By now the flowers should be bought, the chocolates half-eaten, the dinner reservations made. And what could be a more romantic dinner destination than...
Yup, that's right. White Castle. You've probably heard about this: The restaurant chain, famed for its delicious little sliders, hosts a special Valentine's Day White Castle dinner at some locations. Reservations required. Unfortunately, the closest participating White Castle location to Elgin appears to be in Chicago.
The next best thing? Pick up a bag of sliders at your nearest White Castle and enjoy a slider-scented candle-lit dinner at home with the one you love.
You heard me right. I said something about a slider-scented candle in there. We actually have one at The Courier-News, one of those things that got lost in our early December move. White Castle sells them around the holidays and sent us one to blog about at the time. It appears, without our plug even, sales of the burger-and-onion-scented candle, poured into a ceramic slider sleeve, topped $500,000. All that money will benefit Autism Speaks.
That does warm your heart a little, now doesn't it?
Journalists aren't exactly known for their warm hearts. We lit the candle and positioned it where the breeze would gently waft the scent of slider at Reporter Mike Danahey's desk. Across the newsroom, our editors thought the burger smell was being carried from the Grand Victoria Casino, not far from our former downtown office. Danahey thought it smelled like... Detroit.
But if that sounds like your idea of romance, hey, start planning for next year. We've got links to photos and more of Valentine's Day at White Castle and a list of our local White Castle locations, after the jump.