The Cup

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Do you want to hear a really stupid health tip that actually works?

Get a cup you like.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more hydrated (or had to go to the bathroom more often…) than I have since I bought this cup. I just like it. So it sits next to my purse every night and in the morning I fill it up and take it with me. I’m constantly surprised when it is empty again because I’ve always been really bad about drinking enough water. And I don’t just mean about drinking my 8 glasses, I mean I would regularly drink only 1 glass a day. I paid for that in numerous bladder infections and let me tell you, a pretty cup is a lot cheaper than a doctor’s visit.

So, if you want a pretty cup like mine you can find it HERE on sale (and then on sale again). Drink up!

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The Ultimate Milwaukee Brunch Guide — Part 4, East Side

What is a Week-end?

Well it’s been a while, folks, but it’s finally time for Part 4 of the MKE brunch guide with the East Side! Up until last year I called the East Side home; the restaurants in this list are near and dear to my heart. Some of these places turned me into the Milwaukee-loving foodie that I am now so without further ado, here are the places to enjoy the best brunch on the East Side.

Check out the other MKE brunch guides too!

Part 1, Walker’s Point
Part 2, Third Ward
Part 3, Bay View

Soon to come: Shorewood, Wauwatosa and all the Milwaukee gems in-between.

The East Side

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro — A beautiful location with classic French food, Lake Park Bistro is a special occasion impress your significant other’s parents kind of place. Get dressed up, order the steak tartare, pop a mint (seriously), and take a walk around gorgeous Lake Park. Sounds like the perfect Sunday morning to me.
3133 E. Newberry Boulevard (414) 962-6300

Beans & Barley — This place was one of the first restaurants I ate at where I felt free to be a vegetarian. Tons of options for everyone. For whatever reason, I usually order the quesadilla. It’s just good. Oh and they have fresh veggie juice and amazing desserts. I recommend ordering both.
1901 E. North Avenue (414) 278-7878

BelAir Cantina — BelAir introduced me to the joy that is a mexican style breakfast. Chilaquiles are popping up on every brunch menu these days, but BelAir started it all for me. Their menu includes everything from a chorizo burrito to french toast with mexican chocolate to a black bean & corn omelette. And they have the best margaritas in town.
1935 N. Water Street (414) 226-2245 and 2625 N. Downer Avenue (414) 964-1190

Cafe Hollander — Oh Cafe Hollander, I can’t quit you. I think I’ve dragged every out-of-town family member and friend to this restaurant at least once. The frites cone is an absolute must (with sriracha ranch & roasted garlic aioli, oh my gosh). After that, everything is good. Berry basil french toast, green torpedo omelet, lowland’s rocket salad. The beer pairing recommendations are perfect, but you can’t go wrong with a bloody mary, bier mosa, or classic mimosa either. And that beer book…legendary. Also, sit outside!
2608 N. Downer Avenue (414) 963-6366

Cempazuchi — Brunch is served at Cempazuchi on Saturday & Sunday and features their twist on a bloody mary with mezcal. I really love Cempazuchi’s unique menu and I firmly believe everyone should try a dish with the corn masa cakes (like the Cerca de Cielo) at least once.
1205 E. Brady Street (414) 291-5233

Comet Cafe — What can I say about Comet that you don’t already know? It’s a Milwaukee staple, especially at brunch time. You can easily eat veggie since most of the menu can be made vegan or go in the complete opposite direction and order bacon cakes. Comet is the home of my first beermosa so order one for me, okay?
1947 N. Farwell Avenue (414) 273-7677

HiHat/The Garage — It’s been a while since I’ve had brunch at HiHat/The Garage (two connected bars, one brunch menu) and their menu changes somewhat frequently. I’ve always been a fan of their omelettes and breakfast potatoes, but some new items have caught my eye like the fried latkes with caramelized leeks, mustard cream sauce, eggs & toast, and the bourbon battered challah french toast with caramelized apples. Latkes, challah, caramelized anything. The way to a Jewish girl’s heart.
1701 N. Arlington (414) 225-9330

Ma Fischer’s — Open 24/7 yet I’ve never found the time to eat here! This comfort food diner has been in business for over 65 years so I’m sure I’ll have time to try it out eventually. With all the classics from build your own omelets to (my favorite) skillets to good old short stacks, they seem to have everything you could want on those extra hungry, and maybe hungover, mornings.
2214 N. Farwell Avenue (414) 271-7424

Pizza Man — Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time! Yes, you can have pizza for brunch at Pizza Man. I guess you could have a frittata or eggs benedict instead, but honestly, how could you pass on their pizza?!
2597 N. Downer Avenue (414) 272-1745

Red Lion Pub — I was a huge fan of brunch at Brocach, the former restaurant in Red Lion’s location, and was so sad to see it go. Lucky for me (and you) they seem to have kept many of my favorite menu items like the biscuits & gravy and sugar donuts.
1850 N. Water Street (414) 431-9009

Simple Cafe — I practically lived at Simple once it opened. Too good. Read my full review here!
2124 N. Farwell Avenue (414) 271-2124

Stubby’s Pub & Grub — Banana creme brûlée waffle. Yes, please! Also, skillets, salads, sandwiches, and lots of early morning alcohol options.
2060 N. Humboldt Avenue (414) 763-6324

The Hotch Spot — I’m loyal to the original Hotch-a-Do and was a bit disappointed with the changes made to the style of restaurant and the menu, but mostly just because I hate change. But they still have the hotch hash which is a superb breakfast that I often copycat for dinner.
1813 E. Kenilworth Place (414) 727-2122

Trocadero — Oh boy, this menu looks incredible. Fried green tomato & goat cheese salad, potato croquettes, fresh berry crepe, humboldt fog cheese omelet. Trocadero just moved to the top of my must try list.
1758 N. Water Street (414) 272-0205

Wolf Peach — I haven’t tried Wolf Peach yet and I don’t even know why. It’s currently hovering around the top of my brunch wish list because they have latkes & applesauce. LATKES!!! I’ve heard only amazing things about Wolf Peach and can’t wait to test out as much of their menu as possible from chilaquiles to cinnamon rolls to wood-fired pizzas.
1818 N. Hubbard Street (414) 374-8480

Manie

You guys, I’m trying out Airbnb again. I’m a little bit nervous, but we’re headed to Indianapolis in October and I figure they will have the same midwestern sensibility that I have so things might be better. I’ve never actually been to Indiana. It seems weird to have lived so close my whole life but to never have stepped foot in the state. I know I’m not alone in that…I think generally when people choose to travel somewhere they like to go a bit further from their home in distance and culture. Regardless, I’m looking forward to our little weekend trip. We’re even taking Beatrix with us!

Bryce and I did a little bit of damage at Crate + Barrel and J. Crew this weekend. That’s so grossly consumerist of us, but you know what? I cook a lot and I still have items from our wedding registry that I haven’t purchased & need (like a microplane) and J. Crew’s clothes are dang cute and good quality and actually affordable when you shop on sale and have a discount because your husband works at a university, okay?!

I’ve been working so hard to clear my closet of crap I don’t wear or items that are worn out and should have been replaced long ago. I just want everything I have to be good quality and something that I actually love to wear. I definitely have emotional attachment to material items, but I’ve been slowly working myself up to the big clean out by getting rid of a couple things whenever I get something new. Well, this weekend was the big clean out. I followed a new rule I heard about which is to pull out your absolute favorite clothes by picking the items you would pack with you right now for a trip. Everything left behind has to be evaluated by trying it on and asking if you feel good in it, if you have use for it, and if it is in good condition. When all was said and done, I had a Ziploc Big Bag full of clothes. There are a couple of staple items I’ll be replacing because they were worn out, but otherwise I have no worries about letting go of all those clothes. Feels really good.

On Saturday we made the worst Blue Apron meal in history. It was so bad I briefly considered cancelling my subscription. (But the next day’s meal made up for it so all is well.) I think it was especially disappointing because we made a big deal about getting a wine and chocolates from Indulgence to go with it and we even bought these awesome noodle bowls (which I realize is ridiculous, but we’ve been eating a lot of asian food and they are pretty great bowls). Ugh, it was just so bad. Like eating worms. We threw it out and ordered thai food. We never do that. SO DISAPPOINTING. (And yes, we make a big deal about food because it’s fun and delicious and eating is practically my hobby. No, I do not weight 500lbs…yet.)

Beatrix was as cute and snuggly and messy as ever. My apartment is a permanent puppy disaster zone. I can pick up after her 1,000 times a day and it will still be a mess by the end of the night. Eh, at least she’s cute.

OH HEY, WEST ELM HAS THROWS ON SALE FOR $10. I bought one and Bea was really excited about the cardboard it came in. You should probably buy one. And send the cardboard my way.

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My Morning Routine

Sleeping Irish Terrier

I am weirdly fascinated by other people’s morning routines. Oprah always asks her Super Soul Sunday guests about their routines, there is a Wake Up Call series about it on Sous Style, and there is an entire website dedicated to it. I guess I’m not alone in my obsession. I think maybe it’s because I can’t get my shit together enough to have a real morning routine of my own. All of those people have these amazing daily yoga practices and fancy coffees and gourmet breakfasts. My morning goes something like this:

6:30AM iPhone alarm goes off with an annoying ringtone, tap to snooze.

6:39AM Tap to snooze.

6:48AM Tap to snooze.

6:57AM Tap to snooze, check facebook, hate myself for checking facebook instead of meditating, panic because it’s really time to get up but still don’t get up.

7:06AM Sit up in bed, groan about how work is stupid, talk to Bryce about what we would rather be doing (which is pretty much anything), make bed while still lying in said bed.

7:08AM Throw clothes on my body, realize clothes are wrinkly, throw different clothes on my body, Bea steals underwear, chase Bea.

7:11AM Pee, brush teeth while packing lunch, put on makeup, say goodbye to Bryce.

7:32AM Take Bea for (her second) walk, pick up her poop.

7:40AM Fill a kong with Bea’s breakfast & peanut butter, turn on NPR for her, tuck her into her little house, head outside. {ANYONE NOTICE THAT BEA HAS THE MOST LUXURIOUS MORNING OF ALL OF US?! Typical.}

7:45AM Drive to work for approximately 1,000 hours.

When I arrive at work 1 million years later, I’m hungry, grumpy and wrinkly. Why do I do this to myself? When I look back on my mornings, those 4 snoozes never seem worth it, but when I’m snuggled in bed it’s just too good to leave. Help me. How do I become one of those super human morning people?!