Thursday, June 20, 2013

Polish fest

Oh the ethnic festivals have begun in Milwaukee and there is a sense of excitement in the air. We went this afternoon to get Tyler's haircut and that's all the talk in the salon, let me tell you!

We began with Polish fest this weekend.

What it involved: Friends, Summerfest grounds, Pierogi's (Potatoe pancakes, as I would describe them), Polish sausages, polish beer, and random fair roller-coasters. Why not?

It was fun, and nothing like I have experienced. Unfortunately, we will miss Greek fest this weekend because we are headed out of state.

In the spirit of Greek culture, we will be going to lunch in Chicago on Saturday at The Greek Islands. Which I have been secretly planning since Rachael Ray talked about it on her show!

Next time we speak (or really, me write + you read) I will have hopefully found us our new home in Asheville! 

Over the next five days I will be traveling to Michigan, to Tennessee, to Asheville, NC, and back to Chicago where Tyler will greet me at the airport! If I wasn't sick of airplanes a year ago...I am now.


"cheers" in Polish :)

Wolf Peach - Milwaukee

This weekend, we went to a really delicious, almost-perfect restaurant. I really want to start blogging about restaurants, and this one inspired me to start.

Wolf Peach. Rustic European cuisine inspired by fresh local ingredients.

What is Wolf Peach you might ask? (Besides delicious.) Okay, I'll explain. My history-buff husband read on their menu:

The story begins in 1519, when Hernán Cortés came ashore to the Costa Rican gardens of Montezuma and discovered what we now know as the tomato. He took the seeds back to Europe where they were ornamental curiosities, but not eaten. Throughout northern Europe, the tomato was considered to be poisonous. The wealthy dined on pewter; the acid in tomatoes reacted with the metal resulting in lead poisoning and death. Poor people ate from plates made of wood and were unaffected, so tomatoes became a poor man’s food. German folklore associates this nightshade plant with witches and werewolves, coining a scientific name which literally translates to “Wolf Peach”.

So with that said, we did not get a tomato there. Our kin, Mary Nell & John took us for brunch. 

We feasted on Breakfast Pizza to start.  Bacon, scrambled eggs, scallions, cheddar, fennel, & onions on a wood fired pizza! Really? They're onto something here.

Next, I had the omelette of the day with the most delicious homeade + grilled English muffin I have ever tasted. Along with these scrumptious Potato Latkes.

While Tyler, who is entirely sick of smiling in pictures so he chooses this face, ordered what the nice waiter reccomended:

Baked polenta, ham, roasted mushrooms and radicchio, charred scallion vinaigrette, and baked eggs. I sure did take a bite and I can see why its recommended, so good!

Also the fresh-squeezed grapefruit mimosa hit the spot. I didn't even get to the chandeliers inside...and the view while we ate...

Milwaukee skyline isn't their neighbor Chicago's skyline...but it will definitely do for a good view.

We are looking forward to going back for dinner. Well done, Wolf Peach!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Big News

We found out Tylers new job location! Dun dun dun...(that was a drum roll)....


We are so thrilled because...

1) The obvious...its close to family and friends :)
2) Go Vols! See ya at Neyland Stadium
3) I've missed mountains!!
4) Good food so we hear
5) Closer to the ocean...

But also so sad because...

1) We love Milwaukee
2) We will miss our friends :(
3) The cheese is good here..and so are the Packers.
4) Its close to Chicago
5) It was our first home together!

So taking the good with the bad...its called change. We are looking forward to change though, and Tyler's new role with the company. We feel so blessed we are on this crazy adventure together! See ya in about a month North Carolina! :)

A Teacher's Summer

Let me tell you one thing: Summer vacation is WAY better as a teacher, than a student. It's almost magical really. Especially when I don't hear my alarm clock going off at 5 AM. (Just Tyler's at 6:45 grr)

So here are some things I've been up to every morning....

Discovered my love of making smoothies. ( And eating them in bed...haha! Its summer, anything goes!)

 Finally go on runs outdoors around Waukesha!
Cleaning out closets. Eminem style.

 Visiting the beach...after a long day of packing of course!

So besides packing and running errands...that's what I am up to!

Tyler gets to join me on weekends of course. This past weekend was so wonderful. My cousins, John and Mary Nell took us to our first Brewers tailgate. Which is just insane up here... the people beside us made the running sausages just to display during the tailgates! Go Brewers!

They also joined a country club so we have access to a pool (Thanks guys! haha ;-) ) No joke...Tyler was sore from going down this slide so many times.

Guess you can't take the boy out of the man...

This weekend will be a fun one as the Heritage Festivals are starting. Milwaukee is called the City of Festivals as in, literally, there is one every weekend. We've got: The Irish Fest, German Festival, Summer Fest, Wisconsin Brew festival, Festa Italiana, Milwaukee Film, and now this weekend- Polish Festival!

So that's where you can find us this weekend :) At the largest Polish festival in the U.S....pretending to be Polish... :)