Paella Cooking Demo At Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
We love a lazy girl’s way out of cooking just as much as the next gal, but it’s time to give delivery service a break and start making use of that kitchen. Instead of studying a cookbook in search of a comforting winter recipe, head out to Café Ba-Ba-Reeba on Saturday, January 12 at 10 a.m. for a two-hour Spanish-themed cooking class. For just $30 per amigo, you’ll learn how to make the restaurant's signature dishes such as: crab-stuffed piquillo peppers, chorizo a la sidra, botifarra, chicken and mussels paella, and churros with yummy dipping sauces for dessert. There’s no need to take notes, you’ll leave with a tapas recipe booklet and paella cookbook to keep you on track. And just in case you need an extra incentive to bundle up and leave your own casa, you’ll get to try all of the dishes with applicable wine pairings. So, see you there?
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 North Halsted Street (between Armitage and Dickens avenues); 773-935-5000.
This is the time of year when you’re more motivated to throw on a Snuggie than head to the gym — we hear you. But instead of forgoing your fitness goals due to old man winter, why not celebrate them at The Bar Method’s newest location in the Gold Coast on January 26. The fifth Chicago location is opening in conjunction with its five-year anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the company is offering Bar Method clients a five-week body transformation challenge starting Monday, January 7. Five classes per week; five weeks; five studios to choose from. Meet the challenge and you’ll be eligible to win one of five grand prizes, but everyone will walk away with a more bodacious bod.
The Bar Method, Multiple Locations.
We know you don’t need a reason to head to Paris Club, but we’re going to give you one: a free
wine-tasting reception with Mercer Estates winemaker Jessica Munnell. On Monday, January 14 from 5
to 9 p.m., you can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres paired with a variety of Mercer wines. Oh, and
feel free to ask questions. Munnell’s expertise doesn’t cost a thing, either.
Paris Club, 59 West Hubbard Street (between Clark and Dearborn streets); 312-595-0800.
So, you're ready to get up off the couch, but don't want to leave city limits. Thanks to the Hilton’s Winter Chillcation promo, there’s never been a better time to take a getaway in your own city. From The Drake and the Waldorf Astoria to the Conrad and theWit, each property is offering a bevy of valuable discounts, room upgrades, and amenities starting at just $149 a night. Now that’s what we call a suite dream.
The Hiltons Of Chicago, Multiple Locations.
Photos: Courtesy of Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, The Bar Method, Paris Club, Hilton
Arts n Spirits, 1921 North Damen Avenue (between Homer and Cortland streets); 773-772-3877.
Critical Mass at Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street (at Dearborn Street).
The Needle Shop, 2054 West Charleston Street (between Damen and Hoyne avenues); no phone.
We got three words for you: complimentary beauty services. Yup, we’re talking about cellophane hair treatments (a glossing miracle worker), blow-dry styles, facials, massages, and airbrush-makeup apps. The festivities take place on Thursday, January 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Getting gorgeous and keeping our wallets closed? Sounds like a two-bird-one-stone situation to us.
Mario Tricoci, 900 North Michigan Avenue (between Walton Street and Delaware Place); 1-800-Tricoci.