Portesi's pizza in good old Wisconsin Rapids
In a forthcoming edition of Lake Effect, NPR's Dan Harmon and I discuss pizzerias -- what makes a good pizzeria, what makes a good pizza?
There's something fishy from Wisconsin in Portland
Over the weekend, we checked out Dana and Greg Boyce's Hawthorne Fish House; serving up fish and chips, Packers Fries and deep-fried cheese curds. Greg Boyce, originally from Green Bay, found an empty niche market for traditional Wisconsin fare.
A basketball fan's guide to Boise, Idaho
Although most college basketball fans in Wisconsin probably never think about Boise, it is about to become the center of their universe.
My life in porn
Don't let the headline mislead you. I am not, and never have been, a porn star. I haven't even been the pizza girl who ends up in the right "G" spot at just the right time. But, I have dipped my toes into the shallow end of the porn pool.
Tan, somewhat rested and very ready to be home
Another Spring Training trip is in the books, and I'm pleased to report it was a good one. In some ways, five days are not nearly enough to see everything you need to see in the Phoenix area. But in other ways, it's long enough to really miss home and everything that comes with it, and I'm eagerly awaiting seeing my family in a few hours.
If you have the means ...
This trip keeps getting better. Yesterday afternoon, we checked into the Intercontinental Montelucia, which is, quite literally, the nicest hotel I've ever visited.
Spring ... and a man's thoughts turn to the zoo
Over the past couple years, I've done a major about-face regarding a major institution. In my adult life, I visited the Milwaukee County Zoo exactly once that I can recall. Until I had a kid.
Slowing down and soaking in the desert sun
Yesterday turned out to be one of those perfect vacation days I dream about in the middle of January. We had few things on our agenda, so that allowed us time to soak in the scene without rushing from destination to destination.
Hope springs eternal
It was another fun but hectic day in Arizona, and I expect today will be the same. It's a lot of running around, but I'm hardly complaining. This is a life I could get used to.
Back in the saddle in Scottsdale
It only took one whiff of that fragrant Arizona air -- it smells really different here -- for the travel stress to evaporate. Life is good. This is my 12th annual Spring Training trip, and I must be more giddy than I thought I'd be, since my eyes popped open this morning at 7 a.m., after only six short hours of sleep.
Tourism CEO moving back to San Francisco
Doug Neilson, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, has informed the executive committee of the board of directors that he intends to resign his post when his current contract ends Dec. 31.
Milwaukee lands 2013 National Society of Black Engineers convention
Milwaukee has been selected as the site for the 2013 convention of the National Society of Black Engineers. The gathering, to be held in March 2013, will bring an estimated 10,000 delegates to the Milwaukee area.
Where politicians hang out in Madison, Part 2
Earlier this week, we ran a story detailing where some local politicians hang out when they are in Madison. We inadvertently omitted responses from New Berlin representative David Cullen and Milwaukee senator Lena Taylor. Here are their answers, which have been added to the original story:
Madison neighborhoods: Downtown / Campus
Shopping at the Farmer's Market on the Square, drinking at the University of Wisconsin's Union Terrace, strolling on State Street and tasting Babcock Ice Cream make up just a few of the must-dos in Madison.
My favorite Madison spots are now in Milwaukee, too
Years ago, I took day trips to Madison a few times a year. I had a long list of places I liked to visit, including Community Pharmacy and Ragstock, but Urban Outfitters and Noodles were my favorite places to crash.
Madison neighborhoods: Hilldale
Thriving with blocks of retail and restaurants, you'll find an abundance of regional and national chains. Not to worry, though; there are still plenty of locally-owned establishments to blend in some local flair in Hilldale.
Madison: like Milwaukee, but not
I really like Madison. I don't get there enough, really. But when I do I'm always amazed at how a city just 70 minutes from home can be so different and still so the same.
Madison neighborhoods: Vilas Park
Filled with independent restaurants and shops, Vilas Park's Monroe Street is a great place to have a cup of coffee, lunch or shop around.
Madison Neighborhoods: Atwood Avenue
The Atwood Avenue or Schenks Corners neighborhood is an incredible cultural mix of young families, graduate students and older adults. Home to the Barrymore Theatre, the neighborhood has a great music scene that draws both local and national acts.
We came, we saw, we bowled at "State"
What our last-pace team lacks in bowling skills, we make up with enthusiasm, so we naturally decided to participate in the USBC 2009 Wisconsin State Tournament this weekend in Green Bay. Here's a blow-by-blow account of the debacle.
Madison neighborhoods: Williamson Street
Willy Street is what defines Madison. Students, activists and artists all call this neighborhood home and their residence reveals the tailings of the ultra liberal, controversial movements that started in the early 60s and continue in Madison today. This mix of old and new is reflected in the deeply dynamic choice of restaurants, bars and shops.
Minnesotans shouldn't throw stones from their glass houses
An alert reader e-mailed us this afternoon about a column on citypages.com, a Minneapolis alternative weekly newspaper and Web site. The series of articles is entitled "What's Wrong with Wisconsin?" and points out various "news of the weird" style tidbits that went down in America's Dairyland.
Choosing winter as your muse
For some, this frigid weather is infuriating, and understandably so. But for others, icy temps can be inspiring, and when choosing winter as your muse, what better place is there to be than Wisconsin?
Not a good week, so far, in Chicago
I love Chicago, I really do. It's a vibrant city and one of the world's best. But, it's been a bad couple of days in the Windy City.
The Bronze Fonz gets festive
"Ho, ho, ayyyy." The Bronze Fonz is in the Christmas and holiday spirit with the addition of a new Santa hat.