Our September 2013 Picks
What’s ‘On Our Radar’ this month
STACK 'EM UP
Two things I appreciate in a kitchen are efficiency and bold color. (Actual food preparation is the part I’m still working on.) So the Nest 9 Mixing Bowl Set, available at the Century House Gift Shop, appeals. Mixing bowls, strainers and measuring cups all pile up neatly, and the vibrant colors are positively cheery.
“I come home broken, bruised like a peach. You make a fruit pie and two whiskeys neat.”
– A line from “Undertow,” a song by Madison musician Anna Vogelzang about coming home to Madison from tour totally exhausted, featured on her album Canary in a Coal Mine.
BRUNCH ON THE GO
Madison’s good at a lot of things, but certainly bikes and food are at the top of the list. Happily, the two elements combine in Bike to Brunch, a signature event in Madison Magazine’s Festival of Food. On September 29, bikers enjoy food and drink pit stops along a seventeen-mile trail, plus an after-ride brunch. Find details at thefestivaloffood.com.
Often the words “house wine” inspire fear—or at least enthusiastic avoidance—among foodies. Not so at Sardine. While the chic bistro offers a well-curated wine list, I’ve never regretted opting for their house red or white. What’s more, those approachable wines are a mere $3 Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m., during Sardine’s oyster happy hour—practically on the house!
LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE
When the Madison Public Library’s new Central Library opens downtown on September 21, visitors will find much more than books. The sleek, eco-friendly building boasts an art gallery, coffee shop, media production lab and the Bubbler, a space for local experts to host classes and events for the public. There’s tons of natural light and plenty of cozy spots to curl up with a book or laptop. Teens get their own area, while younger kids get an absolutely humungous, colorful space for reading and playing. Book lovers will find more than 317,000 items to check out—but you may just want to enjoy your pick here!