Our February 2013 Picks
This month's On Our Radar
I’m a chocolate minimalist. While many consider caramel, nuts, cinnamon and even bacon welcome accompaniments, I like my chocolate straight up. So when I tasted a simple, chocolate-within-chocolate truffle by Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, I had to learn more. It turns out, this delightful bite is called Lucille’s Vanilla. Named after Gail’s mother, it’s a tribute to the pudding she’d cook for her family on the stovetop. What a sweet story!
Who says Midwesterners are too humble? T-shirt available at Anthology (218 State St.).
Do you love Valentine’s Day? Hate it? I see a bit of both feelings—and a lot of passion—in “Death and Valentine’s Day,” an oil painting by artist and UW–Madison student Olivia Baldwin. Find more of her work at livbaldwin.com.
Southern & Wisconsin
I hear the whistle blowing
Freedom inside of me.
– An excerpt from Journey to Wisconsin: African American Life in Haiku (Parallel Press). Written by former Madison poet laureate Fabu, the chapbook beautifully tells the story of Nathaniel and Cynthia Owens of Baraboo.
Whether your favorite book is Romeo and Juliet or Twilight (no judgment here), show it off in a literary bracelet by local Etsy seller The Bookish Life. Simply choose your most beloved read and Andrea Thorson will turn snippets of its pages into jewelry.
Let’s be real: Embracing winter isn’t easy. But the key to warming to sleet and slush may just be the Madison Winter Festival. On February 16 and 17, the Capitol Square becomes a winter-sports wonderland with ice sculpting and snow carving, sledding and tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country ski races, snowboard and ski competitions, and lots more fun for adults, kids and even dogs. winter-fest.com