what to eat in Wisconsin (... well, mostly Milwaukee)
- cheese curds: basically "curds" are pre-cheese. Their quality is judged by their "squeaky-ness" (the good ones literally squeak against your teeth when you chew them. I ate one, it's weird but also kind of awesome). They should be less than a day old and served at room temperature.
- Riverwest Co-Op: sit on the neighborhood sidewalk and order the bar-b-que tofu sandwhich! It'll make a vegan out of anyone.
- Beans and Barley on the Eastside: the most popular dish is the Vegetarian Eggs Benedict - only served on the weekends for brunch. It's also tempting to swipe one of their classic, heavy diner coffee mugs.
- anything in a cup featuring the face of a Packers player: Tyler has a crew-neck sweatshirt he wears that says "Packers Football is Everything" and even though it looks vintage/ironic he is actually serious.
- Bel Air Cantina in Riverwest: My #1 recommendation!! Honestly, it was the best Mexican food I've had since I moved from San Diego. Not too spendy, hip atmosphere, fresh ingredients. Go on Taco Tuesday where everything is $2 and get a pitchers worth of margaritas.
- beer, duh: Milwaukee's nickname is "Brew City." It's home to major breweries like Miller, great micro-breweries like Lakefront and New Glarus but, even better, there are all sorts of cheap beer you've never heard of. Think Pabst price ... with local origins. There's Leinenkugel's (a.k.a. "Leinie's" brewed in Chippewa Falls), Old Style, Blatz, Point, Schlitz and the list goes on.
... and if you're leaving from Northampton don't forget to stop at Dunkin' Donuts, the official sponsor of the state of Massachusetts. Bradley International is technically in Connecticut but there are THREE Dunkin' Donuts in an airport with THREE runways.