Last week, a Beaujolais disciple emailed to say he would sic Ted Cruz on me if I recommend anything other than 'merican wines on Thanksgiving, and this guy loves Gamay (and is a Canadian). But at the risk of offending patriotic readers (and inviting that Texas hound to track me down), I am committin ... More >>
Turkey is not a flippant foul. It requires a certain amount of patience and gravitas to set a table, sharpen carving knives, and pour gravy in preparation for a Thanksgiving feast. But what happens if the one annual shot at poultry perfection is foiled by a careless cousin burning the bird to a toas ... More >>
The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music
Most days, the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea gets about 50 volunteers, sometimes as much as 70. This Thanksgiving, they will have more than a hundred, all of whom signed-up far in advance. The first-come-first-serve list filled up weeks ago, and the kitchen has had to turn away "hundreds" of ... More >>
Laugh along with Paul Rodriguez
'Tis the season for overdoing it, which means it's helpful to have a trusty digestif in your back pocket. These soothing herbal liqueurs help settle the stomach after a big dinner (the bookend to a meal started with an aperitif, which is meant to awaken the palate). We asked this city's bartenders t ... More >>
You might be booked Thursday, but that still leaves you plenty of free time -- especially since your office mates have likely checked out for the holiday. Planning to spend Thanksgiving and Hanukkah under the bright lights of the Big Apple? Consider one of these activities, too.
More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving receives the brunt of wine pairing coverage: Articles flood the internet filled with musings, deliberations, ruminations, and annoying pontifications over what the heck to drink at the hallowed turkey table. Frankly, if you opt to have a breadth of varieti ... More >>
Prepare for a full pre-Thanksgiving agenda this weekend as we help you sweat off the pounds (before you gain a couple next week) on the dance floor, and while you whiz through the shopping aisles. Pack some water. You're going to need it. Friday [Lit] Have a couple of shots tonight to honor come ... More >>
T-two weeks until Turkey Day, which means it's (probably past) time to start thinking about, well, turkey, especially if you're hoping to nab a sustainably raised bird that's neither mass-produced nor factory-farmed. We've compiled a list of local butchers and grocers selling organic, heritage, and ... More >>
Before she ever donned chef's whites or a dusty apron, Clarice Lam strutted runways, and her first career eventually led her to her true passion. "I was a fashion model for over a decade," she says. "I traveled all over the world doing that. I tasted different cuisines, and I became really intereste ... More >>
This week's review is of Cocina Economica Mexico on the Upper West Side, where Pedro Hernandez Perez was put in charge of a Mexican kitchen after winning over David Bank and the Land Thai team with the family meals he prepared, inspired by his hometown of Puebla. To celebrate good family meals (the ... More >>
Whenever I see a TV camera approaching, my face lights up like a Halloween pumpkin and all the hanging skin inflates like a Thanksgiving Day float based on a long-running animated character. I basically become a holiday parade float of a giant, gay, papier-mâché suckerfish.
You might have stuffed yourself silly with food and entertainment over the Thanksgiving holiday, but we've saved some fun here for you at Fork in the Road. Yep, it's time to play our weekly guessing game, Where Am I Eating? As always, take a look at the picture below, then name the restaurant that ... More >>
If spending time with family on Thanksgiving doesn't drive you to drink, then a visit to a department store on Black Friday surely will.
Today is Thanksgiving here in the States, and in addition to getting irritated by Nickelback's existence, lots of Americans will probably celebrate by eating pie. The word "pie" is a bit more prevalent in the lyrics of non-"Weird Al" Yankovic-crafted popular music than one might a dessert to be, but ... More >>
In 1620, a group of religious extremists set sail from Plymouth, England, on a ship called the Mayflower. The pilgrims basically wanted to set up a theocracy in the New World, and found a couple of British investors to foot the bill. So off they went, hoping that their slice of paradise -- pretty mu ... More >>
This is not your grandmother's "How to Survive Thanksgiving" guide. It's not even your spinster aunt's. This is far more about you and the troubles a modern-day busy and productive person with a job and responsibilities and a life, for the love of God -- even if that life is just DVRing TV shows you ... More >>
Photo courtesy Jacques PépinJacques Pépin steams his Thanksgiving turkey, meaning you should, tooYesterday we chatted with Jacques Pepin about his new book, Essential Pepin, an impressive collection of more than 700 of his favorite recipes. Today, he explains why chefs must master technique ... More >>
A Prairie Home Companion comes to the big city
Stuff this.They say the turkey is the star of Thanksgiving, but anyone who knows anything knows it's the stuffing that gets everyone's motor running. Send your guests into overdrive this year with this Sage Sausage Stuffing recipe from Dickson's Farmstand Meats chef David Schuttenberg. "Grow ... More >>
Do these mashed potatoes.It's that time of year again. Time to start planning what to serve with your turkey this Thanksgiving. If you're looking to shake things up a little, you might want to try this recipe from Marc Forgione for Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes. "This has been a fixture on o ... More >>
It's the Friday two weeks before Christmas and two weeks after Thanksgiving (and the day after the end of Hanukkah). You're probably fasting before the onslaught of holiday parties begins or still trying to work off a fortnight of turkey sandwiches and leftover pumpkin pie. In any case, we figure ... More >>
Everyone knows Thanksgiving is a two-day holiday. The first is for eating and drinking and fighting with your family. (Maybe you go to the movies at night, that's okay too.) The second is for eating and drinking more, preferably leftovers with people you like, friends or the favorite family m ... More >>
Former highly unlikely New York gubernatorial candidate and "Rent Is Too Damn High" party leader/handlebar mustache-haver Jimmy McMillan has generously offered up not one but two possible Thanksgiving dinner plans to WNYC. You may choose between "Middle Class" and "Po Folk" menus.
Today President Obama did his annual Thanksgiving thing in the Rose Garden, reflecting on our grand holiday traditions and wishing Americans a happy turkey-day. And, most importantly, pardoning some turkeys.
Ty BellinghamYesterday, we talked to Ty Bellingham, the new chef at Kittichai, who made the move from Sydney, Australia with his family to bring his Thai food expertise to New York City. Today, he reveals what's in his fridge, a few of his hopes and dreams, and his biggest culture shocks so f ... More >>
Seventeen years later and it's still funny -- especially when Kevin Nealon joins in for the duet. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! [via Eat Me Daily]
The PETA pranksters have taken a holiday, so to speak, from objectifying women to turn their attentions to Thanksgiving. In this ad, which NBC will -- surprise! -- not be running during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an angelic little girl says grace over the Thanksgiving meal, thanking the l ... More >>
Pass the cranberries and the fiddle
Paul Hurley, owner of O'Casey's Tavern on East 41st Street, has introduced in time for Thanksgiving an alcoholic turkey. The turkey is not fortified, as we immediately presumed, with Wild Turkey bourbon -- which would strike us as an appropriate blend, both poetically and palate-wise -- nor ... More >>
Cameron Nordholm/flickrThe New Amsterdam Market is back this Sunday, just in time for the pre-Thanksgiving frenzy.
Just in time for Thanksgiving comes a report from the Agriculture Department stating that the percentage of families who "had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources" rose from 11.1 percent in 2007 to 14.6 percent in 2008.
The biggest turkey of the year was the one I bought at Whole Foods and filled with M&M's for a very sweet Thanksgiving Day spent blissfully solo. (Kidding. I indulged in that great American tradition--Chinese buffet--with the whole messy extended family.) But there were so many other gigantic turkey ... More >>
This Thanksgiving season isn't all turkey and gratitude hereabouts. It turns out two of the victims in the horrific Mumbai terror attacks were local -- a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife, Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were slain at the Jewish center they ran. Their son Moshe was rescued by their nanny, an ... More >>
Wine from unexpected places has become an obsession around here, between my New York City urban wine post, and Our Man Sietsema's musings on Mexican wine. This weekend, I was perusing September Wine and Spirits on the Lower East Side, and came across a trove of wine from surprising places: Hungary, ... More >>
Skip the carcass, and stuff yourself instead
The notion that the Bush administration has accomplished nothing in its almost five years in office is totally without merit, as proven by yesterday's White House event in which the president pardoned two turkeys from the Thanksgiving dinner table. The president has now been able to pardon eight tur ... More >>
Sampling Turkey and Stuffing Flavored Soda
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