Need an excuse to avoid going to the mall this weekend? Here are five, all of which promise to be much more fun than waiting in line for a Black Friday sale.
Robicelli’s Bakery Giveaway, Robicelli’s Bakery, 9009 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 8 a.m.
Small Business Saturday is all about recognizing the importance of mom and pop. For those planning a shopping spree in the Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton area, baking power couple Allison and Matt Robicelli are rewarding all who stop by with a bevy of treats on the cheap. A few offers include 20 percent off select items like dark hot cocoa, two in-store cupcakes for $5, and a free small coffee for purchases over $10.
New Brunch, Holden & Astor, 409 West 13th Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.
If you’re sick of cooking — or eating leftover turkey — consider a brand new brunch to cap off the holiday weekend. Carmine di Giovanni recently rolled out a menu for this midday meal, which includes beignets, pork belly hash, and a BBQ brisket sandwich with fried eggs and chipotle mayo. The restaurant also boasts cocktails by a Mulberry Project veteran for those looking to start the day with a stiff drink — which might be a good idea considering its a holiday weekend and all.
Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour, Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, Saturday, 1 p.m.
If you want to verify your grandma’s stories about what Thanksgiving was like back in the day, head out to historic Richmond Town for a tour of a classic kitchen. The experience will cover how today’s typical holiday recipes and dishes came to be; a tour beginning at 2 p.m. will examine how food was gathered, cooked, and preserved in the 1800s. Tours are included in the historic site’s general admission fee and tickets can be purchased onsite.
How To Make Molé, Cantina Royale, 58 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Guests are invited to Cantina Royal to learn the art of making molé sauces — some of which have up to 45 ingredients. Chef Julio will guide students through a brief history lesson about the development of the sauce in Mexican cuisine, and guests will sample their own molé with enchiladas at the conclusion of the lesson. A margarita and beer is also included with your meal; guests can register for the class — which costs $100 per person — by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gambrinus Post-Thanksgiving Detox/Retox Yoga & Beer Brunch, St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, 533 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 11 a.m.
For $15, guests can find their flow, work up a sweat, and rehydrate with beer mimosas to snap out of their post-Thanksgiving turkey coma. Instructor Christina Ferwerda will lead a class geared towards students at all experience levels, with complimentary bagels available afterwards to celebrate a stretch well done. Sixteen craft beers, beer mimosas, and wine will all be available at happy hour pricing following the class for all participants until 3 p.m. Make your reservation in advance.