Four Texas barmen (Jason Kosmas, Omar Yeefon, Mate Hartai, and Jules Pagan) are banding together at the Windmill Lounge tonight to help their fellow brothers and sisters over in New York out. Frankenstorm Sandy hurt a lot of businesses in the East Village, so all proceeds and tips between 6 and 10 p.m. will go directly towards bars and restaurants
“Spatchcocking” is just the fun way to tell people you’re butterflying a bird, by taking out its backbone. Why would you do such a thing? Well, it’s much easier than it may sound, and your chickens and turkeys will cook quickly and evenly — cutting the time almost in half.
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Shopping and eating, eating and shopping.
That’s all I’d like to do for the rest of my life.
Oh, and I’d also like to pet a Holland Lops bunny somewhere in between those two activities.
Black Friday is (yay!) this week, which means 1) you need to haul your @$$ out of bed early and 2) make sure you eat. Shopping takes energy, you know. Here are three places where you can get fueled up:
1. “Black Friday Brunch” at Central 214
6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5680 N. Central Expressway
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Folks can take a break from their Friday shop-a-thons anytime from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and stop by for $1 Mimosas and Bloody Marys (offered for brunch the entire weekend), a specialty coffee bar, and holiday menu specials.
Last week I gave some ideas for pairing the Thanksgiving meal with Pinot Noir, one of my favorite varieties to enjoy all the time, but particularly with this holiday meal. It is not the only option though, as across the country families have their traditional favorites that pair just perfectly with turkey and side dishes they have been making for generations. If you are still looking for that great bottle to open and to share, here are a few more suggestions beyond the much loved Pinot. A few selections were sent for editorial consideration.
Syrah, Rhone wines and Rhone style blends are ideal with the Thanksgiving meal. Whether from Southern France, California, Eastern Washington or West Texas the bold flavors layered with spice and fruit are sure to pair with everything from the sweet potatoes to brussel sprouts with bacon to classic cornbread and sausage dressing.
Chemin de Fer from Lasseter Family Winery blends 49% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre from their Sonoma Valley estate vineyards to mimic the Rhone wines they enjoyed traveling by train throughout France. Filled with raspberry, cherry and spice with balance, structure and elegance. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Thanksgiving Zin, Syrah, Grenache and More"
I know it’s the time of the year we are to be thankful for the bounty of food available to us. But I would be more than thankful if menu creators would do just that–create some interesting salads. Does every restaurant have to serve a Caesar salad? What is it you all love about Caesar salads? And blue cheese? I’m sick of it. The other night I tried this lovely Clean Green Salad at Dish. Instead of a pasty, cheesy dressing, the butter and endive lettuces were oh-so-lightly tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette and topped with aged cheddar, thin slices of green apple, and shaved onion. Thank you chef Garreth Dickey. Anyone else have a chef to thank for a great salad?6 Comments »
It’s probably too late to pre-order your turkey and sides right now, but you can still simplify your life by dining at a restaurant on Thanksgiving day. Check out this list of 22 restaurants. I’m sure all of them would be more than happy to take your money. (New to the list: Sēr and Cook Hall.)