Logan Square: I'm Lovin' It. V DAY STYLE!

Ok, just to clear up the air, right away, there ARE other places in Logan Square to take your Valentines date other than McDonalds. Unless you you have a cruel sense of humor. But if your sense of humor is that similar to mine, then your Valentines will probably shaping up to look a lot like my xmas...
Best. Christmas. Ever. ©W. Tanner Young 2011

But, if you want to get all sappy and mushy, or if you want to APPEAR sappy and mushy for your significant other-and throwing down a little more than a card and 1 rose (we all know you wont get the full dozen, or a bakers dozen..) somehow tickles you-Logan Square has lots to offer! But let's not lie, you're probably actually feeling a bit lonely, and you want to do some v-day specials on your own, to show The Man that love isn't measured in monetary value (not that anyone's made a price offer, anyway). That's right, destroy the system from the inside, REBEL!

So if your rebel heart is burning with not one!, not two!, not threefourBUT FIVE days of love, D'noche wants YOU! From February 10-14th, you can show yourself how you really feel, with a little latin romance! $60 gets you a 3 course meal, a skewer of chocolate covered strawberries, and a little bubbly to lubricate your bleeding heart, baby.

Or are you a true romantic? Rebellious and drunken to the very core? (bare back horse) RIDE ON! Our gallery series sponsors REVOLUTION Brewing is pairing 4 of their brews with some house made desserts. To show you how serious we are about this rebellion, I'm not even going to WRITE this section of the blog. A little cut (my-heart-out-baby) and paste action should show my resolve.

Chocolate Malt Truffle
Chocolate malt ganache coated in cocoa and dark malt powder
Paired with Hugene Imperial Porter 10.6% ABV

Conversation Heart That Doesn't Taste Like Chalk
Pistachio dacquoise, apricot-passion fruit gelee, mango mousse, white chocolate ganache, raspberry coulis
Paired with 2nd Year Anniversary Beer 7.0% ABV

Strawberry-Covered Chocolate
Dark chocolate ice cream, barleywine-sauteed strawberries, candied hazelnut
Paired with Institutionalized BarleyWine 11.0% ABV

Frozen Mimosa
Champagne sorbet, orange mousse, blood orange coulis
Paired with Bottom Up Wit 4.5% ABV

Oh Rev Brew, will you be MY valentine? Let's quit this scene and hop a train. We'll take down Hallmark with nothin' but the shirts on our back, a growler of brew and a few well placed cocktails. MOLTOV COCKTAILS OF LOVE.

And now that we're goin' down this path, let's skip the loving-tender food (if you really wanted to be romantic, you'd cook the dinner yourself, anyway) and the amorous chocolates and just feed your love for the drink (come on, we're artists, after all). And games. LOVE GAMES!

On VD-Eve, the Boiler Room will be hosting their usual PBR Bingo, VALENTINES EDITION! Let your inner-iconoclast DESTROY the board and win some nice prizes. To sweeten the deal, photos by your least-favorite IALS blog slave/photo dude, W. Tanner Young, are on view in lonely and disenchanted fashion. Ok, that was just a shameless plug, if you didn't guess. THE ACTUAL sweet deal is The Windy City Rollers/Manic Attackers will be out in full force to beat the snot out of your already-bruised heart. But don't let your girl see you looking, or the derby gals won't be the ones throwing punches. But hey, wouldn't it be cool if they recruited her right there for it? You'd come to, bloodied up, and pick your teeth off the ground, like they'd been there before. Oh that was a bad attempt at an Alkaline Trio song. Maybe you can get festive and request ALK 3 for the occasion…but don't count on it.

I'm not sure if I can recover from that one. We'll have to let our favorite Logan Square Pastry Chef SWEET talk me outta this one. GET IT! Oh god, no…no no. just…no, don't. Paper Moon, save me! Paper Moon Pastries will be one of the vendors at The Logan Square Kitchen's 3rd V-Day Pastry Market, Feb 11th and 12th. But our little baker is one TOUGH COOKIE (seriously, just stop…), and she does what she wants. You can only catch Ana's treats on the 12th, as she'll be out with the rest of the aforementioned Bleeding Heart *Bakers* (this whole blog was leading up to that one), takin' on the establishment. Actually, I have no idea what she'll be doing, but I imagine it has something to do with breakin' hearts and chewin' bubble gum.

I think that's a good list. Eat your heart out, cracked.com. And remember, if your insurgent heart is just in the mood for a quiet riot, our new neighbors, Uncharted Books, has a full (uuhhh…)*Love*/LGBT section! So this Valentine's, all you really need to get real romantic is a book, a broken heart and wine in a box. OH! I thought of another Boiler Room request.

eat your heart out.
-W. Tanner Young


  1. Having gone overboard and done nothing ("I will not celebrate Valentine's Day this year. It is bullshit"), I have decided an acknowledgment in the form of a card and somebody else cooking dinner is the way to go. Don't make the mistake of going to dinner for Valentine's somewhere that might get artsy. I got a penis shaped mushroom for dinner one time and paid $75 for the 'dinner'. We stopped at White Hen on the way home. That restaurant is now closed.

    I recommend going to Lula. They're not going to get weird on you.

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