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Sheila Julson

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer who enjoys capturing the stories behind Milwaukee’s happening food, beverage and urban farming scenes. She also pens articles about holistic health, green living, sustainability and human-interest features. As a long-time fiction writer, her novel, Thorn, placed in the General Fiction quarterfinalist round of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. When she’s not hammering away at a computer keyboard, she enjoys hiking, gardening, vegetarian cooking, sewing, making homemade wine (and drinking it) and any other urban homesteading pursuits that catch her interest. She lives on Milwaukee’s South Shore with her musician husband and a spoiled hound dog.

As Johnsonville rose from the ashes, management chose to thank their Watertown employees in a unique way. They partnered with celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Fabio Viviani, of “Top Chef fame," to prepare a gourmet Italia... more

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Red Elephant Chocolate (333 N. Broadway) strives to take chocolate consumption to a whole new level with their new Third Ward chocolate café by living up to their motto: “A chocolate experience you’ll never forget." more

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In today’s online shopping environment, everything from clothing to books to food items can be purchased and shipped with a click. While there areBrewers Organics offers home or office delivery of fresh, certified-organic and organically gr... more

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Inspired by a recurring dream that she was running through a bountiful garden, surrounded by fruits and vegetables, Karen Long founded Garden of Eden Kingdom Living, a business offering handmade juices, along with all-natural dressings, coo... more

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Cudahy continues to reinvent itself with new bars and restaurants, and among the new lineup is Cudahy Burger Joint (4905 S. Packard Ave.). In the remodeled, contemporary space, one can savor burgers made from hormone-free ground chuck, as w... more

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Since 1984, Superior Equipment & Supply has been a respected name in the food service industry. But since the company moved in 2008 from the corner of 13th Street and Oklahoma Avenue into spacious new digs at 4550 S. Brust Ave. in St. Franc... more

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Jane’s Simply Delicious Gourmet Popcorn offers a wide variety of popcorn including cholesterol-free white popcorn, cheese-coated popcorn, caramel corn and novelty flavors like tutti-fruitty, hot cinnamon and root beer float. They also offer... more

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Within Milwaukee’s bustling urban agriculture scene, a new organization cultivating greens may get lost in the shuffle. However, We Grow Greens, a cooperative of educators and sustainability leaders committed to healthy food systems and nat... more

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Whenit comes to Conejito’s Place, either you love it or you hate it. At thetime that Conejito’s opened, more than two dec,Dining Out more

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The couple behind East Troy Honey, Susan and William Palmer, share information about their products, problems facing honeybees, and efforts to educate the public. more

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Turkish coffee is actually not a type of coffee, but a method of bringing very finely ground Arabica beans to a boil (or near-boil, depending on who you talk to) with sugar. more

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Although the Wisconsin State Fair has myriad foods that draw throngs of people every year, the Original Cream Puff is THE iconic food item at the State Fair, as well as the longest running food item. more

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Creativity abounds at the Wisconsin State Fair’s culinary competitions, and amateur bartenders have long enjoyed pouring their originality into the cocktail contests. This year's featured cocktail concept is the Milwaukee Mule. more

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Have you ever had Deep-Fried Spinach Lasagna Bites? How about Pig Candy Cannoli or The PorkSTACKular? The Wisconsin State Fair’s unusual food offerings have become a main attraction, drawing a multitude of hungry fairgoers with adventurous appetites. more

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Trader Nick’s South Shore Inn (5483 S. Lake Drive) boasts a stylish mashup of nautical and Polynesian décor, and the tropical drink menu is a rum lover’s paradise. more

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Let’s take a journey beyond the cup and see how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. more

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Curcumin is becoming popular in the United States as more research becomes available about its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Through SUR Natural Health Brands, LLC, brothers Qasim and Asim Khan launched ZYN curcumin-infused beverages. more

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Victory Garden Initiative has opened The Farmhouse, an office, event and classroom space across from their garden on Concordia Avenue. more

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Judging by the abundance of coffee houses in Milwaukee today, it seems that we have fared well in keeping up with the rest of the country’s third wave of coffee. more

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As the owner of ORO di Oliva, which specializes in fresh extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars, Josh Saiia and his staff encourage sampling, suggest pairings and answer questions. more

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The family run Gitto Farm n Kitchen supplies light, flavorful flour tortillas that hold up well even when packed with the heartiest fillings. more

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With Wisconsin’s short but oh-so-sweet summer season comes lots of al fresco drinking and dining. Here are a couple of basic iced coffee drink recipes to get started. more

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Fat Dan’s has definitely upped the standards of carryout/delivery-only fare. Shunning frozen appetizers or canned sauces, they instead offer scratch-made and healthier items, and feature many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. more

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In just more than four months, Mi Casa Su Café has established itself as a premier breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in Brewer’s Hill. more

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An overview of the types of coffee grinds, and how they are best used. more

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Nearly seven years since their founding, Gouda Girls food truck is going strong, winning competitions and serving up high-quality, cheesy comfort food to the Milwaukee area and beyond. more

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Single source coffee provides drinkers with a deeper connection to what they're consuming, and is more socially-responsible. more

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Walking into Avenue Coffeehouse (911 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee) is like visiting the home of that cool artist friend or relative. more

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The Shepherd Express talks to Lynn Lein of Yuppie Hill Poultry about her animal-friendly practices as a poultry farmer in Burlington, Wis. more

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