A Laotian pop-up is headed to Milwaukee’s Crossroads Collective

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s installment of Milwaukee’s longest-running food podcast, we’re talking about Laotian cuisine coming to Milwaukee’s East Side, a new pizzeria and a cheese festival I compare to the Coachella of cheese. Then we have a double dose of pasta news. Hear us chat about all of it below.

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The pop-up company SapSap will bring a Laotian pop-up to Milwaukee’s Crossroads Collective food hall. From March 12-22, SapSap will be serving items like Lao beef jerky, egg rolls, and Lao-style lime-leaf sausage. There will also be a charred skirt steak served with rice noodles, daikon radish, cucumber and fish sauce.

Next Ann gives us the early scoop on a new pizza spot that’s focusing on Wisconsin cheesemakers and specializing in vegetable toppings. There will also be a clam-sauce pizza.

Speaking of cheese, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin have put together a three-day cheese festival in Madison called the Art of Cheese Festival. It’ll include cheese classes, a pop-up cheese market and a cheese-themed ball. There will even be opportunities to visit dairy farms on a cheese bus.

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A new pasta place has opened in the former John Hawk’s Pub building at 100 E. Wisconsin Ave. It’s called Tua Pasta and offers design-your-own pasta options using fresh homemade pasta. Customization is king in this modern space, which features seating for more than 100 guests. And speaking of pasta: Egg & Flour is doing a takeover at San Giorgio on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Hear us talk about all that and more (including a big paczki party at the Polish Center on Feb. 9) on this week’s episode.

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Broken Bat Brewery will host a pierogi pop-up

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s episode of Milwaukee’s longest running food podcast, we’re talking about a really interesting Mexican dinner happening later this month, as well as a pierogi pop-up happening at Broken Bat Brewery. We also talk about a Chinese New Year dinner and a bourbon bash and more. Hear us get into it all below.

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Jan. 28 at Good City Brewing, a new group called  Chef Latinos Wisconsin will kick off a dinner series. It’ll feature five courses, with highlights including pork belly tacos with poblano tortilla, tamarind glaze and ancho-guajillo chile sauce by chef Luis Corona, and a braised-goat empanada. Each course will be paired with a beer or wine. For desert there’s a dulce de leche panna cotta. Tickets are still available.

There’s also a really interesting event happening at Broken Bat Brewery. Pierogi Jo’s will host a popup on Jan. 25th serving up a variety of fluffy, delicious pierogis, some classic, others a little more adventurous. We describe them in mouth-watering detail.

We also tease DanDan’s upcoming Chinese New Year menu, discuss ice bars and celebrate a big anniversary for Iron Grate BBQ. Stream this week’s episode below.

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You’ve had pizza, but have you had Roman-style pizza?

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of This Bites, we’re discussing the new restaurant in the Iron Horse Hotel called Ash, an upcoming hot chocolate festival in Burlington, the story behind Meat on the Street and some big pizza news.

Harry’s Prohibition Bistro | http://harrysprohibitionbistro.com/

If you keep up with restaurants and like the idea of hearth-based cooking (like Birch + Butcher), you’ll be interested in Iron Horse Hotel’s new restaurant Ash. Who doesn’t like the idea of cooking around a fire?

Ann explains how this restaurant differs from Birch + Butcher. The dining room has changed from when it was Smyth. It’s warmer and brighter now, and it has less of a masculine feel to it. Ann gives the restaurant a thumbs up and shares some dish recommendations, including an interesting grilled spin on avocado toast.

Next, Ann gives us the backstory about the Filipino restaurant Meat on the Street — you can find her story on that in the print issue of Milwaukee Magazine — and then we discuss Hot Chocolate Fest, a weekend of activities in Downtown Burlington. Burlington hosts an event called Chocolate Fest in the summer, and this is the winter offshoot of it. There will be bon fires, ice skating, s’mores and hot chocolate tastings.

And then we talk about two new pizza places. The Sheboygan spot Harry’s Prohibition Bistro is now offering something called Roman Taglio pizza, which promises a distinctive airy yet crunchy crust. “The special dough rests and ferments for up to 96 hours prior to baking, is cooked three times and is served as rectangular slices cut by a specific style of kitchen scissors,” according to a press release.

And we now know which restaurant will be occupying the old Irie Zulu location at 7237 W. North Ave. It’s called BB’s On North, and will offer pizza, pasta and wine. It plans to open this month.

Finally, we share some sad news about Divino Wine + Dine. It’s been sold. A new restaurant will take its place. It’s called Tavolino, which translates to “small table” in Italian, so neighbors will still have an Italian spot nearby.

Get the scoop on all that in this week’s episode.

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Milwaukee’s most satisfying winter comfort foods

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

We’re kicking off 2020 by discussing comfort foods to warm you up this winter. We’re also discussing all things arepas and sharing the scoop on a Milwaukee food tech incubator. Stream this week’s episode below.

Pancakes at Cafe at the Plaza | Photo courtesy Cafe at the Plaza

Ann highlighted five Milwaukee comfort foods as part of a cover story for Milwaukee Magazine about how to not only survive a Milwaukee winter but enjoy it — something that isn’t always easy. Her picks are a mix of savory and sweet and high end and low end. And of course she included pancakes: the lemon poppyseed pancakes at Cafe at the Plaza. They sound amazing.

She also endorses the cassoulet at Pastiche in Brown Deer, an off-menu favorite that is incredibly rich and delicious. Hotel Madrid’s beef wellington and Char’d Korean Sunday Special also get a nod, as do the s’mores at Hangout MKE. Who doesn’t want the memory of a campfire s’more during the dead of winter?

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Did you know you can find great arepas at Brookfield Square? There’s a counter in the foodcourt at the mall called Arepa’s Place that features amazing Venezuelan arepas. What’s an arepa, you ask? It’s a griddled corn cake filled with meat and cheese and sauces. They’re like a sandwich, and they’re incredibly satisfying — especially the ones they serve with a garlic cilantro sauce.

Then we highlight a very special meal for people who love spicy foods from Sap Sap Kitchen. Get all the details on that and more in this week’s episode. Stream it below.

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Milwaukee’s most decadent New Year’s Eve dining options

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

In just a few more days we’ll begin a new decade. So on this week’s edition of Milwaukee’s longest-running food podcast, we highlight some ways to celebrate the new year with some New Year’s Eve dinners.

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We kick things off by discussing a a three- or four-course meal at Braise in Walker’s Point with some very wintery options. Then we move on to Movida, which is going to have a sangria-themed event featuring a variety of recipes with flights of sangria. There will also be tapas, of course.

Third Coast Provisions also has a nourishing menu that Ann highlights. How does this sound?:

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Honeycrisp Apple Focaccia, Thyme, Triple Cream Burrata, Olive Oil
(Henriot, Brut Souverain, Reims, Champagne FR, NV)
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Red Romaine, Candied Marcona Almond, Fennel, Red Onion, Pear Vinaigrette
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Spot Prawn Bouillabaisse, Stuffed Clam, Whitefish, Rouille, Sourdough
(Sauvignon Blanc, Dom. Hippolyte Reverdy, Sancerre, Loire FR 2018)
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Wagyu Beef Shortrib, Pumpkin Gnocchi, Delicata Squash, Bone Marrow, Charred Scallion, Herbed Breadcrumb
(Dolcetto, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, “Vigna Tecc” Dogliani Superiore, Piedmont IT 2016)
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Ora King Salmon, Honeynut Squash, Geechie Boy Polenta, Calabrian Chili, Eggplant, Mushroom Conserva
(Kabar, Öröm, “Metamorfózis” Tokaj, HU 2015)
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Chocolate Bombe, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Caramelized White Chocolate Cremeux, Chocolate Cake, Cocoa Nib Crumble, Salted Caramel
(Warres 2002 LBV Port, PT)
or
Key Lime Cheesecake, Macadamia Nut Shortbread, Lime Meringue, Calamansi

Don’s Diner is also doing a festive menu with some tiki-themed options. We also share tons other unique options, including one featuring music from the 5 Card Studs as well as seven-course meal in Delafield. We also discuss some very indulgent drink packages at Glass + Griddle.

Hear us discuss them all on this week’s episode below.

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This Bites’ favorite cookbooks of 2019

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

This week on Milwaukee’s longest-running food podcast, we’re talking about some of the best cookbooks of 2019, as well as a really cool new dinner series at Blue’s Egg, a “Gremlins” takeover at Hotel Madrid and an unusual oysters and beer event Mars Cheese Castle. Stream the episode below.

Our favorite cookbooks of 2019

Ann kicks off her cookbook recommendations with “Baking at République: Masterful Techniques and Recipes,” from Los Angeles baker Margarita Manzke, “who teaches the key doughs, batters, recipes, and clever ways for creating wow-factor and bakery-quality results at home.” It’s loaded with photos and also includes some Filipino sweet recipes, such as a sweet coconut soup.

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I kick off my recommendations with Toni Tipton-Martin’s “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook,” which looks at 200 years of African American cuisine, including some classics like Sweet Potato Biscuits, Seafood Gumbo, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Pecan Pie with Bourbon as well as Spoon Bread. Other picks include a book that will make you rethink the way you look at vegetables, and a book that puts a fresh spin on southern cuisine.

Blue’s Egg is of course known for breakfast and brunch, but it has announced a new Friday dinner series, exclusively at its Shorewood location on Oakland Avenue. It feature heritage ingredients. The first one is on Jan. 10. Ann shares the tantalizing menu.

Hotel Madrid is honoring the holiday classic “Gremlins” with a pop-up. They’ve come up with an elaborate Gizmo-inspired cocktail. The whole event makes us wonder whether Gizmo was the inspiration for Baby Yoda. The pop-up will run through Christmas Eve.

Hear us discuss all that and more — including the Mars Cheese Castle’s 7th Annual Bourbon Barrel & Oyster Brunch — on this week’s episode.

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Celebrate the season with Lazy Susan’s French-Canadian holiday meat pies

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition, we’re talking about a lot of great culinary events around the holidays, including a New Year’s Eve event celebrating Filipino food, and where to get some French-Canadian Christmas meat pies, and also some really cool events happening at Tre Rivali and the annual Dickens dinner at the Grain Exchange. Stream the episode below.

During this weekend’s big Packers/Bears game, Boone and Crockett will host an event called Spoon and Crockpot, an annual slow food social that takes place this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s an all-you-can-eat event, and it features food from restaurants including Amilinda, Bad English, Don’s Dinner, Goodkind, Pete’s Pops, Snack Boys, Vanguard, Saucy Swine and more. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Milwaukee Riverkeeper.

Next we talk about another cool benefit. About 15 or so women bakers, chefs and makers will come together for the Holy Serpent Bake Sale tonight, Dec. 13, at the Muza Church art studio, 2114 9th Ave. Proceeds will support the Milwaukee Women’s Center. Participants include bakers from Goodkind, Milk Bottle Bakery, Odd Duck and Black Shoe Hospitality.

Tre Rivali is hosting a feast of the seven fishes between Dec. 17 and Dec. 23. Every night a different fish will be featured. Ann runs down some of the menu highlights, which include jumbo shrimp and slow-roasted salmon.

We also look a three-course Dickens Dinner at the Grain Exchange. Warm bread pudding for desert? It sounds like a perfect holiday dinner. There will be readings from “A Christmas Carol” as well as professional Christmas carolers dressed in period costumes.

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After a debate about “Deadpool,” we discuss Lazy Susan’s French-Canadian meat pie sale. Now through Dec. 18, you can order one of these pies, called tourtiere, to take home for the holiday. Lazy Susan describes them as “an all butter crust with pork, potatoes and onions spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice inside.”

And also the founders of Meat on the Street are launching a new dining experience called Kamayan + Kin, a Filipino feast you eat with your hands. You may want to reserve your seating for this New Year’s Eve dining experience, because it seems quite likely to sell out.

Hear us discuss all that and more (including Purple Door’s Malort ice cream) on this week’s episode below.

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It’s a great month for Milwaukee donut, taco and bourbon lovers

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

This week on Milwaukee’s longest running food podcast, we’re looking at some of the takeovers happening this month, including one at Egg & Flour. Also if you love tacos, we have some good news for you: There’s a new taco spot that just opened this week. We talk about their menu, and also about a tantalizing bourbon dinner at Palomino.

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Iron Horse Hotel’s new restaurant Ash features a hearth, and a lot of its menu takes advantage of it. On Sunday, the restaurant will feature a Mexican street food menu created by chef Jorge Guzman that’s inspired by his youth in Yucatan. Highlights include a shrimp and crab cocktail, a charcoal-grilled half chicken (served with fresh tortillas) and guajillo marinated skirt streak served with grilled knob onions. The whole menu is tailor-made for that hearth.

There’s a new taco joint downtown. Lazo’s Taco Shack opened at 641 James Lovell St., and the menu includes not only Mexican staples but also comfort foods and pancakes and crepes. We run down some of the menu highlights, and Ann shares some childhood memories.

We’ve got donut news to share, too. Donut Monster, the weekend pop-up of Pilcrow Coffee, has opened its own storefront. It’s located at 5169 N. Elkhart Ave. in Whitefish Bay, and it soft-opened last weekend. It’s hours this weekend will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and those hours will expand in the weeks to come. It’ll serve Pilcrow coffee, of course.

We also talk about a clever pop-up at Egg & Flour, and by previewing a bourbon dinner at Palomino from the Wisconsin distiller J. Henry & Sons. Joe Henry will be there, sharing some of the company’s bourbon, including some hard to find ones. The main course is smoked brisket with a bourbon glaze on a bed of polenta with a micro green garnish, and it’ll be paired with a J. Henry Patton Road Bourbon Manhattan.

Hear us discuss all that and more on this week’s episode.

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Lost Whale to host ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ holiday pop-up

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

In this week’s edition, we talked about Black Friday beer deals and events, a new taco and tequila joint coming to Washington Heights, Lost Whale’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” holiday pop-up and more.

Lakefront Brewery’s 9th annual Black Friday beer release

Black Friday beer events

Ann talked about Milwaukee Magazine’s round-up of Black Friday beer deals and events throughout Milwaukee including Lakefront Brewery’s 9th annual Black Friday beer release, 8th annual Black Friday Beerfest at Harley Davidson Museum, Mobcraft’s Black Friday Tent Party and more.

Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday Pop-up at Lost Whale

From Dec. 13 to Dec. 24, Lost Whale will host a pop-up inspired by the Tim Burton classic “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Each night will feature a special cocktail and profits of those sales will benefit Milwaukee’s Hope House.

Also Lost Whale will be part of the Repeal Day party at Arts @ Large. The party will feature drinks from local area bars and restaurants including Boone and Crockett, Fauntleroy, DanDan, Jazz Estate, Bittercube Bar and Bizaar and more. Proceeds benefit Arts @ Large.

New taco and tequila spot coming to Washington Heights

A new spot called Paloma Tacos & Tequila will be opening in Washington Heights sometime in 2020. The restaurant will be located at 5419 W. North Ave. and will offer Mexican dishes featuring seafood, vegan and vegetarian options. According to a Journal Sentinel story, they plan to have mezcal and tequila along with infused tequilas and cocktails like a mezcal Old Fashioned.

Indulgence Chocolate Pairing Classes

Milwaukee’s Indulgence Chocolatiers are offering the perfect gift for that special chocolate lover. They will be offering a variety of chocolate pairing classes. In January, there will be winter wine, cheese and chocolate pairing class and a winter Old Fashion and chocolate pairing class. Then in February, they will host a full-bodied red wine and chocolate pairing class.

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Milwaukee Magazine explores the city’s drinking culture and history

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

In this week’s edition, we’re changes to Milwaukee’s micro food hall Crossroad Collective, Milwaukee’s drinking culture, and new restaurants opening soon.

Crossroads Collective food hall

Changes to Crossroads Collective

First up, we talked about some changes coming to the Crossroads Collective. This December, a new taco spot called Juana Taco will be a part of the food hall on Milwaukee’s east side.

Juana Taco will soon bring authentic Mexican and vegetarian options to the food hall. Owners Gregory Kiekcbusch, Frank Sandino, and Head Chef Enrique Morales of Mangos Cafe on VanBuren and Brady Street aim to open the new taco concept at Crossroads Collective mid-December. Whereas Mangos Café is an award-winning Caribbean concept, Juana Taco will focus on authentic Mexican tacos and sides.

Beerline Café and Falafel Guys will not be renewing at the food hall. Michael Allen and executive chef Corissa Grundman will continue to focus on the original location at 2076 N Commerce St. Beerline Café cited a lack of demand, while Falafel Guys co-owner Chrissy Stroli cited staffing challenges. Falafel Guys will continue to operate their Thiensville location and food truck.

Milwaukee Magazine covers the city’s drinking culture and history

The bar at The Jazz Estate

Ann talked about the newest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, which covered the city’s drinking and culture and history. In the issue, there are stories about Milwaukee’s long-term relationship to alcohol, an abbreviated history with the city’s love affair of brandy, a round-up of cocktail, wine bars, dive bars and more. We also talked about local businesses that have created products that contribute to the cocktail scene like Twisted Path Distillery’s Chai spirit and Central Standard Craft Distillery’s Hard2O

New Spanish-American restaurant opening in the Third Ward

Kasana’s Ana Docta will be opening Cavas sometime later this year in the former Batches Bakery spot in the Third Ward. Cavas will serve a variety of Spanish sparkling wine called cava, tequilas and tapas.

New empanada and pisco bar coming to the west side in December

On Dec. 4, Tricilo Peru will open on the west side at 3801 W. Vliet St. The restaurant will serve a variety of empanadas filled with beef, chicken, vegetables and more. Plus, they will offer pisco cocktails and other Peruvian dishes.

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