blogger collab day: ripon wi

now i bet your wondering what i was doing in ripon a few weeks back right? but are you also wondering what or where ripon is?

ripon is a small town that is north of milwaukee, its about an hour and half drive. the reason why i headed up there was because of blogger collab day. ladies, if you dont follow blogger collab day on IG, its a must! i have met a lot of my “blogger friends” as i call them through blogger collab day.

so ladies, once you follow them, keep your eyes out for their next event and SIGN UP! its so worth it, again you get to meet like-minded, supportive and encouraging women, you always get a swag bag filled with goodies and you walk away with some amazing picture taken by amanda vick! but best of all you leave we lasting memories.

i know youre just dying to hear about the day and the shops that hosted us and the food we ate, right? right!

MUGS:

this was where we started off our day, this was a cute little (jk it was huge) coffee shop in downtown ripon. although i got their a little later than everyone else did, i still was able to get a yummy iced latte & their delish breakfast they provided for us. and me being me, i took a look at the other food that they on their menu and it looks SO good. i might just go back for the food 😉

AMERICAN ALCHEMY:

i love this shop! omg. can you double love something? im going to say you can, because i double love this shop! this is a shop you wouldnt excpet to see in a town like this, meaning this shop has the latest fashion, locally made items like earrings from dynamo and so much more. they even have sassy cards for celebrations, small air plants and even a mens section. the owner of the shop is the sweetest and know how to pair pieces of clothing with your body type. whats really nice too, is the stop will post on the facebook about what they have and are willing to ship it to you.

PATINA VIE:

i loved the vibe of this shop. it kind of reminded me of anthro but a little more rustic. which just meant i wanted to buy the whole store. what i really liked about this shop was, their upstairs was like a flea market and by that i mean, there was a lot of random yet unique things. they also have a lot of vintage things too, i love when a piece could tell a story.

BACKYARD GATHERINGS:

deep deep down, i love rustic and farmhouse style and decor . and this place had just that! i love that this shop goes out and tries to find the best looking rustic, vintage and farmhouse styled stuff. i think i did about 20 laps around the store because i wanted to make sure i didnt miss anything. i wish had a had more shops like this in milwaukee because i love seeing old/vintage things in a new light.

VINES AND RUSHES WINERY:

i literally had no idea this was even a thing! i guess i am so used to wisconsin being known for beer that i didnt even think about wine! and this place didnt just have wine…they had pizza and it was one of the best pizzas i have ever had! of course, their wine was pretty good too. we all shared a few of their margarita pizzas and i sipped on a glass of their marquette rose. i really enjoyed the relaxing vibe of this place, it was a great way to end blogger collab day!

annnnd one more place i dont want to miss talking about.

DIG GARDEN STORE:

i loved this shop, because it was fully of plants. and i love plants. but really this shop was so cute and corky, i loved it. of course i waked away with a spider plant (it was like the store knew i always wanted one). i think i could live in the shop if i had too 🙂

and that was my blogger collab day in ripon! i would suggest visiting this cute little town. i kind of see it as a big little town.

happy monday!

xoxo kelsey

4th of july with Sendik’s

am i the only one who cant believe that its july? i mean WHAT! i think its hard to believe that its july because of all this crazy not summer like weather we have been having. and here i go talking about weather…just be warm and sunny wisconsin so we can talk about something else!

well, i have something else to talk about, and im pretty sure youre going to want to stick around and see what it is.

one of my favorite things to do is plan. i love all the work, details and ideas that go into any sort of plan. i really enjoy planning events, big or small, it doesnt matter as long as i get to be a part of it. since the 4th of july is almost here, i recently partnered with Sendik’s Food Market. what Sendik’s is, is a local, family owned grocery store that has now expanded over the metro milwaukee area. a little fun fact, the first store is on the east side of milwaukee , it all started there in 1926.

what i like about Sendik’s is how easy they make it to get ready for any event. from having pre-cut cheese and fruits to house made chips and salsa, it literally cuts down on so much time. i think can use that time to spend with my family and friends at the events/parties i plan.

with the 4th around the corner, i thought Sendik’s was the perfect place to shop for my 4th of july party musts!

here are some of my musts for a successful party:

  • anything themed for the event. so for this since its the 4th of july = stars & strips oh and you cannot forget the sparklers!
  • chips and salsa
  • fruit
  • veggies
  • cheese
  • taco dip
  • crackers

i love decorating too, okay i love it all! i love planning and decorating. i mean, who doesnt? i went to michael’s and got most of my decor there. some of it though, i just had at home. i love reusing what i already have because it saves you a few extra bucks.

like i said before, Sendik’s makes it SO easy to great ready for guests. i dont think i have ever spend less time on prepping and finishing food. Sendik’s has become my go to for getting ready for pretty much any gathering.

now, i know youre itching to know how i made all these goodies, have no fear i have listed everything i did and used:

CHIPS AND SALSA:

this was the easiest of the easiest! Sendik’s makes yummy house made tortilla chips and salsa too. you guys know i love spicy so i went with the medium and it was just right. i wasnt too spicy (i couldve gone a little spicier) but this is perfect for guests because then everyone can enjoy. now i didnt get the house made chips for just the salsa, i got them for…

TACO DIP:

literally, you can never go wrong with taco dip. now Sendik’s does make their own dip, so if youre that pressed for time, that is always an option! My taco dip was super easy to make.

here is what is needed:

  • 16oz of sour cream ( i used Sendik’s brand)
  • one block of cream cheese, room temp.
  • one packet of taco seasoning
  • a bag of shredded lettuce
  • a bag of cheddar cheese
  • one medium sized tomato
  • green onions
  • a small can of black olives

how to make:

  • make sure that your cream cheese is room temperature. i make sure i set mine out at least an hour before i start making the dip.
  • once cream cheese is room temperature, add to a mixing bowl along with the sour cream and taco seasoning.
  • once mixed, add it evenly to a serving plate
  • chop up the tomato and green onion
  • spread the lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives on top of the mix
  • top with green onions

so easy! and of course, i paired it with the Sendik’s chips.

CHEESE BOBS:

again this was so easy to get together, Sendik’s has cheese cubes that are already cut up. i went to with pepper jack cheese for the white, then cherry tomatoes for the red and then use blueberries for the blue. the cheese bobs, as i call them ,would be easy if you were in need of a dish to pass at a fourth of july party.

STAR STICKS:

these are another easy to put together snack for the 4th. i think these were the easiest of all. Sendik’s has pre-cut watermelon (along with other fruits) and all i did from where was take a star cookie cutter pushed it into the already cut watermelon and made stars. then i used the rest of the blueberries from the cheese bobs and BOOM i had the star sticks.

and just like that…you ready for the fourth of july! if youre anything like me, you love to have snacks that fit in right with the holiday and you also love having food that you know everyone is going love. AND who doesnt like when snacks are quick and easy to get ready? if it wasnt for Sendik’s, i think i would still be there getting ready for the 4th 😉

well, happy 4th everyone! make sure to eat a lot and enjoy your time with friends & family.

xoxo kelsey

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mke eats 8

at blogger collab day

its monday and you know it means my weekly food blog , right? well kinda.

although i like the idea of blogging about food once a week, i desided i am going back to the once a month food blog. just like old times 🙂

now this doesnt mean that im done with food because THERE IS NO CHANGE IN HELL THAT IS HAPPENING. i love food and i love sharing it with you. i just have a lot of other blog posts i want to focus on so therefore, the foodie posts are back to once a month.

with that being said…

here is where i ate/drank this past week:

milwaukee jerky:

i have always loved beef jerky, like an embarrassing amount. like im kind of embarrassed to even say that im embarrassed. but i guess what should i be embarrassed when something is super tasty and locally made? last week, i won a contest on instagram and with that contest, i won three of their flavors they have. i got their honey bbq, spicy inferno and smoked hickory. lets just say that i have already order and eaten a lot of beef jerky within the last couple of days. their prices are fair, the jerky is made locally and the owners of the company are so nice and flexible with ordering. like i said, i ordered from them because it was just THAT good. i ended up ordering their spicy inferno because i liked the flavor and the heat. now its not overly spicy but spicy enough. i also enjoy this type of jerky because its not the chewy, hard stuff you get from the story. milwaukee jerky makes sure their jerky is soft and tender while leaving you wanting to eat the whole bag. if you’re interested in buying their product, the best way to reach them is on their facebook.

fixture pizza:

yes i have been here so many times, and im pretty sure i get the same pizza over and over agian. and i get their chips over and over too. but hey! like i said last week, if something is good, why change it up? (im kidding). when you go there, its a must to get their house chips because it comes with nacho cheese and jalapenos. again, i love heat so the jalapenos are a great touch. this time around, we got their mke brewing co, great lakes distillery and the var gallery pizza. each pizza is one of a kind but yet all so good.

vines and rushes winery:

this past weekend, a group of my blogger friends and i headed up to ripon, wi for blogger collab day. our last stop of the day was at vines and rushes. i literally had no idea that there was even a winery “up north” but there is and its so pretty! now i also didnt realize that a winery makes pizzas too. and the pizza isnt just a frozen pizza, its wood brick oven pizza and its to die for! we all shared a few of their margarita pizzas and wine of course! we did do a tasting of their different wines and my favorite was their marquette rose. it was on the sweeter side but very refreshing ( i know nothing about wine lol).

harbor house:

we wanted to go somewhere for drinks before dinner and because were at the art museum, i suggested harbor house. we got their cranbery, orange manhattan and of course, i was hungry and wanted to try their garlic parmesan fires and literally couldve had two serving because they were that good! the drink was good too 🙂

sail loft:

now this is a place that i used to really enjoy and i feel like the past couple of times that ive been here, i wasnt impressed what i had. this time around i got their lobster roll because i had been craving one and it was not good. the maine lobster roll did have a lemon parmesan peppercorn aioli and that was what i think wasnt good about it. i love all of the aspects of that aioli but dang! it was not good. and i was upset that this wasnt what i wanted because i had been craving a lobster roll for the longest time!

i kinda feel like this is goodbye but its not?

its totally not, well ill see everyone next month for my monthly food blog. thank you for sticking around all these weeks while i tested the foodie water.

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 7

monday funday, right?

this past week/weekend was a weird one for me, did anyone else feel that way? even though it was weird, i did end up trying some new food places which is always a plus! AND i even went to brunch…yes everyone, this is something that i rarely do!

here is where the food went down this past week:

tacos el charritos:

this place is always our go to when we dont feel like cooking and i blame the truck because its only a two minute drive from our house. i really only had their quesadillas but my thing is, if something is good why change it? jk! but their quesadillas are so simple, a little greasy but so good. i have had the steak before but i would have to say that their chicken is my favorite. and the salsas that comes with the meals are so authniec and spicy, i love it! (okay, the salsas arent that spicy but have a little heat to them).

meat on the street:

ugh i was so excited to finally try this anddddddddddddddddd i wasnt too impressed. although, i have never had filipino food (thats why i tried it). i got a a chicken coconut ginger bowl and i couldnt really taste the ginger and i could only taste a little of the coconut. i did like the straw mushrooms that were in it. when i was handed the bowl….its not what i thought it was going to look like. overall, the bowl was okay, just not what i thought it was going to be. i just wish it had more flavor.

pedros:

all i got was a churro, and i loved every single bite.

north ave grill:

now this isnt in the neck of my woods but i was helping my friend ceci move. by the time we were done moving, we were SO hungry that we went to the closest place and that ended up being north ave grill. i have drove past this place so many times but never thought twice about stopping and trying. i got their buffalo blt wrap. and lets be honest, anything blt or buffalo is always something know you im going to get. i got their buffalo blt wrap with fries and loved it! it was just a simple wrap with everything youd want on it. there was enough buffalo and not too much of anything. it filled me right up!

simple cafe:

like i said, i never do brunch but this weekend nick suggested that we go and im not going to say not no, duh! we went to simple cafe and i got what i always get, their mashed potato omelet. see a pattern here? when i like something and i dont go there a lot, i get the same thing over and over. i love this omelet because they stuff it with potatoes, bacon and green onions and they top it with creole hollandaise sauce…SO good!

i guess the take away from this is, dont be like me and try new things? or you can totally be like me and get the same things over and over again? totally up to you, i mean, i dont know why you wouldnt want to be like me 😉

have a good week my peeps!

xoxo kelsey

h2o health hydration oasis: will i go back?

when i was asked if i wanted to partner with h2o health hydration oasis, i said yes without any hesitation. and that is something i never do. i usually pull the ” i need to think about this” or “let me check my calendar” and then go from there.

i guess another reason why i didnt hesitate is because i knew i always wanted to try and iv drip but i never knew where to go or who to trust.

i walked into h2o and was instantly greeted by one of their friendly staff members. i explained i was there to meet with dr. fox and next thing i knew i hear: “is that miss kelsey!?”. i was in love already! from there, dr. fox showed me around her wellness clinic and let me tell you, i felt right at home and i hadnt even started my iv drip yet.

after such a warm welcome, dr. fox walked me around her clinic. she showed me the different places where you can receive your drip, there is the community room (where i went) and then room that are smaller for parents or people how prefer more privacy. next stop was her office. the walls were lined with all her achievements, i mean come on! shes a super women, she is an anesthesiologist! i mean thats the top of the top plus she owns h2o health hydration oasis! BOSS BABE. then she showed me where they mix all their juices and vitamins…yes i dont know all the technical terms lol. but dr. fox told me that all the drips are mixed in house, for your needs. nothing is premixed or prepackaged.

after filling out some info, dr. fox took me into on of rooms where should set up arm up for the iv. now, if youre scared of needles, dont let that discourage you. she put the needle into my arm, with no problems and she said the needle is so small, you cant feel a thing once it is in. she reassured me that it was going to be quick and easy, and it was!

then i made my way into the community room, where the drip was hooked up to my arm. next, they gave me the option of having oxygen and i never had this before so i said i would. they even add lavender to it because hello! i love lavender. once everything was hooked up, i got the change to chat with dr. fox.

here are some the questions i asked along with questions i got from you guys:

  • WHERE IS THIS LOCATED: in the metro milwaukee area, on greenfiled ave, in brookfield. dr. fox did say she would like to have a location closer to downtown. a really awesome thing that she does is, she have a van called “h2o to go”. its a van that is a mobile iv therapy clinic! dr. fox explained they will make house calls, they will be there after a wedding for the wedding party or they will go to festivals around the milwaukee area.
  • HOW WAS IT? i loved it! i was a little scared at first because i didnt know how it would make me feel or what was being put into my body. like i said before, i felt a sense of comfort right away when i walked in and to be honest, i didnt want to leave when i was finished. also, dr. fox and her staff make sure that everything was going as planned and reassured me that everything was going to be okay.
  • HOW DID IT MAKE YOU FEEL? um i felt super amazing! i remember getting into my car and feeling so refreshed and happy. my mood was lifted and i felt so relaxed too. i felt really hydrated too. overall, i felt like a new person!
  • YOU HAD BOTH IV DRIP & OXYGEN? yes. so you get the iv drip that is tallored to your needs. once the iv is set up and they are about to start the drip, they ask if youd like oxygen. i choose to get mine with lavender but you can choose from different scents or have no scent at all.
  • HOW DO YOU KNOW YOURE GETTING THE RIGHT DRIP? dr. fox like i said is amazing. she asks you how your feeling before you start your drip. i told her that i was feeling like i was getting a cold and i had a headache going on. she then told me everything she was going to put in my drip, why she was putting it in there and how its going to help me after my drip ended.
  • I HATE NEEDLES, SO I COULD NEVER DO THIS! trust me, you totally can! the needle that is put into your arm is so small, you cant even feel it. yes, there is a little pinch when the needle first goes in but after that nothing. you cant even feel like removing it. also, they make sure to cover up your arm so you dont have to see the needle in your arm.
  • WHAT IS THE STAFF LIKE? amazing. i will say over and over again, how nice, caring and welcoming they were. dr. fox told me that her staff are medical professionals (RN and LNP ) who work in emergency rooms. and her being an md! she said she wants her staff to have the knowledge and background for anything that might or could happen.
  • WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? hands down, 100% yes!

if i told you that i didnt dream about getting drips all the time, that would be a lie! i also kind want dr.fox to be my new bff? too much?

anyways, i would recommend h2o and over again and i cant wait to be back for more! and thank you to dr.fox and her amazing staff for having me and making me feel like a new woman!

xoxo kelsey

H2O HEALTH HYDRATION OASIS: Milwaukee’s first and only custom IV therapy clinic.

phone: 262.277.1018

email: @hydrationoasis.com

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mke eats 6

its monday, its monday! i know some of you are like “omg stoppppppp” and the other half of you are like “yaasssss girl, new week!”. well how ever you are, you already know what today is….MKE FOOD DAY!

lets get right into this.

here are this weeks eats & drinks:

pedros:

i never knew what an arepa was until i went to boston. both nick and i were so hungry that we didnt care what we ate. well, we ended up ordering arepas and omgggg they were everything i ever wanted. who doesnt like cheese and cornbread? since that trip, i havent had an arepa since but nick discover pedros. its a south american food cart that offer arepas and tacos. well, of course i got a veggie arepa and it was AMAZING! a million times better than the one i had in boston. pedros had a good sweetness to their cornbeard, it was topped with black beans, cream, onions and so much more. oh and the inside was filled with cheese. we also got their street corn and that was just as good. street corns been my thing lately and whenever i see it, i have to get it! along with my corn and arepa, i had a few beers from good city brewing. i got the leo beer and it was really crisp with a little bit of a hoppy taste but nothing crazy. AND the whole reason why even where able to get pedros is because the urban ecology center hosted “bike and bite“. so right outside of the ecology center, they had music, food, drinks and bikes. all said and done, it was a 14 miles round trip bike ride for us!

enlightened:

i never was at their old site but their new site is awesome. i love all of their open space, plants and rustic/farmhouse feels. their beer is also awesome too, i had their cream city brix and loved it. it was on the lighter side but overall had great creamy flavor. and the reason why we stopped here was because… (see below)

mixconsin:

mixconsin was having an event to try out their canned craft cocktails. i have been following mixconsin on IG for awhile now and have been really interested in what they were up too. then about a month ago, they announced they were hosting an event at enlightened to try out their crafted canned cocktails. so i knew it was a must to go! naturally, i only tried their old fashioned because hello, that is one of my fav drinks. i tired both their brandy and whiskey old fashioned and i would say that i liked the brandy over the whiskey. normally, i am not a fan of pre-made drinks but i really liked theirs! they tasted fresh for being in a can and they didnt leave me feel gross after i had tried them.

elsas:

you guys, if i could i would eat here all the time. i have talked about this place here. but i always end up getting their bigger mac, which is just like a big mac but a million times better! and we did get their wings, which i LOVE but i was too busy eating them to get a picture, i mean…can you blame me? oh, you have to get their house chips too, i am sucker for chips and theirs are perfect!

have a good everyone and ill see you here next monday!!

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 5

i get it, you couldnt sleep last night because i didnt post my eats for the past week. BUT WE ARE HERE TODAY!

dont be mad at me, please 😉

since youre probs so tired from not being able to sleep, ill keep this bad boy to the point for you, soooo you dont fall alseep!

here is where i drank/ate last week:

crafty cow:

the main reason why i went here was because i was invited by epicurean chronicles. say what? ec gets local people together to eat, drink and come together a foodies. which i think is awesome. we didnt just eat at crafty cow, there was also triva buttttttt that didnt go as well as it should have. am i the only one who sucks at triva? anyways, we all shared apps which were: shishito peppers, vietnamese brussel sprouts, #poutineofthemonth ( cilantro, Pickled Red Onion, Green Onion, jalapeño, crispy Pork Belly, korean bbq) and loaded buffalo cheese curds. if i had to pick my favorite, i think it would have to be the brussel sprouts. i mean i love brussel sprouts regardless but these had chili lime sauce so they were sweet and spicy (hello, one of the best combos!) and they it was topped with cashews for a nice little crunch. for my meal, i stole a lot of arissas tots because duh. who doesnt like those. and then i ended up getting their dirty swiss burger which is just a mushroom swiss burger topped with caramelized onions. i asked for it extra dirty and the waiter didnt think i was funny…overall the burger was okay. i actually was a little disappointed in the overall flavor. it was a little boring and didnt have much flavor. but i loved being apart of this event and meeting new people along with catching up with others. also, thank you to crafty cow for hosing!

1840 brewing company:

i wish i could say that i have been here before but i havent. and the reason behind it is, nick and i thought for the longest time that it was a private company and we werent “allowed” in. but guess what? you are! we stopped at 1840 when we finished bay view gallery night (which was awesome). the inside of 1840 is awesome, it has an urban farmhouse feel and they have a window wall that opens out to the road and a lot of seating. i got their…i forgot the name of it, I KNOW!!! i suck. the reason why i go it, it because it was made with kombucha.

sabrosa:

nick wanted to try their carry our menu for brunch, its kind of like a quick order and go style but as we were walking up, he desired he wanted to sit and stay. this was something that i wasnt upset about because i wanted to sit down and enjoy the whole time lol. i started off my brunch with their, morning blend mamosa which is: prosecco, smirnoff vodka, freshly-squeezed orange juice and frozen mango cube and omggggg i couldve had two of them. they were so refreshing and i loved the fresh frozen mango cubes. for my brunch, i had their italiano benedict and again, i couldve had two of them. it was so sosososooooooo good. sabrosa does change their menu so this was on their special for the week. the benedict had tomato focaccia bread, poached eggs with a dijon hollandaise sauce, sauteed spinach, onions and tomatoes with rosemary potatoes then topped with green onions. i ate the whole thing and didnt turn back!

hacienda beer co

i feel like im not a true foodie, i had NO idea this was coming to mke. the only way i knew was because our friends wanted to go and obvi im going to say yes to beer! first off, i want the insdie of my house to look like in the inside of this bar and two, their beer was pretty good. although i do prefer a pilsner style beer, their beer still pasted my test. i got their does anyone work around here? its a dry hopped unfiltered larger. their beers are on the hoppy side but this one was just enough for me.

egg & flour:

ive had my eye on this place for awhile now and its right across the street from hacienda so i knew this was the right time to go! mke has a new food hall called cross road collective and egg and flour is inside of that. i got their bucatini which is: cream, grana padano cheese and black pepper. and im a sucker for anything with black pepper in it, i might be a little obsessed. when we first got our pasta i thought to myself “wow this isnt a lot”. well, i was totally wrong because it was just enough. the past was fresh, heavy and cooked just right, the sauce was creamy and had just enough spice and pepper in it. we also shared their fresh baked bread. i really wish i wouldve gotten my own because it was so good. the top had garlic salt on it (no it wasnt a gross amount) and then it came with spread that was so good and kind of tasted like bacon? not 100% but SO good.

and there ya have it! another week of food for you guys.

as always, let me know if you try one of these places.

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 4

hey babes,

glass + griddle

i think that every weekend should be three days long because why not? i mean, i feel so much more relaxed and rested. plus if we had a three day weekend, that would just give me that much more opportunity to eat more food.

duh!

here is where i ate/drank this week:

glass + griddle:

we really didnt have any plans on going here BUT they did do a giveaway on their IG and i won! i mean, why wouldnt i enter a giveaway for all you can drink beer? plus the bucks were playing so we thought it was a perfect idea to obvi take advantage of the giveaway i won + watch the bucks. now, i didnt branch out this time because i got the same thing as i did last time. this time around, again, i got their g+g simple burger. its pretty good, i mean its hard to go wrong with two burgers and cheese. nick and i shared their fries and this time, their yogurt ranch was good. i remember last time i went, it wasnt good but much improvement this time!

cafe corazon:

i had the taste for the chips and salsa so i suggested to get mexi! i have also been wanting corazons mushroom quesadilla. seriously, if you love mushrooms as much as i do, you HAVE to get their mushroom quesadilla. i love that it has corn and avocado in it along with cheese. cannot forget the cheese! anyways, its always a must to get their chips and salad and you also have to get their large guacamole…because who just gets a small quac? no, i didnt a marg, i wasnt feeling one that night (yeah, i dont know whats wrong with me either) but their margs are yummy!

foxfire + hawthorne coffee roasters :

omggggg i have been waiting for the LONGEST time to get their burger. yes, they have a burger. although, they dont have their burger when theyre out in their food truck but when theyre at hawthorne, they have their burger. along with a lot of other goodies you can get from the truck. before i get into the burger, this was first time at hawthorne. this place is pretty cool because they serve coffee and alcohol. so naturally, nick and i got whiskeys and cokes. okay so now back to the burger…its probs one of the best burgers i have had! it was so simple yet so good! it had two patties, cheese, onions and pickles. AND IT COMES WITH FRIES, double sold! ugh so good. so good.

trailer park tavern:

this new bar in bayview has been open for less than a week and this place is pretty cool. we stopped in for a drink over the weekend just to check it out and i really like what they did the space. i am not 100% sure what the space was before but they made everything look nice and fresh! head over there soon 🙂

tenutas:

by far, one of my favorite italian restaurants in milwaukee. i feel like we go here a lot but really its once every couple of months. now, i try and get something new each time i go. this time around we got their fritta which is fresh whole milk mozzarella, marinara and romano. this is just a fancy way of saying deep fried mozzarella cheese. each dish comes with a side salad, i always stick to their house salad and i also #yolo and try their featured salad dressing/ this nights was an artichoke and giardiniera vinaigrette. and it was SO FLIPPIN GOOD. i wanted to take some home, it was that good. for my main dish, i got their parmigiana eggplant. so. good. the eggplant was thick cut, lightly breaded and when it came to the pasta sausage, it was seasoned perfectly. and no, no dessert, i was wayyyyy too full to even think of eating anymore.

okay now i am hungry,

i hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and i hope the rest of your week is awesome!

xoxo kelsey

kupofkelsey is one!

HI!

so this is really weird to me. i feel like a mom. because now i know what it feels like when your baby turns one.

MY BLOG IS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY PEOPLE!!! (yes, i actually thought about throwing myself a party).

i was trying to think about what i would write about. one of thoughts was “365 things i learned about blogging”, like what are you thinking kelsey? do you want you fingers to fall off? can you even think of 365 things? well, yeah im sure i can…ask any of my friends, i can talk about nothing for forever. then it came to me, i wanetd to share what i have learned in the past year. and no, im not going to share 365 things i learned lol.

i can remember the day i started my blog, check out my first post here. ugh if you just clicked on that…i am so sorry.

i came home from work, sat on my porch because IT WAS ACTUALLY WARM OUT and i told myself it start my blog. i literally had no idea what i was doing, or what i was going to talk about or even what type of pictures i was going to take (hence the self timer i used). all i knew was i wanted to name it “kupofkelsey”. so at least i had that going for me. oh! i also knew i didnt want to use a lot of punctuation or capitalization. this is because ive always wanted to be taza, one of my favorite bloggers/people EVER!

and a year later, we are here!

and honestly, i couldnt be more proud of myself.

here are a few things i have learned over this past year:

JUST DO IT:

yeah yeah, i know i sound like nike here but seriously. i will be the first to tell you that i am horrible at making decisions. like im that person who cant even pick where they want to go to dinner. before i started my blog, i talked for like two year on how i should start one. i even asked people if i started a blog, would they read it. like i said before, i came home one afternoon, said “im going to do this” and i did it.

A VOICE:

i actually kind of enjoyed writing in school but was always afraid about what others (the teacher really) was going to think of my writing. i look back and think: “WHY DID YOU CARE SO MUCH??” ugh. only if i could tell my younger self that now. since starting this blog, i have really found my voice. yeah it didnt come right away but post after post, it became stronger and stronger. cant you just hear me read this to you? i know you do, dont fool yourself. this blog as taught me to just type the way i would talk, to not sound like a robot or not type in a way that doesnt fit who i am.

TIME MANAGEMENT:

well that is kind of a lie…i planned to have this post already done and here i am sitting on the couch with glen typing this bad boy out. but NORMALLY i have my posts all typed up and everything is planned out before the day of me posting it. but the blog isnt the only place i have learned time management. i have learned it in my everyday life too. i have learned when to make time for events, meet ups and everything else us bloggers have to attend to. just kidding, we dont HAVE to, we want too. and let me tell you, if you want to do something bad enough, youll make the time for it!

CONFIDENCE:

this one really hits home for me. i feel like i have gone through waves of feeling confident to waves of not having confidence at all. since starting my blog, i feel like it has given me SO SO SOOOO many opportunities. with those opportunities, i had to push myself to be myself, to go out and attend events where i didnt know if i would fit in or not, create content that i really hoped helped/changed someones thinking. i had to “bite the bullet” and like i said before, i just had to do it. and because of that, it had taught me confidence. i look back at who i was a year ago and she is nothing like she is today. today, i have enough confidence to not really care what other people think about what i do, what i say or what i look like. i have enough confidence to go to events alone and just mingle and connect with like minded people. i have enough confidence to fail. sometimes you think something is going to go amazing and it doesnt. i have learned to be okay with that. because when i fail, i do all i can to improve the situation. therefore i am growing as a person.

happy one year to me, to my blog and to everyone who takes the time out of their life to read what i have to say.

cheers to this past year and i cannot wait for this next year!!

xoxo kelsey

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mke eats 3

we back, we back! and um hello… GO BUCKS! FEAR THE DEER!

i can smell a championship win from here 😉

well, its monday which means you get to see where i ate. annnnd now youre picturing me eating, youre welcome.

here is a list of all the places:

south shore terrace:

i love this place but my only complaint i have about it is, its not open on monday or tuesday which means NO BEER! the beer garden/terrace is little over a mile from our house and its worth every step. i mean, duh…youre just talking off what you drink or eat so its a win win. youre full and got your steps in! this time around besides getting a beer, we also got a milwaukee pretzel company soft pretzel with their house made honey mustard & beer cheese. i probably could eat 5 of these. the outside isnt all hard and over cooked, its toasted just perfectly and the inside is so soft and airy. ugh now i want one! nick and i also got their club wrap with fries. the wrap was good, it was lightly toasted on the outside and fresh! i didnt feel like a grease ball once i was finished it.

stenys:

i have eaten here before and wasnt impressed but i decided i would give it another go this weekend. the bucks were playing, we wanted to head to a sports barwith a million tvs so we ended up here. and even though i gave their food another go, i still wasnt impressed. we started off the big mozz which were mozzarella sticks wrapped in wonton wrappers. i wanted these to be melty, crunchy, light and flavorful and they were not. i mean yeah, they were okay, i ate them but i wasnt left wanting more. for my meal, i played it safe and go their blt and it was just that but with really greasy “toasted” bread. when i picture a blt, i picture the bread being toasted in a toaster and not on the greasy grill. and if we are being real honest, i did down about 6 whiskey and seltzer waters #sorrynotsorry.

even the picture is scary

taco moto:

well nick bought new tires for his bike which meant, he wanted to take it out riding (yes, i wore my helmet) so he suggested we go to boone and crockett and grab a drink. well, nick is notorious for not eating. which is fine in all, but that also means oddly timed snacks/meals which then means a late dinner. but its fine, im the queen of eating dinner at like 830-9. ANYWAYS, taco moto is the taco truck that sits outside of boone and crockett and since nick didnt eat, he suggested we get tacos to hold us over. well me being me, the two grilled chicken thigh tacos turned into a grilled corn cup and with their kwayso lol or just queso. i would have to say, their tacos didnt wow me but the corn and queso did! omg. so. good. i told nick that i would literally just go there for their queso. the seasoning on the chips was just right, and to my surprise, there was guacamole in the middle of the queso. i did not see that coming! and the queso was spiced just right and the consistency was perfect. for the corn, it super yummy too! (i was too busy enjoying the queso to remember details about the corn.

swinin’ door exchange:

i cant believe that we only had to wait 40 minutes to get into here! and i can already hear you say “really kelsey, you waited that long? and how are you about to say only..?”. its because this place is normally poppin off and by that i mean, there is normally an hour to an hour and a half wait. so of course, ill take 40 minutes. i had been itching for a reuben and i knew this place was where i should get one. what i liked about here is, for the sauce, they asked if i wanted 1000 island, horseradish or both. i took both without question because i love other of them a little too much. for my side, i subbed their house made loaded potato soup. i really appreciated that this soup didnt taste just like bacon because that tends to happen in soups like this. but this one was delish! i wish i didnt get so full because i wanted to finish my sandwich but i couldnt…i know, what problems i have!

i hope you guys enjoyed! and i hope you guys go and try one of these places too!

see ya next monday with more food!

xoxo kelsey