It’s Mardi Gras next week, which holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, I would visit New Orleans, and I remember crawling up the back of ladder and into a rickety makeshift seat attached to the top to get the best view of the parade. Then we’d sit for hours as the parades would pass by, while below, hordes of drunks yelled, “Throw me something, mista!”
We’ve entered Polar Vortex no. 186 this winter, which means there’s really no excuse to stay home and hibernate anymore. And we can’t think of a better reason to brave the cold than a dinner prepared by two of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs, paired with wines from two of Austria’s most distinctive wineries.
It might not be a governmentally recognized holiday — maybe the banks take it off, who knows? — but National Margarita Day is definitely a cause for celebration. Before you grab a pitcher and salt your glass, brush up on your boozy history (and learn a few new recipes) with two of the city’s margarita masters.
Boka reopening: The contemporary American restaurant recently revealed the fruits of their head-to-toe revamp: a renovated dining room with dark wood floors and large black leather banquettes, ideal for digging into new head chef Lee Wolen’s creations, such as slow-cooked lemon sole ($28).