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Hot Chocolate
A red elephant bearing sweets? Indeed. And City Tins' 2013 edition.


Chocolate Enigma
You might have gotten your cocao bean fix from Tuesday’s coverage of Indulgence Chocolatiers. But I bet not. More chocolate is on its way. The Third Ward’s Red Elephant Chocolate Café (333 N. Broadway) is putting the finishing touches on for its Nov. 20 opening. The shop's premise is not limited to candies and truffles. The shop will offer baked goods and drinks (hot cocoa and chocolate coffee) – and, tying into the business name, elephant- and cocoa-themed jewelry, books, handbags and other items.

Coasters Are Clear
“Gifty” and “thrifty” are words attached to the coaster-shaped restaurant discount cards known as City Tins. What you get for your $25 investment is 20 coasters, each one good for 10 bucks off a $25 purchase at a local restaurant. Among the 20 Milwaukee restaurants included in the 2013 edition are: Blue’s Egg, Café Manna, La Merenda, Pastiche, Meritage, Hinterland, Café Hollander, Juniper 61 and (new this year) Bosley on Brady. The tins are available a couple of ways – on the City Tins website and at local restaurants and retail shops listed on the website. There's also a Madison restaurant edition including Lombardino's, Brasserie V and Nostrano.


Steering Courses
Earlier today, someone at Potawatomi Bingo Casino e-mailed a photo of a very large steer. The casino bought the 1,339-pound Reserve Grand Champion Chianina in a livestock auction at last summer’s Wisconsin State Fair. All well and good, but does that mean for you? Three of the casino restaurants are offering the spoils from this prodigious animal on their menus this month. On Tuesday Nov. 13, Wild Earth Cucina Italiana is doing a five-course menu of spiedini, pappardelle with braised short ribs, and grilled tenderloin with shrimp, among other course. Dinner at 6 p.m.; cost: $75 with wine pairings. For reservations, call 414-847-7626. (1721 W. Canal St.)


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