Food

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As the weather warms up, there's nothing more enjoyable than a cool beverage. Dining contributor Ann Christenson toured the city on a quest to find the best iced coffee and milkshakes Milwaukee has to offer.

Her features on iced coffee and milkshakes can be found in this month's issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Here are Christenson's five picks of each:

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The James Beard Awards are a big deal in the culinary world.

Milwaukee has been well-represented in the past - Chefs Sanford d’Amato, Adam Siegel and Justin Aprahamian have all won James Beard's Best Chef: Midwest award.

Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent was nominated this year. Though he didn't win, food contributor Kyle Cherek explains what a big accomplishment it is to even be nominated.

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What makes a sandwich? Does it need two slices of bread? Amidst the deep philosophical question of what makes a true sandwich, Milwaukee Magazine senior editor and dining critic Ann Christenson wrote the magazine’s May cover story on the best sandwiches in town.

Here's a few highlights from Christenson's list:

Best lobster roll: Buckley's Restaurant & Bar

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From The Botany of Desire to The Joy of Cooking to Kitchen Confidential, books about food fill our bookshelves - if not literally our stomachs.

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This month’s Milwaukee Magazine is billed as the Food Lover’s Guide – or the Epicure’s Guide – to Milwaukee.  But if you think that means a list of great restaurants, you’re mistaken.  It’s a guide to all-things-food related, such as preserving food, top tools, raising animals, and even knife lessons.

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When most people think about French cuisine, multiples courses, immaculate preparation and presentation, and maybe even intimidation comes to mind.

The fine French meal is often a night out that people aspire to. Many steps above that impulsive trip out to Applebee’s, or even the night on the town at the brewpub. 

It turns out that much of what we think of as the fine French meal can trace its history back to a single source – Auguste Escoffier. 

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If cabin fever has you feeling a bit restless and you're not into outdoor winter sports, there are still activities that can get you out of the house - but keep you staying warm. Any guesses? How about a cooking class?

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A couple of years ago, we spoke with Joe Bartolotta, one of the two brothers at the heart of the Bartolotta restaurant group, whose presence and influence in Milwaukee has been steadily increasing. He offered some thoughts about why his restaurant business has been a success for 20 years:

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As 2014 winds to a close, we typically look back at the year that was and look ahead at what the year to come might hold.

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There’s been a lot that’s been written and said about the wealth of good new restaurants that have opened around the Milwaukee area in the past few years. 

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