April 14, 2013

CityTins - Le Rêve & Blue's Egg {Milwaukee}

I've written about Le Rêve Patisserie & Café before and it's still one of my favorite places to dine.  We recently had lunch there, starting with a bowl roasted red pepper, served with a baguette slice.  Next, Chris opted for the salmon salad, while I had my favorite beet salad, or salade de bettrave as they call it :)

We almost always skip dessert and especially at lunch, but it's hard to resist the gorgeous pastry case you pass while being led to your table.  Since we were saving $10 on our meal thanks to CityTins, I selected a fresh fruit tart for us to share.  I had sampled it at Feasting for Fido last summer and loved it just as much this time.

Le Rêve was recently closed for renovations and I really like the interior changes they've made.  The restaurant was closed for several weeks and Chris found out the hard way that you can't rely on websites for current information when making lunch plans with co-workers.  Luckily I saw the closure information on Facebook before they left that day and I re-routed them to Juniper 61 instead.

Chris is anti-Facebook, but it's seriously a great way to keep up with what's going on.  Both Cafe Hollander and Le Rêve were closed at the same time, which was obvious on Facebook yet neither had updated their websites to reflect that fact.  I can't tell you how many conversations between Chris and I end with the question "How did you know that?" and the answer "Facebook."

25% of my City Tin is now empty, so I'm feeling good about my chances of redeeming all 20 coupons in 2013.  Chris is loving it because he's gotten to try new-to-him places like Blue's Egg where we had breakfast last Sunday.
The only negative thing about Blue's is the wait time for a table.  We were told 45 minutes when we arrived at 9:40, but by 10:00 we were seated and had placed our drinks order.  Chris was going to work afterward so he stuck with coffee but I tried the waiter-recommended JP's OJ.  A delicious mix of 44 North Huckleberry vodka, blood orange liqueur and fresh squeezed orange juice.
There are so many great CityTin choices, it's hard to decide where we should go next but it really should be Crazy Water.  Hands down that is the number one place that people keep recommending to us.


  1. The soup and fruit tart photos are perfect, you just want to reach out and grab the fruit! I swear, our Chris' are so similar. Chris thought about joining FB for a day since it is a good way to keep current on things/people, but then quickly went back to refusing it.

  2. You are the second person I know who is really enjoying the city tin. Using it up sure sounds like a fun mission!

  3. We had a CityTin last year and failed to get all the way through. We have one again this year, though, since we have a little baby arriving in a few weeks, I'm not sure we'll make it this year either. Oh well, I love the Tin and will keep trying. Thanks for sharing your visits!