Cooking large, elaborate meals on Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition, but let's face it: it takes a lot of time, energy, and a bigger kitchen than most New Yorkers actually have. The holiday is meant to be cheerful, but it can end up being stressful for any number of reasons. Perhaps you agreed to host Thanskgiving this year and insinuated that you had Gordon Ramsey-level cooking abilities that you do not, in fact, possess. Or perhaps you’re just not in the mood to wield a carving knife or get into a fight with your cousin about the appropriate amount of ginger to put in the pumpkin pie. Whatever your reasons for opting out of the cooking madness Thanksgiving inspires, there’s no need to worry.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which generally means going home (for all you non-native New Yorkers), or maybe having family over to your place. But what about those of us left behind? And more importantly, what about those of us who would really rather not obliterate our kitchens with a frenzy of Thanksgiving cooking? Well, now there's a place for you--or rather, a whole bunch of places for you. We've put together a list of the best Thanksgiving meals in the city, so that this year, you can get all your cooking done for you. You can impress visiting relatives, or just enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner on your own or with your friends. Either way, if you're trying to take the restaurant route this year, here are the best places to do it.
If holiday shopping has you going crazy this year then we have a simple solution for you... chocolate! It makes the perfect holiday gift, especially for those on your list with a sweet tooth. So to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we've picked out a few of our favorite chocolate treats this year to stuff in stockings and put under trees (and stuff in your mouth as well).
Listed as one of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2013", Sprinkles Cookie Dough has been making a splash in the world of sweets. Take a pointer from the big O and pick up some of these delicious cookie doughs for your favorite chocoholic. Choose between the classic chocolate chip, double chocolate, or peanut butter pretzel chip.
This year, Thanksgiving and Hannukah will happen simultaniously, which is kind of a really big deal. The last time the two holidays overlapped was1888, and it was only the second time that had happened since Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday. That might seem like a long time ago, but it's nothing compared to how long before it happens again. Thanksgivukkah 2013 is the last Thanksgivukkah for 79,043 years, so make sure to sieze the opportunity to celebrate while you can. Remember, you don't have to be a member of the tribe to go ham on Thanksgivukkah (ha ha, get it?). There's enough Thanksgivukkah for everybody, and we've got the low down on who's celebrating this kickass holiday with inspired culinary creations.
Today (November 14th) is National Guacamole Day, which means you can end your work week with a kick.
Guacamole has stood the test of time: it originated with the Aztecs in the 16th century (the word guacamole comes from the Nahuatl āhuacamolli, meaning “avocado sauce”), and is still popular to this day. But what makes spicy guacamole so good? The answer lies in the science of taste. Virtually all spicy foods contain capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-a-sin), a natural irritant produced by the seeds of plants in the genus Capsicum. All the fire and heat that spicy food aficionados love comes from capsaicin. In nature, the compound acts as a defense mechanism against being eaten, but, as if often the case, nature didn’t count on the strange proclivities of humans. When we eat spicy foods, the capsaicin binds to the thousands of tiny pain receptors on our tongue (called VR1 receptors), which triggers the brain to signal a burning reaction. So, interestingly, the burn we get from spicy food is actually all in our head: while we may feel like our tongue is on fire, no physical damage has actually been done.
Mondy night, Joonbug headed down to The Waterfront for New York Taste, and we were honestly blown away. We’d heard that the annual food fest--hosted by New York Magazine since 1998--was something special, but the whole evening exceeded even our raised expectations. New York Taste was truly an exploration as much as an exhibition of the best of the New York culinary scene, representing the traditional and the cutting edge alike, (often in the same dish.) It also provided a unique opportunity to meet the inspired men and women behind the food. Dishes were prepared on-site, allowing us to glimpse the artistry of the work in progress, and the very approachable chefs fielded questions and greeted diners all night. It was an immersive experience, something more intimate than you’d find if you went to any one of the Chef’s brick-and-mortar locations, that was still casual enough to enjoy freely. In all, a fabulous event.
The Flatiron District is home to a myriad of chic restaurants of all cuisines, but sometimes you just want to grab a bite to eat without breaking the bank, lingering at a table for two hours, or ordering a depressingly generic sandwich at a fast food joint. Fortunately, this neighborhood is also replete with quick, portable lunch options to make your day easier and infinitely more delicious. Here are some of the available options to get you started on your mobile food journey.
El Carrito Rojo
Bread pudding is one of the most underrated desserts around. It may not be the most glamorous-looking member of the dessert family, but it’s certainly a star when it comes to taste. It could be that the best thing since sliced bread was invented was in fact the moment somebody decided to take that sliced bread, soak it in a deliciously sweet pudding, bake it, and serve it piping hot with a giant scoop of ice cream. Here are some of the places in New York where you can get your bread pudding fix, plus an easy recipe you can make at home.
Brunch in New York is becoming more of a staple, straddling the fine line between sophisticated dining and a hangover cure for underacheivers. The term "drunk brunch" is especially popular with the party crowd, who can't be bothered to find an egg after a night of heavy drinking, let alone cook it. If you need a brunch that will nourish your sould while not throwing shade on your life choices, all while giving your tastebuds a much-needed kick in the pants, then MexiBBQ needs to be your regular brunch spot.
Like the Groundhog or the big old shiny Times Square ball, Candy Corn tends to pop up once a year, hang around for a little bit, and then disappear again. Unlike the Groundhog and the New Years Eve Ball, Candy Corn is a pretty polorizing topic, and there are a sizable amount of people who are less than thrilled when the orange little candies start showing up everywhere. Some find Candy Corn too sweet, too processed, too waxy, or too stale. In fact, a 2010 market research survey found that Candy Corn was the least popular Halloween candy. Clearly, though, Candy Corn has it's fans: the 20 million pounds of CC sold annually would seem to usher Candy Corn haters directly to the left.