On September 1st my roommate and I signed up for a local food and history tour through the Zilber School of Public Health. We hopped on the shuttle and traveled to a gorgeous part of Milwaukee I had no idea existed. The community is in the process of being restored, and when the School of Public Health was being updated, they kept a lot of the original framework inside the building. The addition is very noticeable from the outside as an even divide over the front entrance.
We were able to watch a professional chef who specialized in healthy foods prepare a variety of dishes. The director of the tour promised to email out all the recipes but so far has failed to do so, but I might be able to come up with something similar based on the photos.
We sampled citrus avocado salad, Thai curry soup, and asparagus melt sandwiches. One element I do remember from the demonstration was that she spread mayonnaise on the bread before toasting it in the oven. It sounds weird but it tasted very good!
Afterwards we toured the neighborhood area. There was a very nice industrial park area the tour guide said is often the location of small wedding services. I thought that was the cutest idea until I spotted a stony Mr. and Mrs. Zilber creeping out from behind a tree...
Then we toured an awesome looking hotel called The Brewhouse Inn and Suites. It was repurposed from an actual old brew house that still had some of the old equipment for decoration. I would be so willing to go back and stay there as a guest. The furniture was bizarre yet awesome!
There were also a ton of local breweries around the area. Many of the older ones looked like castles.
After the tour we decided to walk through the Restaurant Operations Showcase and loaded up on free food. I grabbed about 25 granola bars, among other treasures. Ryan went back at the end and apparently they were giving away entire boxes of food at a time just so they didn't have any leftover!
The next day I ran before work and enjoyed the wonderful weather. I made a four week training plan for a 5K but had since had to significantly modify it since I had to stop running for a week to allow my calf muscle to heal.
That evening I made hummus salad dressing and mixed it into a bag of greens to make salad tacos! The notions sounds kind of weird but I wanted salad and tacos so decided to combine the two!
On Wednesday I signed up for a free boat tour (these were the simple days before classes when there were no obligations and things were free). The lake view was amazing.
There were so many seagulls!
The lovely and adorable Veteran's Park. We saw so many people peddle by on group cycles. I'm definitely adding that to my Milwaukee bucket list!
That evening after the tour, Ryan and I went to Qdoba for dinner. I've been craving a burrito for the longest time. We went to cute park in the nearby area and sat down to people watch (the bench we sat at was right in front of the first disc golf hole). The bench we sat on was covered in stickers.
The following Sunday, everyone in my suite pitched in to cook a giant brunch. There were pancakes, hash browns, eggs, and fruit salad. The big meal was followed by lots of dishes and a scenic stroll through the outdoors.
Later that evening was the UREC fest. A couple of my friends wanted to participate in the Battle Ship games and I was somehow convinced to go along with them. It was wild! We sat in canoes filled with a variety of buckets inside the swimming pool and had to try and fill up the other canoes with water and sink them! We ended up being eliminated due to being sunk three times, but it was a great experience!
Afterwards we found some free food before heading back to get ready for the Target trip. The cookie pictured below was amazing and was from a place called Insomnia Cookies that is a late-night cookie delivery service. It was dark chocolate with mint chips. Mmm.
The school bused us out to Target to pick up some last minute or forgotten items. We also received a bag of free stuff, which is the main reason I went. I also picked up a few more groceries and another pair of workout pants.
That about sums up the first few days of September! Life has become much busier now that classes have started on top of work. It's harder to find time to recap but today I managed to power through a ton of homework. In the hopefully near future I'll post about what I packed (and forgot to pack) for my second year of college, ways I'm trying to stay healthy on a busy schedule, and some recipes I've tried and liked enough to make again. I hope your weekends were productive! (And also oh my gosh how is it almost October already??)
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!