Smalltown wanderin’ and musin’–

IMG_4110 IMG_4108 IMG_4107 IMG_4106We are honored to be here now: in this universe, in this galaxy, in this solar system, on this planet, on this continent, in this country, in this state, in this town, and on this street just wanderin’ and musin’ about our mysterious existence.  But we don’t focus on the mystery of it all too much because it is not meant to be grasped by our puny minds. . .rather, we choose to simply breathe the air, hear the sounds around us, see what is seeable, touch what is touchable, taste what is tasteable, and feel gratitude for it all.  The state of Wisconsin continues to seduce us, and we continue to be willing seducees. . .jaaaa!

I send you calming vibes from the streets of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they can help you appreciate all that is going on around you wherever you are.

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Wanderin’ around in Cream City–

IMG_4050 IMG_4049 IMG_4046 IMG_4045BAM!  It’s Cream City, aka, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. . .we love this cozy town on the banks of Lake Michigan. . .mmm, aaaaahh!

Like many midsize cities in America the downtown area of Milwaukee is mostly dead on the weekends. . .folks don’t live downtown, they work downtown, then head home after 5 or 6 p.m. on workdays and stay home on the weekends. . .’home’ being the surrounding suburbs like Delafield, Nashotah, Oconomowoc, Shorewood, etc.  The downtown deadness means that we have the whole place to ourselves for wanderin’, explorin’, and general photo-takin’.  The corner of “bloody mary” and “Sunday brunch” is a particular delight for us given the fact that the bloody mary is our favorite cocktail on Earth–at least this week. . .the bridges that span the Milwaukee River are fun for traversing as we make our way through the heart of town. . .the public market is filled with lots of good things to eat and drink–the best seafood restaurant in town is in there, a place called the St. Paul Fish Company. . .and of course we have the lake front with the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), walkways, bike paths, snack shops, cafes, etc.  WOW!  It is wonderful having this all to ourselves. . .thank you to everyone for staying in the ‘burbs during our visit–jaaa!

I send you crisp and wide-open vibes from the streets of Milwaukee. . .feel them. . .they will make you feel city-fied in a cozy smalltown way.

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Great grub…Milwaukee–

IMG_4061 IMG_4060 IMG_4057IMG_4062POW!  Here we are puttin’ on a major feed at Meritage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and everything is quite good.  The chef/owner, a woman called Jan Kelly, is closing this place at the end of August, and we are eager to see why people love her cooking so much before she leaves town.  Most of her ingredients are locally sourced, she attempts to keep the menu seasonally focused, and her cooking is simple and straightforward. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

Our meal is slow in coming because there are staff issues and supply availability issues with the impending closing. . .nevertheless, we eventually gobble some grilled octopus–as locally sourced as possible:-)…duck nachos–totally tasty and a house specialty…bison brisket–tender and delectable…and a grilled smoked pork loin–absolutely wonderful. . .and all of this is washed down with a great Italian white. . .jaaaa!!  Jan Kelly knows how to cook. . .her food is totally satisfactory. . .so happy to sample her cooking before she moves on.

If you find yourself wandering around in Milwaukee lookin’ for somethin’ good to fill your belly with, then seek out Meritage before the end of August–you cannot go wrong here, I gar-ron-taaaay!

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Birthplace of the butter burger–

IMG_4079 IMG_4071 IMG_4070IMG_4072MMM!  Here I am slurping down the double-double bacon cheeseburger at Solly’s Grille just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and this baby is delectable…jaaaa!

Solly’s is the birthplace of a Wisconsin specialty called the ‘butter burger.’  A butter burger is simply a hamburger of any type: cheeseburger, baconburger, bacon-cheeseburger, double patty, triple patty, quadruple patty, etc.. . .with butter slathered on the bun before it is served to you.  That’s it.  And we are not talkin’ bland Land-o-Lakes butter here…no, no, no…we are talkin’ heavy-duty, super-creamy, lightly-salted Wisconsin butter thickly applied to the bun so that it is all oozing and dripping when it arrives in front of me.  Look closely above, and you can see the butter pooling on my plate as I gobble away. . .in fact, it is dripping everywhere, and I am simply dipping my burger into the liquified butter because it is so tasty and cuz I don’t want to waste any of this creamy goodness.

In short, I say that you must visit this place the next time you find yourself hangin’ out in Milwaukee.  Solly’s is just a short drive north up the Interstate heading out of town. . .Google or GPS it to find the exact location.  This is a humble, straightforward, and tasty diner that is totally worthy of your attention. . .plus, you get to pay homage to the birthplace of a Wisconsin classic: the butter burger. . .much tastier here than at any of the Culver’s that you see all over the state. . .always best to go with the original and experience a little culinary history. . .mmm, aaaahh!

I send you artery-clogging vibes from Solly’s Grille. . .feel them. . .they are not so bad for you in moderation.

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Most outrageous bloody mary!

IMG_3984 IMG_3988 IMG_3996 IMG_3991KAPOWY!  Here we are getting ready to devour the ‘Bloody Chicken Beast’ at Sobelman’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. . .jaaa!  This is a bloody mary served in a beer pitcher and topped with a WHOLE FRIED CHICKEN, a small hamburger, cheese curds wrapped in bacon, cheese curds stuffed with bacon, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes, peppers, shrimp, sausages, chunks of cheddar cheese, whole scallions, and about a dozen stalks of celery…plus it comes with an order of french fries and multiple pints of beer chasers. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

The answer is, ‘YES,’ for those of you asking if we were able to consume this whole thing.  The fried chicken is actually quite tasty, and all of the other food items are tasty and gobble-worthy as well. . .though, funny enough, the bloody mary itself is one of the most bland and unimpressive bloody marys that we have had in a long time–not spicy, mildly flavorful, and only minimally alcohol-tasting.  Maybe this is for the better because we are stuffed after ingesting this Beast. . .it supposedly serves 4-6 people, but my wife and I put the whole thing away in no time at all–YES!  You might say that we are BEAST WORTHY–jaaa!!

So, if you ever find yourself in Milwaukee and you want something fun to do, then just head on over to Sobelman’s–we prefer the original location here on St. Paul Ave.–order a Beast with fried chicken, and get ready to enjoy the wildest bloody mary that I have ever seen. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaay!

I send you beastly and bloody vibes from Sobelman’s in Milwaukee. . .feel them. . .they are good for your circulation.

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Sunrise, sunset…Milwaukee–

IMG_4064 IMG_3974 FullSizeRender IMG_3959BOOM!  The sun creates some interesting light when bouncing off of Lake Michigan here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In the end, everything is really about the light, or The Light. . .we look for it, we feel it, we need it to see, and it enlivens us…The Light does.  Plus, a bloody mary or three bring additional clarity. . .mmmm, aaaahh!!  And they have some damn good bloody marys at The Iron Horse Hotel. . .so pop on over here some time, check in, do some sippin’, and let the light wash over you.

I send you clarifying vibes from Milwaukee. . .feel them. . .they can help you move upward and onward today.

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Drinks, snacks, hotel bar…mmm!

IMG_3950 IMG_3951 IMG_3952YES!  The bar in The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin serves up solid beverages, tasty food, and a wonderful atmosphere. . .we are just gonna spend our evening here, thank-you-veddy-much!

We ingest an Aperol spritz, a glass of whiskey, glasses of Albarino, and glasses of local beers like Spotted Cow, Riverfront Brew, a Pilsener from Minnesota, etc.. . .all of this is necessary to help us wash down the house chicken wings–good but a tad too sweet and Asiany for us…pigs in a blanket–perfectly cooked with a real “snap” to them as we bite into the tubed meat…and a really good fish fry of cod and crispy French fries–our favorite fish fry in all of Wisconsin so far–jaaa!

Most importantly, everyone here is really nice to us. . .our wait-dude is easygoin’ and into movies, so we get to chat a bit about film every time he brings us another item to eat or drink. . .always love stuff like this when it happens naturally and genuinely. . .we can eat, drink, and discuss movies all night long!

Anyway, I send you relaxing vibes from the bar in The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee. . .feel them. . .they will help you sleep real well tonight.

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