More posts by Ryan Bender

Packing for a Long Holiday Weekend

Carry on bags

The following is a packing list for a four-day trip to Denver in November. The weather looks to be nice during the days and chilly after the sun sets (though weather in the Rockies is notoriously unpredictable). We will be doing a lot of walking outside as well as attending a fancy Thanksgiving dinner – so we’re not exactly packing light!… Continue Reading →

Old Sugar Distillery

It was a dark & stormy kind of night

You know how much we love to drink beer here at L&A headquarters, but once in a while we like to mix it up – so after a great dinner at the Avenue Bar, we headed over to the Old Sugar Distillery to try some spirits created right here in Madison.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #5: An iPad is Your Friend


Unless you are unspeakable wealthy, traveling involves a lot of downtime. You get to the airport the TSA-recommended two hours before your scheduled departure only to find that you breezed through check-in and security in 20 minutes, leaving you with almost two hours to kill before your flight leaves. Once you are on your plane, you sit (what is taking so long?) and sit waiting to take off.… Continue Reading →

Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe

Transfer Pizzeria

Grab a Pizza and a Slice of History in Walker’s Point

My desert-island food? Pizza. This is the one food item I would want to have if I found myself stranded on an island (unless I am stranded on The Island, in which case 30 year-old Dharma Pizza may not be my first choice).… Continue Reading →

Milwaukee Brewing Company

Party Time, Excellent.

We went to a party and a brewery tour broke out. Well, not exactly, but that is what it felt like. The Milwaukee Brewing Company is located south of downtown in Walker’s Point. The brewery started as the Milwaukee Ale House brewpub, but demand grew so much,  they had to move the brewing to a dedicated facility.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #4: Pack Light

It is the week before you leave for your big trip and you are starting to get really excited. You have confirmed your hotel reservations and double (ok, triple)-checked your flights. Now it is time to pack. Sure, you don’t leave for a week, but packing your bag early has its advantages.… Continue Reading →

Dutch Resistance Museum

A Fascinating Documentation of the Dutch Resistance During World War II

World War II started for the Dutch in May 1940 with the bombing of Rotterdam. It continued through the deportation of most of nation’s 140,000 Jews (only 30,000 would survive the war), the failed Operation Market Garden (the basis of the film A Bridge Too Far) and the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945.… Continue Reading →

Tuschinski Theatre

Dinner and a Movie – Amsterdam Style

Our favorite date night in Amsterdam: lingering over beer & bitterballen at De Beiaard, then strolling over to the Tuschinski Theatre to catch a popcorn flick. Now, we know what you are thinking: “Why are you seeing a movie on vacation that you could see at home?… Continue Reading →

Sunday Setlist, November 6

This week’s setlist is all bands we’ve seen live. (Well, we’ve seen most of Led Zeppelin, at any rate.) And actually, we saw Blitzen Trapper and Dawes just last night. Dawes was amazing – I only wish their set was longer. They also let an adorable hipster guy propose to his equally adorable hipster girlfriend on stage.… Continue Reading →