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A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, or any afternoon for that matter.
A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, or any afternoon for that matter.

A Saturday "Indulgence"

This past weekend, some girlfriends asked me to go to Indulgence Chocolatiers in Walker’s Point for a wine and chocolate tasting. They had me at "wine" and "chocolate."

Indulgence Chocolatiers opened in Walker’s Point last August and when it first opened, Lori gave you a sneak peek. The tasting bar was cozily crowded when we arrived, I guess the cold weather was driving others to drink, as well, which really shouldn’t have been a surprise to me.


We walked in without a reservation, but most of the folks on Saturday did call ahead to reserve, and it is recommended by Indulgence. However, they gladly made room for the three of us and made it work, and we were very appreciative.

Yes, I’d read Lori Fredrich’s story on Indulgence when it first opened, and yes, I knew this was a tasting bar. But, I guess I didn’t realize the scope of them! Learning of the many different wine, beer and cheese tastings all paired with the delicious chocolate had me wanting to try them all. And someday, I will. Girls, guys, moms, dads, whomever you may be, you should be able to find a tasting on this menu you want to try and won’t regret it.

I tried the "full red" tasting trio of wines. It included three pours of wine paired with chocolates for $15; $15 well spent, I may add. The 2010 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon was paired with a Pomegranate Molasses Truffle. All that purpley goodness was almost too much. I kid! A 2012 Maipe Reserve Malbec, a trendy wine right now we were told, and the Cranberry Walnut Mendiant married well with all that berry.

Last but not least, the 2011 Sivas Sonoma Zinfandel came served with the Coconut Truffle. This batch of Zin came from a bad year with a cool climate which means what? Apparently it means yum. The nutty finish on the Zin was perfect with the coconut truffle.

I’m not a wine connoisseur at all, but I tend to know what kinds I like, and the tasting at Indulgence Chocolatiers didn’t make me feel like I didn’t know…

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Hugh Bob is just one of many set to play the second annual Eastside Music Tour.
Hugh Bob is just one of many set to play the second annual Eastside Music Tour.
2014 will be better than ever!
2014 will be better than ever!
Just you and some of your closest friends jammin' out on Brady.
Just you and some of your closest friends jammin' out on Brady.

Eastside Music Tour 2014

One of my favorite events of last year is back, better than ever.

NEWaukee and Brady Street Business Improvement District #11 will again host the second annual "Eastside Music Tour presented by Associated Bank" on Brady Street, which spotlights the local Milwaukee music scene as well as other regional and national acts.

For 2014, the event will feature over 70 musical acts in 30 different locations and will be held on March 1 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.  You can see the full line-up of acts here, as well as purchase tickets

The tour showcases a variety of singer-songwriters, DJs and bands in various Brady Street coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. New this year, there will be a complimentary trolley shuttle running throughout the tour.

Also, a heated All-Access tent (and ticket purchase) will be available, which is presented by Hi-Hat and 88.9 Radio Milwaukee. The tent will be located on Arlington Street.

You can look forward to live performances in venues including Casablanca, Art Smart’s Dart Mart, Cempazuchi, Dragonfly, Exclusive Company, Gloriosos, Club Brady, Roman Coin and many others.

Local talent includes Alto’s, Shoot Down the Moon, Soul Low, Kane Place Record Club, Hugh Robert Masterson, Fever Marlene, WHY? and many other local and regional musicians. Headliners for the All-Access tent and other areas have been announced as well and you can check out acts such P.O.S.  and more.

OnMilwaukee is proud to be a sponsor again this year and will be hosting a stage. The OnMilwaukee stage at the Nomad is as follows:

5:30 p.m. Young Revelators
7 p.m. Ugly Brothers
9 p.m. Hewn
11:30 p.m. Midwest Death Raffle

"The Second Annual Eastside Music Tour is a perfect example of a multiple win event," said Jeremy Fout, Chief Idea Officer of NEWaukee. "Every musical act receives reimbursement, the small businesses of Brady Street see an increase in customers and a donation is made to the Brady Area Foundation For Art and Education. The return on the commu…

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Down the stairs from The Garden Room, a whole other dining world awaits you.
Down the stairs from The Garden Room, a whole other dining world awaits you. (Photo: Carolynn Buser)
With more than eight varieties of ramen to choose from, you will have to go back to try them all.
With more than eight varieties of ramen to choose from, you will have to go back to try them all. (Photo: Carolynn Buser)
The shishitos, a pepper starter, are a must try.
The shishitos, a pepper starter, are a must try. (Photo: Carolynn Buser)
The bacon apple and cilantro lime goat cheese mazeman.
The bacon apple and cilantro lime goat cheese mazeman. (Photo: Carolynn Buser)
The congee (front) and the tofu ramen.
The congee (front) and the tofu ramen. (Photo: Carolynn Buser)
Wisconsin grass-fed beef is one of the ramen available.
Wisconsin grass-fed beef is one of the ramen available. (Photo: Carolynn Buser)

Another look at Tochi

You may have read Lori Fredrich’s story last week on the new restaurant Tochi, which opened last week in Shorewood with Chef Gregg Des Rosier at the helm. Tochi, formerly Anaba Tea Room, specializes in ramen.

A group of girlfriends and I couldn’t wait to try out this new dining spot, so the four of us made plans to grab dinner there during the first week of operation. And I’m really glad we didn’t wait!

From the moment we descended the stairs to Tochi (which is downstairs from The Garden Room) the lusty smell of bacon was thick in the air. The place was filled to the brim with customers enjoying their steaming bowls of ramen.

While we waited for our table, which took maybe 15 minutes, we grabbed a seat at the sleek bar – which seats around 10 – and enjoyed some drinks. The drink menu included a large variety of wine, beer, saketinis, sake bombs and sake. The restaurant also continues to offer an extensive tea list – which was appealing since it was freezing outside – but I opted to warm up with a glass of red wine instead.

After we were seated in the new zen-like space, we began our meal with a couple starters. The pork steam buns ($5.95), which featured a curried slaw, were delicious. And the shishitos ($5.95) were a pleasant surprise. Most of us had never tried shishito peppers before, but these were delicious – slightly charred and tossed in fish sauce, pork fat and sesame. You had me at the pork fat, but I really loved the slight hotness of these peppers, too.

With eight different ramens to choose from, we were able to try and share about half of them, along with a bowl of congee. TOCHI ramen ($11.95), which is a pork-based broth with Singapore noodles, came with pork belly, Welsh onions and a spicy miso deviled egg. The broth was delicious, and the bowl came packed with plenty of noodles and toppings.

One of us ordered the mushroom and smoked tofu ramen ($9.95), which had a bourbon barrel fermented soy sauce shoyu-style broth. The flavor…

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Cash really is king in these 6 places.
Cash really is king in these 6 places. (Photo: Shutterstock)

7 bars and restaurants where cash is still king

I was recently reminded that "cash is king" at a number of local businesses, including some I visit frequently.

Molly wrote this story on "cash only" businesses last year that discussed why some may not take your plastic, and I fully understand why a business may choose to stay "cash only." However, I’m still slightly annoyed when I encounter one that I may have forgotten about, so that is where this list may come up handy.

Be sure to add any I may have missed below in the talkbacks, or chime in via social media and I will update the list. Here are seven places that take cash only:

  1. The Soup House
    324 E. Michigan St.,
    (414) 277-7687
    One of my favorites for lunch, The Soup House offers a bunch of different soups daily, along with a chunk of delicious bread.
  2. Lalli’s Pizza
    8826 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 774-9838
    This classic Tosa pizzera is right next to Club Tap, so you can wait for your pizza next door with a tap of beer.
  3. Oakland Gyros
    2867 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 963-1393
    This "after bar" pick is cash-only after midnight. Hopefully, you have some moolah left after your night out.
  4. Stonefly Brewery
    755 E. Center St., (414) 212-8910
    Riverwest staple Stonefly Brewery went cash-only a few years back. A great live music venue, as well a popular brunch spot for locals.
  5. Jamo’s
    1800 E. Arlington Pl., (414) 276-7101
    Oh, Jamo’s. This corner tap meets lounge may conjure another time or era, where cash really was king. However, the great cocktails and Delirium on tap are worth making sure you have some cash on you.
  6. John’s Sandwich Shop
    8913 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 257-9347
    John’s focuses on fresh and healthy options, and delicious ones at that. Grab a seat at the counter and order a malt while you're at it. This cash-only spot doesn’t have an ATM, so you can’t even pay a ridiculous $5 fee to get your own money to pay on-site.
  7. Three Brothers
    2414 S. St. Clair St., Milwaukee(414) 481-7530
    This Serbian gem is worth keeping cash in your wallet for. Get th…
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