The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Feb. 14

Beer, pizza and more make our list this week.

1. Hit Sheboygan for a Morning with the Kids

CHRIS DROSNER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

On Sunday I met my sister and her girls – ages 2 and 4 – halfway on I-43 in Sheboygan for a morning of breakfast and kid play, and both our stops are worth recommending. Breakfast was at Harry’s Diner, a wonderful little Elvis-bedecked spot with friendly staff and killer hash brown skillets. Afterward, it was on to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, which makes the most of its relatively small footprint on the edge of downtown with four floors of fun. The little kids of course loved it, but I was surprised at how engaged my 11-year-old was with play areas like the little model classroom, climbing “tree”/slides and piano harp. It’d be super easy to build a full day out of a trip to Sheboygan – adding on a stop to the excellent 3 Sheeps brewery or the Kohler art facilities.   

2. Watch Pig

ARCHER PARQUETTE, MANAGING EDITOR

Pig (on Hulu) is the best movie of 2021 that I’ve seen. I mean that with complete and total sincerity. I realize that people will see that it’s a movie starring Nicholas Cage as a woodland recluse whose truffle pig is stolen, and think that I mean this in an ironic way. I do not. Pig is phenomenal. It breaks every expectation you might have for it in the best possible way and is thoughtful and beautiful and I liked it so much more than the buckets of crap that were released in cinemas last year. Also, I downloaded the soundtrack on Spotify and now I listen to it while I’m making breakfast and fight back tears. Seriously. Watch this movie.


 

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3. Check Out PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre

ANN CHRISTENSON, SENIOR DINING EDITOR

I’ve always loved Masterpiece Theatre – everything from a modern crime series like “Wallander” to period pieces such as “Les Miserables.” Most recently, I’ve been watching the first season of “Sanditon,” an adaptation of a never-finished Jane Austen novel. The creators of the show took some creative license with the story (since it was never finished) and it’s also not quite as prim and proper as Austen’s books. It’s a delightful escape and I’m looking forward to season 2 coming out in March.

 4. Embrace Bock Season

CHRIS DROSNER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

February is primo time for bock beers in Wisconsin, and there’s a particularly robust crop of these robust German-heritage lagers out this year. When well done (as all mentioned here are), this style is sweet but balanced – and as such easy to put down a few in spite of their relatively high strength. Perhaps the grand dame of them is Lakefront’s outstanding Maibock (a lighter-in-color take on the style), with a gorgeous sweet and bready malt character. New Glarus Brewing’s Cabin Fever uses honey on a light bock base for a distinctive, slightly earthy inflection. And on Saturday at both its Cedarburg and Wauwatosa locations, The Fermentorium released its Latibulator doppelbock, a gorgeous garnet concoction that turns the bock volume up to 11 while not dialing back the smoothness.

Fermentorium Latibulator; Photo by Chris Drosner

5. Get the Greendale Original at Ricardo’s

ALLISON GARCIA, EDITOR, DIGITAL AND CULTURE

If you love Milwaukee-style pizza, you need to make the trek to Greendale for some Ricardo’s. They make a textbook cracker crust that is oh-so delicious. But I’m not just here to recommend your regular pepperoni order. I’m here to tell you about the Greendale Original pizza. It’s a pesto-sauced, bruschetta-topped masterpiece that has become my personal favorite pizza in Milwaukee. I always like to order enough so that I have leftovers, which I re-heat in the Air Fryer – that’s a bonus pro-tip for you. 

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