Sarah Biondich

Our personal and collective identities are shaped by the past. We figure out who we are—our beliefs, values, sense of time and place—by keeping a growing narrative of previous events. Then, throughout most of our lives, we connect with othe... more

Dec 29, 2010 12:00 AM A&E Feature

Long before Europeans stepped foot here, American Indians discovered how to collect the sap of a maple tree and turn it into sweet, nutritious syrup. Since then, the golden brown liquid that we love to pour on breakfast foods and add to our... more

Dec 8, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview

Despite its central location in Milwaukee County, many locals aren’t aware of the historic and architectural treasure trove that is the National Soldiers Home Historic District. Situated in the shadow of Miller Park on the grounds of the Za... more

Dec 8, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

Milwaukee’s favorite hometown organic and Fair Trade tea purveyor, Rishi Tea, debuted its new line of loose leaf chai blends this fall, just as the cold and blustery weather had many of us craving the soothing warmth found in a spot of tea.... more

Dec 1, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview

The domestic dog, a descendant of the gray wolf, has been the working and companion animal most closely tied to humans, a relationship that dates back 15,000 years. According to professor Jean Aigner, former chair of the University of Alask... more

Nov 30, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

What foodie hasn’t sat in a restaurant that wasn’t living up to its potential and thought, “A few key improvements and the right chef, and this place could be one of the city’s favorite restaurants”? The Café at the Pl more

Nov 24, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview

Wladziu Valentino Liberace’s entrance into the world foreshadowed a career renowned for dramatic entrances. On May 16, 1919, in West Allis, Frances Zuchowski, a Polish-speaking young woman from Menasha, and her husband, Salvatore Liberace, ... more

Nov 22, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE 1 Comments

In the era when Milwaukee was little more than a trading post in the wilderness, nearly everything and everyone traveled by water. The future belonged to settlements with good harbors, and Milwaukee, with the largest bay and deepest river o... more

Nov 17, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

Potawatomi Bingo Casino is known for the quality of the food served by its catering department, its award-winning Dream Dance restaurant and 10 other food venues within the complex. One reason for this is the casino’s Culinary Academy, a pr... more

Nov 17, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

When Columbia St. Mary’s debuted its new state-of-the-art hospital in October, it was a momentous step in its 160-year history of providing health care to the people of Milwaukee. When the hospital first began caring for patients, Milwaukee... more

Nov 10, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

If you ask, you’ll find that Milwaukee abounds with compelling immigrant histories. Many people are eager to share stories of how they or their ancestors came to live in Milwaukee, as well as what the city was like and how it treated them w... more

Nov 3, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

Americans have access to some of the richest, most diverse culinary traditions on the planet because of all the recipes immigrants have brought with them from their native countries. Ethnic specialties such as tortillas, pizza and sushi hav... more

Nov 3, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview 1 Comments

It was while backpacking through Ireland, England, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy on her honeymoon that Julie Waterman fell in love with Europe’s quaint chocolate boutiques. The focus on high-quality ingredients and the artful ... more

Oct 27, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview

If you’ve ever had to provide someone with employment that includes job security, a competitive salary, health insurance and a retirement plan, you have to appreciate that Northwestern Mutual has been providing jobs—really good jobs, with p... more

Oct 26, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

Fifteen years ago, local indie filmmakers were hard-pressed to find venues to screen their works that were both large enough to seat their family and friends and priced to accommodate their shoestring budgets. Ross Bigley, who, at the time,... more

Oct 26, 2010 12:00 AM Film Reviews 2 Comments

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino and Portuguese immigrants arrived in Hawaii to toil on the islands’ sugar cane and pineapple plantations. When they rested in the fields, the workers shared thei... more

Oct 21, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview 3 Comments

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Main-Travelled Roads—a musical based on Wisconsin-born novelist Hamlin Garland’s collection of short stories about life in the rural Midwest in the late-19th century—was well-received by it more

Oct 20, 2010 12:00 AM Theater

Milwaukee has been home to a number of trailblazing artists, but none of them walked the line between obscurity and worldwide acclaim that Amund Dietzel did. When he began tattooing in 1907 it was an art form that existed on the periphery o... more

Oct 20, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE 9 Comments

Hunting for food, one of the most primitive of human activities, is a way of life that is largely disappearing from America’s modern fast-food society. Everything we need to nourish ourselves can be found in a grocery store, no killing or c... more

Oct 13, 2010 12:00 AM Dining Preview

Cathedral Square, the green gathering space in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee, serves as a point of convergence for popular events like Bastille Days, the East Town Market and the city’s favorite Thursday night tradition, Jazz in the Park.... more

Oct 13, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE