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Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
In 2006, investigative journalist and author Michael Pollan revealed the enormity of “industrial organic” to the mainstream in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The organic movement, a “fringe movement” from the 1960s, had become big business and “the fastest-growing corner of the food industry.” Through no fault...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

The holiday for the rest of us

Free of all the trimmings of other December holidays, Festivus, celebrated on Dec. 23, encourages behavior otherwise frowned upon at family gatherings and holiday parties. If one individual challenges another individual to a wrestling match, drunkenly or otherwise, it isn’t a cause for concern. The “airing of grievances” is expected, and in some cases...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

‘Little Green Book’ offers guide to recently legalized cocktail

When the United States lifted its ban on absinthe in 2007, it ended a 95-year-long misconception. And now, such a short time later, a broad spectrum of brands and options are available for the elixir that was kept away for far too long. The Little Green Book of Absinthe...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Native American veterans honored, reintegrated into communities

The grandfather of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) producer and host Patty Loew was among the 12,000 Native American men who enlisted in World War I. “I imagined him standing up there taking the oath to defend the Constitution, as all recruits do, and I thought about how ironic it was that he wasn’t a citizen and didn’t have any protection under the Constitution,” Loew says...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Distilling spirits in the land of beer

Wisconsin’s three craft distilleries have not shied away from distilling American whiskey, despite encountering some reluctance and skepticism from those who question whether good whiskey can be crafted outside of certain states. Death’s Door Spirits, Great Lakes Distillery and Yahara Bay Distillers...
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

Justin Halpern’s Twitter page in book form

A year ago, the author of Sh*t My Dad Says (HarperCollins), Twitter phenomenon Justin Halpern, was a relatively unknown comedy writer who had moved in with his parents after his long-term girlfriend broke up with him. As a writer for Maxim.com...
Off the Cuff
Thursday, July 8, 2010
There may be an addition to Milwaukee’s summer festival lineup in 2011. Peng Gao, president of the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center (MCCC), says that the organization is “actively planning” Chinese Culture Fest, a weekend celebration of Chinese culture on Milwaukee’s lakefront...
Eat & Drink
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How PBR rose through word-of-mouth campaign

From 1978 to 2001, Pabst Blue Ribbon was a brand in decline. It wasn’t hip, it hadn’t yet developed that retro cachet we all know it to possess today, and it certainly wasn’t selling. That all changed when Pabst Brewing Co. launched a word-of-mouth marketing campaign that prompted...
Dining Out
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

South Side street vendors offer authentic fare

Nowadays, “taqueria” often refers to restaurants that serve authentic Mexican cuisine, but the term originally applied to street vendors. In Milwaukee, Taqueria trucks parked throughout the South Side are continuing that tradition by serving Mexican food on the go. Tacos, burritos, tostadas, tortas and quesadillas are all affordably priced because...

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