Monday, May 27, 2013

No Wake: River Holiday

"It's boat day!"

As a non-car-owning- professional-pedestrian  I've memorized the architecture by hoofing the bridges and sidewalks. However, I was recently treated to a new view by generous friends on a pleasure cruise down the river.

We floated down the rolling water road on a quieter side of the streets: balconies crowded with flowers and nodding sailboats tethered to restaurant docks.

There are two rules to the river: 1) 5 mph with no wake. 2) Wave at everyone you see.

Rule Number 2 is my new favorite rule.

After a lazy troll through the Third ward we headed out to open water. I haven't been out on the Lake since I was a wee dreamsicle. Cozied up with a gin and tonic and handsome company is the way to skip around on the bay. We cruised past the Dennis Sulivan with octopus kites wafting over Veterans Park.

A perfect way to spend the holiday.
How did you enjoy the long weekend?

Yours Truly,

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sign Painters Premier!

We just returned from the long anticipated Sign Painters Milwaukee Premier.

It was worth the four year wait.

Sign Painters cues you in to an art form in plain site that you never knew existed-- like the intricate ant colony you step over each morning on the way to work: fascinating, perfectly balanced and just fine without you...

Here all along and seldom recognized.

People make signs.
Real humans. With real brushes.
With years and years of practice.

Can you imagine painting a fifteen foot tall Butter Burger?
How about painting a fifteen foot tall Butter Burger in the rain?

The film takes you across America, in and out of pick up trucks, the guts of shops, modest studios and dangling off the precipice of sky scrapers to reveal a timeless craft and it's dedicated disciples. While discussing the finer points of design, the history of the trade, the public's disillusionment and possible future, the subjects gingerly and methodically execute paint miracles with bits of squirrel hair and gold leaf.

Perhaps the most poignant parts of the film are simply listening to these masters wax poetically about their love of letters and their ability to change the landscape for the better with a can of One Shot.

We stepped out of the screening and into the street with a refreshed view--a telescopic vision of our neighborhood now lovingly tattooed with art and practiced patience.

See this film and you will never see your city the same way again.

Check out the trailer, screening schedule and DVD releases here.

Yours Truly,

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Stuff For Your Face: The Noble

If you consult travel guide sites in regards to what to eat in Milwaukee, one would be lead to assume we exists in Perpetual Oktoberfest.

To be honest, I have never--not once ever-- ordered a sausage at a restaurant. Nor have I ever eaten a wedge of cheese or put on my best cat suit to see an Oom Pah band. (Really, this is what guide books say.)

It's exciting to see an up cropping of creative places to feed your mouth and one of my personal favorites that I often recommend to friends and visitors is The Noble.

 (Disclaimer: this is not a Columbus Blog. I don't claim to have discovered anything. I write about what I love in hopes that you'll love it too... And I LOVE this restaurant!)

The Noble is a snug tchotchke filled cubby, comfortable for a small get together or treating yourself to your own company. The perfect amount of candle light, DIY decorating approach and excellent mix of music makes you feel wrapped up by your favorite blanket-- if your favorite blanket served food like a BOSS.

At first glance the menu appears modest (and adorable), but when your knowledgeable server regales you with an impressive list of specials you'll need to call a team meeting to see whose going to order what to ensure everyone gets a bite. Entrees include a flavorgasm vegetarian dish, fresh catch of the day, a “middle of the road” causal fair option and choice desserts like poached pears ala mode or house flourless chocolate cake.

We haven't even talked about cocktails yet...

The Noble has created a treasure trove of seasonal craft cocktails dressed with house-made garnishes. (I could make a meal out of the delectable pickled pearl onions. Don't judge me.)

If that's not enough: THEY DO MONDAY BRUNCH, PEOPLE.

Check them out!

Where is your favorite place to snuggle up and stuff your face?

Yours Truly,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Love Letters for MKE

Milwaukee is brimming with good things. And good things are better when shared.

hot dogs. rock shows. party hats. haunted bars.

Snuggled up to the shore of Lake Michigan we can sulk in the shame of being Chicago's sloppy kid sister...

Or we can exude pride for our ripe piece of Midwestern real estate PRIMED for making meaningful (and fun) contributions to urbanity.  Slay the self loathing. Celebrate our specificity!

Cream City Dreamsicle will explore the scrumptious bits, secret spaces, street style and creative happenings in our fair Milwaukee. She belongs to all of us. This blog is the beginning of an evolving bank of love letters for my City and the creatures in it.

Let's have an affair.

Forever Yours,