My sister and her husband arrived on Saturday night, so on Sunday we decided to head out to Milwaukee and grab lunch downtown at the Public Market in the Historic Third Ward. I don’t venture out to Milwaukee that often even though I live only about half an hour west of the city, mainly because I get really bad anxiety driving in big cities, but I have been to the market once before last winter.
The Milwaukee Public Market is such a nice way to spend an hour or two (or longer!) if you find yourself in downtown Milwaukee with an empty belly or nothing else to do. Even though I’ve never been to Seattle, the public market in Milwaukee reminds me so much of pictures I’ve seen of Pike Place Market just on a much smaller scale. The market has two levels and is enclosed in a building, but the ceilings are high and everything is wide open. It features numerous different vendors selling everything ranging from fresh meats & cheeses, baked goods, gourmet candy, fresh seafood, fresh produce & flowers, wine and more. You can also find sushi, sandwiches, soups, salads, a wine bar, a coffee shop and much more. It’s a perfect destination for shopping, eating or just simply exploring.
As with most big cities, it can be extremely difficult to find a spot to park and even more so in the winter. However, we discovered that the market provides a parking lot that is free for the first hour which was perfect because we only needed enough time to grab a quick lunch. Otherwise I think it’s only like $4 or something pretty reasonable like that.
We walked around for a bit, exploring all the different options for lunch and after deciding that we were in the mood for sandwiches, wandered over to the West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shop counter. My sister ordered a grilled cheese, I ordered the turkey club and we both ordered a side of fries. After we got our food, we wandered up to the second level to eat and look out at the city. And of course, after passing numerous counters with gourmet cakes, cupcakes and desserts on our way to eat, we knew we had to grab a sweet treat before heading out! I ended up deciding on a chocolate coconut cupcake and my sister opted for a huge slice of their eggnog cake. Absolutely decadent & oh so delicious!
My sister will be with us until the first of January and I am extremely happy to have her company for the next 2 weeks. I’m trying to soak up and enjoy every moment with her and her husband because I know they’ll be heading back to Texas before I know it. I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away, but that means that some of the most magical days of the year are just ahead of us and I can’t wait! My brother and his wife came and spent the day on Saturday. We baked and decorated sugar cookies while listening to Christmas music and spent the evening watching White Christmas as we watched the snow fall outside. There’s nothing like the holidays.
Merry (almost) Christmas!!