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Take your grandmother out for Afternoon Tea

Last weekend my grandma and I decided to go out for afternoon tea. I don’t believe anyone’s ever taken tea with my grandmother, aside from a bag she dropped in a mug above her stove. When my mom called to remind her, my grandma asked what she should wear for such an occasion, what is […]

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Baking Up Hope This Holiday Season

Marcus Restaurants donates 500 cookies to Hope House MILWAUKEE – December 22, 2011 – For the third year in a row, chefs from Marcus Restaurants are helping to make this holiday season a little sweeter for those in need. This morning, they donated 500 cookies to Hope House in Milwaukee. Hope House is an emergency […]

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Milwaukee’s Favorite Cookie – 2011

Congratulations to Anna Baird-Luedke, for winning the Cookie Crown! Milwaukee’s favorite cookie is the White Chocolate Chip Chewy Gingerbread cookie. The winning baker was chosen by culinary experts from Marcus Restaurants and received a special overnight stay and dinner for two at The Pfister, InterContinental Milwaukee or Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Plus, the winning cookie was donated […]

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12 Drinks of Christmas in Blu

Blu and the Pfister Hotel are proud to be participating in the Hunger Task Force’s 12 Drinks of Christmas this holiday season and donating a portion of our proceeds to the cause. Stop by Blu and try one of our tasty holiday libations this season and don’t forget to vote for us online.  

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The Sparkling Season

I am a geek for sparkling wines.  This is one of my very favorite seasons as there are so MANY occasions to elegantly sip Champagne and share toasts with my friends and family.  I cannot imagine a Christmas Eve dinner at my house without a few bottles of something bubbly chilling in my outdoor cellar […]

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The Good Life in Blu (is a cocktail too)

Last night I was able to listen to a concert with pianist Dr. Jeffrey Hollander. The good doctor plays every first Thursday of the month on the 23rd floor at Blu, the cocktail lounge which looks east over Lake Michigan. Patrons sat at tables which radiated from the piano. Couples sat close to one another in a […]

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“Wine-ing” about Winter

                Good grief.  It has already snowed in Wisconsin.  Yes, for sale I have lived here my entire life, but no- I won’t ever welcome the snow.  I don’t ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, ice skate, or anything else wholesome and Nordic.  I like to overdress for the cold, […]

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Bubblegum, Bananas & Wine, Oh My!

Every year on the third Thursday of November, health no matter where I work or what I do, the same thing happens every year.  Everyone in the world wants to know where we are hiding the Beaujolais Nouveau on our list.  Often, I will feature Beaujolais but never a Beaujolais Nouveau.   Inevitably, we must talk […]