Linda Falkenstein


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

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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


“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


“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



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



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


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



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



Cameron Gillie

The Trailtessa program from the Ice Age Trail encourages women to get outdoors. An upcoming trail-clearing event near Merrimac will encourage them to grab tools and take over activities too often done by men. more

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Linda Falkenstein

Mod Pizza piles on all the toppings you want for one price, but curation is called for. Crust is pretty good, but the few standout ingredients can get lost in the shuffle. more

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2017 featured new restaurants with adventuresome ideas, but not much fine dining. We take a look back at the year’s openings and closings. more


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Susan B. Anderson

Famous knitters are famous only among other knitters. Among knitters, Madison’s Susan B. Anderson is a rock star. more

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Linda Falkenstein

Taiwan Little Eats has brought Taiwanese street eats to town. Tea eggs, crispy popcorn chicken and the braised Tainan pork are highlights. more



Linda Falkenstein

Results are in for the city’s annual review of 63 would-be Mall/Concourse food carts. The changes in the evaluation process have made a visible difference. more

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Are handy-dandy scat I.D. cards a thing? Yes, they are.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    The Arboretum's bookstore specializes in environmental literature and specialized natural history titles.

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

    The eggplant pita is a rich treat, with feta, charred onions and pine nuts.