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The Last Straw

Restaurants fight plastic pollution by reducing or eliminating straws from their establishments  Photography by Jordan Ashwood  Plastic waste has become a huge threat to our ecosystem, piling up both in landfills and oceans. According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, over 30 million tons of plastic is discarded every year in the United States, but only eight READ MORE

Cool Summer 

Chill out this month with frozen treats and icy delights August is often one of the steamiest months of the year. With temperatures well into the 80s, 90s and beyond, sometimes the only way to cool off is with an ice cold popsicle, drippy ice cream cone or fruity blended drink. Embrace the heat this READ MORE

Restaurant Crawl

Three progressive dinner itineraries for meals on the move  You may have heard of (or participated in) something called a round robin where groups of friends or neighbors visit each others’ homes for one course of a multi-course meal. This concept can easily be applied to a night on the town, hitting several restaurants in READ MORE

The Heroes of Happy Hour

It doesn’t matter if you’re an office nine to fiver, a round-the-clock entrepreneur or side hustling freelancer, the happy hour ritual is a sacred practice for those who grind. These happy hour hot spots all offer something special, from amazing drink specials to Zen-like waterfront views. Add them to your post-work hangout rotation, if you READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review Fresh Faces Welcoming a new class of Fox Valley restaurants Bona Fide Juicery, Appleton  When Chris Strauss traveled the West Coast, he was impressed by the prevalence of fast, healthy dining options. Strauss and his business partner Nicole Lindquist decided to bring the READ MORE

Irish Eats

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but you don’t have to wait until then to devour these dishes inspired by the Emerald Isle. Irish Burger Spats, Appleton The Irish Burger, served year-round at Spats in Appleton, should be on every Hibernophile’s bucket list. (It was featured in Yahoo Travel’s “50 Most Over-The-Top Burgers in Every READ MORE

Fusion Foods

The mouth-watering marriages of unexpected culinary pairings Colliding two unrelated ingredients takes guts – and sometimes a little blind faith. When it’s not ending in complete and abject failure (remember Swedish Fish Oreos?), the results can be heavenly (hello, pancake cheese curds). This lineup of unlikely culinary duos proves that some ingredients are just better READ MORE

Great Steaks 

The finest cuts and where to find them The Fox Cities lie in the heartland of a state where taverns literally raffle off cuts of meat, so it’s safe to assume our obsession with steak is real. Wisconsin’s enthusiastic meat culture has not left the Fox Valley untouched, as evidenced by the abundant selection of READ MORE

Naughty or Nice

Decadent holiday treats and health-conscious counterparts Real talk: no one is starting a diet during the holidays. November kicks off the season of culinary decadence, and hey, we are fully on board with that. But for those who want to indulge a little more strategically, there are nice (or “nicer”) alternatives when you’ve overdone it READ MORE