What To Eat/Do/Make on Valentine’s Day in Chicago

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Valentine’s Day is two short weeks away and most people have their reservations made and flowers picked out. But for those of you who are looking for something different here are some fun things that anyone can enjoy.

Make

Image via foursided

Image via foursided

How fun is this? Make your own Valentine’s Piñata Bar! Twosided’s Valentine’s Piñata Bar let’s you pick your a piñata and candy to make a gift anyone will appreciate. I might even gift myself one.

Deca Restaurant Whoopie Pies

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Make some Whoopie pies with this cooking class at Deca restaurant on February 14th & 15th.   For more information and reservations check out their website.

Eat

tart cherry orecchiette

Why not skip all the restaurant hassle and make a meal at home? Meez Meals has your back delivering pre-chopped and pre-measured ingredients. The special Valentine’s Day menu includes orecchiette with tart cherry alfredo and arugula risotto. Available to order from Feb. 2 – 7 for a Feb. 10 delivery

Do

Image via oldtownschool.org

Image via oldtownschool.org

Get your dance on at Global Dance Party at Old Town School of Music with Yuyo Verde. Yuyo Verde is a Tango-based band of Argentinian and American musicians.

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Talk a walk among orchids and palms for free at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It’s cold outside so stepping inside the warm conservatory will feel like stepping into an exotic locale.

Image via ticketfly.com

Image via ticketfly.com

St. Valentine’s Day Massacree at The Hideout. This year’s lineup are honky tonk heartbreakers featuring tributes to Patsy Cline. So there might be a tear in your beer but you’ll be in good company at the Hideout. Fri, February 14, 2014 10:00 PM – $10.00

If your just not feeling it at all Timeout has a list of Anti–Valentine’s Day movies.

Eye What You Eat

Via Erik Shirai eyewhatyoueat.com

These are some amazing videos from Erik Shirai, a cameraman on No Reservations. Erik has worked for a number of other well-known channels and has his own production company called Cebu Osani Films. The films follow creation of three dishes: Potage, Soba and Capri. It’s a beautiful way to tell the story of a recipe.

Eye What You Eat.

A Night in East Germany

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Ingredients

1 bottle of Radeberger Pilsner (found at a European specialty store like, Genes, any pilsner can be substituted)

1/4 cup Bautzner mittelscharger Senf Medium Hot Mustard (found at a European specialty store like, Genes, any type of mustard can be substituted)

1/2 onion sliced

2 pork loin chops, cut 1-1/4 inches thick

salt & pepper to season

1 DVD of The Tunnel  –  Roland Suso Richter directed film loosely based on true events in Berlin following the closing of the East German border in August 1961.

1 East German boyfriend, for recipe contribution and history lesson (optional, any type of companion can be substituted)

Preparation

 Salt and pepper the chops to desired taste. In a shallow baking dish large enough to hold the pork chops in one layer combine the beer, mustard rubbed pork chops and the onions, turning the chops to coat them thoroughly. Let the chops marinate, covered for at least 30 minutes. The longer the marinade the tastier the chops will turn out.

Grill the pork chops on an oiled rack. While the chops are cooking grab your side dishes and drinks. Decide who gets to change the TV setting to video and queue up the movie. Have some extra Bautz’ner on hand, sit back and enjoy a taste of East Germany. 

The Interrupters | A Film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz

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Yesterday I listened to an interview on Fresh Air  about a documentary called “The Interrupters” with the film’s director, Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and one of the interrupters, Ameena Matthews. The interrupters were all in a gang at one time and are working now to prevent violence in the youth of Chicago. The interrupters work for a group called CeaseFire. The interview was educating and heartbreaking. Ameena Matthews is both elegant and blatant in recounting her life story and the stories of the kids she works with.

Although I don’t live in the same neighborhood(s), I do live in the same city and anyone that lives here is aware of the violence. Any progress that is made in one part of the city benefits all of Chicago.

The film will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center is at 164 N. State Street (between Lake and Randolph). Showtimes begin August 12th.

The Interrupters | A Film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz.