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A giant pretzel from Old German Beer Hall is a meal in itself.

In Living Commentary

Get in gear with the four-volume "Addicted to Sweat" DVD set. recommends, Oct. 13, 2012

Pretzels, crepes and more – oh my! Read on for more stuff we like in this week's Recommends.

Giant pretzels – I have been a regular dweller at the Estabrook Beer Garden since it opened earlier this year and have often gawked at the giant pretzels for sale there. However, I didn't try one until recently, when I stopped at Old German Beer Hall (owned by the same person) while on assignment for an article about German dining in Milwaukee. I thought the pretzel would be a quick and cheap way to avoid spending time and money on a "real" lunch, but I ended up enjoying it much more than predicted. Served super hot, the massive, soft-and-salty pretzel can easily be shared with a friend. For $6.75, it's a pretty good deal and works as both a complement to German beer and a vehicle to shovel in the mustard. – Molly Snyder

Le Reve's crepes – After a lifetime of never having been to Tosa's famed French bistro, I was fortunate to find myself on the receiving end of friends' dinner invitations on two separate occasions last week. The first time I full-on splurged on dinner, wine and dessert (How can you not?), but the second time around I went the conservative route and found the very reasonably priced – and very delicious – Legumes Printaniers crepe. Made with local vegetables and served with greens and an egg, it was savory, well-portioned and – at just $10.50 – a very wallet-friendly way to enjoy Le Reve's culinary prowess. The other two, a duck confit crepe and one with scallops (for $11.50), pretty much guarantee you'll find something to satisfy both your stomach and budget. – Renee Lorenz

"Addicted to Sweat" fitness DVD set – Madonna fans who have lusted over the secret to the Material Girl's ripped bod need wonder no longer. Madonna's chain of boutique gyms, Hard Candy Fitness, has released a four-volume DVD set featuring Madonna's personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely adaptable to (patient) beginning fitness levels, these workouts require no fancy equipment – just your body, your DVD player, a chair and a few towels.

For those familiar with similar workouts of the barre/dance cardio variety, I highly urge you to invest in this set. It will take experienced exercisers to the next level, challenging you with complex compound movements done at a very quick pace and give beginners inspiration for a great goal to attain. Plus, for Madonna fans, it feels like you are a part of the show and that a bit of the ageless athlete's formula for fitness has been divulged. Learn more at – Lindsay Garric


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