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Ramadan events, really good Reubens and anniversary eats

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

There are a lot of reasons to find yourself picking up food after midnight. Maybe you work unconventional hours. Maybe you worked up an appetite during a night out. Maybe that night out contained a few drinks that fueled questionable dietary choices. In this episode, we start by talking about an annual religious motivation for seeking out something to eat.

On Wednesday, Muslims began their annual observance of Ramadan — a holy month marked by, among other things, daily fasting from dawn until dusk. Milwaukee food trucks and restaurants are stepping up during that month in conjunction with Suhoor, which is the last pre-dawn meal before a day of fasting begins.

Led by Eat Halal Milwaukee organizer Bushra Zaibak, Suhoor Food Truck Fest is from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 7 at ISM (4707 S. 13th St.), and Suhoor Saturday will happen throughout the month, including March 25 at Cuppa Tosa and April 1 at Shawarma House, both from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Zaibak told Urban Milwaukee the social aspect of the events is just as important as the food and that she’s already seen a strong, positive response from throughout the community — Muslims and otherwise.

Here’s what else we cover in this week’s episode:

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