Questions About Cream City

What's it like in the Cream City?

What's it like to live in Milwaukee? MeFi residents of the Cream City, please advise! Specific details/questions follow. So, one of the doctoral programs at UWM has extended me an amazing offer for next fall. YAY! I'm very strongly considering (and, at this point, leaning towards) taking their offer. I've done a bunch of research about the city, and I like a lot of what I see. My husband and I currently live in Pittsburgh, and I'm detecting a pretty similar vibe going on in Milwaukee. Neither of us has ever set foot in Milwaukee, though, and I would love to hear about what it's like to live there from current or past residents. Some example questions: What are the best and worst parts about living in Milwaukee? Is the snow and cold really as bad as people say? Is it a mostly safe city? Which neighborhoods should I totally avoid, keeping in mind that I will probably need to stay within reasonable distance of UWM. (A lot of people seem to refer to areas as

Non-corporate bagels in the Twin Cities?

Minneapolis MeFites: Is some non-chain store place in the Twin Cities metro area where I can get a decent bagel? I'm looking for bagels the way they ought to be: Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and delicious, made fresh daily at the kind of store or deli that knows damn well lox is a standard bagel topping, and doesn't call it a "sandwich" and add a $6 markup just to drop 1/4 ounce of Nova Scotia goodness on top of the cream cheese. Lots of flavor combinations a plus - I don't want a place that only offers three or four types of bagel. I am so sick of the chain stores. Surely there's a locally-owned and operated place in the metro that can do it better than a chain store, right? My wife and I haven't been able to find any place so far that fits the bill. Bonus, for anyone who's spent time in Ann Arbor (or East Lansing back in the early 90s): My ideal match would be someplace approximating the Bagel Fragel. Awesome bagels, tons of topping

The City That Confuses The Hell Out Of Me

If you've ever lived in or visited Chicago and had a good time without getting hopelessly lost, you are cordially invited to post in this thread. Needed: an explanation of the grid system, tips and tricks on navigation, and recommendations for how to find the underground music scene, awesome beers, weird things to explore, and the best Chicago-focused blogs. THE GRID SYSTEM: Whenever someone explains this to me I hear "It starts at State and Madison and blah blah blah blah blah and then you'll know exactly where you are!" Pretend I am a five-year old who was dropped on my tender infant cranium. HACKS: I bought the Moleskine city notebook which is really helpful because I can pour over maps on the El without looking like a total tourist. I'm also thinking of buying a small cheap compass because I have no sense of direction and I'm too shy to ask the classic question "Which way is the lake?" My boyfriend is getting handed a dollar so he can get one


Dish it out: Where's the best ice cream in Minneapolis-St. Paul? A friend is moving to the Twin Cities (Southwest suburbs to be specific) and is looking for ice cream places in & around her new stomping grounds. I'd love to hear about your favorite gourmet, local, full-on drugstore counters with soda fountains, wherever you love to go on a warm summer night. My friend's favorite places are ice cream "shacks" - little roadside open-only-in-summer type places. (The Zesto in Brookings, SD and B & G Milky Way local chain in SoDak, for example.) Thanks for helping me help my friend, but I can't deny that I'm excited to try a few places out next time I'm in the Cities!

Moving to the Quad Cities, IL/IA. Recommendations?

My husband and I are moving to the Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa and we need some recommendations. He grew up there, so we are familiar with general geography and institutions like Jim's Ribs, Whitey's ice cream, and Maid-Rite. But he hasn't lived there since high school-- we need a realtor, neighborhood suggestions, doctors, etc. My Google-fu has given me plenty of lists but I'd like info from real people. The Mr. and I are both in our early 30's, no kids yet but thinking of having some soon-ish. If you have recommendations for any (or all!) of the following, please let me know. Thanks, MeFites! Iowa vs. Illinois: Do you have a strong preference for one side of the river or the other? My husband grew up on the Illinois side, but we're willing to consider both sides based on factors like neighborhoods, schools, shopping, property taxes, and whatever else you can think of. Neighborhood: Would you recommend any particular areas for us to live? What do you like about them?

Heat Rash City

I went to two different types of doctors for my heat rash, which has lasted a month so far. Both offered different diagnoses and different treatment plans. Who do I listen to? I made both appointments because my primary care doc said to see both, since she wasn't certain what it was. I went to dermatologist at 1 pm, and he thinks it's some kind of urticaria. He prescribed me a topical steroid cream (I'm looking at the scrip and can't read what it says -- I think it says Topicort). At 3pm, I went to the allergist, who did a full allergy panel, and reached the conclusion that it is atopic dermatitis. She prescribed me Elocon Cream and EpiCeram. Based on what I see on the internet, it seems like the diagnoses are similar. I was going to mention what the dermatologist said to the allergist, but I didn't want her to think I was questioning her expertise or her just saying I should choose what to go with. The allergist seemed to be a little more familiar with this (

This is nice but we have much better ice cream places in New York.

What do I tell New Yorkers when they disparage Boston, my home town? I've just moved to NYC last weekend and was at a small rooftop party for the Fourth to watch the fireworks, and one of the first people I meet there asks where I'm from, and when I say "Boston", his response is "I'm not going to beat about the bush, Boston is the worst city in the world." Then he goes off on a tirade about drunk Irish dudes getting into fights at bars and the non-existent nightlife and the too-homogenous population. I just said my experience was different as I moved in different circles. Another example from the party: we had a great view of the river and I say to my boyfriend, a New Yorker: "Wow, this looks just like Boston!" He goes to our host and repeats my comment and they all laugh heartily. Yesterday on a walk in Central Park we come to a pretty pond, and my boyfriend says to me: "You don't have this in Boston, do you?"

It's the delicious pomade that also works as a cuticle cream!

What are the best toiletries/personal care products that double as other toiletries/personal care products? Either officially or unofficially? So, I'm planning some travel that will involve both city breaks (where I will want to look good!) and hut-to-hut hiking (where I will want to keep my bag weight to a minimum). Obviously I can just buy mousse (or whatever) in the city, and I will probably end up doing that for some things. But I would also like to be as presentable as I can be on the trail without turning my pack into a giant makeup case like some 80s rom-com socialite. Some things I've used in the past: Soap/shampoo bars for washing hair and body (with only moderate success) Combination shampoo/conditioner (have not found one that works for me) Some things I've heard of but have not tried: Using sunscreen as hair conditioner Using hair conditioner as shaving cream The things I consider essential anywhere* are sunscreen, hair-washing stuff, condition