Saturday, November 22, 2014

Veteran's Park in Downtown Waukesha

Grandpa Zubarik - World War II
I was hoping to get this post up last week in time for Veteran's Day, but I was a little under the weather and blogging went on the wayside. But I don't think there is every a bad day to salute a Veteran and thank them for their service. Without their sacrifice to defend our nation, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have today.

Downtown Waukesha has a very nice, but small Veteran's Park on the west end. You can find it on the corner of Main & Wisconsin Avenues. A small shelter houses faded pictures and information about Veteran's. I tried to find additional information about who up keeps the park and puts the information in but there really isn't much information to be found.

I love the sundial memorial that is up. There are bricks inside the sundial that must be available for Waukesha area vets or families of the vets to purchase but I don't know how one goes about that.

Each division of the United States Armed Forces has a pillar of representation and at night the entire area is lit up. Wreaths are hung on it in winter and it really shows that someone is caring about the park.

I am a daughter and granddaughter of those that served. My grandfather on my dad's side was in World War II, as were both of my grandparents on my mom's side. And my dad was also in the Army and served during Vietnam. He was a helicopter pilot and I am so proud of him.

Grandpa Zubarik- World War II
My Dad (red jacket) and his Dad (my grandpa in the wheelchair) returning from the Honor Flight
Awesome Wisconsin proud guitar in Waukesha - just fitting for this post - America Proud

Friday, November 21, 2014

100 Happy Days: Week 9

This "cold-cough-aching-wheezing-hives-whatever-I-have" is still here to stay and definitely putting a damper on my happiness. But I'm trooping through and still doing my best to be a part of the world. I have never been this sick for this long, but I think it's finally on it's way out! Dr.s just say it needs to run its course, but it's starting to feel like last winter with the "polar vortex" - never leaving!

Anyways, I did have some great happy moments that I want to share with all of you. 

Day 60:
Allison Art House had a Ladies Night Out event and I attended with my friend Tiffany. I found great unique gifts for some of the ladies in my life. I love this shop. Watch for more on it on my blog soon. PS - I won the door prize too!

Day 61:
Dinner with my parents at Matteo's. This is one of my favorites in Waukesha and although I wasn't feeling the best, quality Italian food near a roaring fire definitely helped me feel better. And I got to see many pictures of my parents' trip to Paris. Win, win. 

Day 62: 
I spent Saturday cooking all day and watching Netflix. I made two soups and my grandma's specialty cookies with a few tweaks for ingredients I dind't have. More on the soups and cookies to come. As for the Netflix.....Gilmore Girls, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 version), Pocahontas and more Gilmore Girls. 

Day 63: 
I didn't post this on social media but I think it's important to post now. My mom and I went to Wine & Dine in Milwaukee and tried many new eats and treats. We found my mom a few more cocktails that she would like and I found a few restaurants I have to try. Time with my mommy is always time well spent. 

Day 64:
This quote definitely got me through the day. With me still dealing with this cough, I will laugh at just about anything to help cheer me up and I love sleep right now. 

Day 65:
Flowers - a way to a girl's heart and happiness. I was completely surprised by this my work. It showed the person really cares to remember where I work and send me a little something special. These definitely helped flip around my day and week and I am forever grateful for this thoughtful gesture. (Let's just say that someone was raised right!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Generations Birthday Brunch

I love getting my friends together for my birthday and I'm always looking for something different to do. I have had a Brewer's playoff party, Monday Night Football (Packers vs. Vikings) bar party, Badgers Game Party (sensing a sports theme), Brewery tour, bonfire on a frigid night, and sushi dinner to name a few.

27th Birthday at my apartment during the Brewers Playoff games.

28th Birthday at Sporties for the MNF Packers V. Vikings Game

29th Birthday at Milwaukee Brewing Company with the 2 birthday boys!
30th Birthday party at New Berlin Ale House for a Badgers Game
This year I went completely different and with my birthday falling on a Sunday morning, decided on brunch. I hemmed and hawed between a few spots in downtown and decided that Generations at Five Points was going to be the best. So I put in my reservation and sent out the invites.

I started the morning with a walk for the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation at Carroll University. I ran this last year, but knowing my brunch was after, I decided a walk with some good friends would be a nice way to start the day.

I met Bryon Riesch in my work with the Waukesha County Fair and have come to know more about the great work of the Foundation. He is a great guy that is bringing much needed attention to the necessary research for paralysis. His walk in Waukesha is gaining more runners each year.

So my friend Tiffany and I did the walk and then headed back to her house to get ready before brunch.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, (and here) Generations at Five Points is a tapas restaurant in downtown Waukesha. They have a great wine list, creative martinis and wonderful small plates. I suggest 3 - 4 small plates per two people (These delicious dishes are meant to be shared).

Fairly recently, they added Sunday brunch, but that is not served tapas style. In the past, my friend and I have ordered an "appetizer" to the breakfast and then one plate a piece. Our past experiences left us with very happy bellies.

Eggs Benedict - always a great choice

Banana Bread French Toast with Strawberry Sauce and Whipped Cream
Generations reserved my group an area in the back of the restaurant. They have booth benches along the walls and pushed tables and chairs together to make a nice area for my group. We looked over the menu which has a little bit of everything on it for brunch and waited for drinks.

I was able to see some friends that I don't see as often and even found out my niece will be in the same school with my friend's baby in a few years. They are best friends already!
Checking out an older man already - Avery is such a flirt!
I noticed a slight delay in getting drinks to our table but our server was very courteous and kept checking back on us when she could. The Bloody Mary's come with a mini grilled cheese on it - how unique and fancy. I'm not a bloody mary fan but I do like their mimosas and it was just as good as I remembered from last time.
The food did take a bit to come from the kitchen, but when we were served, everyone thought it was very tasty and nicely plated. I'm glad I chose Generations, and I think I may have drummed up some new business for the restaurant.

I'm very excited for their pub to open soon and I'm curious about the food they will be serving there. I already know it's going to be creative and delicious because everything I have had at Generations has been really great.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Waukesha

Mark Your Calendars as there are some great events coming up in downtown Waukesha for the holidays. I highlighted a few of the bigger events but I see that & Waukesha Silver Bells have rather extensive calendar with great events each night of the week in Waukesha. Live music, trivia nights, poker, karaoke, open mic, dance lessons and so much more fill each night of the week in Waukesha. There is always something going on.

11/21 - TREE LIGHTING - 8 PM - 9:30 PM
I have actually never attended this but I enjoy taking pictures of the gorgeous tree every year. I might just have the opportunity to be downtown during the tree lighting and might sing a song or too with the crowd. Listen for the tone deaf girl - that's me! 

11/23 - HOLIDAY STROLL - 12 PM -4 PM
Enjoy the wonderful shops that will be all decorated for the season and take advantage of some great sales and discounts.

11/23 - PHOTOS WITH SANTA - 12 PM - 3PM
Leticia Guzman American Family Insurance Agency on South & Grand.

Enjoy a FREE afternoon at the museum before the Parade! 

11/23 - 52nd ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE - 4 PM - 7PM
I have made it a tradition with my friends to watch the parade every year. For the last few years we have watched the parade from the warmth of a local business on Main Street but I want to keep that a secret for fear of the place getting overcrowded. And the Packers game is at noon so no interference there. Maybe we will have to make it a day-long event with my friends again.

I'm sure the shops in downtown Waukesha will have some sort of specials for the day after Turkey Day but I haven't heard of anything specific.

11/28 - 12/20 - HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES - $5 per person or $12 for a family of 3 or more.
Fridays - 6 - 9 PM
Saturdays - 1 - 5 PM

11/29 - SANTA'S BREAKFAST - 8 AM - 10 AM
Martha Merrill's Bookshop - Advanced Reservations Required - 262-547-1060

You better believe I will be in downtown Waukesha on Saturday supporting our local shops and buying my holiday presents. I cannot think of a better way to personalize gifts than buying local. And you truly can find something for everyone. I urge all of you to Shop Local for at least some of your gifts this year. The more money you spend locally, the more stays locally to benefit the local communities.

Waukesha Wireless Store - They are offering this every Saturday until Christmas

Last year, Downtown Waukesha broke the record for the most carolers in one area singing together and we are celebrating that amazing feat this year. 

The downtown shops stay open extra late and offer great deals and discounts to get that one of a kind, unique gift for that special someone in your life. 

12/7 - SANTA RUN/WALK - 10:30 AM
I participated in this a few times and both times there was a snowfall. Last year, it was even snowing during the run and I truly had snowflakes that stayed on my nose and eyelashes. I plan to participate again this year with friends.

If you are wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, local establishments in downtown will offer you a special discount. If you have ever needed a reason to wear an ugly sweater more than just to the office party or friend's holiday party - this is it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee(Area)

Shepherd Express announced the winners of it's annual Best of Milwaukee 2014 poll. Readers or the publication have the opportunity to vote and then results are tallied, a party is held and everyone congratulates everyone on a job well done.

Waukesha had quite a few mentions in this "Milwaukee" poll. Here they area:

Best Auto Group for Imports - Boucher Group

Best Camping Equipment - Gander Mountain

Best Clothing Men's - Kohl's

Best Clothing Children's - Kohl's

Best Jewelry Store - Bangles & Bags

Best Vintage/Thrift Store - St. Vincent de Paul

Best Cheap Eats - George Webb

Best Chinese - New China Buffet

Best Gelato Runner Up - Divino Gelato

Best 2 Year College Runners Up - WCTC & UW-Waukesha

Best Aestitician Runner Up - Jamie Salvo of Signature Salon & Spa

Best Beer Selection - Discount Liquor

Best Beer Selection Runner Up - Woodman's

Best Liquor Store - Discount Liquor

Best Liquor Store Runner Up - Woodman's

Best Wine Selection - Discount Liquor

Congratulations to our local businesses that won in Waukesha.

This again leads me to think what places would top the list if this sort of list was created for Waukesha. Back when the Waukesha Patch existed, they did some polls and shared a few results, but no other publications for Waukesha do this. I think a friendly competition would be fun and it would be great to find out who the public really does believe has the best pizza, burgers, jewelry, clothing, etc.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

United We Dine for United Way In Waukesha County

We are in the final stretch of the #UnitedWeDine campaign for the United Way in Waukesha County. Just two weeks left to eat a great meal and donate to a wonderful organization.

Here are the locations that are left.

11/17 - Dickey's Barbeque Pit New Berlin - I haven't visited one of these yet but my friends are a fan. The offer is good from 3 - 9 pm and you have to mention United Way.

11/18 - Jersey Mike's in Waukesha & Brookfield - If you want a sub with freshly cut meats and cheeses just for you, this place is it! I think I know where my lunch will be Tuesday!

11/19 - Hispania Delafield - introducing the culture of Mexico, Chiapas, and Oaxaca to Delafield - sounds delicious

11/20 - Boneyard Pub & Grille Sussex - you need to bring in the flyer.

11/24 - Rochester Deli - Offer is good on soups ordered this day. This is one of my favorites in downtown Waukesha. Salads, soups, sandwiches, it's all great. And you must have a dessert - may I recommend a lemon bar or chocolate dipped peanut butter cookie.

11/25 - The Chocolate Factory in Waukesha, Elm Grove, Pewaukee and Oconomowoc - Offer good 4 pm - close. What a blast from the past - My mom used to bring me and my brother here all the time. They had blue moon ice cream and I always stared at it but never could order it. The subs were excellent and then I would get butter pecan ice cream for dessert!

11/26 - Moe's Southwest Grill in Pewaukee - Get the chips and queso - it's a must! What a difference from what you will be having the next day for Thanksgiving!

11/28 - Endter's Sports Grill in Hartland - They will make donations from each pizza sold. So if you aren't into the leftovers of Thanksgiving and looking for something different - pizza is perfect!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

100 Happy Days: Week 8

 Day 51:
 Sushi and Milwaukee night with my girls. I don't get into Milwaukee as much as I would like and so picking a place on the river with excellent food was a great idea. I got to see the skyline, got to catch up with the girls and filled my belly with delicious sushi. Screaming Tuna gets a high recommendation from me.

  Day 52:
 Luke Bryan on stage with Garth Brooks - what a site. The County Music Awards majorly impressed me and though I never doubt country music to cheer me up, this show kept me laughing, smiling and singing along. Maybe the wine I had with it helped too! :)

Day 53:
 The start of a nasty cold brought on a treat to myself of chocolate, Gilmore Girls and snuggling up on the couch with blankets to keep toasty warm. This chocolate bar was amazing. The caramel was almost like toffee inside the bar. For 1.99 at Walgreens, it was worth the splurge. 

Day 54 & 55:
I headed back up to Appleton for the next TMNT party and another success it was. Even though I wasn't feeling the best, I made the most of it and didn't let my cold win. (Maybe that's why I'm still sick? - nah!) My cousin came up with all the ideas and I helped make them happen. Super proud of the cake - another successful cake for one lucky 6 year old. 

Day 56, 57, & 58:
I laid low for a few days and there are no pictures because I'm still recovering from this dang cold. I found out that I'm allergic to Hydrocodone so that set me back a little but I'm thankful that it's just a cough and I'm not more sick. I can't really sleep well at night but am trying to rest and get this gone with lots of fluids. Plus a few texts from friends really cheered me up and are getting me on the road to recovery.