The React Table -- During a recent visit to Discovery World to check out the new "Les Paul House of Sound" exhibit, my entire family was taken with the React Table, a multi-user electronic instrument. Basically, it's a computer screen "table" that allows people to make their own music -- both aurally and visually -- by moving around a bunch of blocks that activate a virtual modular synthesizer. Adults and older children learn about the basic principals of music creation, while little folks dig making different sounds and squiggles on the screen. Björk fans might remember that she used this instrument in the studio and during live performances for her album "Volta." --Molly Snyder Edler
Sweet Leaf tea -- I bought a bottle of tea from this Austin, Texas-based outfit and I don't think I'll go back to Snapple anytime soon. It's fresh, all-natural and delicious. Find it at Cub Foods, Sentry, Piggly Wiggly, Whole Foods Market, Sendik's Elm Grove and in Brookfield at Grasch Foods and V. Richard's. --Drew Olson
Lunch at El Rey -- Last Saturday, my wife and I wanted a good, inexpensive, yet unique lunch. El Rey called our name. The Mexican grocery store at 916 S. Chavez Dr., is big, bright and its café bursts with local flavor. The store, new last May after 30 years at a location just down the street, is easy to get to and might just be one of the best Mexican lunches in the city. Tacos, tostadas, pretty much anything you want, made fresh at the counter with El Rey's own tortillas, hand made tortilla chips, tamales and ingredients. Salsas are flavorful, too, and go great with those El Rey chips. Try it this weekend. --Jeff Sherman
Rehorst Citrus & Honey vodka -- Flavored vodka can be tricky. Even the most refined distilleries, it seems, cheapen themselves with an overly-extensive line of faux fruit flavors not often found in nature. And that is perhaps what makes the Milwaukee-based Rehorst's new citrus and honey flavor a standout amongst its plentiful citrus contemporaries. Its flavors are found in nature -- I saw the hand-grated zest of dozens of real lemons myself when Guy Rehorst invited me to his distillery earlier this week. The presence of Wisconsin Natural Acres honey in the vodka was ever-so-slight, but surfaced in the aftertaste. All in all, this is a very refreshing spirit -- one that makes Absolute Citron taste like sugary, powdered lemonade. Mix the citrus and honey blend with a little tonic and you've got a perfectly light summer drink. --Julie Lawrence
Corey Hart's former at-bat song -- Prince has "Tell Me When to Go" by E40, J.J. Hardy has Moby's "Flower," and Ryan Braun has used "Superstar" by Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco. But, I'm down with Hart's former (he just changed it) at-bat tune. Craig Morgan's "International Harvester" is not only Corey Hart's at-bat song; it's a fun, sing-a-long summer tune. Get over it, you anti-country people. Country music is basically rock and it's the most accessible and fun genre today. I love hearing the tune on FM 106 or when Hart steps to the plate. Go Brewers! --J.S.
Vampire Weekend: I've made it extremely clear in the past that my musical tastes aren't exactly hip, trendy and cool. In fact, most people I know find my iPod library almost laughable. But, as my good friend Ryan Miller of FM 102.1 told me, catching onto Vampire Weekend has restored a little bit of my musical cred. The New York trio reminds me a lot of No Doubt when that group first debuted. Not so much for any sort of similarity in sound, but in that both groups provided an alternative to the usual, run of the mill pre-mixed pop or mainstream guitar-based rock sounds. No Doubt started to emerge as an alternative to the depressing angst of the Seattle grunge era. Vampire Weekend's single, "A Punk," has received steady play on alternative stations and the rest of the CD is a fun escape from the usual drudgery of radio. Check this group out on iTunes today. --Andrew Wagner