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Wright's Burgers & Wings is expected to open soon in the UWM area.
Wright's Burgers & Wings is expected to open soon in the UWM area.

Updated: Wrights Burgers & Wings coming to former American Euros space

Update: Wright's Burgers & Wings will open May 26. Happy eatin' Milwaukee! 

Opening on May 26th!! The day has finally arrived :)

Posted by Wright's Burgers & Wings on Monday, May 18, 2015

Burger and wings lovers, rejoice. 

American Euros, 3133 N. Oakland Ave., near UWM closed its doors in mid-December and shared that a new restaurant would open in the space on Oakland Avenue. The new place, it was promised, would keep a few favorites on the menu. 

The empty space will now be the home of Wright's Burgers & Wings. We don't know much about the menu at this point, but it's probably safe to say it will be burgers and wings.

Urban Milwaukee Dial reported you will be able to enjoy a few kinds of burgers as well as wings featuring mild honey mustard and fresh green chili.

I'll take a first look when Wright's opens – I can never resist wings – which should be soon if the Facebook page is any indication. Stay tuned. 
Milwaukee summers are the best. Now the rest of the world knows, too!
Milwaukee summers are the best. Now the rest of the world knows, too! (Photo: Flickr / V'Ron)

AmEx loves Milwaukee summers

Another day, another list. I know, I know. 

But, this one is so well deserved I couldn't help but shout it from the rooftop. Well, I would if had more rooftops to party on ... you hear me, Milwaukee? Regardless, Milwaukee is at its best in summer. We live for them. I've written about my infatuation with it in the past, including this piece on "7 things I can't wait for this Milwaukee summer." 

Earlier today American Express Travel  released its list of the top 10 most popular cities to visit this summer in the United States – and low and behold, Milwaukee is one of them. 

To make this list, American Express Travel looked at the top destinations that its customers have booked trips to this year and compared the results to last year’s findings (according to Business Insider.) 

Other cities included on the list were San Juan, Richmond, Chicago, Austin and more. You can check out the full list here. 

Milwaukee is a top 10 destination this summer, so be helpful and courteous to all of the hopefully fine folk you may come across on one of the perfect summer days to come. 

Thanks in advance. 

Belly up to a different kind of bar.
Belly up to a different kind of bar. (Photo: Barre Code Facebook )
One of the best workouts available awaits you at The Barre Code.
One of the best workouts available awaits you at The Barre Code. (Photo: Barre Code Facebook )

Updated: Belly up to the Barre

I wish I could say that I was one of those people that can just head outside for a great run. I'm not! For me, working out is best in a class environment that pushes me for the best workout I can do. And lately, that class has been at Barre Code in the Historic Third Ward. 

Barre Code was brought to Milwaukee in December by franchisee owner Betsy Wong, who had attended a class in Chicago where Barre Bee Fit originated. Thankfully for us, the former lawyer also loved the workout and brought the experience to Milwaukee. 

Barre workouts have been around for a while, but studios focusing on the method have only recently started opening in Milwaukee. What does a barre workout entail? Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates.

The barre is used to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Most of the classes also incorporate light handheld weights, balls or even stretchy bands to bring the burn during all those reps.

The music is pumping, and this is an invigorating tough workout from start to finish. You'll start with a warm up and sequence of upper-body exercises, which include free weights, push-ups, planks and other moves to target the biceps, triceps, chest and back muscles.

Then you'll use the ballet barre and your own body weight for resistance to focus on the thigh and seat muscles. Ouchy. Your core will be engaged the entire class and then targeted at the end – if  you aren't shaking by the end something may be wrong with you! For the cool down, you'll go through a series of stretches to increase flexibility and allow your muscles to recover. 

The full 50 minute workout is now one of my favorite parts of my day. Barre Code offers more than just the typical barre workout. You could try out some of their cardio cla…

A new quick-casual dining option is now open in Downtown Milwaukee.
A new quick-casual dining option is now open in Downtown Milwaukee.

A quick and delicious lunch: Colour Palate

Downtown diners, rejoice. A new dining option, which we reported last month, is now available with the opening of Colour Palate at 789 N. Water St. in the former Cousins Subs' space. 

The fast-casual restaurant focuses on made-to-order salads with ingredients of your choosing. Or you can try something from the eight salads on the menu, as I did. 

With choices such as Mediterranean "shaved raw" – a kelp, brussels sprouts and more, "sxsw" – lettuce, black beans, avocado and more, "Bombay chop" – a kale, chickpeas, cucumbers and more – there is plenty to choose from on the preset menu. 

I chose the "Pacific rim," and thoroughly enjoyed the mix of bok choy and kale, chow mein noodles, carrots, green onions, almonds, edamame and mandarin oranges tossed in a creamy peanut dressing. It was made quickly and tasted fresh and garden-crisp. 

You can eat your greens in a petite size for $7.95, regular for $8.95, or in a wrap for $7.95. I added chicken to my salad for $2 – but you could also do steak, tempeh or garden. A custom build salad includes greens, four primary toppings and a drizzle of house-made dressing in the same sizes for a bit less cost. 

I love this option for a lunch – or maybe a quick dinner before a show Downtown. You could even get it delivered by Flavor Cycle. I'll be in again soon to try another – and hope you will, too.