June 06, 2012

Hotel Foster, Ian's Pizza and Wisconsin Cheese

Tonight I attended my first FUEL Milwaukee event, which was at Hotel Foster on the east side of Milwaukee.  My co-worker and I arrived early enough to find a seat on their upstairs patio, which was perfect for street watching and enjoying a gorgeous June day before the event started.

I don't drink beer, but it seemed weird to order wine, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover they had Fox Barrel Pear Cider on tap.  It was great, and I'd highly recommend getting it there, if you're a cider lover like me.

I joined FUEL Milwaukee because I want to explore Milwaukee more and what better way than social events at new places.  Hotel Foster opened a year ago, and I loved the atmosphere.   The decor is unlike any bar I've ever seen, and I really liked all the little areas to relax in, and get away from the crowd.

The event was suppose to have appetizers from Beans & Barley, which I was looking forward to, but those never materialized.  So after mingling for a couple hours, a group of us headed across the street to Ian's Pizza.

Ian's has become a UW-Madison institution, and yet tonight was my first time ever eating Ian's pizza.  In my defense, I graduated from UW-Madison two months after it first opened in 2001.  Now that I've finally experienced it, I know why everyone raves about Ian's pizza.

I had to go with the classic macaroni & cheese pizza that made Ian's famous, and it was fantastic.  I'm looking forward to trying more varieties the next time I'm on North Ave, or maybe I'll finally visit one of the Madison locations :)

After stuffing our faces with pizza, Chris and I headed to Whole Foods, which is next door to Hotel Foster.  We always tend to gravitate to the wine and cheese when we're there.  In the past, I would look for a favorite, such as manchego (a Spanish cheese), but tonight I went straight to the local cheese section.

I was excited to find Pleasant Ridge from Uplands, which was my favorite on the cheese tour I attended this past weekend.  I am anxious to see if Chris likes it as much as me.  I also spotted several cheeses from Hook's and encouraged Chris to buy an aged cheddar.


  1. So glad that Whole Foods carries Hook's and Uplands. Their cheese section is the best.

    1. Lisa found everything except Hook's at Wisconsin Cheese Mart too. I've been meaning to go there to do a wine and cheese tasting at their new Cheese Bar...175 types of Wisconsin cheese are available!