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Andy Tarnoff's Articles
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Kids & Family - Aug. 27, 2014
3 end-of-summer kids mini-trips
Back in June, I wrote about the five summer kids trips I couldn't wait to take. Well, summer got busy, and despite my best intentions, I only made it to one of my top five suggestions. But that's not to say I was a deadbeat dad this season. My almost-6-year-old and I had lots of fun this summer, and in fact, we found a few other places to visit as the calendar inched closer to the return of school. All three were just within an hour from home.
Festival Guide - Aug. 19, 2014
Milwaukee Masterpiece rolls into town
I recently interviewed a former boss, a courageous woman who once hired me as an intern. She's now affiliated with the Milwaukee Masterpiece, a high-end car show. Meet Bev Jurkowski, my mentor, and the woman crazy enough to ask me to be a "celebrity judge" this weekend at the show.
Movies & TV - Aug. 19, 2014
Milwaukee Talks: "Morning Blend" co-host Molly Fay
Chicago native Molly Fay didn't expect to host a talk show. But the former investigative journalist, mother of three and self-described introvert, found herself doing just that eight years ago when WTMJ-4 launched "The Morning Blend," and she hasn't looked back. We caught up with Fay over coffee last week to discuss where she's been and where she's going. And why every person, even if their job seems mundane, has a story to tell.
Dining - Aug. 13, 2014
Food Truck Week: The "Baconmeister" from Burgermeister
I quite enjoyed the "Garlicmeister" last time, but I'm pretty sure I'm now partial to their $9 "Baconmeister" meal. With 1/3 pound of Angus beef, topped with bourbon bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato and cheese (I opted for cheddar), it's the brioche bun that makes the difference to me. It comes with homemade chips or fries and a drink.
Dining - Aug. 12, 2014
Food Truck Week: Falafel Guys
I could pretty much eat falafel every day of my life and never get tired of it. The fried chickpea dish is close to the perfect vegetarian dish, and whether you claim it's Israeli or Arabic, it's one meal that everyone in the Middle East can agree is great.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Aug. 6, 2014
Romantic and relaxing, Door County's magic is infectious
Last weekend, I talked my wife into joining me on my adventure - we hadn't visited Door County together since we first started dating in 2002. It turns out that showing off old favorites, discovering new memories and cultivating another Door County fan is a wonderful, relaxing way to experience this magical place. After all, even as a entirely different kind of trip, Door County remains my "happy place." Scoring points with the wife makes it even happier.
Festival Guide - Aug. 5, 2014
Older, wiser Spacehog blasts into State Fair
This time around, Spacehog returns to Milwaukee in a larger venue, joining Everclear, Soul Asylum and Eve 6 in the Summerland Tour at State Fair Thursday night night. It's easy to call it a `90s band reunion - and it may be - but listen to Spacehog play, and then ask yourself if this is a band just cashing a paycheck. Pretty sure you'll come to the same conclusion I did. We caught up with Spacehog drummer Jonny Cragg from Denver, as his tour moves to the Midwest. He talked about life on the road and what's next for a band that did so much more in its four albums that just what you heard on the radio and saw on MTV.
Travel & Visitors Guide - July 22, 2014
Construction done right
It's easy to complain about highway construction in Milwaukee. After all, it's pretty much a constant. When one project finishes, another begins ... if we're lucky. More often, it seems like every interchange or stretch of freeway is being worked on all at once.
Dining - July 9, 2014
Dogg Haus expands to Twin Cities
Milwaukee's homegrown sausage chain, The Dogg Haus, has reached an area development agreement with Minneapolis-based Freestyle Enterprises, LLC, to expand into the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
Music - July 8, 2014
The Gobbler is coming back!
I can't believe it's true, but the iconic Gobbler in Johnson Creek is coming back. On May 22, Daniel A. Manesis, of Manesis & Associates of West Allis purchased the long vacant restaurant, that last was, as I recall, a barbecue place and served one of the worst meals I ever had in a restaurant.
Festival Guide - July 2, 2014
G. Love's still special to Gen X
G. Love & Special Sauce, now 20 years old, is still around, and they played at the Miller Lite Oasis on a beautiful Tuesday night. They certainly didn't stop making records in the `90s, but to me, they still have that Gen X sound that this older audience came to hear.
Festival Guide - June 28, 2014
Two's enough for synth pop duo Pet Tigers
"When's the last time you saw a keytar?" asked Liz Ofte, in the middle of her band's set at Summerfest on Saturday afternoon. That's a good question, and even though the keytar is one only two of the instruments (along with drums) in the two-person Pet Tiger, Ofte and Jeremy Keith don't really need more to produce a big sound.
Festival Guide - June 27, 2014
7 questions for Las Vegas' band Pet Tigers
Vegas-based garage punk band Pet Tigers has a pretty strong Wisconsin connection. One half of the band, Liz Ofte, is from tiny Westby near LaCrosse, an actual farmer's daughter. While Ofte and her bandmate Jeremy Keith are well-known in Las Vegas music scene, Saturday marks their first trip to Summerfest. They play at 4 p.m. at the Harley Roadhouse. The duo, which is touring in support of its first album, spoke to OnMilwaukee.com by phone, minutes before hopping on a plane to Milwaukee.
Festival Guide - June 25, 2014
Summerfest picks: Andy Tarnoff
There are years when Summerfest's lineup seems like it was made just for me. Then there are years, like this one, when the Big Gig just doesn't flip my trigger. It's not their fault, of course - the world's largest musical has to make a lot of people happy. And this year, I'm just not one of them. But I won't sit around and complain. There's still plenty to recommend.
Living - June 17, 2014
Where were you during the O.J. chase?
I remember exactly where I was 20 years ago today, the night O.J. Simpson captivated the entire nation with his slow-speed chase through Los Angeles. I was at Hooters.
Travel & Visitors Guide - June 12, 2014
5 summer kids trips I can't wait to take
I like to think of myself as a pretty adventurous dad. We've done all sorts of fun stuff with our 5-year-old daughter, but I've also tried to remember that some stuff is better done at an older age.
Living - June 6, 2014
Time to end readers comments?
If you ever want to see the worst people in the world, just scroll down to the bottom of stories on CNN.com or Yahoo News. No matter what the subject of the article, the anonymous trolls will be there, spewing hate, racism, right- and left-wing political crazy talk, and the worst grammar and spelling on the Internet.
Travel & Visitors Guide - May 29, 2014
Hitting the road with the Brewers of tomorrow
The driving distance from Milwaukee to New Orleans and back, with stops in Beloit, Montgomery and Nashville, is just over 2,400 miles. That much time in a car will make a four-day road trip feel like a month-long campaign, but for the aches and pains that come with those nine-hour stretches speeding through the Deep South, one will come home with a lot of experiences and memories to share. For us, it was a whole bunch of minor league Brewers baseball and fun in the cities that they played in, over this Memorial Day weekend. A perfect and unique way to send our 30s out with a bang.
Travel & Visitors Guide - May 22, 2014
Don't forget to fill those buckets
A personal bucket list item awaits me this weekend, and just in time. On May 27, I'll turn 40, and I'm not overly excited about this milestone. Three days later, one of my oldest friends, Eron Laber, also hits the big 4-0. To commemorate it, we're finally doing something we've talked about for years: hitting all the Brewers' minor league teams in one weekend.
Marketplace - May 20, 2014
From grilling hot dogs to detailing cool cars, Muna puts customers first
If you're familiar with Mazen Muna, it's probably for his five Dogg Haus restaurants spread around Milwaukee. But Muna's first love was cars, not hot dogs, and for the last five years, he's had the chance to look a Milwaukee's nicest ones every day. That's because in addition to sausage joints, he owns Metro Hand Car Wash & Detailing, a high-end auto care shop right in the heart of Downtown.
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