Happy Monday and Milwaukee Adventures

Good morning! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and is  feeling rejuvenated and happy to start a new week. On the way into work today “Happy” by Pharell came on the radio and I couldn’t help but keep a smile on my face. That song gets me every time! My weekend went by fast, but it was so much fun.

Friday after a rough week of work, Jeff and I went out to dinner to Shaws Crab House and had a delicious meal of grilled Floridian Red Grouper, Parmesan crusted Haddock, Au gratin potatoes, crab cakes, and salad. I was only able to snap a picture of my haddock because the lighting wasn’t all that great, but trust me when I say that everything looked and tasted delicious. My haddock was lightly breaded in Parmesan cheese and served over lightly sauteed spinach and capers with a lemon butter sauce.

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Saturday was girls adventure day in Milwaukee. One of my very best friends Amanda is getting married in September so we all decided it would be a fantastic idea to drive to Milwaukee for the day to look at bridesmaid dresses (one of the bridesmaids lives just outside of Milwaukee), shop at the Public Market, and go out to dinner. The weather was beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 50s (yes, that is warm to us right now).  The Public Market is located in the Third Ward District of Milwaukee and is open everyday of the week with free parking on Sundays (any other day of the week you will need to validate your parking ticket with a vendor of the Market). It is truly an eating, drinking, and shopping mecca. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with all kinds of intoxicating smells, delicious food, happy people, and wonderful local vendors.  There is a wonderful bakery and confectioners shop which sell delectable baked goods, treats, and other tasty items. A few of us immediately found the Thief Wine bar and shop and settled in for a few cocktails. It is so easy to get lost in the wonderful surroundings of the Public Market, so if you ever find yourself in Milwaukee, I would highly recommend stopping in for as long as you can.

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After our adventures at the Public Market, we headed to the Water Buffalo for dinner and drinks. Water Buffalo is located right on the Riverfront and has one of the best views in the city. Unfortunately it was a bit too cold to dine outside, but I’m sure that in the warmer months it would be fantastic to enjoy a meal overlooking the river. The restaurant offers very open and modern decor which greatly compliment the river and downtown Milwaukee views. Their menu is simple, sophisticated and non-fussy. They also offer some vegan and GF options such as quinoa and spaghetti squash pasta and rustic  mushroom lasagna  I enjoyed their house salad with grilled chicken and ate every last bite.

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On Sunday, two girlfriends and I went to enjoy some pampering and got pedicures (my feet are so sick of wearing socks and shoes, I can’t wait for sandal weather!). Afterwards, Jeff and I went to brunch at our favorite place, Egg Harbor. I got the Handler sandwich, which is a pretzel bun with an over hard egg, ham, bacon, tomato, and cheese. Seriously, it is one of the best (although not the healthiest) breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had. I wanted to snap a picture of the whole plate, but I was so excited about my sandwich that I forgot halfway through eating! The sandwich was served with harbor potatoes and fruit.

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After brunch we did our weekly grocery shopping and then spent the rest of the day lounging around watching the Game of Thrones marathon on HBO. This mornings wake up was a little rough for me as I was a little over tired from all the fun during the weekend, but I’m ready for the week ahead of me!  Hope everyone has a great Monday!

 

Things to do in Milwaukee:

The Water Buffalo 

249 N Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone:414.431.1133

Milwaukee Public Market

400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414.336.1111

Thief Wine Shop & Bar

400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414.277.7707

 

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