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A tasty burger at Brown Bottle Pub.
A tasty burger at Brown Bottle Pub.

Curated #foodporn that'll make you hungry

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

I post a lot of photos of food, mostly because I’m guilty of the new axiom, "If you didn’t put it on social media, it didn’t happen."

Judgement aside, whenever I look at my Instagram feed, I get hungry. So here are a bunch of photos I’ve taken from Wisconsin restaurants. Maybe after seeing them, you’ll be hungry, too.

It's always time for chili.

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I am the first person ever to order the deep-fried Old Fashioned at #Summerfest, because of course I am.

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Lunch with Art Museum friends. Eating Jason Gorman's food again. Life is good.

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Flan!

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Si.

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My reward to myself for going to the dentist: carbs. Pasta Bianca!

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Sushi.

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Healthy. Ish.

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Brunch with Begel is my favorite kind of brunch.

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Lunch with my friends from House of Harley.

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The attractive, but not perfect, Vector Luna Smart Watch.
The attractive, but not perfect, Vector Luna Smart Watch.

A month with a smart watch that isn't an Apple Watch

As a daily watch wearer who appreciates a good-looking, high-quality watch, I really want to like the Apple Watch. But I just can’t get over its rectangular face and short battery life. I think long and hard about design when I buy an analog watch, and Apple’s isn’t attractive enough for me to make the investment.

That said, I’ve been intrigued about smart watches since they were just a design concept, and I’ve wondered if my nerdy tech life was missing out by not having one.

I answered that question when Vector sent me their $299 Luna Smart Watch to review. It’s considered by many to be the most attractive model on the market.

And now, my feelings are mixed.

The Luna really does look a real watch at first glance, although it puts me off by its thickness. From a distance, its screen looks pretty good, but wearing it, I never got past its very low resolution and lack of brightness. That’s a trade off for its month-long battery life, but I can’t help but feel like I’m wearing a piece of technology more like a Palm Pilot than an iPhone.

Without a touch screen, the Luna instead uses three buttons on the crown to go forward, back or select. Almost all the functionality is controlled by the companion app, and until I started turning off notifications, it was buzzing at me nonstop. That, of course, was my fault … problem is now I forget that the watch is even doing anything other than telling time.

While it is a smartwatch, you can’t actually do a whole lot with the Luna. You can read texts but not reply. You can see tweets but not post. It’s like having notifications on your wrist but you can’t interact with them, and that becomes frustrating, since eventually, I started to wonder what’s the benefit of not having to use your phone if to reply to anything, you still need to use your phone?

The other functions are of limited use to me. As a music remote control, it’s just a clunkier way of playing songs. The calendar only partially jives…

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What the hell did I just watch?
What the hell did I just watch?

Die Antwoord live mirrors viral insanity

Halfway through the bass-thumping, sweaty hot mess that was the Die Antwoord show at The Rave in the Eagles Club ballroom Wednesday night, I shouted, my words barely audible over the screaming Afrikaans rap, "How the hell am I going to write this review?"

Indeed, if you’re not familiar with the the South African, EDM, post-punk rave Zef murder rap duo, none of this will make much sense. I mean, I’m familiar with Die Antwoord, and it didn’t make much sense to me, either.

Let me set the scene: The jam-packed room was full of teens and millennials alternating between costumes of Furries and Mad Max fan fiction enthusiasts. I wasn’t the oldest guy in the room. Some hippies and a guy in Packers Zubaz, for some reason, held that distinction. 

The band, the duo of rappers/ex-partners Ninja and Yolandi Visser plus DJ Hi-Tek, made enough noise for more than three, although body suit dancers performing spastic tribal moves popped in and out to bring an amped-up taste of their native country's culture to the 80-minute set. 

Again, if you don’t know what Zef is, take a moment to watch one of their insanely NSFW YouTube videos that brought the Die to fame. In fact, that’s how most people even know about this Cape Town group. I asked a group next to me on the packed floor how they'd become familiar with Die Antwoord: "Internet," they replied in unison. Consider that "Baby’s On Fire" has three million views on YouTube alone.

I can’t exactly review all the songs they played, although the audience was getting restless after a looooong 25-minute video intro. Yes, they played "Baby’s on Fire," "I Fink U Freeky," "Fatty Boom Boom" and "Daddy." Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess what went down. Maybe ask that flailing giant in front of me on Ecstasy or Molly or something that this old man has never heard of.



How do you describe the glowering, the stage dives, the DIY scary hooded costume changes into hot pants and crop tops, the occasional male nudi…

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