Ryan and Val talk about the worst seat at Wrigley Field, White Sox franchise items and new movies this week including ‘The Gray Man’

CHICAGO (WLS) — This week during Windy City Weekend, Ryan and Val chat at the office with talking points with the host.

Wrigley Field has the second-worst seat of any MLB stadium, according to a recent study. The worst part is that someone sits there almost every game!

Additionally, a recent survey found that men remember names less well than women.

And, you’ve ever heard of “red flags” in a relationship. Well, what are the “pink flags” in a relationship? A Cosmopolitan article tells us.

Disney Wish Cruise Contest

There’s still time to win a magical vacation aboard the Disney Wish Cruise!

The Wish features Disney’s first-ever at-sea attraction, the AquaMouse. It’s a water adventure where guests can ride a 760ft waterslide around the ship before plunging into the lazy river. Guests can visit the Marvel Super Hero Academy, a high-tech Avengers headquarters where kids ages 3 to 12 will train to become the next generation of superheroes with the help of icons like Spider-Man.

The ship also calls at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. On board there are fireworks, food, sweets, a Broadway show and more!

For your chance to win, visit abc7chicago.com/promotions.

Alessi in the kitchen

Ryan and Val cook in the kitchen with Big Guys Sausage Stand owner and chef Brendan O’Connor.


Chicken breast
Extra virgin olive oil
Whole Pear Tomatoes
Tomato Paste
Salt and pepper
Panko breadcrumbs
Grated parmesan
Plain flour
Ricotta Cheese

Fresh tomatoes from the garden
Balsamic glaze

Prepare the marinara
Add eight minced garlic cloves to a cup of extra virgin olive oil in a cold skillet. Bring to a boil.
Before the garlic browns, add two 28 oz. can of whole pear tomatoes (crush with your hands)
Add a cup of tomato paste and 28 oz. some water.
Add a tablespoon of salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar.
Place a sprig of basil (six or eight leaves with stems) in the sauce and simmer for an hour. Remove basil when finished.

Prepare the eggplant
Peel an eggplant and cut it into 1/2″ circles.
Mix four cups of panko breadcrumbs with two cups of grated parmesan cheese, one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of pepper.

Configure your punching station
Prepare bowls with three stations to coat eggplant and chicken:
First, flour seasoned with salt and pepper
Second, four eggs.
Third, panko mix.

Eggplant in batter and fries
Dredge the eggplants into a three-bowl batter station.
Fry the eggplants in olive oil over medium-high heat until golden.
Reserve on a paper towel. Serve eggplant with marinara and ricotta cheese finished with freshly grated parmesan and extra virgin olive oil over ricotta.

Prepare the chicken and fries
Butterfly whole chicken breast and gently pound to 1/4-inch thickness.

Season with salt and pepper.
Dredge and fry chicken like eggplant until internal temperature is 165.

Prepare the arugula salad
Dice the fresh tomatoes from the garden.
Mix in a steel bowl with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil.
Combine freshly squeezed lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Add the arugula (the arugula should not be too wet).
Serve the chicken with a tomato and arugula salad on the side. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan and finish the salad with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

You can find Alessi products by visiting the Alessi website.
Be sure to check out Cermak Fresh Market to find a location near you. Facebook: Valli Produce
And visit Cermak Fresh Market to find all your grocery needs. Facebook: Cermak fresh market

Take me to the ball game… to get some food

Ryan and Val head to the guaranteed fare field to see (and taste) the new food the White Sox are making in 2022.

You can get your classic hot dog or try something different with the new Smoked BBQ Wings and Italian Sub! Just snack? Then flip the smoked brisket nachos. And let’s end the game with a home run, fireworks and ice.

Try a layered rainbow cone. Each flavor is sliced ​​at a 45 degree angle! Ryan and Val even have a “Food Fight”.

Head to your Chicago White Sox and try these dishes and more at Guaranteed Rate Field this summer.

Spend or save?

‘The Gray Man’ – SAVE
When the CIA’s top asset discovers the agency’s secrets, he unleashes a worldwide hunt for assassins unleashed by his ex-colleague. Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas star in “The Gray Man.”

‘Where the Crawdads sing’ – SPEND
“Where the Crawdads Sing” is a murder mystery set in North Carolina involving a tricky love triangle.

‘Gone in the Night’ – SAVE
“Gone in the Night” is the latest thriller starring Winona Ryder about two couples who stay together in a cabin when a boyfriend goes missing.

‘Mrs. Harris goes to Paris’ – SPEND
Finally, Lesley Manville is a 1950s housekeeper in “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.” Her dream of buying a Christian Dior dress comes to life.

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