Your Perks: 1) An ultrathin portable battery pack with enough power to bring your phone back to life. 2) A pair of ridiculously comfortable sweatpants you’ll never want to take off. 3) A couple of stainless-steel and gold-plated watches with diamonds. For him.
Things to do for November 20, 2014
Donuts and Leather. Your Weekend Beckons.
Roll up your sleeves. We’ve got some weekend to do.
Today in grand pastry news: the Doughnut Vault has just unleashed another location upon the world. And in even more grand pastry news: this one has actual seats and a full espresso bar, so feel free to stay and donut awhile. Maybe smile a little, should time allow.
It’s a Good Day to Be a Francophile
Today, 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau gets released. Big deal in France. But here, you’ll simply toast with a glass of it at Cyrano’s. Oh, and a four-course feast involving cassoulet, chocolate mousse, fancy cheese, cancan songs and a chanteuse named Claudia. Claudia pairs well with Beaujolais.
A Tiny yet Mighty Brewery Is Upon You
A new nanobrewery called Sketchbook Brewing Company will soon flood Evanston with its pale ales, rye ambers and Polish wheat beers. Get there early tomorrow, though. The first 50 thirsty humans get a gratis growler when they buy beer to put in it. You’ll give it a good home.
The Ritz is hosting a little leather party this weekend. It’s true. Well, it is if you consider a pop-up shop filled with Peter Nappi’s designed-in-Nashville, made-in-Italy cap-toe boots, belts and other leather goods a party. Which you should.
You Shop. They Wrap. That’s the Deal.
The holiday shopping season is here, wantonly thrusting herself upon you. It’s futile to deny her tawdry advances. But you can go to Randolph Street’s Holiday Market, which has one-of-a-kind gifts, vintage furniture, antique-y things, tamale vendors and gratis wrapping. That’ll... show her.
When Mac and Cheese Fights, You Win
This is a cooking contest wherein home chefs give you all they’ve got when it comes to unnecessarily excessive mac and cheese. Yes, they’ll woo you with goudas. Yes, they’ll try to out-gooey each other. Yes, you could find worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.