The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: March 21

A delicious pot roast, an Oscar-winning murder mystery and more make our list.

1. Make This Pot Roast


For big sports games, I often make a comforting meal. And to gear up for Badgers basketball on Sunday (which turned out to be an absolutely unwatchable loss), I opted for a dish I’d never made before but often enjoyed: pot roast – namely, this New York Times recipe. After I stopped laughing at myself for buying parsnips and a rutabaga, I got to work chopping. This is definitely a quiet-weekend recipe; it was a good hour-plus in the kitchen prepping and cooking – but the outcome was delicious, with perfectly done slices of roast and not-mushy veggies wrapped in a lovely, tomato-and-wine-tinged gravy. Today’s lunch was a hearty helping of the leftovers.   

2. Watch In The Heat of the Night


Turner Classic Movies is doing a “31 Days of Oscar” movie marathon leading up to this year’s Oscars on March 27. Each day, TCM picks an Oscar-winning film from years past. You can watch the marathon on TCM’s cable channel or on HBOMax. The first day’s pick is In The Heat of the Night, a 1960s classic that I had shamefully never heard of before setting out to watch the marathon. The murder mystery showcases the recently deceased Sidney Poitier as a detective roped into solving a murder in a southern town. It’s a sophisticated, thoughtful, occasionally funny and expertly crafted story that deserves its spot in film history. 



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3. Get a Plant at Maranta Plant Shop


Now that spring is here and the sun is finally shining into my small East Side apartment again, I decided to go to Maranta Plant Shop (1739 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr. Dr.) to pick out some new greenery for my space. The Black- and Brown-owned shop is like a mini jungle in the heart of Milwaukee Bronzeville, filled to the brim with plants of all types and sizes. I went in with an open mind – and a reasonable budget – and came out with a bird’s nest fern and a red Chinese evergreen, both of which are now happily sitting in my living room, soaking up the rays when they can get them.

Maranta Plant shop bird’s nest fern: Photo by Brianna Schubert

 4. Eat Soup at Cielito Lindo


March is one of those funny months. It’s now technically spring, but most days still feel like winter. I continue to crave wintery foods like big bowls of steaming hot, heart-lifting soup. You can find a little roundup of great soup places in our March issue. This past weekend, a quest for soup led me to the Mexican place Cielito Lindo in Walker’s Point (733 S. Second St.). I looked for pozole, which I love but they didn’t have. However, I did get a really nice bowl of shrimp soup, thick with shellfish, potatoes, squash and cabbage, that I doctored up with fresh herbs, raw onion and fresh lime juice. It absolutely hit the spot.

5. Get the Ham and Rolls at Crossroads


Sunday hot ham and rolls is perhaps my favorite Wisconsin tradition, and lately it’s become a weekly ritual. After church we pick some up. We’ve tried a few places around town – including easy stops at the grocery store like Pick ‘n Save or Festival Foods – but my favorite sammy comes from Crossroads Pizza & Subs (locations in Franklin and New Berlin). The ham is sliced oh-so-thin, and the rolls come in a delicious variety, though my favorite are the Dutch Crunch. It’s a perfect lunch for a spring day.