17 Jul 2014

Giardiniera

Giardiniera

A yoga instructor and a fashion designer walk into the Pfister. They are from Portland. This is not a joke. Well, generic maybe it is. Kimberlee and Ashley pose with baby Quinn in front of the painting of kittens in a basket. Quinn wants to hold my hand (and her mother’s hand) so that she […]

13 Jul 2014

Pineapples Visit Sauerkraut Boulevard

Pineapples Visit Sauerkraut Boulevard

Mark and Delores (who have a German last name) are here from Miami. They are getting the German Milwaukee experience. They toured the Pabst Mansion, did a beer tasting and are asking who Captain Pabst (Pabst beer’s founder) was close friends with. Honestly, I don’t know.* Delores bought a T-shirt from Mader’s, Milwaukee’s classic German […]

21 Jun 2014

Ambassadors of Rugby

Ambassadors of Rugby

Do you remember the poet who died at age 25? The famous one named Rupert Brooke who wrote during world war one? Rugby. Salman Rushdie, ampoule Lewis Carroll, Rugby School. Yes, we know Rugby is a sport, but it is a place with roads and soil too. Val and her husband Ray explain this to […]

14 Feb 2014

Soaring through happy hour with flight attendants

Soaring through happy hour with flight attendants

As flight attendants, treat Jamie and Quin land all over the country. Including, recently, in Milwaukee. I met them during Happy Hour at Mason Street Grill and asked them what, if anything, they like about Brew City. “The Public Market,” Quin says immediately. “I love it. Love the gourmet food. I visit every time I’m […]

28 Aug 2013

In search of Uncle Sigurd’s story

In search of Uncle Sigurd’s story

It was research and the love of family that brought Norwegian genealogist Egil Johannessen to the Pfister. Egil visited the hotel with his wife, Jeanne Marie, and their 12-year-old son, Trygve Johann. The family lives in Larvik, Norway, a small town in the southern part of the country. They took a vacation this summer to […]

5 Jun 2013

How to be a lady

Elyse is only four years old and she’s sitting in the Pfister lobby with her grandparents, ambulance Irene and Keith Wells, learning “how to be a lady.” (Some of us are 40 and may or may not be clear on the details of lady-dom, but that’s another blog entirely.) The Wells are from Sydney, Australia, […]