CHELSEA MAMEROW, ART DIRECTOR
Its lively, friendly and delicious. Order a cocktail, build a cheese and charcuterie board (please try the chicken liver mousse) and whatever you do, don’t skip the deviled egg. It is perfectly creamy and topped with a crunchy, spicy chili concotion that elevates it far beyond pot-luck status. The whole experience had me feeling a little romantic about the chill in the air and the dark winter to come. If I can spend a few evenings cozied up to food like this, it will be ok.
CHRIS DROSNER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
There are a lot of good candy-beer pairings, but my favorite is a big, roasty imperial stout with 3 Musketeers. These beers are quite bitter, though that character is often masked by a ton of sweet malt that often has a dark chocolate or mocha tinge. See where this is going? Pairing is best when there’s contrast, and the candy’s sweet milk chocolate and soft, fluffy nougat somehow brings out all the bitterness of the stout. My favorite Midwest beers to try this flavor chemistry experiment with are Raised Grain’s Black Walnut, Central Waters’ Satin Solitude and Great Lakes Brewing’s Blackout Stout. And hey, even if you don’t like the pairing, you’ll still have some great beer to have on its own.
ARCHER PARQUETTE, MANAGING EDITOR
I love Halloween – It’s the only day of the year people don’t stare at me when I wear my skin-tight skeleton jumpsuit. And a major part of Halloween, of course, is enjoying a horror movie or two. I first watched the low-budget 2018 indie horror flick, Possum, on a cold Saturday morning when I was feeling under the weather. I thought, “It’s the middle of the day. I’m watching this on my tiny little television in a brightly lit room. How bad can this horror movie possibly mess up?” Bad. It messed me up bad. The movie’s about this poor, poor man, and he has a puppet that’s just the worst thing I’ve ever seen, and … God, just watch it. Please. I need someone to share in my pain.
BRIANNA SCHUBERT, ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR
I spent a big part of my weekend crocheting, while watching TV, in the car, while listening to music. Unfortunately, I haven’t found out how to crochet and read at the same time yet, but mark my words, I will figure that combo out. It’s one of those activities that once I start, I get really into it. And it’s a creative hobby that is relatively easy (you know, compared to like woodworking, pottery or even drawing) and cheap (pro tip: check the thrift store for crochet hooks and yarn!). If you want to give it a try, I’d recommend asking someone who knows how to show you – it’s a fun way to spend time together – or taking a local class to get started. There’s something amazing about seeing your yarn creation form before your eyes and knowing that you made it. And this international study says that crocheting has positive benefits for personal well-being.
ALLI WATTERS, DIGITAL & CULTURE EDITOR
This weekend I had a Halloween party with some of my oldest friends. Over drinks, we were reminiscing about our middle school years when we used to run around in our backyard and play games like kick the can and capture the flag. Then it occurred to us: There’s nothing stopping us from playing those games tonight. We brought back two classics, ghosts in the graveyard and the headless horseman. Running around in the grass at night brought us right back to our youth and it was an active way to get outdoors and spend time with friends.