Home Is Where the Havarti Is

Wisconsin is cold. Just the name of the state conjures images of snow, ice fishing and other cold stuff. And perhaps due to this extreme temperature, the people of Wisconsin know how to be warm. Their homes are cozy and you will instantly be offered a blanket and the story of how the owner’s favorite aunt knitted it for the arrival of a grandnephew.

Wisconsinites always have a story

Stepping into the charming NorthWoods Cheese Haus in Papillion is very similar to stepping into your aunt’s home. I was almost surprised not to find a fat cat and a giant over-stuffed couch on which to sit while chatting with the owners, sisters Diana Rayment and Darleene Evitch.

The interior is composed of...

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Farnam House Brewing Company

The first thing I noticed when I started talking to Tony Thomas about Farnam House Brewing Company is that he had a look on his face that I recognize. It’s the same face artists make when they create something they’re insanely proud of. It’s the face I make when my kids do something clever, and I decide they’re clever because I made them that way. It’s what my brother jokingly refers to as a “smug smirk of satisfaction,” or “ssmos” for short.

You see, Tony’s been at this whole idea of opening a brewery for quite some time. He didn’t just one day lean over to his friend Phil Doerr and in a drunken stupor slur, “We should totally open a brewery.” No, Tony’s dream of opening a brewery has...

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Keystone Tavern & Grill

Keystone Tavern & Grill looks a bit like a dive bar on the outside. Truth be told, it looks a little like a dive bar on the inside too when you first walk through the door with the flashing beer signs and pool tables. But before you decide that the best thing you’ll get here are some greasy wings, walk up to the bar and ask to see the menu and prepare to be impressed. You should then ask to see “the secret menu,” which will really get your taste buds interested. Better yet, if owner Tim Lewis is there, lean across the bar and tell him you want to see “the double secret menu.”

Luckily, there’s no secret handshake

There are some hoops to jump through before you can get your hands on the...

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Urban Abbey

“The main thing is we are not trying to make a profit, we are trying to make an impact,” said Debra McKnight, Executive Director for Urban Abbey.

Urban Abbey opened in November of 2011. McKnight explained First United Methodist Church was in the process of exploring what it meant to be a church in the world. At the same time, Soul Desires Bookstore (in the Old Market) was considering its future. McKnight said they received a grant, with churches across the state of Nebraska contributing to Urban Abbey’s mission.

McKnight leads worship services on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. She also works with staff to connect with other non-profit groups and help them through fundraisers. McKnight said...

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B&B Classic Dogs

When you walk into B&B Classic Dogs in Bellevue you’re going to have to make a decision as to where you will allow your attention to be pulled. Will you want to stop and savor the smell of the food? Will you want to allow your gaze to wander over to the menu on the wall, or will you instead get caught up in the bright lights and loud noises of the arcade in the back of the restaurant? Will you be able to disregard all these sensory events and boldly stride to the counter, confidently ordering a hot dog?

Calm down. It’s not meant to be stressful.

Opened last year, B&B Classic Dogs can be summed up in one word: fun. I mean, hot dogs are fun and arcades are fun, so put them both together in...

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Star Deli

First things first: Star Deli in Benson is not the same Star Deli that was in the Jewish Community Center in Omaha. I figured this out quickly when I first walked into Benson’s Star Deli and didn’t see matzo ball soup on the menu. I guess I was confused because for whatever reason I was under the impression that this was the same place. I asked the guy at the counter and he responded with a quick, “No, ma’am,” which was in a tone that indicated he’d responded to this question before.

I had walked in expecting to indulge in the same types of food I devour when I visit my Jewish family in Los Angeles, but had to switch gears and instead check out what the Star Deli menu had to offer. It’s...

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