VISIT Milwaukee Blog
Monday, March 3, 2014
By Rachel Berkowitz
Millennial on the Move
I am not your average college girl. I have the hearing of an 85-year-old when loud music is playing. I’m horrendous at beer pong, and I don’t enjoy sipping cheap alcohol in a creepy campus basement. Don’t get me wrong; many people love those aspects of college parties – no judgments made here. But a girl can only choke down so many sips of a lukewarm Busch Lite before realizing that Milwaukee has so much more to offer. Luckily, I have an amazing group of girlfriends. We have similar senses of humor, a common disdain for these dirty parties and most importantly, a mutual love for wine.
We’ve been getting off campus lately and exploring new bars, lounges and pubs, determined to find a great happy hour that will be “ours.” Last week, seven of us headed to Hotel Metro (411 E Mason St.) to see if their Thursday night wine special was as good as it looked online.
Upon arrival, we were seated at a spacious high-top table near the window. With dim lighting, flickering candlelight and being tucked away in our own little nook, we were very impressed with the intimate atmosphere. Luckily, our good time did not stop there.
Hotel Metro’s happy hour lasts from 4-10 p.m. on Sundays-Wednesdays and from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday nights at Metro are extra special, with half-priced bottles of wine and $5 artisan cheese plates. As a girl on a tight budget, I almost hugged our adorable server when she went through the extensive list of deals. We also sampled from their happy hour lounge menu, sharing the artichoke spinach dip served with toasted chunks of bagels. It was delicious.
There was no rush, and we sat for hours talking, wine glasses in hand. We determined it is definitely a happy hour we would return to, and I’m so glad we checked it out.
I’m looking forward to also trying Trocadero's happy hour in the near future. This gastropub’s happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. They have specially priced wine, beer and cocktails as well as an amazing half-off appetizer selection – yum! Trusted sources have also named Mason Street Grill and the Belmont Tavern as other classy happy hours to check out.
With so many great options to choose from, I feel like I’ll never be able to try them all! Luckily I still have the rest of this semester, a summer in Milwaukee and my senior year left to continue to explore these great happy hour deals. Cheers!
411 E Mason St.
| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
By Kerry Burke
As a communications major in college, you just don’t have time to take courses like Anatomy & Physiology. That’s why I was absolutely fascinated to learn about the complexity of that marvelous machine – our human body – on a recent trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum.
The Milwaukee Public Museum’s latest exhibit “Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life” not only teaches you how all the working parts of your body function together but also how to keep your body strong and healthy with lots of educational factoids displayed along your route.
“Body Worlds” uses more than 200 plastinates - preserved, real human bodies - consisting of individual organs to demonstrate the “arc of aging,” following the human body through each stage of life, from a fetus to old age. You’ll even see a plastinate that demonstrates various surgical procedures, including the insertion of a pacemaker and pins and plates to mend a broken bone.
Just walking through this exhibit, I was amazed at what I saw and realized how little I knew about the human body! Did you know that your left lung is smaller than your right or that the capillaries in your lungs would extend 994 miles if you laid them all out?
Towards the end of the exhibit is the Centennial Village, a feature focusing on geographic clusters around the world where the longest living people live.
Even if you saw “Body Worlds” the first time it was in Milwaukee a few years ago, this version is certainly worth a visit. Over 40 million people worldwide have been intrigued and educated through Dr. Gunther von Hagen's creations. Will you be one of them?
The exhibit is on display through June 15.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
By Rachel Berkowitz
Millennial on the Move
It’s official. I’m sick of winter.
I grew up in Minnesota, have gone to school at Marquette for three years and even I cannot handle the bitter cold we’ve been experiencing. I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, though—I think any Midwesterner is allowed to complain when the wind-chill reaches -17°.
My breaking point didn’t come until I realized I was wearing Ugg boots, Toasti Toes, two jackets, earmuffs, a scarf, mittens and Under Armour leggings just to make it a mere three blocks to class. That was when I knew it was time to switch it up and find something, ANYTHING to get me through this miserable winter.
I started to make a list of things in Milwaukee that I have never tried. My significant other hopped on board, and signed us up for a cooking class at the Public Market—it would be the first thing to check off on my new list of Winter Blues-Beating Adventures.
The Milwaukee Public Market is one of my favorite places in Milwaukee, yet I had no idea how many great cooking classes they offer on a monthly basis. A typical class costs $29, and a few of the hands-on classes ring up at $89.
As an avid carnivore, I was ridiculously excited about the “Indoor-Smoking” class. Our instructor was Chef Becca, and she was terrific. She skillfully guided us through the day’s menu of smoky romesco sauce with grilled scallions, Asian-tea smoked BBQ wings, cedar planked salmon with maple glaze, and an applewood smoked crème brûlée.
The entire room gave a collective, affectionate sigh when the oven’s scents drifted throughout the room. It was the smell of a true summer cookout, and the kitchen’s warm temperatures helped give it an authentic feeling.
We were able to take notes and watch the process by means of the intimate space, as well as the screens that gave an over-head view of her countertop. Throughout the class, assistants to Chef Becca would bring out plated versions of the course she had just prepared. We left that day with happy, full stomachs and a packet of detailed recipes.
I can’t guarantee that I have the resources to whip out some cedar-planked salmon in my apartment on campus, but the memories of the awesome afternoon will tide me over until spring.
If you’re interested in a cooking class at the Public Market, make sure to check out their website and class schedule. As for me, I’m on to the next item on my list. This week I’m planning on scoping out a great wine-filled happy hour downtown.
Until next time—stay warm (or really, just as warm as possible).
| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
By Kerry Burke
Treat yourself and your someone special to a night out at one of Milwaukee’s romantic restaurants and night-time hotspots. From aphrodisiacs to set the mood to a nightcap with stunning views, romance is definitely on the menu this year.
Have dinner at Milwaukee’s most romantic restaurant, Lake Park Bistro. The authentic French cuisine, superior service, warm bistro ambience and magnificent views from atop a bluff in Lake Park will have the ladies swooning in no time.
Take a trip to the most romantic city in the world without purchasing the plane ticket! Located in the charming Wauwatosa village, Le Rêve Patisserie and Café is acclaimed for its traditional French fare, delectable desserts and romantic setting. Tres magnifique!
With its cozy size and Parisian décor, you’ll feel like you’re in a French eatery at Coquette Café. With its provincial French wine, exclusively brewed French ale and varied menu, Coquette has the perfect balance of casual and classy.
Milwaukee’s Harbor House, the only restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan with breathtaking views of downtown Milwaukee, serves up the most famous aphrodisiac of them all, oysters. Split one of their many oyster dishes, order a bottle of fine wine and let the evening take its course.
Load up on an Asian aphrodisiac at Kanpai, a restaurant specializing in Japanese fusion located in the Historic Third Ward. Known for its delicious sushi rolls, it will be offering an elaborate 5-course plated meal & drinks on Valentine’s Day.
After dinner, awaken your senses with a sampling of truffles from herbal and spicy to sweet and fruity at Indulge on stylish Milwaukee Street. An accompanying pour from the Flirty, Frisky, Sassy, Alluring, Sensuous or Luscious wine lists will have you well on your way to a memorable evening.
Take in the best views in the city and heat things up at Blu, the swanky, 23rd floor lounge in the Pfister Hotel. Treat yourself to one of its “Valentine Potions” like the Naughty Night Cap Martini, French Kiss Martini or She’s All Mine.
Share a Tiki Love Bowl with your love at At Random, a dimly lit, intimate bar in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood that serves up only specialty drinks. The two sharing the Tiki Love Bowl must hold hands and make a wish before blowing out the flaming lemon at the center of the bowl, and all their dreams are said to come true.
End your evening with a night cap at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, a Milwaukee institution since 1938 that is still making headlines, including being named the “Best Bar in America” by Esquire Magazine. Order up your classic cocktail by describing your mood and head upstairs to the Velvet Lounge where the lush red walls will have you cozying up in no time.