The best things to do this week, according to our editors: January 24

1. Get a bag (or two) of Lemon Nacho Tortilla Chips from El Rey

Photo via El Rey


If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, allow me to change your game of chips and salsa, forever. Milwaukee is blessed with an amazing neighborhood Hispanic grocer: El Rey. Local stores have been serving up authentic food and grocery options since 1978. Their entire prepared food section is amazing, but I have to put my gold sticker of approval on a very specific item. Get the nacho lemon tortilla chips, plus some of their prepared salsas (I love the verde) or guacamole. Try to get a bag that has more seasoning, you know, like that Perfect Dorrito you were talking about. Please.

2. Discover Indian cuisine at the Tandoor restaurant


I was recently asked about my favorite restaurant, and boy, is that one hell of a question. I chose to simplify the query by thinking of it in terms of the restaurant I go to the most. And it yielded a surprising response: Tandoor, a small, family-run Indian restaurant on Hwy 100 in West Allis (1117 S. 108th St.). It ticks the boxes for what my wife and I expect from Indian cuisine: me, a good spicy tikka masala; she, a great saag paneer; the two of us, a soft, chewy naan spiced up with garlic. We discovered it when we lived west of Tosa, but stuck with our favorite even after moving to the other side of town; for us, it’s worth the detour.

3. Read The last thing he said to me


I’m not generally drawn to books about New York Times bestseller list, but I was intrigued by reading the premise of 2021’s ultra-popular The last thing he said to me by Laura Dave, who initially seems to be about a missing man and a Ponzi scheme. But it’s much more than that, but I’m not going to spoil you. Quick and well-written, this detective story took me deeper than I expected. And I’m not quite ready for it to end.

4. Working at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel


A few weeks ago, Milwaukee Magazine held the Betty Awards at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel. Being the suave/smooth/pimpy gamer that I am, I put on my finest yarns and rode in place ready to party. I’ve been to the hotel before, but this time I was really struck by the lobby and the sight of people sitting around with their laptops, working in a spacious and beautiful space. I think it’s because I’ve been trolling alone in my damp attic for so long that my chair is starting to develop a fungus. So before the event, I jumped a squat and did some work. Working in a pleasant, calm and exciting space like Saint Kate was a revelation. I felt like a bathed cave troll. Do you have expense reports to submit? A few minutes to unleash? Stop at Saint Kate to make the experience more enjoyable.

A rendering by MOWA | DTN on the first floor of Saint Kate. Image courtesy of Saint Kate (MOWA Artworks and Rendering).

5. Watch penguin town on Netflix


This show is extremely aware that there are dozens of other penguin documentaries to watch and makes a point of being extremely different from all of them. The show, narrated by Patton Oswalt, is more like a reality TV show than a nature documentary. It follows an eccentric herd of larger-than-life characters who live in a quaint South African town among “giants” (aka humans). There are fights, interactions with the locals, and lots of penguin lovers as they search for their kindred spirits and grow their dying population. It’s definitely bingeable.



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