Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery

“& everyone has a seat at this table.”

Above are the last words of Urban Beets Café & Juicery’s manifesto. That’s right they don’t just have a slogan or a mission statement they have a manifesto. It includes words like compassionate, empathy, and progress. Words that resonate with almost every human being and most of the time invoke thought.  See it for yourself.

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To live their manifesto, Urban Beets gives back to the community with their monthly Paws and Straws fundraising event which happens each month on a Thursday from 5:00-9:00pm. 50% of proceeds go to an organization of their choosing. They also sell eco-straws where 100% of the proceeds goes to the organization.  Pretty cool, huh.

Beside oozing positivity and building community, they are all about serving plant-based foods that are healthy, quality, and eco-friendly.  Their menu is full of colorful, inspired dishes and juices that could turn any meat eater into a vegetarian. Plus, they sling whimsical sake drinks, wine, and beer at their bar.   I tried the Pineapple Mojito and envied the Bloody Mary. I had never tried cold sake before and was pleasantly surprised.

I asked what five things any visitor should know before stepping into Urban Beets:

  1. They make everything from scratch. I mean everything. Cashew Cream Cheese, homemade. Carrot Lox, homemade. Coconut Bacon, homemade.
  2. Every item on their menu is accessible and identifiable. You won’t find any weird soy concoctions here.
  3. Variety is key. Their dishes range from poke’ bowls, to juices, to pizza, to burgers.
  4. Community impact and being environmentally conscious is important. As I mentioned, each month they hold an event for an organization that they believe in.
  5. Their atmosphere is made to relax and hangout. It’s a great place to study, read a book, catch up with a friend or even listen to live music if you catch it.

Urban Beets’ Wauwatosa location opened in August, so now you have two locations to add to your list this weekend. I had the Smokey BLT Burger and the UB Poke Bowl, however, my favorite thing on the menu is the Nutty Nib smoothie bowl.


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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!

Lulu Cafe & Bar

” The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” -Audrey Hepburn

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there!

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I spent today celebrating at brunch at Lulu Cafe & Bar with my family.  Lulu is one of the few places in the city we all can always agree on. My little sister made the reservation and boy was that the right move. We waited outside with others in the morning before it opened at 10am and got seated promptly.

We started going to Lulu probably almost five years ago now, after church on Sundays. It has, over the years, become one of the staples in my diet. Brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks. They have specials that change weekly. My, by far, favorite dish is the Mediterranean Steak Pita…strips of steak, large chunks of feta, and kalamta olive and tomato relish with their homemade chips and blue cheese dip. YUM! They also have a delicious roasted vegetable salad and their burgers never disappoint.

 Today, I ordered the Parisian Eggs for brunch. My sisters both had the Moroccan chicken sandwich one with the Asian slaw, the other with Lulu chips!

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As always our server was cheerful, even though she was about to have a long day ahead, and the food was superb.  I didn’t have a bloody or a mimosa today, but I’d recommend them! If you ever find yourself on Kinnickinnic, Howell, and Lincoln stop in for some good service and scrumptious food.


Have you been to Lulu? What did you get to eat?

Engine Company No. 3

” Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.”

– Ali Ibn Abi Talib

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I have an undeniable love for people. All people. Young, old, black, white, red, purple, tan, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, or Buddhist.  I have what some people would say the ability to talk to anyone. Has it gotten me into trouble? Yes. Has it gotten out of trouble? Also, yes. What else has it done? Enabled me to hear some really interesting, wonderful, and heartbreaking stories. While sitting in on a meeting on Friday morning, in a room scattered with Doctors, Nurses, Professors, and Community members, I heard a very interesting perspective. The topic was community engagement.

A community member rose during an question and answer session, which honestly turned into more of a forum. She stated something to the point of the following, “I do not have the credentials of many in this room, but what I’d like to say is… a lot can be learned from listening. Two ears. One mouth.” What is my point here.

On this blog I will write about the good things I find. I will never bash an establishment. I may just leave a few points out.  There is a saying, “Everyone’s got an opinion.” This is mine. I will let you have yours.

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Saturday Morning:

I brunched at Engine Company No. 3.

I have heard rants and raves about this place for months. It was finally my turn to check it out. I went in with pretty high expectations. I read MKE What’s Up’s post about it and got pretty excited.

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Here are my thoughts:

Great service: I asked our waitress numerous questions about menu items… she was very knowledgeable and didn’t roll her eyes at me when they kept on coming.

Environment: I mean who doesn’t love a jazzed up old firehouse?!

Farm to Table: I am a freak when it comes to this. I immediately get goo-goo eyed and excited. If there’s a farmers market within 30 miles it’s pretty likely I’ve gotten my paws on some local produce. This is a reason we are blessed in the Midwest.  Hashtag: blessed.

Hollandaise Sauce: Homemade. That’s enough of an explanation on that. I got the Smoked Salmon Benedict. (delish)

Final thought:

I don’t think I gave it enough time to put it on my faves list. I believe it deserves a second look. We’ll just say I’ll be back. I’ve got some SWEETS to try.

Icing on the cake: The hostess gave me a wave on my way out. I dig a good human connection when I leave a place of business.

Have you been to Engine Company No. 3?

Share your thoughts with me.

South Side

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of everyday life.” -William Morris

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“Enter this wild wood and view the haunts of nature”

This is what the sign reads when entering Grant Park or Seven Bridges as I and others like to call it. If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies you’ll feel right at home. There is something magical about Grant Park and haunting at the same time. I think that’s why I find it so attractive. On Saturday morning, I took a solo adventure. The weather was classic spring in Milwaukee. Blue skies and a slight breeze greeted me as I got out of the car. As I walked down the path, there wasn’t a soul in sight. So often during the week I feel like I don’t have time alone or a chance to just listen.

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There are two options. The high ground or the low. I choose to go through the valley, this is where the magic comes in. The path winds through the valley across seven bridges and over a creek leading to the lake. As I reached the lake, I was greeted by a dog named Russ. His owner was skipping rocks on the lake. He followed me for a bit as I walked in the sun light.  It was a great start to my weekend.

http://county.milwaukee.gov/Parks

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Later in the day, my family went to the Mitchell Park Domes. A Milwaukee Staple. Every few years, we’ll stop in around Easter to see the display. The tulips and hydrangeas were especially beautiful this year.

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Lastly, we stopped at Leon’s Frozen Custard. I have been begging anyone in my family to go with me for months. The excuses were always as follows…

“I’m too tired.”, “It’s too far.”, “I’m too full.”, and “It’s too cold.”

Let me tell you there is no excuse that will keep me from Leon’s.

http://leonsfrozencustard.us/

Located on 27th street, Leon’s has been family owned and operated since 1942. Growing up in West Allis, I have been going to Leon’s since I was a kid. It’s old school. You park and you walk up. None of that drive through business. You stand amongst your fellow Milwaukeeans and eat a delicious treat. I went for the Double Dip of Butter Pecan and Chocolate for $2.03. You can’t beat that price.

Let’s just say this girl was a happy camper.

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Check out Leon’s, the Domes, and Grant Park this weekend and let me know what you think.  I bet you won’t be disappointed.

Hotel Metro & Five Presidents

” Any fool can criticize, condemn, & complain… and most do”- Dale Carnegie

It has always been important to me to be positive. Talk about peoples success and joys, rather than the negatives or the rotten things in life. I’ve encountered a number of people through out my life who are the complete opposite.  I’ve never been able to understand it, but then again maybe that’s just me.

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http://www.hotelmetro.com/dining-en.html

Wednesday, night I met my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin at the Hotel Metro. My Aunt’s birthday who also happens to be my godmother was on Tuesday. We met for drinks and appetizers before seeing Five Presidents at the Rep.  Located on Wells and Water, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater always has a good variety of performances for all ages. We saw Five presidents which unfortunately is not longer playing. See below for their current listings.

http://www.milwaukeerep.com/

If you haven’t been, the Metro Lounge at Hotel Metro has a fantastic happy hour.

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Here are the highlights:

$5 martinis, half-price certain appetizers, $3 taps, $4 house wines

Since Hotel Metro is within walking distance of the Rep, we of course took the opportunity to enjoy the weather. It was 60 degrees and just gorgeous out. I captured this sunset on Mason and Milwaukee right outside the Hotel Metro. Is it summer yet?

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 What to share your Milwaukee favorites with me? Send me an email at howsheseesmke@gmail.com.

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!

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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!

Sanford

I’ll be the first to admit it… I am not a reader. I read the following things: cook books, recipes, menus, things written on Starbucks cups (that’s really the best way to reach me), the blurbs written under the things people pin on Pinterest, health, restaurant, and fitness blogs, Buzzfeed, and food labels. I only look at the pictures in Magazines so I can’t even count those. My point is… if I am going to read something it better be damn well worth my time.

IMG_20150325_192035This evening I came home from work to find this gem sitting on the counter. My mom had been cleaning out the office and found some older books I’d honestly never seen. I’m not going to lie it was the title that caught my eye. Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer by Chef Sanford D’Amato. AKA I thought it was a cook book. More information can be found here –> (http://www.goodstockfarm.com/book/) I won’t lie to you, I didn’t and I won’t read it from start to finish. What I did get out of it was some great recipes and a little bit about Milwaukee history I didn’t know. Plus it begins with a Julia Child quote, no woman in their right mind should ever disregard anything that begins with a quote from Julia Child.

Here are the highlights:

Sanford (Sandy) D’Amato was raised in Milwaukee. His Grandfather and Father owned D’Amato’s Grocery Store on 1547 N. Jackson St. Milwaukee, WI. D’Amato opened Sanford restaurant in 1989 after going to thirteen banks to try to get the money to open it up at the location of his family store. D’Amato no longer owns Sanford, rather his Chef de Cuisine does these days.

Why you should care:

Do you like the Coquette Cafe? La Reve? Braise? All of these Milwaukee staples are owned by chefs that passed through Sanford’s doors during D’Amato’s glory days and worked under the man himself.

The moral of the story:

Pick up the book, read a few great recipes, learn a bit about Milwaukee and for gosh sakes go eat at Sanford. I know I am.

http://sanfordrestaurant.com/

Welcome

Hi There!

It’s me…she. Raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin I’ve called this city home for 25 years. Is this my quarter life crisis? Maybe. Don’t get me wrong I love to travel and you will see some of that here, but this is about Milwaukee. Eating here. Drinking here. Living here. Loving here.

Well let’s jump right in. Here’s what happened this weekend…

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Friday night was calm, but Saturday we checked out Pizza Man. Now if you’re a Milwaukee native you remember that the original Pizza Man was on North Avenue and Oakland. It burned down in January on 2010.  See here —> (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/82074552.html) Since it was Saturday we did wait for about an hour, but that was to be expected. We snagged a spot at the bar. Pizza Man features only Wisconsin Breweries on tap on a rotating basis, which is pretty awesome. Also for you wine-o’s out there, they have about eight on tap as well. As for me, I am a mixed drink kind of girl so I of course tried one of their craft cocktails called Rose and Diamonds I believe which was delicious. I highly recommend it. The food way equally as pleasing. I tried an artichoke cream cheese pizza that was delightful. They also offer a gluten free crust for all you non-wheat eaters out there! Check them out —> http://www.pizzamanmke.com/

Sunday morning we (meaning my parents and I) ventured down to Bay View. Bay View has so many great places to eat and drink if you’re looking for more of a causal atmosphere. We took a walk at South Shore park; a must do if you haven’t. The view of the skyline is my favorite. We then stopped at Groppi’s Market which is located on Russell. (http://ggroppifoodmarket.com/) This local spot has been around for years. I mean YEARS. They feature local bakeries/products, homemade items, fresh produce, tons of meats and cheeses, and a great liquor selection. It’s an ideal spot to stop for a quick bit as their panini’s are ready in eight minutes and are fantastic. My favorite is the Chicken Caesar.  SOO GOOD! I also picked up some Purple Door Mint Chip. (http://www.purpledooricecream.com/) Located on 2nd Street they are a must stop for any ice cream lover. Their pints are feature in a good amount of grocery destinations around the city as well! They always get a thumbs up from me.

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That’s it for now. Have a great start to your week! Until next time… sheseesmke.