My recommendation would be to spend Super Bowl Sunday eating guacamole but not watching the Super Bowl – and if you do watch the game, I hope your heroes don't end up with brains as mushy as your avocado dip. If they do, you will have to admit: you, by watching and supporting the activities that led to their injuries, have helped them become that way.
Though we can definitely find unusual and delicious foods from other cultures in Chicago, the best way to way to eat the food of other cultures is to actually visit those cultures, because, as we recently discovered in Thailand, there are many vegetables and fruits grown there that rarely make it to America.
One of the great joys of travel is eating new things, and my philosophy is that if the food, however odd and unusual, is traditionally eaten by people in the country I'm visiting, then I will try that food at least once.
There's a lot to like about the annual Christkindlmarket, and it's cool to see a celebration of German culture, which so distinctly influenced the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. At the market, you can buy Christmas tree ornaments, lace table decorations and other handicrafts, but I enjoy most the chance to eat some traditional German foods that carry a powerful backstories.
There are usually seven fishes (or types of seafood) involved, but cooks have flexibility to include pretty much whatever water-dwelling creatures they want. It's a lot of work. Better to let a professional kitchen handle it, especially during the busy holiday season.
Okay, we're down to the wire here, and you – procrastinating you – still have Christmas presents to procure. Here's a list of some last-minute inexpensive and slightly eccentric Christmas gifts that you might order…like now!