#WeWant a KK Old Fashioned, coconut water and kitty Vans
Welcome to #WeWant, a weekly selection of the stuff OnMilwaukee editors and staffers love.
Cut it: Gerber Dime Micro Tool
As you may have noticed, I am a little obsessed about creating the perfect key chain. My latest addition in the Gerber Dime Micro Tool that, when folded, is smaller than my two other key fobs. But when opened, this sturdy little tool ably performs 10 different tasks. It sports a steel pliers, wire cutters, fine-edged blade, spring-loaded scissors, flathead screwdriver, tweezers and file, and a unique blade to score plastic packaging. And of course, it has a bottle opener you can use even when the tool is closed. I find the tools a little hard to open, although I expect they will loosen over time, and I haven't figured out how to get the tweezers out yet. But this matte black EDC tool is really a steal at $16. It's earned a permanent place on my ever-evolving key chain. –Andy Tarnoff
Imbibe it: Old Fashioned at Cutting Room Bar in the Public Market
The Cutting Room Bar is tucked away at the Milwaukee Public Market, and is part of Nehring's Family Market. The KK Old Fashioned is my favorite cocktail on the menu with real Italian cherries muddled up with the locally made Great Lakes Distillery whiskey. Stop in at this intimate bar soon and try one yourself. –Carolynn Buser
Read it: Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher," by Karyn Saemann
The latest installment in Wisconsin Historical Society Press' great series of Sconnie biographies for young readers is the story of Electa Quinney, who in 1828 became the state's first public school teacher when she arrived at work in the log schoolhouse near what is today Kaukauna. Quinney was a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and taught the children of her fellow tribe members as well as the children of local white settlers and missionaries. The book offers a glimpse into an interesting intersection of Native history, the settlement of Wisconsin, immigration and education, while also providing insight into the way of life among pioneers "out west." –Bobby Tanzilo
Drink it: Cocoade Pure Premium Coconut Water
I seriously can't get enough of coconut water. Nature's sports drink, this stuff is packed with potassium and electrolytes, and is barely sweet at all. It is, however, pretty expensive. Not all coconut water tastes great, so when I find a relatively cheap but delicious brand, I buy a lot of it. Recently, I came across the Cocoade brand on Amazon. It's a little sweeter than some others, but it has only one ingredient – young coconut water – and at $18 for 12-pack of 16.5-ounce cans, it's the cheapest brand I could find. That's half the price of some other brands out there. Presumably because its low price, Cocoade is not always in stock, but when it is, I recommend buying as much as you can. It's a much, much better alternative to Gatorade. You're going to love it. –Andy Tarnoff
Wear 'em: Cat Vans
My 10-year-old son, who has been pretending to be a cat on and off for about six months, is a Vans' wearer. So, naturally, he really, really wants these. Hence, I recommend these kitty kicks on his behalf. If you, like, me, generally conjure images of checkerboard prints, skaters and stoners when you think of Vans then perhaps these will remind you the iconic '80s shoes are still popular and with more styles than ever. Meow. –Molly Snyder
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