It’s almost the time of year during which I like to belt holiday tunes, like “My Favorite Things.” Which, really, how did that make the transition from “The Sound of Music ” to being a holiday tune? I mean, I don’t mind, but it’s just weird, right? ANYWAY, in the spirit of giving (Yes, I realize it’s not even Halloween yet. BACK OFF.), I give you a list of some of My Favorite [Milwaukee] Things. Go to these places. Do these things. You’ll be happy, I promise.
Milwaukee Public Market: Where else can you get a delicious salad, sip a glass of wine, get Kehr’s chocolate and score some fresh flowers and equally fresh cheese?
Milwaukee Art Museum: Seriously can’t say enough good things about this place. Getting a membership was one of the best decisions we ever made. We check out every special exhibit and love lingering over favorite pieces in the permanent collection as well. I could stare at the Gabriele Münter paintings for hours.
Splash: Wine meets artistic endeavors? I’m in! Sip a glass of wine and paint a pretty picture. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, well, I’m just not quite sure what to think.
Pedal Tavern: Pedal your way from bar to bar in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, Fifth Ward and Walker’s Point. You’ll discover some amazing bars and have a ridiculously good time in the process.
The Cheese Mart/Bar: Hello. This should be an obvious one. It’s cheese. ALL THE CHEESE.
The Spice House: Spices galore. My kitchen is stocked with their Old World Third Street spice, Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle and many other delightfully-named and delicious seasonings.
Oak Leaf Trail: Fantastic biking opportunities. Downtown. The burbs. All over the place.
Lakefront Brewery: Long live Riverwest Stein.
Jing’s Chinese: Best. Chinese. Food. Ever. Seriously my favorite Chinese.
Blu, at the top of the Pfister: Went here to celebrate after getting engaged. It has dazzling views of Milwaukee, and the raspberry mojitos, well, they’re just a bonus.
The Riverwalk: Best way to see Milwaukee up close and personal.
Smoke Shack/AJ Bombers: My mouth waters just thinking about both of these places.