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Dive into Blackbird for a beer or four.
Dive into Blackbird for a beer or four. (Photo: Facebook)

Bay View tavern named Wisconsin's Best Dive Bar

Yahoo Travel named Blackbird, 3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., as one of the 50 Best Dive Bars in the United States. One bar was picked for each state, and Blackbird got the honors for Wisconsin.

"You just know a beer loving city like Milwaukee is going to do a dive bar right," reads the web site.

Congratulations, Blackbird, for getting well-deserved national exposure. However, I wouldn’t put the Bay View tavern at the top on my dive bar list. That would be reserved for Jim’s Time Out or Y-Not 2 or Ollie’s or ….

Darryl McDaniels - aka "DMC" - will sign his graphic novels and items bought at Clicks.
Darryl McDaniels - aka "DMC" - will sign his graphic novels and items bought at Clicks.

Meet hip-hop star "DMC" from Run-D.M.C.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels – of hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. – will be at Clicks, 1916 E. Capitol Dr., on Saturday, Aug, 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

McDaniels, who co-owns the shop, will sign copies of his graphic novel – called "DMC" – and items purchased at Clicks.

Last month, OnMilwaukee.com broke this fascinating story about how an internationally famous hip-hop legend and a man from Shorewood opened a shoe and clothing boutique.

Crowns and cream puffs.
Crowns and cream puffs. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Get back in the game, Snyder.
Get back in the game, Snyder. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Heather is the hero of cream puff inhaling.
Heather is the hero of cream puff inhaling. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

The gross glory of competitive eating

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Traditionally, eating contests occurred at county fairs and involved pies. However, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is now the most famous in the country. The Coney Island contest has happened every year since the ‘70s on July 4 and the current record was set by a Japanese competitive eater who downed 59 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Because the event receives extraordinary media exposure, including ESPN, it has contributed to the popularity of competitive consumption.

All Pro Eating (APE) has brought more competitive eating to spectators. The APE is the only independent competitive eating organization in the world and offers sanctioned eating competitions. Last year, OnMilwaukee.com interviewed Molly Schuyler, a recognized All Pro Eater who holds numerous world records, including the record for consuming the most bacon – five pounds in five minutes and 21 seconds. She also broke records after eating 440 chicken wings in 26 minutes and three 72-ounce steak dinners in 20 minutes.

Although competitive eating has been widely criticized for its message of gluttony, possible contribution to obesity and disrespect for world hunger, it continues to increase in popularity. Reality television programs like Travel Channel’s "Man V. Food" fed the public's fascination with the phenomenon for three seasons.

Every year, The Wisconsin State Fair offers contests to determine who can eat the most (or the fastest) jalapeños, cereal, baked potatoes and, of course, cream puffs. Possibly more interesting than a competitive eating contest is the number of people who show up to watch a competitive eating contest.

I have competed in the celebrity potato eating contest – or "celebrity" potato eating contest a…

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Angelo's will reopen soon.
Angelo's will reopen soon.

Angelo's Lounge changes hands

In February, after finding out Angelo’s Piano Lounge, 1686 N. Van Buren St., was for lease, OnMilwaukee.com asked the question "Who's gonna take over Angelo’s Lounge?"

Recently, we learned that Nate Fried, owner of Hybrid Lounge, is taking on the job. Fried leased the space and is currently getting permits to update it with draft lines and a new audio system. He hopes to reopen Angelo's in late September or early October.

"I'm keeping the name and I don’t plan to change it too much," says Fried. "Just refreshing the space."