Listen, I love Thanksgiving. I love Christmas. I've never get more excited than I do during the holidays. It's just that I hate Black Friday.
Last year I worked two jobs. 7 a.m. found me selling candles at Yankee Candle when there was no one there to buy them. Then at noon I switched over to my restaurant gig, and the party didn't end until midnight.
I don't care if you'll never find a digital camera at a cheaper price. Black Friday is the most unnecessarily stressful day of the year. That's why it's comforting to reflect back on the glorious, wonderfully gluttonous turkey-stuffed day that preceded it, and the way our Dallas food blogs have dealt with the holiday and the food news breaking around it.
Sarah Reiss has one more list of Thanksgiving dining out options for you. Either pick one or get to work defrosting that Butterball.
Nancy Nichols reports that Max Rudberg, the general manager at Craft Dallas, has jumped ship, which could cause some significant changes.
Sarah Reiss enjoyed Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival last weekend where she was surrounded by tasty, intriguing flavors (grilled ricotta and oven-roasted bone marrow, anyone?) and Tom Colicchio's "groupies."
The Brad's Adventure's in Food
Brad shares his secrets for roasting a top-notch Thanksgiving turkey. He admits that injecting duck fat into a turkey is species fuckery, but it's the kind that results in "flavorful juice gushing." Can't complain about that.
Kim Pierce reports a good time with good food and good wine at Stephan Pyles' Fall Festival, an event that celebrated the fifth anniversary of his namesake restaurant.
And York Street is gone. For good.
Gone, but not forgotten. Leslie Brenner digs up a previous Q&A session with York Street's owner and executive chef, Sharon Hage.
Teresa Gibbins reports that Southwestern chef Eric Di Stefano is opening a new restaurant in Dallas. Maybe even two, if we're extra-good.
We should be thankful that so many people are willing to work when we are not. Here's another list of eating out options.
Following a cold, Brad Cameron takes a tour through Dallas' vegan comfort food.
Dave Fairies revisits the General Foods International coffee line he enjoyed as a kid. And it's still indulgent and tasty, but its quality casts an unflattering light on America's gilded coffee culture.
When I mentioned that my boyfriend might bring a salad to Thanksgiving dinner, my brother teased me mercilessly for dating a "gatherer."
Brother aside, Chowhound is still taking nominations for best salad in DFW. I still feel like suggesting "beef jerky salad" should be considered cheating.
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City of Ate publishes a collection of the most evocative, well-crafted Thanksgiving literature from the past week. Noted works include Jesse Hughey's "An Ode to the Humble Green Bean Casserole," Andrew Marton's "Ode to Thanksgiving Gold" and Merritt Martin's "Stuffing - Food of the Gods."
José Ralat Maldonado wrangles a few of Dallas' top chefs out of the kitchen to talk about giving thanks.
Hanna Raskin explains why restaurant critics aren't as enthusiastic about reviewing every Tom, Dick and Harry in the restaurant industry.
On the subject of five-star fine dining, Hanna Raskin has an update about Austin food trucks. Seafood is a difficult flavor to recreate without, you know, actual seafood, but that fact doesn't intimidate Lisa Ward. The graphic designer and her partner opened a pirate-theme food cart that serves vegan crab cakes, fish sandwiches and fish sticks.