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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...
Books
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...
Books
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009

Book Review

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel spent eight months in Iraq with Battalion 2-16, between January 2007 and January 2008. The 2-16 was deployed to Baghdad as part of President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq, a drastic troop increase and counterinsurgency effort known as “the surge.” The unpopular...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
If your idea of crafts is limited to appliqué sweatshirts and Styrofoam snowmen, local artist/filmmaker Faythe Levine can help you get beyond those crafting misconceptions. For the last three years, Levine has been traveling across the country, filming and promoting Handmade Nation, a documentary about the thriving do-it-yourself (DIY) indie craft movement...

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