The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Jan. 9

Check out our beer release party, birria egg rolls, an evening with John Gurda and more.

1. Eat Birria Egg Rolls from Trouble Makers’ Cocina


This weekend, I found myself once again at Central Waters Brewing. I love grabbing drinks there, but also, it’s a great place to try out different local food menus, since the brewery invites in tastemakers from around town on a rotating basis. Right now, they have Trouble Makers’ Cocina, and I tried something of their small bites list: Beef Birria Egg Rolls. Made with mozzarella and chihuahua cheese, this crispy, melty app is absolutely delicious. They also throw in some cabbage and ancho-guajillo aioli for extra flavor.

2. Come Party with Us to Launch Page Turner Pilsner!


I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.) made a beer to commemorate our 40th anniversary. We’re launching Page Turner Pilsner this Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Eagle Park’s East Side taproom. We’re hearing it was canned this morning and we can’t wait to try it. The idea was a contemporary take on a classic style, and early tastes suggest the EP team nailed it. Our staff will be on hand from 5-7 p.m. this Wednesday, with a buck off of pours of the beer of honor. 

Page Turner Pilsner; Photo courtesy of Eagle Park Brewing



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3. Try a Poke Bowl from Fresh Fin


Whether I’m working from home or the office, the lunch struggle is real. Something I’ve had on repeat is a poke bowl from FreshFin. The four-prong hunger-crusher – fish, rice, veggies, yummy sauce ­– is just what this body seems to need. It’s also relatively healthy, or so I tell myself. They’ve got a bunch of house-crafted bowls – with tuna, salmon, shrimp, chicken, pork tofu or all veggie – or you can build your own. I usually zigzag between the mango tango (with salmon) or the cilantro chicken and ask for half mixed greens, half white rice. 

Poke bowl at Fresh Fin; Photo by Ann Christenson

4. Spend an Evening With John Gurda at the Milwaukee County Historical Society


For me, the best part of being Managing Editor at Milwaukee Magazine is not having a dress code at work, thus allowing me to unleash my spirit animal (the mongoose) through various elaborate costumes and props. But the second-best part is getting to edit John Gurda’s monthly historic essays for our print publication. The man is a Milwaukee legend – no one knows our city’s story quite as well as him, and he tells that story with style and aplomb. Also, we both went to Boston College. Is that relevant? No. But I think it’s cool. So I’m certainly looking forward to his talk this week, “City of Nations: The Promise and Challenges of Diversity in Milwaukee” at the Historical Society. I’m sure it’ll prove to be an insightful and eye-opening look at our history as a city of many races and ethnicities. 

5. Enjoy Art and Live Music at MARN’s “Star Night”


I love a good party – and when it involves live-music, art, drinks and “cozy attire,” I’m usually all in. That’s why when I heard that Milwaukee Artist Resource Network is hosting a “Star Night” this Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB in the Third Ward, I decided that I needed to tell the world about it (since I’m unable to make it… sad). So, please go in my place, drink some champagne, listen to the five incredible exhibiting artists talk about their work and jam out to Gabriel Harris Group’s performance. 

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