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The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Jan. 24

Penguins, tortilla chips and some amazing takeout.

1. Get a Bag (or Two) of El Rey’s Lemon Nacho Tortilla Chips

Photo via El Rey


If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, allow me to change your chips and salsa game, forever. Milwaukee is blessed with an amazing neighborhood Hispanic grocer: El Rey. The local shops have been serving up authentic dishes and grocery options since 1978. Their entire prepared food section is amazing, but I have to put my golden sticker of approval on one very specific item. Get the lemon nacho tortilla chips, along with some of their prepared salsas (I love the verde) or guacamole. Try to get a bag that has extra seasoning, you know, like that perfect Dorrito you were bagging about. You’re welcome. 

2. Check out the Indian Cuisine at Tandoor Restaurant


I was recently asked my favorite restaurant, and boy, that’s a doozy of a question. I chose to simplify the query by thinking about it in terms of what restaurant I go to the most. And that yielded a surprising answer: Tandoor, a little mom-and-pop Indian place on Highway 100 in West Allis (1117 S. 108th St.). It checks the boxes for what my wife and I want out of Indian cuisine: me, a great spicy tikka masala; her, a great saag paneer; both of us, a soft, fluffy naan spiked with garlic. We discovered it when we lived in west Tosa but have stuck with our favorite even after moving to the other side of town; for us, it’s worth the drive.



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3. Read The Last Thing He Told Me


I don’t typically gravitate to books on the New York Times bestseller list, but I was intrigued reading the premise of 2021’s uber-popular The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, which initially seems to be about a missing man and a Ponzi scheme. But it’s much more than that, but I won’t spoil it for you. Fast-paced and decently written, this crime novel has pulled me in deeper than I expected. And I’m not quite ready for it to end.  

4. Work at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel


A few weeks ago, Milwaukee Mag held The Betty Awards at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel. Being the suave/smooth/pimpy player that I am, I slipped on my finest threads and rolled up to the spot ready to party. I’ve been to the hotel before, but this time I was really struck by the lobby and the sight of folks set up with their laptops, working in the spacious, beautiful space. I think this was because I’ve been working like a troll alone in my dank attic for so long that my chair is starting to develop a fungus. So before the event, I popped a squat and got some work done. Working in a nice, quiet, exciting space like Saint Kate was a revelation. I felt like a thoroughly-bathed cave troll. Got some expense reports to file? Some disciplinary action reports to unleash? Stop by Saint Kate to make the experience more enjoyable.

A rendering of 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 self aware that there are dozens of other penguin docs out there for you to watch, and makes a point of being extremely different from all of them. The show, narrated by Patton Oswalt, feels more like watching a reality TV show than a nature documentary. It follows an eccentric flock of larger-than-life characters who live in a picturesque South African town among “giants” (aka humans). There are brawls, interactions with the locals and a lot of penguin loving as they search for their soul mates and grow their endangered population. It’s definitely bingeable.