China Chef - We had a taste for chinese food the other night so stopped at China Chef 1224 Milwaukee Ave in South Milwaukee. I was pleasantly surprised by the extensive menu, but even more surprised by the taste of the food. It was really good, and my date said that he hadn't had better Egg Foo Young anywhere. They proudly tell you that the chef has won the "Top 10 Chef in China" competition. Of course they give you so much that it is enough for three meals. What I liked the best was the waitress - she was so friendly and seemed genuinely glad to serve us. It's not often that you get waitstaff that really seems happy to see you. The delivery guy was busy for a Tuesday night - making several deliveries while we were there. They send out coupons in the local Valpak mailers and if you are around during lunch time, they have a lunch buffet M-F from 11am-2pm.
Two Ladies Cafe - A few weeks ago my mom and her "senior sleuth" friends stopped at the Two Ladies Cafe, 924 E Rawson Ave, Oak Creek, for breakfast. This restaurant has changed hands a few times over the years, but we hope that the new owners can make a go of it. The name is cute - it is named for the two ladies that own it - a mother/daughter pair. Mother is the cook, daughter is the waitress. They have previous restaurant experience, running a So. Milwaukee restaurant for many years. Mom says the menu for breakfast alone is huge and the portions are gigantic. They are open daily 5:30am - 8pm serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, carryouts and a Friday fish fry. They can now also serve cocktails. I noticed their sign outside also says that they cater. I'll be stopping in myself soon...
UPDATE: Little General met a nice family from Franklin, who adopted him this weekend. Congrats!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth a thousand, possibly a million more.
Here's a reminder from Irish folk band Garlic Mustard Picker member Don Lawson for a great fun evening. Come socialize with your neighbors and contribute to a great community cause!
Pullin O the Green. This Saturday, March 8, 5 p.m.
The Badgerland Striders will once again be hosting the annual South Shore Half-Marathon on Saturday, April 12th. This race starts in South Shore Park in Bay View. Starting out in South Shore Park, runners run south through Bay View Park, past the condos in St. Francis, then through Sheridan, Warnimont and Grant Parks. At the mid-way point in Grant Park, the course reverses direction and the runners follow the same path north to the finish line at the South Shore Park pavilion.
The entire course makes use of the Oak Leaf Trail. I am very thankful that I have the opportunity to participate in these events and for our beautiful Park System. The Oak Leaf Trail is priceless and this race could not be held without it. (Well, I guess it could, but it wouldn't be the same). The Oak Leaf Trail allows this race to be run with minimal interaction with traffic. It is a wonderful experience to run this course, which is almost entirely within Milwaukee County Parks and has spectacular views of Lake Michigan.
UPDATE: JUNIOR WAS ADOPTED IN TIME TO CELEBRATE ST PADDY'S IN A NEW HOME! HOORAY! (and time to buy stock in a tennis ball manufacturer)
Meet Junior. He may go home with that tennis ball because he seems to carry it everywhere he goes! This handsome 6-year-old lab has silly puppy energy and always greets you with a smile. And the tennis ball.
I went for a walk today. But not through the park across the street from my house. The reason? Ice on the paths. I have, in fact, not walked in the park since the last significant snowfall. Although I’ve seldom shied in the past from braving the winter elements, a recent diagnosis of moderate-to-severe osteoporosis has made avoiding falls a major focus of my daily activities. So with spring in the air–yes, near 50-degree weather feels like spring around here–I took to the streets. As I walked past the park I was avoiding walking through, I spied were two children with a man I assumed was their father, also enjoying the first vestiges of spring. Despite being surrounded by wide expanses of white stuff that had yet to melt, the kids were playing on the playground swings. They had come prepared though. They left as I walked on by. The dad wading through the snow, pulled the youngsters on a sled.
On past the high school, that glorious, still relatively new high school, where the snow had melted enough to expose the two good-size ponds of fetid standing water left over from construction days, which summer after summer serve as ideal breeding grounds for those great picnic spoiling, not to mention disease-carrying, mosquitos.
This week, for the first time in about a year, I overslept. On Sunday night, I set my alarm clock to 6:00 a.m. and went to bed. On Monday morning, my eyes flew open to 7:30 a.m. with my alarm clock shut off! My week has been like this - about an hour and a half off - not quite there - and fueled entirely by peanut butter cups and Diet Coke.
Maybe I need one of these alarm clocks. Or ... then again ... maybe not.
Once again, there is lots of news to report this week. A lot of people are stepping up to the plate to clean and preserve our parks, while others are preparing for athletic events in our local Milwaukee County Parks.
First, the Patrick Cudahy Park Friends will be meeting on Monday, March 17th, at 6:30 pm at the Cudahy Family Library. The public is invited to attend! Why not mark your calendar for this night. Invite your neighbors, friends, co-workers or classmates. This would also be a great opportunity for National Honor Society Students, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or any other groups who need to log service hours for their respective organizations. For Boy Scouts, this could satisfy a requirement for "Citizenship in the Community" merit badge and also could provide an opportunity for service hours. The group is meeting to gather ideas for future activities and will feature a guest speaker. For more info, contact TIna Dondajeski at (414) 881-8494.
There's a Charity Beer & Wine Tasting to raise funds for the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation Saturday April 12, 2008, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Avenue. Advanced reservations are cheaper than paying at the door, pick up registration infomation at the Oak Creek Community Center, or contact Terry Tveita direct at 414-571-5415. The Wisconsin Chapter is hosting the Aicardi Party, a Beer and Wine Tasting Event on April 12, 2008. All proceeds will benefit the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. Join us to support a great organization and have fun!
Serving a wide selection of: Locally brewed beer, Import beers, Microbrews, Fine Wines, Hors d’oeuvresEvent Highlights:
UPDATE! This sweet dog went home to a great family thrilled with their new companion!
That Jerry Paprocki. What a guy! Here it is Friday before Easter and snow’s coming down to beat the band. My husband’s spending the morning and early afternoon at our daughter’s house herding her three youngsters so she can work on her dissertation–which is coming down to the wire. By noon, the snow’s gotten pretty deep–maybe six to eight inches. So I decide that since my husband’s busy helping someone else, I’ll help him. I’ll go out and shovel snow so he won’t have so much to do when he gets home. After a few shovels full, though, I’m thinking maybe I should try the snow blower. It’s a fleeting thought. I’ve never used it and in the midst of a blizzard with my parka hood flopping over my eyes probably isn’t the best time for a test drive.
After half-an-hour or so, there I am making a whole lot slower progress than I had planned, almost wishing I’d never even started, when I hear a motor. I look up, shove my parker hood out of my face and see next-door neighbor Jerry Paprocki in a dark hooded jacket, coming up the driveway behind his trusty snow blower, plowing a path, white stuff flying.
I recently attended the "Body Worlds" exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. When I first heard about this exhibit I thought it was strange, creepy and kind of offensive. The idea of using human bodies as works of art struck me as a little odd.
After seeing it, however, I was deeply moved by this amazing and striking exhibit. In my mind it was more educational than artistic. Although some people could view these displays as works of art I saw it more as an educational exhibit based on the scientific study of anatomy.
Tinsel is a blast. He's one of the funniest souls you've ever met and he thinks life is just awesome. You'll feel such joy introducing this 8-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix to new situations and people. He will renew your appreciation for the little things - perfect blades of grass on which to munch, sparrows perched on telephone wires, the sound of the school bus turning the corner - Tinsel notices everything and is fascinated by anything.
Tinsel is looking for a guardian with a good arm and a big supply of tennis balls. Although if you don’t have any tennis balls, he would probably settle for plush toys, or Frisbees, or squeakers, or well, you get the idea. Tinsel loves toys! The only thing that Tinsel likes better than playing with his toys, is playing with his toys with you.
I recently spoke with Joe Fahey. Joe is a Cudahy resident and statewide organizer with the "Institute for Wisconsin's Future" (IWF), a non-profit group that does state and local tax research. Joe asks the question, "How can we have safe streets, good schools, smooth roads, well-maintained parks and help for the elderly .... without raising property taxes?"
The answer, according to Joe, is to make corporations pay their fair share of tax. Communities all over the state are coming together to work for a tax system that is fair and adequate. Joe will be a guest speaker at the Cudahy Family Library on Wednesday, April 16th, from 6 to 7:30 pm. The public is invited to attend this meeting and presentation.
When you meet Murphy, you'll fall into a laughing fit. This dog is such a happy, exuberant fellow that his enthusiasm for life is contagious. He has a stocky golden body, dense coat and always-wagging tail. At 8-months-old, this Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix is at a great age. Murphy loves to meet new people and eagerly eats up all the attention he can get. He's fond of stretching out on the floor to invite a belly rub, too!