Three enjoyable ways to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl trophy is flanked by San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs helmets.
The San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Sunday.
(Matt York / Associated Press)

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Saturday, Feb. 10. Here’s what you need to know to start your weekend:

    How to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday

    Diehard football fans are eagerly waiting to watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs face off in Las Vegas during the Super Bowl LVIII tomorrow.

    Taylor Swift enthusiasts are planning to watch the game for a totally different reason: the romance between Swift and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.


    After all, Swift and Kelce’s love story is one we’ve been waiting for. At least that’s according to my colleague Amy Kaufman.

    Another reason to swoon at the big game? Usher is set to bring his own romantic charm to the halftime show.

    Now that you’re hyped up, here are some ways to celebrate the big game, no matter why you’re watching.

    Try some non-Taylor Swift recipes for game day

    Swift and Kelce may be dominating the discourse, but that doesn’t have to be the case in your house. If you’re not into recipes themed around their romance — yes, there have been “Karma” quesadillas and “Bad Blood” waffle fries — stick to the classics.

    My colleagues on the Food team pulled together some of their favorite recipes, such as extra limey guacamole that tastes like a margarita, oven-baked nachos and buffalo-style chicken wings. None of those recipes takes more than an hour to make and all can easily feed a crowd.


    Head to a sports bar for food and drink specials

    Food is often an afterthought at many sports bars, but it doesn’t have to be for Super Bowl LVIII. Several Los Angeles-area sports bars are offering limited menu items and discounts for the big game. Spacious BiergartenLA in Koreatown blends German and Korean flavors for dishes like gravy-doused German fried rice. At Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Co. in Boyle Heights, you can order the sports bar’s staples such as hot wings dusted with Hot Cheetos and an elote old-fashioned with guajillo honey and roasted corn.

    Track if our sports analyst’s predictions come true

    For the record:

    10:56 a.m. Feb. 12, 2024An earlier version of the Feb. 10 edition of Essential California said the 49ers haven’t won a Super Bowl in 19 years. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since Jan 29, 1995.

    The 49ers haven’t won a Super Bowl in 29 years. The Chiefs are playing in their fourth Super Bowl in five years. Only one will take home the Lombardi Trophy. Our NFL writer Sam Farmer breaks down the matchup. Check his predictions throughout the game (and make some of your own).

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    Have a great weekend, from the Essential California team


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