Over my spring break I took a short day trip to go visit my friend, Lauren, in Milwaukee. Even though our time together was fairly short and went by way too fast, I was still so glad to catch up and finally spend some time together! It can definitely be a challenge trying to see friends after everyone graduates from college, but it is just something you have to make time for! Lauren is well aware of my foodie passions in life and my love for all things cute & fun, so it was no surprise to her when I mentioned going to Milwaukee Public Market for the day.
We got to the public market around noon, so it was perfect timing for lunch! From the minute I stepped in the doors, I was overwhelmed by all of the different vendors and activity going on around me. It reminded me of when I when I was at a London market this past summer, just on a smaller scale and it’s indoors. The inside has a very industrial feel to it, with a lot of exposed architecture when you look up to the ceiling. When we first walked in, there was a small market off to the side selling fruits, vegetables and other to-go food items. Then straight ahead there was the chopped salad bar, and also some sandwich and soup options. We decided to take a lap, so I could check out all of the options. Before we began the lap, we grabbed a honeybee latte to sip on along the way. It reminded me of my all time favorite drink, a café miel.
Every direction I turned the food looked absolutely amazing, which made it so difficult to choose what I was going to eat for lunch. My mouth was watering and my stomach was rumbling, so I would need to decide soon. As a lot of my friends know, I can be extremely indecisive when it comes to ordering food, because, hey, who wants to be disappointed when they are looking forward to a special meal?! Okay, so do I go with the chopped salad bar and design my own salad, or maybe Mexican and get a little guac and chips? Or do I have a Mediterranean meal with some hummus and falafel, but what about Thai, sushi, a fresh lobster or shrimp roll, or homemade soup like chicken dumpling or tomato basil? Ahhh, can’t you see now why I couldn’t make up my mind? Well after much internal debate and asking Lauren what I should do over and over (sorry Lauren), I finally decided on Mediterranean and designed my own pita. I chose a whole-wheat pita filled with roasted red pepper hummus, cucumbers, a vegetable mix, falafel and spinach. I was actually never a huge fan of Mediterranean up until several years ago. I had really never given it a chance, but when I started trying different combinations of hummus, vegetables, falafel etc I loved it! What do you know, in London I also got Mediterranean! There was also a WIDE variety of wine, and if we would have had more time I definitely would have suggested having a glass…or two :).
After we both got our food (Lauren got a chopped salad), we headed upstairs to find a seat. We found a high table with a great view below, and started eating and catching up! We talked for a couple of hours and definitely could have continued to do so for another several! After our lunch we decided to go check out Lululemon across the street. Of course before we left the market, I had to buy some dark chocolates I had been eyeing up! Some of those chocolates included a dark chocolate graham cracker square and a dark chocolate covered pretzel stick. We shopped around at Lululemon for a little bit and I ended up getting 2 workout tops. The one below I thought was really unique and I can wear it working out or just with some jeans or leggings. Sadly it was now time to say good-bye :(. I had such a fun day at the public market with Lauren and I’m so glad we got to spend the afternoon together at such a fun place. Next time you’re in Milwaukee, I highly recommend stopping by the Public Market. But take it from me, do not arrive there super hungry because then you’ll have an extremely hard time deciding what to get just like I did! Until next time Milwaukee Public Market!