Drinking and bowling have always been a preferred mix.
Drinking and bowling have always been a preferred mix.

For the wine-drinking bowler who has everything

Tis the season for Milwaukee merriment and BMO Harris Bank is bringing you happy holiday stories all season long.

I am not really wine drinker (don’t tell my Italian family or Bobby Tanzilo) and I certainly don’t have "everything," but I do like bowling and quirky appliances. That said, when I received this electric wine opener in the shape of a bowling pin, I was instantly smitten – and suddenly inspired to pick up a bottle or five of wine.

The bowling pin, made by WineOvation, comes with a charger than’s guaranteed to open 35 bottles of wine after charging for six-to-eight hours. I will report back on this.

I did a quick Amazon search, and this item, if purchased today, could make it via Amazon Prime by Friday. (As of the time of this post, of course.) So, if you're looking for a last minute gift for that wine drinker who has everything or that bowler who's a total wino, it's available.

To bastardize a line from "The Great Lebowski," this would really tie the bar together.

Check out how Sendik's potato chips are made

Watch: How Sendik's potato chips are made

All week long we will be featuring holiday recipes, local gift guides and more during "Home for the Holidays Week" brought to you by Sendik's Food Market. Your trusted, local grocer.

Every day, it's "crunch time" for the chip-makers at the Sendik’s in Mequon whose job is to make enough homemade potato chips to stock all of the Sendik’s stores.

The process is fairly simple and fun to watch. Sendik’s uses triple-washed fresh potatoes that are primarily from Wisconsin and load them into a machine, where they are sliced and fried in peanut oil. The skin is left on the potatoes to increase flavor and nutrients.

After the brief slicing and frying process, the chips fall off a conveyor belt into a bowl, where they cool off for an hour. They are then seasoned, unless they are the "naked" flavor, which does not have any ingredients other than potatoes and oil.

Other flavors of Sendik’s chips include sweet potato, sea salt, white cheddar, ranch, BBQ, salt and vinegar, jalapeno, mustard, butter and chocolate marshmallow.

The bags are $5.99 for sweet potato and $4.99 for the other flavors.

"We guarantee fresh potato chips, every day," says marketing director Nick Bandoch.

If you like potato chips (um, duh) and "how things are made"-type videos, check this one out on Sendik's chip-making process:

A strange expression explained.
A strange expression explained. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

Colder than a witch's what?

Winter zoomed into Milwaukee like a witch on a broom, and so did the expression "colder than a witch’s tit." I’ve heard it multiple times in recent days and decided to find out where this odd saying came from.

Personally, it never made sense to me since I imagine witches in front of cauldrons or bonfires, which, one would think, would make their tits quite toasty.

However, the expression most likely came from how witches are portrayed – cold blooded and green-skinned, which seems reptilian-y and cold to the touch. The metaphor could also be derived from the misguided belief that a witch is in alliance with Satan, so she presumably has no maternal feelings and is unable to suckle a child.

Regardless of its origin, the expression is an oldie but a goody, one that tends to fly around like snowflakes in the wind on a blustery Brew City evening.

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