Metro Milwaukee Guide

The go-to guide for activities in the greater Milwaukee area


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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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MMG Meets Andrew Zimmern in Lincoln, Nebraska

Hey MMGers!

WE’RE BACK! Sorry for the brief hiatus – we had a death in the family and I was consumed with writing my book (to be released by Arcadia Publishing in May!!!). But we’re back now! Be on the lookout for new posts. We’ve got a lot coming up from shops to tours to restaurants to boats.

In other news, we recently had a whirlwind few days as we trekked out to Lincoln, Nebraska, to celebrate their burgeoning farm-to-fork movement. They’re doing some great things out there in the heartland, and have given us an idea for an event we’d like to plan for Milwaukee. More on that later. While we were there, we schmoozed with a certain celebrity you may know:

That's right, it's yours truly interviewing Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods! Watch this blog and World Travel Buzz (www.worldtravelbuzz.com) for upcoming stories about Zimmern and the trip to Lincoln.

That’s right, it’s yours truly interviewing Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods! Watch this blog and World Travel Buzz for upcoming stories about Zimmern and the trip to Lincoln.

Let me tell you, he is such a nice guy. And his wife, beautiful and equally as genial. I’ll be sharing more on this trip in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, let me leave you with this awesome picture of Summerfest fireworks to keep you anticipating more posts. See you soon!

Fireworks over Summerfest in 2008. Via Wikimedia by Dori.

Fireworks over Summerfest in 2008. Via Wikimedia by Dori.


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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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Squeaky Cheese at Clock Shadow Creamery

There’s an old Wisconsin saying, “If fresh cheese is what you seek, make sure to listen for the squeak.” The phrase has been passed down for generations. It’s a very important part of Midwest folklore, and cheese tasters have abided by the rule for centuries. I’ve heard that some cheesemakers inscribe the words in food coloring on the inside of the cheese rind during production for good luck.

Okay, okay, that’s not true. And “old saying” clearly translates to “hey, look what I just made up!” But still, it is true that the fresher the cheese, the more it will squeak. And dare I say, the squeakiest cheese I have ever enjoyed came right out of Milwaukee, at Clock Shadow Creamery.

Behold, Wisconsin's first urban creamery!

Behold, Wisconsin’s first urban creamery!

Clock Shadow is Wisconsin’s first creamery in a city and was designed with the goal of having a local, accessible cheesemaker for city residents and visitors. Three cheesemakers work overnight to create four flavors of curds (plain, garlic dill, tomato basil, jalapeno) and about ten cheeses based on yellow and white cheddar (ricotta is the newest). If you’re unfamiliar with the cheesemaking process, here’s a quick overview.

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Milwaukee’s Best Burgers

Dearest carnivores, I have a request for you. We’re planning a post on Milwaukee’s best burgers, and we need your input! Where’s your favorite place to get a burger in the Milwaukee area? So far on our Facebook page, we have one vote for AJ Bombers and one vote for Sobelmans. Let us know your picks in the comments, and then watch future posts for our featured burgers.

Well gee, this looks mighty delicious!

Well gee, this looks mighty delicious!