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RELATE WE LIKE HOW YOU THINK. You're gals in the know, with discriminating tastes. You're out and about, taking on the town and digging into life in Madison. much—to us and to the community. It's a veritable and valuable stamp of approval. We asked, you told: 46 categories in which more than 160 local businesses and individuals get your discerning nod of approval. BRAVA's Raves & Faves are your salute to what's great about—and what's best vote—and kudos to the winners! Inspired by your Raves & Faves, here are a few of ours: Fave Space: New Central Library "Stunning in its simplicity, it's also genius in its aspects—the kids' room with cubbies, a café, the Bubbler hands-on arts space, soaring windows for pondering the city, the exterior bank of morphing lights that illuminate the night. It's so suitably 'Forward' for this town." –Kate Bast, editor-in-chief RAVES & FAVES YOU HAVE SPOKEN! Fave Happy Hour Spot: Sardine "Sardine is the best place to go for a cool glass of wine. I always get the Warm Duck Confit Salad—even when my husband suggests trying something new—it's so good!" –Stephanie Sabo, director of marketing & events Fave Cocktail Spot: The Icon "Icon has some of the best cocktails in Madison and I love the ambiance. The Sound of Music martini is my hands-down fave, but some days call for champagne, and then I have to go for a Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!" –Kristin Joiner, art director ON THE COVER Illustration— on actual chalkboard!—by Jason Carne, photographed by Kris Night of Nightcast Productions 12 BRAVA MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 2013 Fave Madison Treats: Cookie Dough Cupcake from Cupcakes-A-Go-Go and the vegan Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pie from Bloom Bake Shop "I love making spontaneous stops when I'm driving around Madison for local goodies. After lots of hard research, I've settled on these two favorites. No guilt—just pleasure!" –Meagan Parrish, managing editor Fave Family Outing: Madison Children's Museum & Ian's Pizza "A visit to our award-winning Madison Children's Museum with the obligatory photo of the kids in front of the Capitol from the Rooftop Ramble followed by my kids' all-time favorite Mac n' Cheese pizza at Ian's. They'll do just about anything with me if Ian's is involved." –Michelle Reddington, publisher Fave Italian Restaurant: Greenbush Bar "I love the ambiance, and it's the best Italian food I've had. I love the fact that you don't know it's there…unless you know it's there." –Lana Chute, business development Favorite Restaurant: Bistro 101 "Who knew the troll town had that swanky of place in the country?! Fabulous atmosphere, bartender and drinks set the stage for a tasty menu fit for any locavore. Local ingrediants are the stars here. Book a babysitter and get out of town!"—Rowan Childs, business development Kate Bast Editor-in-Chief

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