Bright Copper Kettles and Warm Woollen Mittens

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”

 The Babe: The Sandlot

Recently, since I’ve started blogging of course, people have been asking me for my favorites…favorite restaurants, favorite parks, favorite festivals, favorite views of the city, or favorite stores. Honestly, here is my answer, I find new favorites everyday. I stumble upon places and they become my new favorite.

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I have an uncanny ability to feel at home in the strangest places. I could be in a bar in Austin, a coffee shop in Jackson Hole, a sushi place in Appleton, or even the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Those are all places I’ve been and fallen in love. (see above and below) Not with someone, but with myself, with the people I’ve interacted, and the time I took to just take it all in. Now that you know my secret, I’ll give you a little list of favorites and if I can’t pick one… I’ll pick two or three or four. Enjoy!

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Okay here we go…

Favorite Food Anywhere: sushi, chicken salad, and bagels with cream cheese

Favorite Bars: Matty’s Bar and Grill (New Berlin, WI), Rosie’s on Water (Milwaukee, WI),  Camp Bar (Shorewood or Wauwatosa, WI)

Favorite Drink to drink at said bar: white Russian, vodka soda, mojito, Cosmo, and think that’s hand mixed and doesn’t include dark liquor or grenadine.

Favorite Restaurants: Lulu’s Cafe and Bar (Bayview, WI), Belair Cantina (Wauwatosa WI), La Reve (Wauwatosa, WI), Cafe Benelux (Third Ward/Milwaukee, WI) Tochi (Shorewood, WI), and Kanpai (Third Ward/Milwaukee, WI) These are just a few. I eat somewhere new 90% of the time.

Favorite Flowers: hydrangeas, wild flowers, anything that’s big that has real color

Favorite Coffee Shops: Colectivo (Wauwatosa or Bayview locations), Aggies (serves Stone Creek Coffee) on Greenfield in Milwaukee, and The Starbucks on Bluemound near 124th. I don’t discriminate.

Favorite Ice Cream places: Leon’s Frozen Custard (Milwaukee, WI), Purple Door Ice Cream (Walker’s Point/Milwaukee, WI), Babe’s (Bayview, WI) and Gilles Frozen Custard ( Milwaukee, WI). I could eat all of them right now… where’s my spoon.

Favorite Parks: Lapham Peak ( Delafield, WI), Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek, WI), South Shore Park (Bayview, WI), and Seven Bridges or Grant Park (South Milwaukee, WI)

Favorite quotes: “The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past. And recognize that every day won’t be sunny, and when you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair remember it’s only in the black of night you see the stars. And those stars will lead you back home. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, or stumble and fall, cause most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get everything you wish for. Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination.” -Whitey Durham from One Tree Hill

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with.”- Carrie Bradshaw

“Be in love with your life, every detail of it.”- Jack Kerouac


I think that’s a good place to leave you. Try some of my favorites or let me know what some of your favorite’s are. I’d love to hear about it.

The West Allis Farmer’s Market

” Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” Rumi

It was a dreary weekend here in MKE. A little rain never stopped me though. Saturday, I made this years maiden trip to the West Allis Farmer’s Market.

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It was a little chilly and most of the veggies are not in season just yet! I will of course be blogging about this more than once, because it’s one of my favorite Saturday activities.  What is in season?

asparagus

mushrooms

spinach

rhubarb

  herbs (to be planted)

There are always so many beautiful flowers as well.

Here are some photos of my Mom’s favorite flower vendor Cindy’s Greenhouse.

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The flower’s made me think spring, but it sure felt a little cold! The West Allis Farmer’s Market is open from the first Sunday in May to the Saturday after Thanksgiving…Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00pm- 6:00pm and Saturday’s from 1:00pm-6:00pm. So don’t worry you’ll have lots of time to check it out!

Beauty in Bloom & Chez Jacques

“I know what I bring to the table… so trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone.”-unknown

Do I like to eat alone? Sure why not. Living in Saint Paul and Minneapolis on my own taught me a great deal about how to be comfortable with my own company.  This is truly something I recommend every twenty something girl who’s trying to find themselves gives a try. No seriously. Put your phone away, talk to the bartender, and maybe make a new friend with the kid in a suit from Montana.

Life advice moment over. On to the weekend!

This weekend was Beauty in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

http://mam.org/

IMG_20150328_113546 IMG_20150329_171848 This exhibit featured local floral designers who were challenged with the task of inspiration from a couture outfit from previous covers of Ebony Magazine. (http://www.ebony.com/) The pieces were beautiful and just what I needed to keep believing that spring is on it’s way! They also featured local vendors such as Hometown (http://hometownestablished.com/) and La Tulipe (http://www.latulipedesign.com/) who gave away bouquets with a renewal of a previous membership or a new membership. My mom renewed her’s so we selected a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers! (seen below) I highly recommend this event. It’s a joy to go with family or  grab a few girlfriends!

La Tulip

So what did I do Sunday?

I am so glad you asked. I got a meet a fellow foodie and blogger! I met the author of MKE What’s Up…Dani.  Check her out —> (http://mkewhatsup.com/)We had a lovely brunch at Chez Jacques. Chez Jacques is located in Walker’s Point, as they put it “in the shadow of Milwaukee’s most notable landmarks-the Allen Bradley clock tower.”  If you can’t find it with that hint well… you’ve probably never visited MKE. We both decided on Mimosas. I had the Spinach & Roquefort Croissant sandwich and Dani had the Veggie and Feta omelet.

Chez Jacque

http://chezjacques.com

I will definitely be stopping back for dinner. It was so great to meet another local blogger and make a new friend. I see some MKE What’s Up and How She Sees MKE collabs in the future. I mean at least some more brunch, lunches, dinners, bloodys, or wine!