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Milwaukee, WI – January 27, 2012

Friday night and in no mood to cook…so what to do?  A quick flip through the entertainment book and viola, there it was, a coupon for Kiku.  Kiku is a Japanese restaurant in the heart of downtown Milwaukee and was voted Best Sushi in The Shepard Express reader’s poll for two years running.  Not a sushi fan?  No worries, they also have a complete tempura, teriyaki and noodle menu as well.

As usual, Gwen and I had a cocktail before our dinner.  I tried the TyKu Tini (at least it wasn’t called a martini – I can live with that!).  It was pretty basic, consisting of Ketel One Citroen and TyKu.  Mostly TyKu at that.  I enjoy TyKu, having created a number of cocktails that use it.  This was a bit on the bland side.  It tasted like TyKu (which is fine) with a dash of lemon.  I would have liked a third flavor component as well (sake?  a bit of ginger?  lychee fruit?).  However, it did make an agreeable compliment to the sushi we had for dinner – which was very generous in portions and very good.

I definitely recommend Kiku, the sushi and the cocktails.  Give ’em a try!


Day 182, Cocktail 177

Yesterday marked the start of the Halloween “season”, at least for me.  Just like I don’t think Christmas should last for 6 months, I don’t think Halloween should last the entire month of October – a week is enough for me.

As we did last year, Gwen and I headed to the Hartford Jaycees haunted house in Slinger with the Newcomers group.  We had a total of six of us and the girls made good work of a flask to add some entertainment to the 90 minute wait.  Finally, our group was called and it was through the haunted forest and then all three levels of the house.  If you’re looking for a haunted house this Halloween, definately give the Hartford Jaycess a try!

Also, as we did last year, we started at the Klavier Lounge in Germantown.  This was a our meeting point and a good place for a cocktail.  Kris Peters has done a great job of bringing an upscale lounge to Germantown with good cocktails and a great atmosphere.  The Klavier features a long list of house speciality cocktails.  I had the Majesty’s Pomegranate and it was delicious! 

  Majesty’s Pomegranate

  • Ketel One Citrus Vodka
  • grapefruit juice
  • pomegranage juice
  • lime juice

The juices all blend very well together, with the lime and grapefruit mellowing out the sweetness of the pomegranate.  There is just enough Ketel One to let you know that it is there, but its not overpowering.  It really is a very good blend of fruity and boozy — just right!

Enjoy your Halloween season!