure if he was being obnoxious or if he was just really confused. He seemed like he had no idea what was going on the entire time we were there. Maybe just first-day jitters? Who knows. The place wasn’t excessively busy when we arrived, but I got the sense that our waitress was feeling super rushed, and it came across in her attitude. She seemed to hit her stride as the dinner crowd came in and throughout the meal became friendlier as she got busier. Continue reading


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The Scene: Milwaukee’s Home of Live Music, 1965-71

This should be a sensational event about Milwaukee music!

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Sure, today Milwaukee can boast about hosting Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world, which attracts audiophiles from all over the country. But back in the ’60s and early ’70s, The Scene ballroom was the place to be if you wanted to catch a show from some of the era’s hottest acts. Join MCHS on a trip back to those exciting, turbulent times on Wednesday, May 15th at 7 p.m. for “The Scene: Milwaukee’s Home of Live Music, 1965-71.”

From 1965 to 1971, The Scene, once located along North 2nd Street in the old Hotel Antlers, played host some of the era’s best musicians, from Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, to the Allman Brothers Band and Miles Davis. Join Rob Lewis and Ed Muellenbach, founders of www.milwaukeerockscene.com, as they use concert photos, advertisements, and first-hand accounts for this journey into Milwaukee’s vibrant counterculture. This small, acoustically perfect…

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Welcome to the Milwaukee County Zoo

Two weekends ago, we went to the Milwaukee County Zoo (it was a free day!). I love the zoo because it’s always an educational experience. Definitely in the “real” education sense, but also in the “OMG WTF is wrong with people” sense.

Hey zoo, hey!

Hey zoo, hey!

We learned quite a lot on this trip. Here are some of the completely true facts we learned while at the zoo:

-That polar bear we watched laze around on some rocks was, in fact, not actually there. Because, according to the group of teenagers behind us, polar bears are extinct. Did you know that? Me neither.

-Our extinct polar bear friends swing their heads back and forth to get a better lock on the scent of food. This one didn’t though. As the woman next to us told her husband, “he’s dancing!” I wonder what kind of music the bears enjoy.

-We waited for a solid half hour to watch the river otters have lunch, mainly because I freaking love otters. Little did we know, I had actually been directing my affection to the wrong animal, because like the mother next to us told her children – those otters are actually seals! I had no idea.

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