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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

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Thanks, London Cleaners.
Thanks, London Cleaners.
This was lost, but found at the dry cleaner.
This was lost, but found at the dry cleaner.

A free coffee lost and found

It's the little things, isn't it?  Like today when I stopped at London Cleaners, 778 N. Milwaukee St., to pick up my shirts.  

Demetrios (Jimmy) Beltsos, the owner, took my ticket, found my shirts and brought back an added surprise: a Stone Creek Coffee punch card that I had left in one of the pockets.  As a bonus, it even had a free coffee on it!

The staff at The London could have easily tossed the card, but didn't.  Rather, they made a point to staple it to my dry cleaning ticket and make sure I got it back.  Above and beyond, and so very appreciated.  

I've raved about this Milwaukee institution before and today it just took another leap up my things I love about Milwaukee list. 

Thanks, Jimmy, for always brightening my day and for the free coffee that I almost lost. 

Win a True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater on Oct. 24, 25 and 26.
Win a True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater on Oct. 24, 25 and 26.

Three nights of Widespread Panic

Want to help Hunger Task Force and its mission?  Want to go to all three nights (Oct. 24, 25 and 26) of Widespread Panic at The Riverside?  Want a limited edition Widespread Panic tour poster signed by the entire band?

All of this, and more, can be yours if your price is right.

That's right, just click here and begin bidding on a three-night True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Oct. 24-26.

The auction begins Oct. 17 and ends at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22. 

The auction winner will receive:

  • Two Widespread Panic Weekend Passes featuring tickets for all three nights.
  • Two tickets to the show after parties at Mo's Irish Pub with Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormans for all three nights.
  • A limited edition Widespread Panic tour poster signed by the entire band. (The poster will be mailed to the winner the week after the show.)

Auction item and tickets are non-transferrable. Thanks to Widespread Panic and the Riverside Theater for generously donating these auction items to benefit Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee’s hungry.

Already going to the show?  Hunger Task Force and Widespread Panic also are teaming up to run a food drive before each show.  All concert-goers are encouraged to bring a food donation.

Frank Almond is the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony.
Frank Almond is the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony. (Photo: frankalmond.com)

Vanity Fair's Bissinger profiles Milwaukee's "Stradivarius Affair"

Writer Buzz Bissinger profiles the Milwaukee "heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter" online and in the November print edition of Vanity Fair. 

Bissinger opens the more than 5,300-word piece with a cliche-ridden description of Milwaukee saying, "Maybe it wasn’t the crime of the century, but it definitely was the crime of the century in Milwaukee. The city, known for beer, bratwurst, the Brewers and frighteningly large portions at German restaurants, had never been a hotbed of headlines. But this made national and world news not seen since the days of the city’s own serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer."

Seriously, "frighteningly large portions at German restaurants"?  Two?   

Otherwise, the piece is well done, researched and offers insight into the crime and even the Taser used on Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. 

Read the full story here

Some of Milwaukee's best.
Some of Milwaukee's best.

Milwaukee's best burrito?

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Maybe it's our swift movement into a higher-end food scene. Maybe it's our brats, cheese and beer culture? Who knows? 

All I know is that for some reason the "where's Milwaukee's best burrito" conversation just doesn't happen as much here as it seemingly does in other cities.

I love a great burrito as much as the next person.  My favorites?  Beans and Barley, Margarita Paradise at the Milwaukee Public Market, an occasional Chipoltle run, La Perla's three homemade tortilla version and the always tasty Cempazuchi chicken burrito.

Honestly, stuff a burrito with tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, black beans, jalapeno and guacamole and I'm pretty satisfied.  But, the above choices lead the way for me.

How about you?  End this not really so burning question now. Where is Milwaukee's best burrito?