Some traditions die hard. But this year the vision of Santa and his reindeer riding across the parking lot to the Wheel and Sprocket Store in Hales Corners failed to materialize. Getting old is a bitch.
Dan did however keep up the tradition of riding his favorite steed to the party. His Easy Racers Tour Easy is up for sale. He is a real trouper when it comes to recumbent bikes and I admire him for that.
Inside the store the customers and staff mingled around the tables of food and drink. We sat and talked for nearly an hour before deciding to go in search of the Beans and Barley restaurant everyone was raving about.
It took a while to locate the place as it is near the waterfront of the city on the north side. It is nestled in the downtown district and sits on a sliver of land with an odd pointed shape.
Unlike the Native Foods Cafe this is not just a cafe, but a deli and market. You enter into the space reserved for the deli and market.
To your left is the cafe with its high ceiling and vast window surfaces look out onto the surrounding cityscape.
The menu is extensive and serves vegetarians, vegan and omnivores alike. I saw a nice bike rack outside and judging from the customers the place is both bike- and hipster-friendly.
Following our meal we drove off in search of coffee and pastries for the long ride home.