I'm an avid reader of OnMilwaukee.com. And there are all these spots poppin up on my radar now thanks to them that I have a hankering to try. Barnacle Bud's... best hidden gem of 2011 (so they say). Have you been? I'm always game for seafood, so that's on the radar. Not sure if they've announced this year's best brunch (or breakfast?) but last year Blue Egg was on the list... ever been?
Let me speak for a second about what I do know. Best pizza went to Zaffiro's. YUP! Them and Lisa's are my two favorites. If you love pizza and you're not on the east side, you are in the wrong spot my friend. Best comfort food went to Maxies. I've been there two or three times and I LOVE IT. A few runner-ups: Comet, Honeypie, and Palomino. Gotta get my butt to all of those. Most importantly, best coffee - ALTERRA!!!!! Coffee is by far the most important thing in the world. It just is. And they have the tastiest sandwiches and yeah, the greatest coffee (especially the best espresso) I've ever tasted. What qualifies me? I went to college in the coffee capital of the world: Seattle. They've got good stuff out there but Peets, Tully's, and all the other Northwest chains... Alterra is the best in the nation.
Ok, enough. If you have any spots that come to mind that you say I haven't lived until I've tried 'em... please click comment, thank you!!!
Cut 1 vanilla bean (6 in.) in half lengthwise. With a vegetable peeler, shave 12 thin ribbons (4 to 6 in. long and about 1 in. wide) off a rinsed piece of pumpkin or banana squash. In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart jar, combine vanilla, pumpkin, 1/2 of a whole nutmeg, and 1 bottle (750 ml. or 1 qt.) vodka. Seal jar and let stand at least 4 days or up to 3 months. The flavor intensifies the longer it stands; remove flavorings once vodka tastes as strong as you like.
Bear Den Petting Zoo has a haunted woods! Or you might call it a haunted trail. I haven't been yet this year but my friend Taylor (who you hear on the weekends on 103.7 KISS FM!) is going this weekend... and I'm very jealous. The wait was a bit long last year BUT worth every minute and every cent. And they let you jam to KISS while you wait so now you MUST go, right?!
Like the Fear Grounds, not for small kids. In fact, there's this one room where Santa ClauseÂ is being hanged. So little kids = no. Big kids/adults WILL LOVE IT. They have one of those rooms where the ceiling appears to be made of spikes and they bring it down on you so you think you're going to be crushed to death and that stuff is not easy to simulate. The characters stay in character and to say the props are "creepy" (like dead Santa) is understated. If you live in the Milwaukee, it's a bit of a hike to Waterford but worth it!
Address for Bear Den Petting Zoo/Phone #:
6831 Big Bend Rd. (Hwy 164) Waterford WI 262-895-6430
Last night, I went to the Wisconsin Feargrounds. Went last fall, it was awesome then, but as for my experience last night, holy crap... I'd say it's 10x scarier than last year!Â Haunted house #1, Morgan Manor is insane. Almost impossible to see what's just ahead but of course every single goblin and monster can see you! I've been going to haunted houses since I was in middle school so I'm fairly numb to them but last night, they got me good. Many times. Walking down those hallways with the windows for walls where the monsters hide behind in the dark, until all of a sudden they smash up against the window with their bloody faces and startle the CRAP out of you! So good. Not to mention the plants, animals, gargoyles, and other objects which you'll wonder as you pass them... is that a live person, or not?
This is NOT for people who are looking for cute scary, this is the real deal. If you struggle with scary stuff, DON'T DO IT. But, if you enjoy the adrenaline of a good haunt, there is no better choice than the 3 haunted houses at the Wisconsin Feargrounds.
Yup. This weekend I'm going to not one but TWO haunted destinations.
#1: I'm gonna get out to the Wisconsin Feargrounds Saturday night (Leigh McNabb will be there too... and more importantly she'll have prizes for ya from 8p-10p). I heard it's even better this year so I can't wait to check it out.
#2: Never been to Lindner's Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze before! This place has great reviews from hauntedwisconsin.com, and a few publications in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gonna try this place, which is out in New Berlin, Friday night.
Two great sources for haunted attractions you must check out...
Our fright guide at 1037kissfm.com AND www.hauntedwisconsin.com.
There are 3 shows that I keep up with. In order of their importance to me: Modern Family, Gossip Girl (don't judge), and Law & Order SVU. SVU used to be my #1 but after Novak left the show in spring of 2008, the writing tanked because they stoppedÂ the law side of the show and began to focus on snagging big name actors and coming up with overly dramatic plots that offered zero insight into the law. Anyways, I digress. Season premiere of SVU was strong. The cast that has been there since day 1 is starting to get phased out (Stabler's been written out of the show). We'll see how that goes.
Modern Family? AMAZING. Better than ever. Season premiere was great, the next 3 episodes were just as fantastic.Â This show is the greatest pick me up on TV. Very excited about Cam & Mitch adopting another baby. Is it just me or did they make Mitch even more feminine this season? Claire is definitely more uptight than before. Gloria is funnier, Jay is more insensitive, and Luke is more... Luke. I love how they brightened up all the characters, making their personalities louder without allowing the writing to come off as forced. I have no issues with seeing this show snag every single emmy possible every year!
Gossip Girl (STOPÂ JUDGING!) was ok. TheÂ quality of the writing went down last season. Too manyÂ cheesyÂ 0ne-liners and dull plots. Season premiere was ok, solid B.Â Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphrey) is completely off the show. Thank goodness. She was a regular irritation.
OK. That is all. I just felt like sharing my thoughts. What are you watching this fall?
Best of Milwaukee Dining 2011 awaits your votes. I was a little flustered by how each category has 10+ choices (instead of narrowing each down to a solid 3 - 5). But whatever. Hop on and give your opinion.
I told you I'd be keeping you in the loop on fall festivities. Here we go! Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival is this weekend. How bout a turkey leg, a wrap, a burger, sheesh I want it all. And some wine. Therefore, I'm going! Here's all the info: http://www.cedarburgfestivals.org/wineharvestfestival.html
Rihanna made the book for most female #1 singles in the US in a year. Other names in the book include Lady GaGa, Adele, Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, and umm... Willow Smith (remember Whip My Hair?). Yeah kind of surprised to see her name on the list. That's just an overview, Perez Hilton will give you the specifics: http://tinyurl.com/3q8l5nl
The occasion:Â a one year anniversary. Relationship anniversary, not married here, I'm still a baby :DÂ
Looking for a romantic ambiance but not aiming for too fancy/too pricey.Â So noÂ Lake Park Bistro or Bacchus (those are great places though)! Â Something along the lines of Maggianoâs. If I could afford it, a setting like the above picture would be ideal but no dinero to fly to Hawaii, so Milwaukee will have to do.
If you'd be so kind to return to the Facebook page and post your favorite romantic hot spots, I would be very grateful! If you're reading this after today (Saturday Aug 27th), you can just click comment on here. Facebook link: http://tinyurl.com/3vdpa6b
Wauwatosa is home toÂ a great many numberÂ of Mexican dining options: Hector's, La Fuente, and El Fogoncito just to name a few. And now, Habanero's. Perhaps you're familiar, they have a location in Brown Deer. They've turned what was formally a strip mall into a replica of a Mexican plaza. Good marks for innovation (in my opinion)! Looking over the menu, there are a number of items which are driving me to salivate. A plate of nachos for just $8.99, chicken breast with sauteed shrimp and melted shrimp (Pollo Reynosa), yumm! I can't resist anything with cheese. If you wanna get a look at the whole menu, go here: http://www.habanerosmilwaukee.com/docs/Habanero_Menu.pdf
I tried Cool Waters for the first time on Memorial Day. WIN! Noah's Ark is always great but sometimes you need some pool action without the 2 hour drive. You're never too old to enjoy a good waterslide. Can you please help me make a list of great places to lounge, swim, and get some sunshine? Parks, pools, beaches, I want all of it. Click comment and I'll keep the list going on this blog with whatever send my way, ok?
DID YOU KNOW? It’s easy to drop 10, 20, or even 30 pounds without being on that dreaded four-letter word known as a ‘diet’. Improve how you look and feel—fast and forever—with the Eat this, Not That! bestselling series of books, and with life-changing lists like this one: 25 Best Nutrition and Weightloss Secrets Ever!
1. BEST DONUT
Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut
11 g fat (5 g saturated)
10 g sugars
Donuts: Everybody loves them. Unfortunately, there is nothing nutritionally redeeming about these circles of dough. That said, having a good go-to doughnut can be a lifesaver if it prevents you from eating something worse. So, when you need a fix of sweet, fried dough, look no further than the Krispy Kreme’s original glazed doughnuts, which are now sold in grocery stores. Pop one in the microwave for a few seconds and you’ll have a melt-in-your-mouth treat that’s as good as swinging by the actual store when the hot sign is on. (Krispy Kreme fanatics know what I’m talking about.)
Entenmann’s Frosted Devil’s Food Doughnuts
18 g fat (12 g saturated)
24 g sugars
DID YOU KNOW? Sleepy women eat an extra 328 calories per day, according a new study from the New York Obesity Research Center. Discover more shocking health, nutrition, and weight loss secrets like this by following me here on Twitter (where I’ll give a FREE iPad2 to a lucky follower) or by signing up for our FREE Eat This, Not That! newsletter.
2. BEST COOKIE
Kashi TLC Oatmeal Dark Chocolate (1 cookie)
5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
8 g sugars
What I like about these Kashi cookies is that each one starts with whole grains. What I like even better? They still taste like a decadent treat. Plus, thanks to Kashi’s reliance on whole grains, each one packs in 4 grams of belly-filling fiber. That’s more than an orange, and it makes this dessert safe to eat as a midday snack. Drop one in your lunch before you head off to work.
Chips Ahoy! Big & Soft Oatmeal Chunk Cookie (1 cookie)
8 g fat (3 g saturated)
13 g sugars
BONUS TIP: The word ‘muffin’ was invented to try to trick you into eating cake for breakfast. But when you eat sweets for breakfast you tend not to make up for it over the rest of the day, according to studies. So find great breakfasts with a bit more fiber and a bit less sugar. Check out this Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide report on The 24 Best and Worst Cereals in America.
3. BEST CANDY
Werther’s Original (3 pieces)
1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
10 g sugars
Hard candies are preferable to chewy candies because, simply, they last longer. Try eating 30 Werther’s Originals in a minute. Not happening. Thirty Skittles, though? No problem. What’s worse, 75 percent of the calories in a pack of Skittles come from sugar. That’s crazy. Next time you go to the movies, take along three of these rich, delicious caramel candies rather than your standard pack of Skittles for a tasty treat with a fraction of the calories.
Skittles Original Fruit (1 pack)
2.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
47 g sugars
4. BEST CANDY BAR
Hershey’s Take 5 Bar
11 g fat (5 g saturated)
18 g sugars
Here’s the scenario: You’re in the checkout line, annoyed from a long day of working, and you seek comfort in anything within arm’s reach—and 90 percent of the time that ends up being a candy bar. Well, you’ve just played into a food marketer’s hands. They don’t want you to think about what you’re picking up; they just want you to grab one more tempting treat before you hit the register. So if you’re going to give in, at least do so in the least damaging way possible. The Take 5 bar is your safest bet because it relies on pretzel instead of nougat, creating a bar with far fewer sugars than some of the other options in the impulse lane.
Nestle Butter Finger
11 g fat (6 g saturated)
29 g sugars
5. BEST CAKE MIX
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix (30 g mix, prepared)
0.5 g fat
12 g sugars
A good cake mix is paramount, since you’ll very likely eat more than one slice. Say you eat three slices before it’s gone. That makes one good decision in the cake aisle the equivalent of three good decisions elsewhere in the supermarket. So why Bob’s Gluten Free? Because it avoids artificial ingredients, and it rings up a couple grams of fiber for each slice by packing this powder with the flours of garbanzo and fava beans, as well as whole grain sorghum. Choose it over Krusteaz and you’ll drop 60 calories and 2 grams of trans fat. And because of the fiber, you’ll feel fuller longer.
Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake Mix (33 g mix, prepared)
7 g fat (2 g saturated, 2 g trans)
26 g sugars
BONUS TIP: Some delicious desserts can help fight fat by revving up your metabolism and providing you with nutrients that push the junk out of your diet–and the fat out of your body! Other desserts, however, contain more than an entire day’s worth of calories, fat, sugar and salt! Which is why you need this handy (and certainly eye-popping) list of the The 24 Best (and Worst) Desserts in America.
6. BEST PUDDING
Jell-O Sugar Free Double Chocolate (1 container)
1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
0 g sugars
They’re modest in size, but pudding cups can easily pack as much sugar as a small candy bar. Thankfully Jell-O makes a sugar free version that cuts the calorie impact in half without sacrificing the rich, chocolate flavor. If your normal nightly dessert is a 200-calorie scoop of ice cream, and you switch to one of these cups, you can expect to lose 12 pounds a year, even if nothing else about your diet changes!
Snack Pack, Chocolate
3 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
16 g sugars
7. BEST FROZEN TREAT
Fudgsicle No Sugar Added Fudge Bar (1 bar, 41 g)
1 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
2.5 g sugars
Look at this and then look at the bar below. You could eat more than seven Fudgsicles before you hit the calorie load of one Haagen-Dazs bar. Fudgesicle’s parent company, Popsicle, produces a wide variety of classic frozen treats that can appease any sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. Another bonus: 35 percent of the calories in each Fudgesicle come from protein and fiber, which together keep you fuller longer.
Haagen-Dazs Vanilla & Milk Chocolate (1 bar, 83 g)
21 g fat (14 g saturated)
21 g sugars
8. BEST ICE CREAM
Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Fudge Chunk (1/2 cup)
4.5 g fat (3 g saturated)
13 g sugars
More so than in any other supermarket aisle, nutritional stats vary widely for products that look and taste nearly identical. Edy’s—as well as its sister brand Dreyer’s—are among the good guys. (Another favorite of mine: Breyers.) They take a light approach to cream and sugar, so you don’t have to hit the treadmill every time you serve yourself a bowl. To get the most flavor in the fewest calories, look no further than Edy’s Chocolate Fudge Chunk. It has literally one-third as many calories as Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup (1/2 cup)
26 g fat (14 g saturated)
24 g sugars
DID YOU KNOW? Smart snacking can work wonders on your waistline, whereas ice cream before bed can work blunders on your waistline. Curb your cravings between meals and before bed with any of these great 50 Best Snack Foods in America—they’ll help keep you lean and full all day long!
Working for Britney Spears is like owning a Gremlin, they both come with a set of instructions -- the biggest one ... keep Britney away from drugs and alcohol!
TMZ has obtained a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that dancers were required to sign before working on her latest music video. It specifically states, "Contractor acknowledges that it is essential that [Britney] not be exposed to any alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances."
The NDA even goes on to say that the dancers can be subjected to drug testing at any time and can be fired for failing a test or even refusing to take one.
(RTTNews) -Â Lil Wayne once again had a brush with the law when he was searched by federal agents at Miami airport last week.
The New Orleans-born rapper arrived at Opa-Loca Airport in Miami and exited his private aircraft when DEA agents searched him for contraband. He was released after agents determined there was no sign of any firearms or drugs. Wayne is currently on felony probation after serving a prison term on gun and drug charges last year.
He will tour across 24 cities in North America this spring with Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and drummer Travis Barker. The Young Money boss is also currently working on his album The Carter IV and a remix of Minaj's track "Roman's Revenge." He recently released a mixtape track entitled "You And I."
Elton John, music icon, has chosen another icon of a different generation as his son Zachary’s godmother. Lady Gaga is who he has chosen.
Elton John’s partner, David Furnish, and father to son Zachary, said this about the pop icon, “She believes you can be whoever you want to be, we don’t have to live in a world of conformity and we can all benefit from individuality”.
The couple could not be happier with their son, who was born in December 2010.
The only thing that could make them happier was having such an accepting and strong idol in Zachary’s life.
Lady Gaga has been very vocal on her belief in gay rights and HIV/AIDS awareness. The couple could not think of a more inspiring godmother for their beloved son.
The media is saying she'll be ripped apart without mercy. The people who have sense are already over it and the ones who don't have any sense will indeed rip her apart because they need something to be bitter about. Duh.
Which will create the bigger pop-culture stir: Christina Aguilera flubbing the lyrics of the national anthem or holding the final, lung-busting note for seven seconds?It could be a tossup, although her wording whoops was on the Internet almost before she finished the song. Aguilera, who chose to sing the difficult song live instead of pre-recorded, belted “what so proudly we watched” instead of the correct lyrics, “o’er the ramparts we watched.”
She’ll get mercilessly ribbed, especially since this isn’t her first Super Bowl performance. She was part of the 2000 halftime show. Anyway, give Aguilera credit for looking classy in a black suit and for holding that show-stopping end note.
Hey, she was way better than, um, Roseanne Barr.
"I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through," she said in a statement after the performance.
Aguilera, who took the stage in a black dress, was returning to the Super Bowl after being one of the performers during the halftime show in Atlanta in 2000.
After it was announced that Aguilera would be singing the national anthem for the 2011 Super Bowl, she said in a news release that she had been performing the song since she was 7 and was "excited to be part of such an iconic event."
We have a new local coffee shop, which is serving its own brand! We have a lot of strong choices out there for coffee shops with great food but get this, these guys are doing a variety that goes fromj pancake/french toast breakfast to a beer-battered Friday fish fry. Get the story here:
That's Really Week is so accustomed to covering celebrity scandals, feuds, and all-around bad news that we were touched to learn that two of pop music's biggest names have mended their differences..
Madonna was a special guest at Prince's January 18 "Welcome 2 America" concert at Madison Square Garden. The "Like A Virgin" singer hardly went unnoticed..
According to Us magazine, the Purple One acknowledged Madonna during his show, making a joke about the cost of her concert tickets. "I know I'm expensive," he said..
In 2007 things weren't so peachy between the two. Prince dismissed Madge during a London gig, saying that he had more "hits than Madonna's got kids." .
They dated in the '80s, and recorded "Love Song" for Madonna's 1989 album "Like A Prayer." But during the '90s, Madonna made it clear that she and the "Purple Rain" singer did not get along..
Madonna referred to him as a "little troll" and complained that he opted not to eat during a dinner date. "He was just sipping tea, very daintily," according to Us..
We're happy that the queen of pop can cross a name off of her list of nemeses. Maybe she and new CNN personality Piers Morgan will also make amends. Last week, Morgan revealed to Access Hollywood why he and the Material Girl aren't cordial..
Morgan alleges that a lie was the most significant in a series of crimes Madonna committed against him. "You know the worst thing Madonna did to me?" Morgan asked Access Hollywood Billy Bush. "Madonna's publicist once said to me, 'Listen to me, Madonna is not pregnant,' when I was running a newspaper. And I said, ‘Are you sure? She said, ‘Listen to me, Piers. Madonna is not pregnant.'" "The next day, they announced [the news] on a rival newspaper's website," Piers added..
If Morgan's account is true, we would agree that being scooped by a competing publication is never good. But That's Really Week would like to advise Mr. Morgan in the future to not hate the player, but to hate the game. We were hoping there was some real dirt behind this beef..
In related news, Morgan, a former "America's Got Talent" judge, should be happy for the folks at AGT's sister show "American Idol," which opened a news season this week to positive reviews from critics and fans. Britney Spear's new single "Hold It Against Me," came in at No. 1. And if that wasn't enough good news, Elton John and David Furnish celebrated the arrival of their song Zach. Unfortunately, the week also included the sad news of the loss of famed song publisher Don Kirshner..
We hope that next week offers more makeups and good news. See you then..
More airline fees. I don't have kids so I'm probably out of line speaking on this, but if they want to charge for infants, fine. Who doesn't want fewer screaming babies on their flight? But fees to talk to a human being? Come on! For the record, I despise flying with a passion. It's too much stress now a days to fly anywhere. During a vacation, I'd rather just relax at home and spend time with friends in town. Watch the video to see what might be on the way:
$8.7 million, in one day, by using Twitter?! Maybe someday there will be millions that could be made off of a Facebook status update. Until then, 50 Cent is the most brilliant guy in my book when it comes to using social networking. At least today. Get the story here:
People worry a lot about their job security with the economy and all. Additionally, for those fortunate enough to get a college education, choosing a degree which maximizes opportunities for a strong future is not a quick pick. Is this something you can relate to right now? Check out this article: http://education.yahoo.net/articles/degrees_for_job_security.htm?kid=1C2S9
LONDON (Reuters) - David and Victoria Beckham are expecting their fourth child this summer, her spokeswoman said on Sunday.
The England soccer star and his fashion designer wife are based in Los Angeles, where he plays for LA Galaxy. They have three sons -- Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 5.
"David and Victoria Beckham are delighted to confirm they are expecting their fourth child in the summer," Jo Milloy said in an emailed statement. "Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are very excited about the arrival of their new brother or sister."
Milloy said there were no further details available.
The announcement came on the same day that Beckham's proposed loan move to English club Tottenhan Hotspur fell through, although he will train with the London team.
The former Manchester United star and England captain has been married to former Spice Girl singer Victoria since 1999.
Beckham, 35, met Victoria Adams, 36, in the 1990s when she was known as "Posh Spice" in the hugely successful girl band. The perfect media match-up, the couple were dubbed "Posh and Becks" and instantly catapulted into the limelight.
Beckham and Adams tied the knot in July 1999, a few months after their first son Brooklyn was born.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Stefano Ambrogi; editing by Mark Treveyan)
Most of these are pretty darn cheesy but OnMilwaukee has some things you might try in the winter... for those of you who recognize the list, yes this is from last year :)
Enjoy again or for the first time, this classic OnMilwaukee.com "100 things list," updated for the 2008 holiday season:
1. Venture inside newly-illuminated Domes
2. Sip wine or drink a pint in front of County Clare fireplace
3. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride Downtown
4. Ski on the frozen Milwaukee River (at your own risk)
5. Cross country ski in Grant Park
6. Go sledding at Northpoint (again, the risk is your own)
7. Toboggan at your favorite park
8. Ice skate at Red Arrow Park
10. Bumper ski behind a friend's car (carefully in a parking lot, please!)
11. Tell Santa what you want at Bayshore Town Center
12. Do donuts in a Pick 'n Save parking lot
13. Warm up the tummy with Soup Bros. soup
14. Hot chocolate at Alterra or after dinner drinks at At Random
15. Winter golf
16. Ice fishing
17. Snowmobile at Bong Rec Area
18. Build an igloo on the lakefront
19. Take the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day
20. Snow suits / moon boots
21. Heat up in the sauna at The Tubs
22. Enter an ice sculpture contest
23. Cruise around Winter Gallery Night
24. Tailgate at Lambeau Field, but keep those mittens on
25. Tour the Pabst Mansion
26. Slurp some tasty matzo ball soup at Benji's
27. Take in the lights on Candy Cane Lane
28. See "The Happy Elf" at the First Stage Children's Theater
29. Cut down your own Christmas tree
30. Celebrate Kwanzaa with your community
31. Call the chimney sweep and clean out all those ashes
32. Erect a Festivus pole
33. Go to Loop, buy yarn and make your own scarf
34. Take a tropical vacation
35. Make (naked?) snow angels in the front yard
36. Buy a new board at Moda3
37. Winterize your car
38. Catch rays in a tanning bed
39. Take in the holiday scene at Holy Hill
40. Get chili powder at the Spice House
41. Brew your own beer
42. Stay at home and snuggle up
43. Chop the icicles off your gutters
44. Get out the snow blower and go to town
45. Shovel your elderly neighbor's sidewalk
46. Grow a beard for warmth
47. Buy de-icer for your glove compartment
48. Hitch your pup to a sled and take a free ride
49. Cover up your toes with warm, wooly footies
50. Be happy you don't live further up nort, eh
51. Go Christmas caroling
52. See "A Christmas Carol" at The Pabst
53. Build a snowman
54. Don't eat the yellow snow
55. Play some snow football
56. Learn to curl
57. Bake Christmas cookies
58. Donate to Coats for Kids
59. When forecasters predict a "dusting," expect five feet of snow
60. Figure out when it's a parking "Snow Emergency"
61. Write a letter to Santa
62. Wear the sweater Grandma got you last year
63. Turn up the heat and have a Hawaiian party
64. Pack on the pounds, hide it with big sweaters
65. Count down till wonderful day when pitchers and catchers report
66. Tour art galleries and buy something to hang in the living room
67. Check into a B&B in Door County
68. Go winter camping
69. Frolic with your dog at Runway Dog Park
70. Tour the Carmex factory, and stock up for winter
71. Drink some Lakefront holiday brew
72. Have yourself an Edgar Allan Poe moment and curl up with a spine-tingler from a local bookshop
73. Spark up a snowball fight with the neighbor kids
74. Treat your wind-burned skin to a day of pampering at a spa 75. Prevent your brain from becoming slush, take a class at UWM
76. Whiskey warms you from the inside
77. Relive your high school days with a good mall-crawl, minus the big hair and rolled jeans
78. Donate toys for tots
79. Play pond hockey on Lake Ernie in Franklin
80. Decorate your tree while listening to your favorite Milwaukee bands
81. Invent a new snow sport. Snow croquet? Ice bowling?
82. Call your grandma or grandpa. They're even more lonely and cooped up in the winter
83. Put a snowball in your freezer to throw at someone (gently) in July
84. Drink mulled wine
85. Snowshoe in Doctor's Park
86. Plan a holiday party
87. Roast chestnuts on an open fire
88. Go to a warm tavern, and drink cold beer
89. Watch early morning soccer at Highbury
90. Insulate your attic
91. Pack up your skis and head Da U.P.
92. Write to Summerfest requesting bands for next year
93. See great college hoops at MU or UWM
94. Figure out the difference between winter storm watch and winter storm warning
95. Finally put those old photos in albums
96. Take the laptop to Cathedral Park and Wi-Fi it up in the snow
97. Swirl candy canes in your hot chocolate for a peppermint-chocolatey treat
98. Help the St. Benedict ministries feed the hungry
99. Make an ornament out of popsicle sticks in memory of the good old days
100. Stay in, log on and write crazy Talkbacks or Readers Blogs at OnMilwaukee.com
It's taken some time, but the surefire secret to selling magazines has finally been revealed: Put Lady Gaga on the cover. Women's Wear Daily reports that from Vanity Fair to Rolling Stone to Elle, many publications locked down their best-selling issues of 2010 when Gaga appeared in some form of disrobement on their covers -- a stat that probably isn't that foreign to Gaga, who announced her new album with a bare-bottom photo on New Year's Eve. Cosmopolitan's April issue featuring Gaga sold 1.7 million copies to make it that magazine's best seller, and her Rolling Stone cover moved 245,000 copies, nearly three times RS' average newsstand sales. It seems that oversaturation hasn't dampened people's interest in Gaga. Also faring well on newsstands: Rihanna, thanks in large part to her topless GQ cover..
On the flip side of that, the one way to guarantee poor sales, surprisingly, is to put Taylor Swift on the cover. Why doesn't Swift, one of the top-selling artists in music now (check her numbers from last week alone), move more magazines? It likely has something to do with the fact that despite countless interviews and front-cover profiles, Swift still hasn't established herself as a headline-making quote machine like Gaga has. Most of her cover stories end up reading like mirror images of each other, with the same anecdotes and oft-repeated revelations that make up most boring promotional puff pieces, and the public has caught on. Also, since this is America, it doesn't help that Swift wears significantly more clothing..
Ten years into a successful career, rapper Nelly is all about giving back to his hometown community and to the fans who helped make him famous.Since his debut album, "Country Grammar," in 2000, the 36-year-old hip-hop star has sold more than 20 million records, has had nearly a dozen Top 10 singles (including this year's "Just a Dream") and was rated the No. 3 artist of the decade by Billboard magazine behind Eminem and Usher. His sixth album, "5.0," debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart in late November.
The record, his first in two years, hasn't sold as well as some of his other discs, but that has been true of many artists recently as digital downloads weakened CD sales.
The album's mix of rap and R&B has not gone over as well with critics, either, and some have even labeled Nelly an "underdog," in moving into arenas outside his home arena of hip-hop. The description puzzles Nelly.
"My music is all about growth," he told Reuters as he entered his 5th annual Black & White Ball in St. Louis this past Sunday. "I've got a lot of great things coming. And to me, ten years of doing anything is a blessing."
"5.0" includes collaborations with Diddy, T.I., Chris Brown and a reunion with Kelly Rowland, who worked with Nelly on the Grammy-winning "Dilemma" in 2002. And while Nelly was coy about his future music plans, he said he is more than satisfied with the progress of his career so far, calling it "phenomenal."
The gentle rapper was all smiles as he made this way through the posh crowd at the Black & White Ball. He wasn't interested in basking in his music accomplishments. He was keen to talk about helping others and continuing his personal push to improve St. Louis' reputation among U.S. cities.
CELEBRATE ST. LOUIS
"With the Black & White Ball I wanted to start something to celebrate St. Louis," he told Reuters. "Nice dinner, nice evening, nice time, nice night of music and entertainment. It's a chance to give back. I thought that was a hot thing to do."
But The Black & White Ball isn't the only thing Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., does to "give back."
He runs the non-profit 4Sho4Kids Foundation, whose work is dedicated to his sister Jackie Donahue, who died in 2005 from leukemia. His Jes Us 4 Jackie fundraising campaign aims to educate African-Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow transplants and donors.
This Christmas, he is promoting the teenage not-for-profit group, DoSomething.org and their "Tackle Hunger" campaign, which encourages teens to take actions that will fight hunger in their own communities.
"We try to feed as many hungry kids in this country as possible. I know we do a lot to help people outside this country, but we have so many kids inside this country that need our help as well," he said.
Where his St. Louis is concerned, Nelly still caters to the hometown fans who, for years, championed him. This past summer, he put on a free concert, and he has filled-in as a DJ on local radio. Moreover, he defends the metropolis against its reputation as one of America's most dangerous cities.
"The numbers are a little misleading," he said. "It's all about how you stack that up and what you compare it to. You can make anything as dangerous as possible, but I think overall we have crime like everybody else -- but I don't see it as being any more dangerous than anywhere else."
I was in Florida over the weekend and I returned to these really cold temps! Quite a change. See some of the photos from my trip: www.facebook.com/alexmason96. They're in my Fall 2010 album. Oh by the waythe warmest high this week is on Thursday, 28 degrees woooooo hoooooooooooooo!
Naw!! Whatever the hottest song of 2010 is, chances are you know it by heart at this point. But I want your opinion, which of these would you say is the #1 song of 2010? Yes I'm giving you a multiple choice but you can select none of the above and then pick whatever. Click COMMENT to vote.
a. Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
b. Ke$ha - Tik Tok
c. Eminem f/Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
d. Lady GaGa - Bad Romance
e. None of these? Then what's your pick?
This show is addicting. So there. And like everything else, I think it's going to go away for a bit with the holidays coming and such. Looks like next week is the big showdown between Serena and Juliette. If you're addicted like me, you know what I'm talking about.
But we should probably stop. I almost died on the way home from the station Monday morning because I was doing something on my phone while pulling up to 894 and had I looked up another three seconds later, I probably wouldn't be here writing this. Since then, I haven't texted or Facebooked while driving because I think of that incident everytime I even touch my phone in the car. Now you can get a $400 fine (which increases exponentially each time you get one) for texting and drivng. This starts TODAY! Full story here:
Kleptomaniacs are probably my least favorite specimens on the planet, especially when it's me, my friends, or family who are being stolen from. Yesterday I went with my friend Monica to Chicago and we had to park in a hurry. Without knowing until it was too late the parking garage we selected was valet parking only. Oh well, fine, we thought. Monica left her yogurt parfait which she was saving for later in the front seat's cup holder. A little over an hour later, we returned, paid the valet, etc, and started to head out, but then I slammed the breaks just before we got out of the garage and noted that the yogurt parfait was gone. Okay, it's a yogurt parfait, I know, but they were already ripping us off by charging $30 to park for less than two hours, did they really have to eat Monica's lunch too? I got out of the car, found the guy who parked our car and inquired as to the whereabouts of the yogurt. He concocted a story about throwing it out because it spilled while he was parking the car. I didn't believe him because there was no evidence of granola or yogurt spillage anywhere in the car. But then he offered to pay for it so I let it go and we went on our way.
At the very least, I think it's a crazy story. If it was money, we probably would have made a bigger fuss. I should have asked him to show me the trash where he threw it out and inspected it to see if the plastic spoon was still there and if it had been eaten off of. Too bad I didn't think of that before we bailed. You might be thinking I sound like an insane person but come on, it's frustrating when people steal from you, no matter the value of the stolen item, agreed? What would you have done?
It's solid. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton are all outstanding. The funniest movie you'll ever see? No but I guarantee you'll have more than just a few laugh out loud moments in the theater. The title doesn't exactly tell you what it's about so if you're curious, here is my summary.
An executive news producer is let go and then gets a gig at a network in NYC. She has a limited amount of time to get the ratings up for it's morning program "Daybreak" up or else the network will cancel it. Bringing in the reporter who she has idolized since childhood sounded like it would be the obvious fix, not so much. She is more than disappointed to find that her childhood idol is really an arrogant jerk and is the last person on the planet who could ever become a team player. I'm not easily amused but I laughed HARD watching Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams spar with Harrison Ford. You'll enjoy this, so go see it!
One other thing. Always pleases me when a movie also has a good soundtrack. This one does. Here are my favorite songs from the movie:
Obviously pumpkin pie is a given. But brownie puddle cake NEVER fails. It is the most delicious chocolate concoction in the world. The quality of chocolate you use will matter so follow the recipe carefully and use all the brands that it calls for.
This is from the entree menu at Pastiche in Bayview... sooooooo yummy. Going to attempt it tomorrow night. Now just have to figure out where I can easily get some trout. Sometimes the typical grocery stores have it, sometimes not.
"Trout Amandine boneless, locally-raised trout, dusted with seasoned flour, pan-fried and finished with slivered almonds tossed in browned butter, haricots verts and roasted potatoes."
Couldn't find a pic of trout that does it justice... :(
By no means was I a strong student in high school or college. Average would be generous. But come on, if you FAIL to complete the work or FAIL to demonstrate the required knowledge on an exam, why should you receive an incomplete? Not to be that "tough love" jerk or anything, but sorry kiddies, there are no "incompletes" in the real world. You either get the work done (and done well) or you receive a big ol' fail and you're fired. I think all the right questions are being asked throughout the article. Full story:
Failure is impossible for high school students! (No, really).
What would school have been like if you never had to worry about getting an F? Students at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va., are about to find out, the Washington Post reports.
Earlier this year, the school all but eradicated the standard mark for “failure”, instead supplying wayward students with the letter “I” for incomplete. So what does an “I” give you that an “F” doesn’t? Time to redeem yourself, for starters. Students with an “I” on their report card can (literally) learn their lesson and catch up over the year, at which point they will be given a grade for their mastery of the material, just like any other student.
So is this an inspired move to get those marginal students on track and learning, or just another way in which we’re coddling underachieving kids and hobbling the rest? Parents, educators and students are divided.
Mary Mathewson, an English teacher at Potomac High tells the Post that the new standard not only cripples teachers in that it "takes away one of the very few tools [they] have to get kids to learn," but it gives them “an out,” resulting in a system in which “kids are under the impression they can do it whenever they want to, and it's not that big of a deal.”
Pointing out that the A-F grading system has not been thrown out entirely, but rather, redesigned to reach those who might not learn at the same rate as their peers, Fairfax County’s assistant superintendent for instructional services asked the Post, “"If we really want students to know and do the work, why would we give them an F and move on? I think the students who are struggling should not be penalized for not learning at the same rate as their peers."
Alternative grading is nothing new: Potomac High joins good company—some of the nation's highest educational institutions, including the law schools of Stanford University, Yale University, and University of California, Berkeley all employ non-traditional grading systems. Other high schools like the Big Picture high schools in Rhode Island, which focuses on internships, have found that learning goes better when uncomplicated by grades. The measure of their success? Improvement in their standardized achievement scores, most of their seniors going to college, and high college graduation rates. Proponents of this kind of grading method have long argued that letters are arbitrary, overly focused on the right answer instead of the thinking behind it, and have no corollary relationship from school to school—in other words, not “fair” from the get-go.
But will the process of learning for the sake of learning be lost on notoriously gratification-minded high school kids? And what about the value of learning from losing in the first place?
“Americans tend to frame things in terms of contests and wars that must be won or lost," writer John Schwartz says in his New York Times essay, "Lessons Learned in the Losing." "Many challenges, however, are about hanging in there and managing a bad situation. Losing prepares you for the slog that is life. The world doesn’t give us many finish lines, but it does give us the long run.”
While his focus is on high school sports rather than grades, I can't help but think Schwartz has an excellent point here about teaching our children to persevere in the face of challenges, even if it's hard to watch. After all, what are we trying to prepare our kids for in school, if not life?
Remember Kanye West's outburst back in 2005 on live television (during the Hurricane Katrina chaos)? Five years later, he has decided to apologize to George Bush. How mature. Certainly an unusual form of behavior for Kanye.
If you're wondering what the new Black Eyed Peas song, "The Time" is sampling, it's Bill Medley - "Time Of My Life." Check out the life performance of the original song and that 80s hair! Second video is the Black Eyed Peas version which you can also hear on KISS.
Are you nice to flight attendances? I sure hope you're not one of those tools who does one of the following. Especially #4. How would you like to be on the job AND pee your pants? Thought so.
10 flight attendant annoyances from an American Airlines Flight Attendant
Know how to turn off your call light (especially when you press it accidentally). Few things are more annoying -- and time consuming -- than a person ringing their call button over and over again just to tell us they pressed it accidentally and didn’t know how to turn it off.
Know what you want to drink ahead of time. If we ask you what you would like to drink, don’t ask us, “What do you have?”
Bring a suitcase that you can carry. Don’t expect the flight attendants to lift your bags when you can’t lift it yourself. The public should be aware that it is not the flight attendant’s job to lift your bag. In fact, workman’s compensation will not cover any flight attendant injury if it involves lifting passengers’ bags. It is not part of the flight attendant’s job description or responsibility to lift anyone else’s bags.
If you see a flight attendant in line to use the restroom, do not cut in front of us. We have bladders, too.
Do not ask a flight attendant about his or her schedule.
Do not ask a flight attendant if they have to share rooms on a layover.
If you see a flight attendant in uniform sitting in a passenger seat during the whole flight, this means that he/she is not working and is also a passenger. Please do not hand them your trash or ask them for drinks.
If a flight attendant is sitting next to you (in uniform). They are not working. Please do not keep asking questions (especially if the flight attendant is trying to get some sleep). Chances are they have jet lag, so sleep is necessary but is very hard to do when the person next to them insists on having a conversation.
Flight attendants bend over backwards as long as you are nice. If you are rude, you probably won’t get much sympathy from a flight attendant.
People think that airplanes have everything are appalled if we don’t have the following: baby diapers (moms: bring your own baby necessities); water (don’t ask to buy the bottles of water. We use the bottles for the whole flight and they are not for sale); food (we are not a restaurant), so eat before you board the aircraft, or bring your food on the plane.
Working with Adam Sandler has benefits: If you star in one of his movies, and it makes a ton of money, you might just find a Maserati in your driveway.
That's what happened to Chris Rock after starring alongside Sandler in the comedy "Grown Ups."
"I went outside the other day and I had a new Maserati in the driveway," Rock told Howard Stern on his Sirius radio show, joking: "Now I think that I'mAdam Sandler's b---h."
Sandler not only presented Rock with the $200,000 super-luxe Italian car, he ordered three more for "Grown Ups" co-stars David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin James. In total, that's $800,000 worth of wheels.
Very grown-up of Sandler, not to mention epic on an Oprah level of generosity. (Suddenly, aspiring actors across America are trading "I really want to work with Scorcese" to "I really want to work with Sandler.")
"The movie's like the biggest thing for (Sandler)," Rock said of "Grown Ups," out today on DVD and Blu-ray. "He appreciates the help."
Sandler certainly has money to spare: He currently sits at No. 9 on Forbes' list of the most overpaid actors of 2010. That said, "Grown Ups" cost a reported $80 million to shoot and more than profited at the box office with $270 million in ticket sales.
Went to see For Colored Girls last night, no joke, you cannot pass up this movie. GO SEE IT. But you have to leave the kids at home, adults only for this one. I am a HUGE Tyler Perry fan and while I enjoy every single one of his comedies, this film is far more serious and will definitely make you think. If I could be a big radio superstar for a day and interview anyone, my first choice hands down would be Tyler Perry. He is an incredible writer, actor, and director and I would totally go to town with questions about this movie if I had the opportunity to sit down with him. You cannot possibly go to this movie and think, hmm could’ve done without that, unless of course you are heartless and are in desperate need of therapy. Really liked how there are four or five different stories going on at once and all of the characters’ lives intersect each other (sort of like Crash).
I was in Williams-Sonoma yesterday and I couldn't take my eyes off of some of the latest seasonal items. Isn't cooking for Thanksgiving FUN? If you're someone who's like NO, it's stressful and I can't stand how everyone sits on their butt all day watching TV while I bust MY butt in the kitchen... it's alright, I empathize. Turkey and stuffing aside, let's go ahead and skip to some sweets and other yummy indulgencesÂ which we're all looking forward to. I will feel free to eat this straight out of the can (or bowl), thank you:
Perhaps more approrpriate for Christmas but you cannot deny that peppermint chocolate caks!
Who doesn't LOVE butternut squash anything? Butternut squash soup, obviously one of the best soups out there but cook with this bad boy this year, people WILL be happy, guarantee it.
And for dessert, in addition to that pumpkin pie, go for the pear clafouti. What?? Take a look...
Holiday drinks at Starbucks are here! Woo hoo! Although I am disappointed to say that my friend above there, the esperesso truffle, is not coming back this year. Bummer. What's on the menu this year you ask? Well let me tell ya!!
Spiced Holiday Coffee
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Mocha Frappucino
I know many of you are drooling over that peppermint mocha. Personally, I love 'em all! What's your favorite?
Oh one other item, I am doing my part to better serve our environment by drinking my water from this bad boy from now on... you should definitely get you one (got mine from Starbucks):
GOSSIP GIRL (CW) is one of the most addicting shows on television. Yeah, I'm a guy who watches Gossip Girl, laugh all you want. Every single guy who I have introduced to the show has always said "ok, put on the next episode, now, I gotta see what happens!" because it's just that good. Anyways, now that I've cleard that up, I was very pleased with this past week's episode. If you watch the show, you know all about the Blair/Chuck drama and I was THRILLED that the show ended the way it did.Â I won't ruinÂ it for ya but if youÂ do a search for "Gossip GirlÂ 4x07" on YouTube, you will surely find that last scene which is probably too inappropriate for me to post here, so I'll leave it to you to track it down. For your enjoyment on my blog though, here's a favorite old school Chuck/Blair pic from season 2.
Then you'll probably dig this too. "Bass Down Low" by Dev (of Far East Movement, they do "Like A G6"). Yes, we're playing it on KISS but I'm going to provide you with a clip of the full song below song because I love you.
I am really sad to see October go. This was a GREAT month for me. Lot of new things happening in my life. Anyways, one of my favorite things about October, obviously, is Halloween. I was a secret service agent. What were you? Here's me with my best friend Saturday nightÂ at a random party near UW Madison... we sort of invited ourselves into their house. We're weird like that. The guy who was hosting it had only seven words to say the entire night, over and over: "I whip my hair back and forth!" Creepy, yes, but I was quite amused.
I need to vent for a second aboutâ¦ the gym. Quick story. Over the course of 2009 I put on a bit of weight and after New Yearâs 2010 I realized my regular visits to the gym were not doing a thing for me. I scaled back the calories (even more) quite significantly and did some activities almost daily that I enjoy (biking, long walks) but keep in mind I was still in school in Seattle where itâs not 20 degrees in Jan/Feb/March, more like low 50s. Weâll have to talk about how to workout in places other than the gym in the winter time, but thatâs a story for another day. By the end of May I was down a good 30 pounds. I went to the gym, maybe twice Feb-May of this year. And after visiting the gym for the first time yesterday, I now remember why I stopped going. I looked around and just about every single individual on a treadmill or elliptical machine was way out of shape and I highly doubt it was everyoneâs first night, week, or month at the gym. Thus, these cardio machines clearly do NOTHING for anyone as far as taking off that extra tummy or booty is concerned. And no I donât find bench pressing on the regular to be an enjoyable form of exercise, no thank you. Donât get me wrong, I hate cardio machines too, I feel like a hamster every time I use one.
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No fun. Anyways, I admire everyone who has the discipline to workout on a regular basis but I just find it so discouraging when Iâm trying to accomplish a goal and from the looks of everyone who has clearly been using the gym for some time, itâs all just a big trick. I brought this up in the first place because Iâm trying to drop seven pounds by mid November, went into the gym last night, busted butt on the elliptical, ate a really healthy dinner (small piece of salmon â fish is an amazing low calorie dinner in case you didnât know) and my first weigh in was this morning: didnât lose a fraction of a pound.Â Obviously,Â I'm going to keep at it, goal date is November 10th.Â Iâll let you know what happens.
Whew, venting is the best therapy ever, thanks for reading! I already feel better.
I'm a hardcore Halloween junkie. I love me some haunted corn mazes, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, hay rides, I love it all. If you haven't taken a look yet at Fright Guide 2010, do that... http://wmyx.radiotown.com/fg2010/home.asp.htm but here are my 2 cents on what's best in town for haunted fun.
1. Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm's Haunted Cornfield (http://www.meadowbrookfun.com/hauntedcornfield.php). This one's in West Bend. I've gone almost every year since 2003. Haunted corn mazes are always extra creepy because a.) they're outdoors, in the dark and you feel like you're in the movie Signs, and b.) you're pretty confined with the corn on both sides, more so than a haunted house and you just never know when a clown with fangs is going to jump out and get you. These guys make this haunted corn maze better and better ever year. I was very impressed when I went this year, it's bomb, go! It's scary, not over the top though, you'll have fun, and you'll get your money's worth. Check this video out that they threw together:
2. Wisconsin Feargrounds (in Waukesha). Four haunted houses, all pretty different from each other. One or two are actually pretty scary and then the others are trippy. I didn't care for the last one because it's basically just a building with a maze that's difficult to get through because they've got a bunch of fog machines going. The other one is also a maze, a few creepy characters, but the whole deal is that it's hard to get through because it's pitch black. Some scary stuff, some trippy stuff, overall, fun.
3. The Family Farm (http://www.familyfarm.net/). This one, not so scary but perhaps you would like somewhere fun to take the kids that offers some extremely delicious pumpkin pie? Go here. Also, Retzlaffs Pumpkins on Pioneer, they're pretty decent too but I haven't checked them out since they moved to their new location in Jackson. When they were in Cedarburg, they had lots of fun stuff for the kids (petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hay rides) and a few "light" haunted festivities. Give 'em a shot.
LOTS of really, really hot new music out these days. Have you heard the new Pitbull/T-Pain, "Hey Baby"? It's one of those songs you HAVE to turn on, full blast, everytime. Obviously Like A G6, Raise Your Glass, Deuces, Love Like Woe, and Firework all awesome new/newer tracks playing right now on KISS FM but this new one by Pitbull... it will undoubtedly inpsire you to have 3 minute dance party. Check it out below.