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Milwaukee Day 3 December 9, 2014

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 11:57 pm
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I know you might be sick of Milwaukee already, but there is a third and final day and I haven’t told you about it yet.  I’ll get through it and I promise next week will be something different!  These have been helpful though because I have a lot going on with work and party planning, and then Christmas soon too.  It is nice not to have to think up a topic every week.

First thing we did was check out from the hotel and then walk a few blocks South to The Spice House.  I really wanted to stop in here because I wanted to stock up on a few things.  It was clearly a loved place, there were a lot of people in there and it was a Sunday.  I stocked up on a few spices I’ve been needing and then we hurried on our way to eat something.

spiceA little further South we hunted for an found HoneyPie.  We decided to sit at the bar instead of fitting in a corner next to a table with young children.  Good decisions!  I love sitting at bars because you can make new friends.  I made a friend next to me with a local who comes by often.  I knew it had to be good if he was a regular.  We also made friends with the bartender who taught me to pour syrup in my coffee instead of using sugar.  Do you even need to hear about the rest of what I have to say on this place?  Okay maybe a little more.  The food was delicious.  I had something consisting of potatoes, eggs, and pulled pork.  We were too full to eat dessert, but he gave us a flyer for mini pies that they deliver anywhere in the country.  I kept mine, never know it might come in handy some day.


We actually had to hurry out of there because it was getting late in the afternoon and Dave wanted to see this place called the Chudnow Museum, or more accurate- he wanted me to see this Museum of Yesteryear.  It was $5 a person to get into a house that had rooms filled with items from Milwaukee in the 1920’s.  There were two very knowledgeable gentlemen there.  They were so detailed that you might say it was overwhelming.  If you are a history buff when it comes to pop culture, this is a good place for you to visit.


Last thing on our list and good thing because we were running out of time, was Lakefront Brewery.  It wasn’t far from the museum so we hurried over and made the last tour of the day.  It was $7 a person and you got a tour, 4 tokens for beer, and a full sized pint glass.  Even though he forced us to have a Laverne and Shirley sing-a-long, the tour guide was pretty entertaining.  Fun Fact- Lakefront’s bottling line is from the Schiltz factory which was on the intro to Laverne and Shirley.


We ended the trip at a bar called Stubby’s and ate a little something before leaving town.  Had to have cheese curds at least once when visiting Wisconsin!  The Packers game was on and it was pretty depressing for us.  The bartenders poured shots for the whole bar every time they scored.   Just gotta say there were some pretty drunk people at that bar…

We had a great time on our trip to Milwaukee.  I feel like when you go somewhere close it doesn’t seem that exciting.  But we found plenty to do and see, not to mention eat and drink.  There were a few things we missed on our list:  Mars Cheese Castle and the Jelly Belly Factory.  Guess we’ll have to make another trip someday!  Until then I made sure to pick up some Spotted Cow on our way out so I could take a piece of Milwaukee with me (at least until the beer’s gone)!

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I love my photo being taken when I’m freezing!


Milwaukee Day 2 December 3, 2014

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 12:59 am
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Last week I only got through Friday of our trip to Milwaukee.  Now on to Saturday!  We started off the day right with an amazing brunch at Blue’s Egg.  We had a bit of a wait, but I feel like that is always a good sign.  Why would people be willing to wait if it’s not worth it?  We started off with the monkey bread and it was gone in less than a minute!  I ordered their famous (or so the bartender from the night before told us) stuffed hash browns.  I choose the pulled ham and cheese.  It was delightful.  I’m pretty sure Dave had one of their benedicts, but it was gone so fast I don’t remember.  We’d go back in a heartbeat and so naturally recommend the place if you are ever in the area.


We realized on the way to Blue’s that the Miller Valley was very close by and since it was on our list we headed over after brunch.  We walked in the door and were informed that the next tour started in 4 minutes.  Talk about perfect timing!  I was a little overexcited to show my ID, but the guy who was checking it didn’t care about my last name at all and only looked to see if I was 21.  We were shown a lovely video hosted by the Highlife Girl in the Moon, followed by a tour of four different buildings, and ending with a tasting at the Miller Inn.  I went a little crazy taking pictures of anything with the word Miller on it, and we tried to drink the beer put in front of us.  I unfortunately have to report it wasn’t very good.  However we thought the tour was very good and would even venture to say it was better than the Coors tour in Denver.


The Harley Museum was next on our list and I wasn’t sure it would be very entertaining for me.  I’m not exactly into motorcycles.  My dad has one and I’ve ridden on it exactly one time and it was only because he forced me!  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the museum was very interesting.  A lot of it seemed like art to me.  My favorite part being the wall pictured below covered in many colored gas tanks.  Who would have thought?  The price is a bit steep, $18 per person, but I’m glad we went.  Check out a few of my favorites:

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My favorite!

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Dave’s favorite!













We were pretty hungry after the museum and we had been meaning to check out the Cheese Mart that was near our hotel so we made our way back there.  The Cheese Mart is attached to a bar/restaurant called the Uber Tap Room.  We tasted a bunch of cheese on the Mart side and then sat down at the bar and had some drinks and something to eat.  We should have stayed on the cheese side.  It was really the only good thing about the place.  The service is best described as inattentive and the food disappointed us.  I think we are pretty easy going people, but we felt ignored most the time.  At least we got to try Havarti Horseradish cheese and drink more Spotted Cow on tap 🙂

In the meanwhile, it started snowing and we decided to go to the movies and see Dumb & Dumber To.  There were a few good parts, but of course it wasn’t as funny as the first one.  Sequels never are.  I felt a little guilty going to a movie when we were in a new city, but I never could go out drinking more than one night in a row.  My lack of party prowess along with the fact that we were day drinking were the perfect reasons to relax and ignore that guilty voice in my head.  It also meant we were well rested for Sunday…which I’ll tell you all about next week!


Milwaukee Day 1 November 25, 2014

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 10:35 pm
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For Dave’s birthday, I took him to Milwaukee.  We did some research online for the trip and he created a spreadsheet (sounds like my sister!) gathering recommendations from people we know along with the web.  Since I like to be so detailed and take so many pictures, I’m going to split this up into a few posts so I don’t drive you guys crazy.


We started off our trip in Schaumburg at a restaurant called Wildberry.  It’s one of our favorite places for breakfast food and if you haven’t tried it you really should.  Once we were full of good food, we started on our drive to Milwaukee.  From that far North, it only took us an hour and 20 minutes to get up there.  The first thing we visited was rated the #1 attraction in Milwaukee according to Trip Advisor.  No it wasn’t a bar…it was a Basilica!  Basilica of St. Josaphat.   Surprising I know.  I wouldn’t describe either of us as avid church goers, but we were both raised Catholic so it was interesting to check out.  Even if you aren’t religious, you should take a look at the place purely for the architecture!


Next was a bar (see you just had to be a little patient).  We headed over to the nearby Sugar Maple which was on Dave’s list to visit.  It was around 4:30pm so we were the only customers there.  We each decided on a drink and then hung out asking the bartender what we should see in Milwaukee.  The cool thing is he listed a few things we already had on our list.  It made us feel good about our list if a local was naming things on it.  We had reservations at Braise that night which was the fancy dinner of the weekend, so we said thanks for the advice and drove to the hotel to change.


We stayed at aLoft in downtown Milwaukee which is stylish and in the middle of everything.

Here is the view from our hotel room: Milwaukee River!

Here is the view from our hotel room: Milwaukee River!

The one major downside was parking or lack there of.  When we arrived they informed us that we had two choices: valet or a parking garage 2 blocks away.  We opted for the parking garage, but later learned the hard way that a sign saying ‘Event Parking’ means you pay the fee listed even if you are there less than an hour.  Ugh, $15 bucks for 45 minutes is crazy!  We shook it off because there really was nothing to be done about it and arrived at Braise 10 minutes later.


You can see the clock I was talking about peeking behind the sign!

It was right near what we would find out later is the largest four faced clock in the world.  Amazing things happening in Milwaukee people!  Dinner was amazing.  It was comprised of small plates and most everything on the menu is locally sourced.  It was a long dinner, but I would say worth the wait and our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the food.  It was already pretty late, a 2.5 hour dinner will do that, but we wanted to go out so we parked back by the hotel and walked across the river to check out the bar scene.  We had a little mini bar crawl comprised of three different bars before running our freezing selves back to the hotel.  We hit up Pourman, Bar None, and Dukes.  Along the way we saw tableside taps (including Spotted Cow!), a guy literally getting thrown out of a bar, and I beat Dave at darts twice!  To be continued next week…



Milwaukee Wedding April 10, 2013

Filed under: Karla — Uncharted @ 4:15 pm
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This weekend I was Jill’s date for wedding in Milwaukee. Jill came in late Friday night. We simply put TLC on TV, watched all the bridal shows and pretty much fell asleep on the couch. The next morning we got up and met up with our friend Sonya for brunch. Originally our plan was to meet at Wildberry, but unfortunately there was a 45-minute wait which we didn’t have time for. Luckily there was a Panera just down the road. Once we were fueled up we hit the road.

The drive north was quite pleasant. I was very apprehensive when we reached the Wisconsin state line and only saw traffic cones. It was a sea of construction blinkers. Luckily the traffic was light and we were able to coast through to Milwaukee.

We got in and immediately checked in at our hotel, Aloft. The hotel was very nice and Jill got a good deal on the room. We had forty-five minutes to spare before the ceremony started. Plenty of time to get ready and double check our directions to the church. A five minute drive later, we were seated in a beautiful Unitarian church enjoying a nice ceremony. After the ceremony we went back to the hotel for a quick shoe change and met up with a few of Jill’s friends at a bar. Being in Wisconsin, I had one goal for the night – to drink a New Glarus beer. And the bar had Spotted Cow on tap. Woohoo! We had a great time catching up before heading over to Lakefront Brewery for the reception.

Cocktail hour opened with lots of tasty appetizers. A table was lined with a fruit tray, cheese tray, shrimp fountain, bread and delicious meatballs. For dinner I had the beef which was served with mashed potatoes and green beans. The beef was amazing! The cake was chocolate with raspberry. Somehow Jill managed to snag three pieces. Don’t ask me how she does it. So naturally we had to dance a lot to make room for the late night snacks – a full on build your own nachos or grab a hot pretzel bar. I bet you can guess what we did next…yep, more dancing.

Sunday morning we woke up and checked out early to start the drive back. I definitely want to go back to Milwaukee. The prices were reasonable and I saw a few more breweries that need exploring.


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