‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Last Ditch Effort, Zen Dragonfly

A smorgasbord of makers will fill Zen Dragonfly’s 3rd Annual Last Ditch Effort. Created by local fashion designer Angela Smith, Zen Dragonfly carries a suite of skirt and dress designs derived from re-purposed fabrics, along with hats, knit tams and beanies and other hand sewn accessories. Every year she teams up with other local artistsContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Last Ditch Effort, Zen Dragonfly”

Connoisseur Culture, Roaster, Valentine Coffee

When you’re incoherently ambling around ready for that crucial first sip of the day, though taste and quality does matter, hard pressed coffee enthusiasts know that how you prep the brew rarely has consequence. Contrary to conventional habits, the crude, yet noble, preparation technique of hand drip has gained popularity in cupping communities in recentContinue reading “Connoisseur Culture, Roaster, Valentine Coffee”

Connoisseur Culture, Roaster, Anodyne Coffee

Drawing a lot of cool from the fact that it was literally a neighborhood of burned out buildings 15 years ago, Fifth Ward can boast another foodie destination right off of Bruce and Second Street. That’s right. Across the street from Clock Shadow Creamery and Purple Door Ice Cream, and behind Milwaukee Brewing Company, sitsContinue reading “Connoisseur Culture, Roaster, Anodyne Coffee”

Brewers Opening Day ’13, Tailgate Smelt Fry

Growing up, I had a shit kicking, High Life drinking, roof laying, neighbor next door. He was also the first person I ever saw grilling in the rain under an umbrella, with a beer can and Marlboro smoking in one hand, turning brats with a serving fork in the other. Beside the yelling, cursing, racistContinue reading “Brewers Opening Day ’13, Tailgate Smelt Fry”

Big and Stout, Stone Creek Coffee Factory Store

If you heard a rumor that there was a giant coffee cup being hoisted atop a building you can confirm that just by heading east down I-794. The giant rooftop cup, a beacon to all wayward coffee drinkers, signifies you can now sip Stone Creek Coffee slowly at their shining new Factory Store on 5thContinue reading “Big and Stout, Stone Creek Coffee Factory Store”