Last week, President Trump declared the U.S. under a state of national emergency because of the novel coronavirus pandemic taking over the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending social isolation and limiting time spent in groups or in public to control the spread of this upper respiratory illness. So, during this time of self-isolation and spending more time at home, our guide of 7 Things To Do This Week reflects some ideas on ways to have fun in the Corridor while limiting your time in public. Stay healthy, everyone!
Have a private happy hour at home!
1. Head to Mercy Wine Bar this week to grab a bottle of wine to go. Right now, you can get 45% off a bottle to go, or get 50% off when you take six or more bottles to go. Prior to your purchase, you can even mix and match and sample most wines so you can make sure to get exactly what you want!
2. Now, more than ever, is the best time to support the local economy. Stock up on beer at Addison-based Bitter Sisters Brewing Company! Grab your favorite beer in a growler or cans. Options include Busy Body Blonde Lager, Hissy Fit Marzen Lager, Cat Fight IPA, Knock Out Irish Red Ale, Family Trip Belgian Tripel, Hot Temper Hoppy Lager and more.
Most of your favorite Corridor-based restaurants offer great to-go options.
3. Order for pick-up or delivery at Al Biernat’s North this week. Start with your favorite salad, like the Tomato and Mozzarella, with avocado and basil and balsamic demi. For dinner, you can choose from many different delicious entrees including the Texas Wagyu Long Bone Short Rib, the Chilean Sea Bass, the Japanese Horseradish Crusted Halibut and the Prime Cowboy Ribeye among other things. Finish with an amazing Key Lime Pie or Al’s Famous Coconut Cream Pie for dessert. Simply light candles and play soft music to create your own romantic mood at home!
- Feed the entire family with food from Kenny’s Italian Kitchen! Start with a half pan (serves 8-10) or full pan (serves 16-20) of salad. Options include Caesar, Greek, Italian chopped, Gorgonzola or tomato mozzarella. For your entrée, you can get a half or full pan of many menu favorites, such as fettuccini alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, chicken parmesan, chicken marsala, chicken piccata or baked ziti. You can also get gallons of sweet or unsweet tea and lemonade and fresh bread to complete the meal.
Listen to music live or stream it at home this week.
5. Since bars and restaurants are currently still open, visit one to hear live music this week. Table 13 offers live shows every night except Sunday, with Mike Nicosia playing Tuesday, Melani Skybell Wednesday, Henry Munoz Thursday and Marc Toussaint Friday and Saturday. If you prefer to self-isolate and stay home, you can also stream great music over dinner from your home speakers or watch a live concert on Netflix. (May I recommend “Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour”?)
Make a DIY paint night!
6. Pinot’s Palette is a favorite Addison date night, where you can let off steam (and tap into your creative side) by creating a beautiful picture on a canvas. Re-create this artistic feeling at home with just a few supplies. Bust out an old canvas or large sheet of paper and recreate gorgeous photos you find on Pinterest. Or turn on old episodes of “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross (available on Netflix) and let his cheery atmosphere wash away your worries.
We can still have fun in Addison, even with many local events being cancelled.
7. Don’t worry about things you can’t control! Although the Athletic Club and Addison Conference and Theatre Centre have cancelled events through March 29 (subject to change), there are still plenty of ways to bond with the community. Join your friends virtually through a yoga class, while each of you work out in your own homes. Or host an online book club, sharing your favorite parts of the book via Skype. If we can practice enough social isolation now, then we should be on track to still have some major events this summer – like Taste Addison, which is set to be held May 29-June 1.