Heat of the Week: Food Hugs, speed dates and lava cakes

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.

Nina Raemont, Arts & Entertainment Reporter

As the temperature drops, stay cozy, warm and entertained with this week’s heat. From food to cook for Valentine’s Day, to a book speed dating event, A&E has you covered.

Something to watch:
“I May Destroy You”: After the Golden Globe nominations were announced last week, many were up in arms about which shows deserved to be nominated. While “Emily in Paris,” the light-hearted Netflix comedy-drama, received two nominations, “I May Destroy You,” the HBO series that garnered rave reviews and was written, acted, co-directed and produced by Michaela Coel, received none. The show centers around Coel’s character Arabella and the sexual assault she experiences during the first episode. The nomination choice has sparked debate on Twitter and other media platforms, and started conversations about race and power within the entertainment industry. To see why TV critics and devout viewers are upset, watch the 12-episode series for yourself. Available on HBO.

Something to bake:
Try out this chocolate lava cake right in time for Valentine’s Day. When I think of Valentine’s Day, I immediately think of all the sweets I get to eat around the holiday: the candy hearts, the chocolate boxes, the strawberry-covered chocolate –– it’s a chocoholic’s dream. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day solo or with someone else, why not make a chocolate lava cake for two (or two lava cakes for one)? This New York Times Cooking recipe by Yossy Arefi requires pantry staples and is ready within 25 minutes.

Something to read:
Book Speed Dating: Are you still trying to find “the one?” You’ve tried and failed, I know. It’s just so hard to find a decent book these days. Well, have no fear because the University library book matchmakers are here to walk you through the best titles from different genres and subjects. On Feb. 12, tune into the University libraries Book Speed Dating Event! The 45-minute virtual event will feature book matchmakers and a special guest from the CSE ambassadors. Register here.

Something to eat:
Food Hug: The Shui Project is back again for this month’s “Food Hug” with some delectable menu items to keep you warm during the temperature drop. On Tuesday, Feb. 9 from noon until they’re sold out, come and pick up some delicious lunch or dinner items. The items on display include bone broth duck congee, a vegan teriyaki rice bowl and Tong Yuan, sweet rice balls in a sweet ginger soup. As always, the pop-up based out of Keefer Court is donation-based.