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It's time for the Big Gig. But Milwaukee offers a host of other spots for Chicagoan festival-goers.
It's time for the Big Gig. But Milwaukee offers a host of other spots for Chicagoan festival-goers.

Chicago Tribune offers Brew City tips for Big Gig-goers

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It’s no surprise that Summerfest is a draw for folks both near and far. After all, it’s the biggest friggin’ music festival in the world. But lately, folks are seeing the city behind the Big Gig, and that’s even better.

Take for instance this article published today in the Chicago Tribune, which outlines 10 things to do in Milwaukee during Summerfest.

It’s a very good list and includes some of the best things to do during our great Milwaukee summer, including planting your butt in a beer garden, heading to Lakefront Brewery or Great Lakes Distillery, exploring the Riverwalk, taking a Milwaukee Food & City Tour and climbing up the North Point Lighthouse.

There’s also a plug for the pork shank in apple demi-glaze at Mader’s, and an affectionate shout-out for Colectivo Coffee (which Chicago better be cozying up to, considering a cafe is coming their way).

And I was happy to see the author didn’t miss recommending a trip over to the Milwaukee Art Museum, though if it were me doing the writing, I’d add a trip to Cafe Calatrava or the East End Wine Bar, because Chef Jason Gorman has taken art museum cuisine to a whole new level in both places.

Surely there are other hidden secrets to be explored in our amazing city (here's 100 more suggestions for you). But hey, you gotta start somewhere.

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Say happy birthday to Sr. GeorgeAnn if you see her.
Say happy birthday to Sr. GeorgeAnn if you see her.

Happy Birthday, Sr. GeorgeAnn! May you (and the fruitcake) live long & prosper

Last winter, we told the tale of Sister GeorgeAnn Krzyzanowski, director of buildings and grounds at Mount Mary University, and her legendary fruitcake.

Well, wouldn't you know it, today is her birthday.

And apparently, the fact that she makes hundreds of fruitcakes (to raise money for scholarship) isn't the only fun thing about Sr. GeorgeAnn. Hints: flamingos, Green Bay Packers, Star Trek.

To wish her a very happy birthday, her friends and colleagues at Mount Mary University worked up a video sharing 10 interesting facts about this legendary woman.

If you attended Mount Mary, you might know some of them. But, we're going to bet there are a couple you may not know. And, if nothing else, the video is a whole lot of fun.

Mount Mary posted the video to its Facebook page about an hour or so ago. 

Last we checked, the post on Facebook had a couple hundred likes. But feel free to head over and add yours – or a message for Sr. GeorgeAnn if you so desire.

Craving cookies? Well, you can have them delivered to your home or workplace on Fridays.
Craving cookies? Well, you can have them delivered to your home or workplace on Fridays. (Photo: Treat Bake Shop)

Dangerous development: Delivery now available on #CookieFriday

So, I told you a few months ago that Treat Bake Shop started an amazing new tradition called #CookieFriday during which its kitchen turns out some of the most delectable cookies I’ve tasted (thanks to great ingredients like European style butter and great chocolate, along with some serious cookie-baking expertise).

Well, the deal has gotten even better.

Thanks to a partnership with Flavor Cycle, Milwaukee's on-demand bike messenger service, Treat now offers delivery of its delicious cookies to the Milwaukee area.

Yes, it’s true. Now, for a small fee, you can have cookies delivered right to your doorstep on Fridays. I’m not sure there’s anything better than that … or worse for our waistlines.

Cookie flavors are always changing, but here’s what’s been on the docket:

  • Lemon Raspberry Sandwich Cookie: Bright, floral raspberry preserves sandwiched between two lemon cream cheese cookies
  • Chocolate Chunk: European-style butter, dark chocolate chunks and a sprinkling of sea salt
  • Flourless Peanut Butter: Not flourless in a healthy way, but in a dense, creamy, super peanut-buttery way

And, while it looks like you could have just one delicious – but lonely – cookie delivered to your home or workplace, why not just go for a dozen? You won’t be sorry.

Cookies are available Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until they are sold out). Cookies can be ordered in advance online or picked up at the Treat Bake Shop Kitchen in the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St., suite 212. 

For flavor updates, follow Treat on Twitter.

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Jimmy John's will offer $1 sandwiches on April 21 for a Nationwide Customer Appreciation Day.
Jimmy John's will offer $1 sandwiches on April 21 for a Nationwide Customer Appreciation Day.

I know the guy the $1 Jimmy John's sandwich promo is meant to thank

If you're looking for a cheap lunch option tomorrow, you might be interested to know that Jimmy John's locations around Milwaukee will offer a $1 sandwich promotion at participating stores between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

The deal is part of a Nationwide Customer Appreciation day promotion, the details of which I'll share in just a moment. But first, I want to give you an example of the sort of customer for which Jimmy John's should be truly grateful.

That's dedication

For years, before I took on food writing for a living, I worked at Marquette University. And during my last few years of employment there, I worked with a colleague who was seemingly a Jimmy John’s devotee.

While others in the office sought out burgers from Sobelman's or burritos from Qdoba, Mark always seemed to be happy with Jimmy John's. In fact, without fail, sometimes for months on end, he made the two-block trek to the nearest Jimmy John’s shop, where he ordered and ate his lunch. I don’t recall if he ate exactly the same sandwich every time, but I do recall being floored that he never seemed to tire of the daily ritual.

Suffice it to say, he probably spent enough money at Jimmy John's to warrant a week's worth of $1 sandwich promos.

How to get your $1 sandwich

Fortunately for the rest of you, the offer isn't limited to super-dedicated Jimmy John’s streak eaters.

But, before you bust your butt trying to get to the nearest Jimmy John’s, you should note that, apparently, there are a few rules. 

  1. There’s a limit of one sub per person, and you do have to go to the store to get it (no freaky fast delivery).

  2. Not every sandwich is $1. You’re limited to menu items #1-6, along with the BLT and Slims.

  3. All $1 sandwiches come on Jimmy John’s French bread (though it seems their JJ Unwich lettuce wraps may also be available).

 And, if I’m reading this tweet correctly, you might want to do a little dance once you make that $1 investment in your lunch.…

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