Louis Vuitton corduroy & leather lace ups


Bottle Green, Lichen, Emerald Green, Mossy Green, Linden Green, Camo …. Every shade of Green has been popular for men’s fashion in 2013.  Presented here is Louis Vuitton’s lace up in Green Corduroy with Brown leather.  Typical of the label, the shoes are stylish, made in Italy and are surprisingly comfortable.  Wear with a suit, denim … heck even with camos.

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Bavette Le Boucherie, Milwaukee


Bavette is a contemporary butcher shop / restaurant in Milwaukee that offers meat and charcuterie sourced from small local farms that raise animals on sustainable principles.

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The space is modern, clean, spacious and offers a “nose to tail” menu where the focus is to use the entire animal and therefore the butchery offers numerous offal cuts such as hearts, livers, pig trotters and the like.IMG_7645

Also available for retail purchase are artisan products ranging from crackers and sauces to pickles and wine.IMG_7646 IMG_7650 IMG_7652 IMG_7656

On a recent visit, TCG noshed on beef sliders with yogurt dressing, red peppers, pomegranate slaw and slide of pickled vegetables with tahini dressing.  The sliders were off the charts on flavor.  Let’s just say we can’t wait to sink our teeth into more of Bavette’s menu in the near future.IMG_7658 IMG_7659 IMG_7662 IMG_7663 IMG_7665Bavette is owned and operated by Karen Bell, a Milwaukee native with over 15 years culinary experience around the world.  TCG highly recommends a visit to Bavette.

Espro French Coffee Press


If you love a good french press cup of coffee, give this product some serious consideration.  The Espro is sleek new coffee press made in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is a breakthrough in French-press brewing that lets you enjoy rich coffee flavor without any residue or grit. The beautiful double-walled stainless-steel carafe has patent-pending double micro-filters, which are 9 to 12 times as fine as standard French-press filters tha let the coffee flow through while even the finest sediment stays behind. The carafe keeps the coffee hot and fresh, while the sides stay cool to the touch.

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My first pot of brew was made with Counter Culture’s organic Rustico coffee (from Atlanta, GA).  The coffee had rich notes of chocolate, fruit and nuts.  IMG_7577 IMG_7579 IMG_7580 IMG_7581 IMG_7582We got our’s from Williams Sonoma online.