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Linda Falkenstein

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Carolyn Fath

From beaches to boats, this historically industrial Lake Michigan town is finding a new direction. It could be the surprise beachy boaty destination for summer 2018. more

Isthmus Summertimes

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Linda Falkenstein

New cuisines and dishes are few and far between this year. And there is no Mexican food on Library Mall. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

Yet another Hawaiian raw fish spot opens, this time near campus. Plus: The Tin Fox, Freiburg Gastropub and Wisconsin Brewing Tap Haus do-si-do. more

FOOD & DRINK

Uncorked will showcase Wisconsin’s wines. New cold-hardy grape varieties make growing grapes in the state more practical. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

Books4School is catnip for young readers — and underscores the importance of diversity in children’s books. This fifth-generation family-owned Madison business is an under-the-radar find just off the Beltline. more

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Linda Falkenstein

Chen’s Dumpling House excels at, no surprise, freshly made dumplings. Several freshly made noodle soups are also worth investigating. more

Reviews

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Susan Day

The Arboretum’s distinctive visual look comes from one of its early enthusiasts, Albert Gallistel. Artists working there today, like metal artist and sculptor Michael Burns, look to Gallistel for inspiration. more

Isthmus Cover Stories

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Linda Falkenstein

The bookstore at the UW Arboretum will set you up with hyperlocal guidebooks and classics of U.S. environmental literature. You might also leave with a set of scat identification cards. more

Emphasis

“Taking Flight” is a new book from historian Michael Edmonds. It combines field adventures with a cultural history of how Midwesterners have interacted with birds. more

Books

“Booze and Vinyl” pairs cocktails with classic albums. Sibling writers (and drink enthusiasts) Tenaya and André Darlington come up with a host of ideas for listening parties. more

Cocktails

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Linda Falkenstein

Athens Grill is a promising addition to the town of Westport. Pitas, tap beers and even a game corner make this more than the usual gyro shack. more

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Cyndy Patrick

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to study and celebrate our state resources. But the most important qualities may be a sense of curiosity — and wonder. more

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Dumplings, hot pot, beef roll, noodles and more. A tour of Madison’s Chinese restaurants shows a new variety of dishes and regional cuisines. more

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FreshFin

Madison will get a third poke-specific eatery in Milwaukee’s FreshFin. It’s in keeping with national trends. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

Poke Poke should open soon in the Gateway Mall. A GoFundMe campaign is set up for Chocolaterian in wake of fire. more

Food News

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Judith Davidoff

The German-centric beer bar and restaurant is relocating. Tin Fox will likely take over old spot at 2616 Monroe St. more

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Linda Falkenstein

West-side Asian grocery J & P Fresh Market has a great Sichuan kitchen on the side. ZenZen Taste is almost hidden amid the warehousey jumble of Watts Road. more

Reviews

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Linda Falkenstein

Laila Borokhim takes over the Labor Temple Bar. A different menu is in store, but in the meantime, Borokhim is having fun using the fryer. more

Food News

Milwaukee’s Martha’s Pimento Cheese, a local, small-batch, woman-owned business, calls it quits. Founder Martha Davis Kipcak reflects on sustainable practices and economic development in local food systems. more

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The northside is getting bierocks and beer, while the east side reaps a bounty of fish. Here’s the latest from Bierock, Lake Edge Seafood Co., and the East Side Club. more

FOOD & DRINK

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

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    Linda Falkenstein

    The La Catira, topped with cheddar, at Caracas Arepas.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Satisfying splurge: Métropolitain’s hot chicken po’ boy with duck fat fries.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    The new Poke Plus has an unusually wide variety of proteins and add-ons.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Shrimp dumplings in rice wrappers (foreground) are a change of pace, while the crabmeat juicy pork dumplings (background) feature Chen’s more typical wheat dough.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Most books are priced between &1.65 and $2.50.