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Things we’ll miss about Milwaukee #4 – Sprecher Sodas

Posted: September 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Milwaukee, Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments: 1 Other Dork »

Over the past several years I’ve really grown to love root beer. Being that I don’t drink beer beer, it’s nice to have this drink that people still put some effort in to adding their own personal touch to. It’s always fun to go to a different city or different bar and have the opportunity to try their root beer offering.

That being said, Milwaukee’s Sprecher Brewery has the best root beer I’ve ever tasted, hands down. I won’t go in to any adjective-riddled descriptions of its taste, but just know that it is incredibly delicious. And if you live in Milwaukee, you can pick it up at almost every grocery store and most restaurants. The Sprecher line also includes Cream Soda, Puma Cola (two of my other favorites), Lo-Cal Root Beer (Emma’s fave), Orange Dream, Ravin’ Red, Ginger Ale, and Cherry Cola.

As ridiculous as it sounds, I will really miss my daily Sprecher – so much so that I have tried to postpone the inevitable withdrawal by bringing a total of 12 4-packs of Sprecher soda with me to Pittsburgh. Sprecher Brewery does offer shipping of their sodas anywhere, but it’s a little cost prohibitive. However, if anyone cares to send me a house-warming package here in Pittsburgh, I will certainly not turn the delivery man away!

The only thing that I can say negatively about these sodas is that I really can’t stand their packaging. I always thought it would be a fun project to redesign their packaging, as I think they could do a much better job of conveying how fantastic their product is through the packaging. It’s on my list of projects I would love to tackle some day, so who knows – maybe I’ll work it out one day and sell it for a lifetime supply of root beer!


Things we’ll miss about Milwaukee #3 – Bombay Sweets

Posted: August 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Milwaukee | Tags: | Comments: 2 Other Dorks »

My absolute favorite way to find a new restaurant is through word of mouth. Usually, if someone goes out of the way to tell you about a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that would never grab your attention otherwise, you know you’re in for something special. One such recommendation came to us last Christmas Eve. We were at the annual Niesl Christmas party, talking about our house and our neighborhood with Emma’s cousin, when we brought up the topic of restaurants in the area. He told us that we HAVE to make our way over to Bombay Sweets for lunch sometime.

Boy, I am so grateful for that recommendation. This restaurant has become one of our favorite places in town. It’s all vegetarian, and, just as Miguel had told us, is cooked by two or three women back in he kitchen and served to you on disposable plates. It’s absolutely no frills, the way it should be, and all of the food has real soul. Oh, and did I mention that it’s dirt cheap? I haven’t had anything there that wasn’t outstanding. We recommend Roti Sabji, Samosa Chaat, or the Vegetable Korma. But honestly, my absolute favorite thing that they serve is their chai tea. Perfectly spiced and sweetened, it never fails to hit the spot. I could sit in that quiet restaurant every day with a cup of tea, watching the world go by, and be perfectly content.

Beyond the food on the menu, they also have several cases of snacks and sweet cakes and desserts. It has been awesome this year to get to try a sweet after lunch and make our way through much of what’s available. Emma and I have discovered that we have very different taste in the desserts – her preferring many of the cakes, while I prefer the overly-sweet things that have been drowned in honey.


Things we’ll miss about Milwaukee #2: Cafe Lulu

Posted: August 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Milwaukee | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments: Dork out with us! »

Yes, yes…many of the things we’ll miss about Milwaukee will undoubtedly be related to food. I guess that’s because 1) we love food, and 2) there’s a lot of great food in this town! We live near Bay View, an up-and-coming, hip-and-cool area just south of downtown Milwaukee. Bay View is filled with lots of nifty little shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, and it keeps getting better with every passing season. Every business is bursting with personality, from Sven’s cafe – a divey little coffee shop with great sandwiches and mismatched tables and chairs – to Tease, the salon where we always go when we need a never-fail haircut from our fave hair-dresser extraordinaire, Betsy.  So without further ado, we’d like to talk about one of our favorite spots in downtown Bay View: Cafe Lulu at the intersections of Lincoln, Kinnickinnic and Howell Avenues.

Now, I must preface this with saying that Cafe Lulu does pride themselves on the “bar and cocktails” part of their fine establishment, but since we are non-alcohol-drinkers, we’re just going to focus on their fantastically delicious food. Serving mainly sandwiches and salads, and some really awesome ciabatta pizzas, the menu items are creative and fun, and the specials are always awesome. How does this sound: Spanish White Bean Spread for an app, Morrocan Chicken Sandwich for lunch, and a fresh slice of cheesecake for dessert. And the best part about getting a sandwich here is the sides – “chips, Asian slaw or a little of both?” The Asian slaw is ABSOLUTELY TO DIE FOR and the chips are served with yummy bleu cheese dressing – so I suggest going with “a little of both”.

You know how you become a regular at a certain restaurant, and even though you know nearly everything on the menu is going to be delicious, you always get the same thing? Well that’s how I am with Cafe Lulu’s East Indian Chicken Pita (and I always get  it with a healthy portion of Asian slaw on the side). The pita is topped with a serious helping of lime-cilantro marinated onions and this really great yogurt sauce. I usually come out with a pretty strong case of onion breath, but it’s totally worth it, every last bite of it!


Things we’ll miss about Milwaukee #1: Martino’s

Posted: August 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Milwaukee | Tags: , , , , | Comments: 3 Other Dorks »

Well, it has come to my last week in Milwaukee before moving to Pittsburgh for school (sad face). Jason is going to be staying in town for the rest of the month to tie up loose ends with the move (what a guy!), and we decided it only appropriate to spend this month featuring some of the things we’ll miss most about our beloved Milwaukee – starting with one of our favorite lunch spots – Martino’s on 13th and Layton.

We love the vibe of this place. It’s got kind of a diner feel, with super nice folks behind the counter, and the booths are always packed with hard working people on their lunch breaks (or snack breaks… or dinner breaks…). This place is known for their famous Italian Beef sandwiches, but our favorite thing to get is the classic Chicago Dog. For only $2.95 (fries included!), it’s a steal. Pair it with a cold milk shake in just about any flavor you can think of, and you’re set! I have to say, I’ve never been much of a hot dog person until we discovered Martino’s–and now I find myself craving them like nothin’ else!


Artist Discovery: Katie Musolff

Posted: March 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Milwaukee | Tags: , , , , , | Comments: Dork out with us! »

Thanks to some mindless Milwaukee blog-surfing, I have come across the amazing work of Milwaukee painter, Katie Musolff. I love the way she captures the personality of her subjects.  The paintings really seem to come alive to me–I can almost hear these people talking in their thick Milwaukee accents. Believe it or not, she’s in the same neighborhood as us, and I’m so glad to have found her. I’ll definitely try to check her out on Gallery Night on April 16th as she kicks off her new appointment as Artist-in-Residence at the Pfister Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee.