Stone Creek Coffee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My fascination with Milwaukee continues this morning as I look out upon the view of this magnificent bridge, the 6th Steet Viaduct bridge, built in 2002.

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Within view of the bridge is Stone Creek Coffee.

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Stone Creek Coffee

They have a seating area that you can sit right by the window and look out to the view in the above bridge.  I have my music on random and as soon as I get sat down, the first shuffle is Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Under the Bridge”.  My music gets me, like someone who’s knows all your quirks and inner workings.  I’m gonna invent a music player someday that knows your mood, location, special event and knows what to play instinctively.  Who am I kidding,  it will be out before I can get to it and I can’t wait.

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Lots of Pastries to choose from here.
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Sally was super helpful

They have shirts, mugs, socks, and coffee for sale.  It’s in a really old building and Kevin tells me they are expanding to other parts of Wisconsin and Chicago so be on the lookout for them.  Kevin and Sally had the morning shift and were really friendly and extra helpful.  I found a shirt on clearance, even.

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Coffee Geek

Since I am a total coffee geek, I thought it would be appropriate. Also, it’s their wifi password.

Picked up some coffee to bring home calls Green Bike for the ‘ol expresso machine and ordered a cup of coffee and a butter croissant.

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Coffee and Croissant
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Butter Croissant

I’m not going to say it’s the same as Ble Sucre in Paris, well, because I just can’t.  Yet, in Milwaukee, it’s pretty damn tasty.  Their coffee is really good, I like dark roasts and theirs didn’t disappoint.

What I cannot wait to try is something that was tucked away in the corner of the pastries, all sneaky like.  But I found you little Oatmeal Creme Pie and I will eat you later today.  Oh, yes.  I just got a little tingle thinking about it.  My weird love for oatmeal creme pies is a story for another day.  When I see them at pastry shops or bakeries just know it’s going to get bought and in my belly.  I mean, just look at it.

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Oatmeal Creme Pie

I have a small obsession with coffee shops, speakeasies and hole in the walls.  I would absolutely come back to Stone Creek Coffee in a heartbeat.  Another thing I’d try is the Cardamom Chai Latte.  I had one last night at an Indian food restaurant that blew my mind.  It was so good it deserves a post all by itself.  I noticed that they had them here on the menu.  Milwaukee gets cold and that was something I could only imagine is a welcome bit of warmth in the winter.

Now I’m off to check out the Milwaukee Art Museum .  I’ll see some amazing art while looking for an excuse to eat this oatmeal creme pie.  I call it Bnack, an after breakfast snack.  I give the thing 5 minutes.  Poor thing.  It didn’t stand a chance.

Journey On.

-Kelly

 

 

 

 

Fun Things to do off the ship in Nassau, Bahamas

 

Just off the ship in Nassau?  Maybe you planned some excursions.  Maybe you didn’t.  Sometimes when you cruise you just don’t want to have plans at port. In Nassau, Bahamas you don’t have to have plans to enjoy yourself.  Check out our top suggestions from our recent trip on great ways to spend your day.

1.  Walking Tour

If you love colorful buildings, interesting signs and flavorful history, you may just want to take a stroll around town.  You’ll get a map of a small block of streets that are an easy walk and you just never know what you may find.

The Police are quite dapper and well dressed.

While on the walking tour, you can view amazing buildings.  Some very old and colorful.

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Nassau Library
Nassau Library
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Spooky Old Building

 

Maybe you’re into old pay phones?

You don’t see these much anymore
Old Pay Phone

Sometimes you even find cool signs, with your name on them. Check out this cool snack shack.

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Snack Stand, Nassau Bahamas

 

They might be having a celebration, like the Golden Jubilee of the Majority Rule 50th Anniversary Celebration

Golden Jubilee Nassau

Or you might see some funky little  Jeeps, like this one:

Cool Jeep, Nassau

Whatever you enjoy, you may just find it wandering around Nassau.  Have a look yourself and see what you can find.

 

2.   Queen’s Staircase

A small stroll down Elizabeth Street and you will come to one of the coolest things to see on the island, the Queen’s Stairs.  You have to search for it almost as it goes behind a gray barricade and you almost miss it.   The stairs were made out of limestone rock and built by slaves in the late 1700’s.  There are 66 steps to the top (only 65 are visible).

Queens Staircase
Queens Staircase

You can view more about the staircase here.

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Once at the top, take a right and you will be at another picturesque spot, Fort Fincastle.

 

3. Fort Fincastle

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This for was built in 1793 and you can pay $5 to go up top.  It has some of the best views of the island whether you stand on the fort or just simply next to it.  There are usually a row of tents with local vendors selling trinkets.  We didn’t look too closely, but I’m sure there might be some interesting souvenirs along with some haggling.

 

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Next to Fort Fincastle is the Water Tower.

 

4. The Water Tower

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After all of that sightseeing, it’s time for a beer, don’t you think?  Head back down to the seafront and check out Pirate’s Republic Brewing.

5.  Pirate Republic Brewing

All that walking around just makes you thirsty.  When you get off the ship, you’ll be shuffled onto Woodes Rogers Walk.  Just a few blocks down you will come across Pirate Republic Brewing, you can find our post about it here.

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I love a good Kolsch and they only have it in a can.  Be sure to ask for can options as well as what’s on draft.  There’s a gift shop is the back you should check out.  They also have the skinniest fries you’ll ever see.

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Needless to say this was my favorite stop that day.

The key is to do a little research on Tripadvisor ,etc of places to eat and things to see.   Sometimes you just have to explore and be spontaneous.

Here’s to your next adventure. -The Journeys

Pirate Republic Brewing Company

Alyssa and I try to avoid crowds like the plague.  We took a three night cruise to the Bahamas a little while back because Alyssa wanted to see if she liked cruising.  We knew one of the stops would be in Nassau, so we did some research on our favorite things:  1.  Food 2. Booze.   There was this hip, little brewery, Pirate Republic Brewing Company on Woods Rogers Walk, the first street you hit off the ship.  It’s in a cool, weathered building  with pirate furniture everywhere.

So let’s get down to business, the beer and food.  We love breweries and local suds, and this place did not disappoint.  We always sit at the bar, we feel like part of the place, like Norm on Cheers.  So there we sat and ordered our first beers.  I ordered the Gold and Haze of Piracy which is a Belgian Wheat.  They added an orange and it had a very Blue Moon style to it.  Alyssa had the Island Pirate Ale, which is an India Pale Ale.  I always try her IPA’s, I’m not sure why.  It always give me the bitter beer face, just not my thing.

But then, I had my second beer.  It was in a can, not on draft.   Marco the bartender said they had a Kolsch.  German beer is my absolute favorite.  I don’t know if you get excited about great beer, but we sure do and we did as we sat on the pirate bar stools.  MMMM Beer.  That Kolsch made up for any previous poor beer choices, life choices, etc that weren’t up to par.

 

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I hate when you go to a place, you get a beer you think you will like, only to have to swill it back because YOU CANNOT WASTE BEER.   Like you’re not going to drink it, no that’s not happening.  You just have to suck it up, there’s no leftover beer.  Who does that? It’s like a wine stopper, I still have no idea what the hell  purpose it serves. We have a drawer full of them at home.  Our friends must think oh look, it’s alcohol related, they will love it.  Look, the stopper is a bicycle.  Let’s get it for them.  We have a wine stopper graveyard drawer, where they just go to collect dust and look cute.

 

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Then sometimes you have to make room for all of that beer you just drank.  So where’s the bathroom?  It’s upstairs and you need a special code for the door.  Don’t worry, the bartender’s have it written on their arms.  Now you are all ready to order some grub.

 

I like skinny fries, like Steak’n’Shake fries, only thinner and crispier.  This place has the skinniest, crispiest fries I have ever eaten.  The only problem was they broke off in the ketchup, which was a fantastic problem to have once you had a boatload of them in there.  When you sit at the bar, nobody cares if half your hand is in the ketchup rammikin, fishing out skinny pieces of French fries.  There’s simply no judging when you sit at the bar.  I saw on TripAdvisor that their bratwurst was good so we ordered it as well.  Don’t get me wrong, it was tasty.  I would have been just as happy to have ordered another vat of those fries with another Kolsch.  I mean, do you really expect to have a mind blowing bratwurst off a cruise ship in the Bahamas?  I’d expect that in Wisconsin.  Luckily,  I get to visit there later this year.  Then, my friends, I will be bragging about some bratwurst.  Not today.  I have to say though, for brewery grub, it was pretty damn good.

So the next time you hop off the boat and you find yourself in Nassau, definitely go check out Pirate Republic Brewing.  They even have a gift shop in the back of the bar.  The Journeys will be back someday, sitting at the bar, eating skinny fries.