Lifestyle

  • ‘I now pronounce you … homeowners’

    Paul Masterson, director of Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, has been a homeowner for more than 14 years. While he’s spent more than half of those years in relationships, he says he’s never considered owning a home with a partner. “There’s a risk involved,” Masterson says. “If you trust your partner it’s one thing, but you also have to trust his family. You have to ask yourself how it woul.... Read More
  • Comet comfort

    Comet Café1947 Farwell414-273-7677thecometcafe.com I’ll admit it. I love diners and dives. People think that restaurant reviewers spend all their time in fancy places eating exotic food. But food doesn’t have to be exotic or fancy to be good, it just has to be properly prepared and well presented. After all, what is meatloaf but a rough textured pate? Pasta au gratin? Just mac and cheese with.... Read More
  • Roots’ sense of place … and peace

    Roots1818 N. Hubbard St.414-374-8490www.rootsmilwaukee.com The late John Denver wrote perhaps one of the most place-descriptive songs ever in “Take Me Home Country Roads.” When I first heard it, I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains, even though I’d never seen them. The song just evoked a sense of place and peace that appealed to me – and millions of others, judging by the record sa.... Read More
  • With soup this good, it has to be homemade

    Soups On!221 N. Water St.414-283-9244www.soupsonat221.com Soup commercials used to feature chefs fussing over a vat. Then advertisers realized that consumers related better to a maternal figure and they switched tactics. But no matter how advertisers portray it, commercial soups are made in big factories. They create their product in massive quantities, using short cuts, lower quality ingredients .... Read More
  • Izumi’s is short on flash, big on fresh

    Izumi’s Restaurant 2150 N. Prospect Ave. 414-271-5278 izumis.com If you like a lot of flash with your sushi, Izumi’s is not the spot for you. Its rather no-nonsense décor and quiet dining room are not for the trendy. But Izumi’s is one of the best eateries in Milwaukee for experiencing true Japanese cuisine, Izumi’s isn’t cheap (be wary of any restaurant that sells inexpensive sushi, be.... Read More
  • Izumi’s is short on flash, big on fresh

    Izumi’s Restaurant 2150 N. Prospect Ave. 414-271-5278 izumis.com If you like a lot of flash with your sushi, Izumi’s is not the spot for you. Its rather no-nonsense décor and quiet dining room are not for the trendy. But Izumi’s is one of the best eateries in Milwaukee for experiencing true Japanese cuisine, Izumi’s isn’t cheap (be wary of any restaurant that sells inexpensive sushi, be.... Read More
  • A worthwhile trip to the Riviera

    Riviera Maya2258 S. Kinnickinnic414-294-4848Riviera-Maya-Milwaukee.com In the middle of a winter like this, it’s inevitable to consider a trip to warmer climes. For many of us, however, that’s a consideration that won’t come true any time soon. So consider a trip to Riviera Maya in Bay View as a more affordable alternative. Once you enter the colorful, expansive dining room of this popular .... Read More
  • The Romantic Home | Put romance in your house for Valentine’s Day – and beyond

    Looking for a little romance this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than your own home. Stepping up the romance factor at home is not only easier than you think, it lasts a lot longer than flowers or chocolate. According to Chicago-based interior designer Alison Pickart, it’s all about adding sensual elements and subtle details that awaken the senses. Here are some simple and inexpensive ways t.... Read More
  • Dining to your heart’s content

    An intimate dinner, a glass of wine and soft candlelight; what more could you ask for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner?   Well, plenty actually. In this economy, it’s not enough for restaurants to throw in some hearts and flowers and call it a “special event.” They’ve got to come up with something special to bring in business. Here are a few places that are making that extra effort to .... Read More
  • Mad about Madison

    Where is the gay neighborhood in Madison? It’s a question that Keller Williams real estate agent Devery Cash is used to hearing — and one that he’s grown used to answering. “It just doesn’t exist,” Cash says. “There is one neighborhood outside of town, the Jennifer Street area, that tends to be a little more lesbian, but frankly, we don’t have any area in Madison that’s considere.... Read More