Milwaukee Ethnic Dine-Around
10.13.15 Thanks for a fun trip. We really enjoyed it! Jim and Mary Lou S.
We have been so blessed with the wonderful mid-October weather we have had on all of our trips. Very pleasant temperatures, but some wind, greeted us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when our step-on guide greeted us at the Milwaukee City Market. The vendors at this market are all local and regional food and crafts entrepreneurs, with some of the food offerings being a bit quirky.
Along the way, Marie gave us the history of Milwaukee and how Milwaukee came to be the Beer Capital of the World. The picture below is their art museum. The "wings" on this building open in the morning, close and re-open at noon, then close again for the evening.
Our next "foodie" stop was The Spice Shop. You could smell the spices on the sidewalk 2 buildings away. We were given an explanation of different kinds of cinnamon, then let loose to explore the store.
Across the street, we visited the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, where we were served cuts of a pretzel bun, salami, and 2 cheese, with onions and the best mustard I have ever had. To wash it down, we had a choice of a sampling of beer or root beer and fudge made with cheese.
Usinger's famous sausage & meat shop was right next door.
Our lunch was served across the street at Mader's restaurant, with interesting history having been established for decades in Milwaukee.
As I walked past where 2 couples were having lunch, I had to snap this picture of the biggest pretzel I have ever seen!
I chose the Stuff Portabella Napoleon, which was outstanding
And one of our passengers chose the Chicken Schnitzel
They both, of course, would have made much better pictures had we not dug in before taking the picture.
Along the way, we past the Milwaukee Brewers stadium, which has a retractable top.
We then proceeded to Wawatosa for dessert, with our first stop being Simma's, where we were served a delicious piece of cheesecake. Simma's had the most beautiful display of sweets, which some could not help but purchase. They are closed on Mondays, but opened for us, enabling some of their regular walk-ins to come in as well. The first picture is typical of this quaint town.
Then across the street was Confection's, where we received a white chocolate dipped pretzel and 4 turtles.
By the end of the tour, everyone was so full, they didn't even want to stop for ice cream.