Painting & Drinking: An Evening at Milwaukee’s Splash Studios



The last time I put a brush to canvas was college. In my art class, I could never get anything to look how I wanted it. It was always frustrating.

Thanks to Splash Studio, in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward, I now know that one element could have turneded those futile attempts at art into carefree fun … alcohol. Read More


We Made a Homebrew: A Pictorial


With a bottle opener grasped firmly in one hand and a cold, label-less bottle cradled in the other, I’d never been so nervous to open a beer.

The beer I was holding was technically about two months in the making, really though, it had been more than a year since Dad had bought the supplies we’d need to brew a batch of our own craft beer.

Surrounded by friends and family, I opened the bottle and poured the amber liquid into a pint glass. Once six glasses were poured, and the foam died down, we lifted them high, clinked them together, and I thought …

What if it was undrinkable? All that time, money and effort–would we just end up pouring it down the drain?

I brought the glass to my lips … Read More

We Went to Cooking Class: Sur la Table’s Asian Noodle Favorites



“Recipes are meant to be changed.” -Chef Nick

I can’t think of a more perfect gift for a newlywed couple than a cooking class.

Michelle’s Aunt Judy was wise enough to give us just that for Christmas. Sur La Table, a kitchenware retailer launched in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the 1970s, opened a location at Bayshore Town Center in May of 2011. In addition to every odd and end you could imagine for your kitchen, Sur La Table offers a diverse classes from various cuisines and styles.

Though I try to keep abreast of things going on in Milwaukee, I have to admit I’d never heard of Sur La Table before. We chose “Asian Noodle Favorites.” We are both fans of asian cuisine, and, I don’t know if people know this but I don’t like cheese, and we were sure there wouldn’t be any in this class. Read More