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Know your beer's caloric ratio, especially during this holiday season.
Know your beer's caloric ratio, especially during this holiday season. (Photo:

Drinking responsibly with the right alcohol-calorie mix

It's that festive time of the year. 

Beginning this week with Thanksgiving, we – especially in the Midwest – go full throttle into the festive holiday season with night after night of parties, get-togethers and events. It's the most wonderful time of the year. 

But, it can catch up with you and your body if you don't watch it. No matter your age, you're not as young as you used to be and keeping those holiday calories off can be a battle. 

Thankfully, this list has been shared many times this week. It provides easy insight into which drinks and beers contain the highest alcohol-to-calorie ratio. 

Cuervo Gold, anyone?  Jack and Diet Coke? How about a Mich Ultra or Milwaukee's own Miller Lite?  All of these drinks fair well on the "get drunk, not fat" list?

But, no matter what your drink is or how you party this Christmas season, please do so responsibly. Merry, merry.

Where does country musician Cole Swindell want to eat when he comes to Milwaukee?
Where does country musician Cole Swindell want to eat when he comes to Milwaukee? (Photo: Cole Swindell Facebook)

Cole Swindell's Milwaukee restaurant picks for his Dec. 3 visit

Cole Swindell brings his "Down Home" tour to Milwaukee on Dec. 3.

The tour kicked off on Oct. 26, and this stop is part of the FM 106.1 Country Christmas Triple Play at The Rave, also featuring Jon Langston. Before Swindell comes to town, he and his team used OnMilwaukee to find five restaurants he wants to hit up while here.

The Rave show starts at 8 p.m., so he'll have some time for a good meal. Need tickets? Click here. Want to win them? Watch OnMilwaukee's Twitter account for a RT contest that will launch soon. It's simple; you'll just need to retweet our tweet for a chance to win two tickets and an exclusive meet and greet with Swindell.  

But before the contest launches, here is Cole Swindell's Milwaukee restaurant wish list:

1. Oscar’s Pub & Grill

"What’s better than a good burger and a Bloody Mary? Oscar’s Pub & Grill, I bet, is the perfect little neighborhood joint to hit up before coming out to the Down Home Tour. Since burgers and bloodies go hand in hand in Milwaukee, might as well grab one before the show!"

2. La Casa de Alberto

"If burgers aren’t your thing, head over La Casa de Albeto to grab some tacos. My band and I decided this would be the go-to place for a taco-eating contest. Five tacos for $4? C’mon, who can pass that up?!"

3. Wolski’s Tavern

"Still riding that high after the show? Go to Wolski’s Tavern for a game of darts, free popcorn and, of course, some beers. This seems to be a perfect place to unwind after the concert!"

4. Classic Slice

"I love some pizza. You can never go wrong with a big fat pie. With names like 'The Baconizer' and 'Metallica,' you know this pizza joint isn't playing around."

5. Mason Street Grill

"If you are looking to take your sweetheart out to a nice dinner, you can’t go wrong with Mason Street Grill! To make things better, it even has a good happy hour."

A Milwaukee bus driver helped two kids who were lost on the street.
A Milwaukee bus driver helped two kids who were lost on the street. (Photo: Bobby Tanzilo)

Milwaukee County bus driver is today's feel good story

From the good news department comes this video, from October, that was posted on Facebook by the Milwaukee County Transit System this weekend.

Here's how MCTS previewed the post: "MCTS Driver Jeannie Mitchell’s alert reaction and maternal instincts helped save two Milwaukee children from a very scary situation."

Mitchell was driving her usual Route 35 trip on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when she noticed two young children walking alone down the sidewalk on Hopkins Street north of Hampton Avenue. She stopped the bus, opened the door and asked the children if they were lost. 

More than 7,500 people have "liked" this video via Facebook, and it's deserving of even more praise. So, watch it, share it and embrace the simple truth that we are called to help one another. 

According to MCTS, Mitchell says she knows all too well how scary it can be to have a child missing. Nearly 15 years ago, her then 5-year-old son left a relative’s house and was missing for nearly 12 hours until a stranger helped bring him home. She says she is happy she was able to help another mom avoid going through that same thing.

Vivek Wadhwa speaks in Milwaukee Thursday.
Vivek Wadhwa speaks in Milwaukee Thursday.

8 questions for Vivek Wadhwa

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation expects another sell-out crowd at its Economic Forum 2016 today, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at The Pfister Hotel. This year's event features Vivek Wadhwa as the keynote speaker, a futurist who is recognized as Silicon Valley’s most provocative voice for his ideas on technology trends, globalization and U.S. competitiveness.

In preparation for his visit to Milwaukee, via e-mail, I asked Wadhwa a few questions.

OnMilwaukee: Define success.  

Vivek Wadhwa: Success is making other people’s lives better, solving real problems.

What do you know Milwaukee? And what’s your perception of the Midwest compared to the coasts?

The weather sucks, but costs are lower, people are more humble and down to earth, and there are greater opportunities to build great startups with much less competition.

Fin-tech or health-tech: What’s hotter, and which has more opportunity to shake up its space?

Fin-tech is one of the many advancing technologies. There is a lot happening in finance, but the opportunities are even greater in fields such as medicine, robotics, digital manufacturing, deep learning and data analysis, next-generation transportation. Many technologies are now advancing on exponential curves and making it possible to turn science fiction into a reality. Frankly, when you can save the world, who really cares about finance?

Four suggestions to improve Twitter?

Get new management that understands its users. Right now, you have a bunch of elite frat boys who are suffering from group think. These people don’t know the opportunities outside Silicon Valley, the needs of the majority of its user base. Fix this, and the users will come.

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