OnMilwaukee.com recommends, May 5, 2012
In need of a quick margarita fix this Cinco de Mayo? How about a kick-butt workout or a fun and easy kids' game? You're in luck – you'll find all this and more in this week's OnMilwaukee.com Recommends.
Bud Light Lime-A-Rita – I was prepared to hate this new beverage from Anheuser-Busch because I love margaritas too much. And yet, when I drank two – yes, two – cans, over a lot of ice, it had way more flavor and – with 8 percent alcohol – way more kick than I expected. It actually tastes more like a hard lemonade than anything else, but it's marketed as a ready-to-drink margarita with a splash of Bud Light lime. There is no way this would ever (EVER) replace a real margarita for me, but in the cooler-at-the-beach scenario, this would work just fine. Truth be told, I actually wanted a third. – Molly Snyder
"Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture," by Kevin K. Kumashiro (Teachers College Press) – In this slim volume, educator and author Kumashiro explains how the current climate of blaming teachers for all of the woes in education means we never really focus on the real issues. He talks about how at the same time that many argue that teachers need to be better trained, the same folks are pushing fast-track teacher prep programs that actually slash the training teachers get. And how "reform" advocates pushing to free charters from regulatory shackles are, at the same time, arguing for tighter regulation of traditional public schools. Kumashiro argues that the debate needs to be reframed, from attacking to teachers to attacking the systemic problems that block the roads to success. – Bobby Tanzilo
The Booty Barre – I've fallen for a new "barre" DVD series. Or maybe I should say I've been lifted by it! The Booty Barre DVDs by Tracy Mallet are the most cardiovascularly challenging of all the "barre" DVDs I have tried. I was literally out of breath at several points in each of the three workouts I was sent – and not just during the "cardio intervals." The Booty Barre program is more of a fusion of ballet, barre work, dance, cardio intervals, yoga and pilates than other similar exercise methods. Because of this and the constant movement (you get no rest until the very end for the stretch segment) your heart rate stays elevated for the duration of the workout adding calorie burn to this muscle-sculpting exercise modality. Beginners should definitely start with the "Beginners and Beyond Express 35-minute Workout" DVD, which offers lots of modifications for beginners to advanced-level practitioners. Learn more and purchase here. – Lindsay Garric
The Michelada at Cafe Corazon – I spotted this south-of-the-border Bloody Mary while out in the great big world investigating my margarita face-off, and once I saw it I knew I had to give it a try. Cafe Corazon's Michelada is a simple cocktail of Tecate (Mexican beer), Tabasco and tomato and lime juice. Smoother than your average Bloody, the Michelada even comes with a salted rim for flair. Give one a try this weekend when you're coming down from your Cinco de Mayo celebrating. – Renee Lorenz
Pop the Pig (Goliath Games) – It's hard to get little kids focused on games that have a lot of rules and I've found that lots of board games that claim to be created for tots are excessively complicated, and, frankly, duller than watching paint dry. Pop the Pig was an immediate hit at home and my kids were wide-eyed as I pulled the plastic pig and a bag of tiny hamburgers out of the box. The key is to stuff the pig full of burgers without making him pop. The rules are simple, the game pieces are a blast and, really, even if you don't feel like playing by the rules, simply stuffing the pig full of burgers until he busts a gut will have the kids rolling on the floor every time. – Bobby Tanzilo
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