Where You Can Go To Make Your Thanksgiving a Slow Food Thanksgiving

I'm an ideological sympathizer of the Slow Food movement (if I attach myself too closely, you'll all call me out on that dollar menu burger post from last week). Never-the-less, that's why we have Slow Food movement: to remind us (me) to tap my breaks (in the drive-thru), take a deep breath, think about the food I'm eating, where it came from and all that warm fuzzy stuff.

Here's a Slow Food quiz, which asks five basic questions about the typical Thanksgiving meal. No worries, there's no sells pitch or guilt trips. No turkey kicking either.

Plus, you could win a heritage turkey from Whole Foods.

Here are Ways to Slow Your Flow During Thanksgiving by purchasing local products from local people.

1. Urban Acres has pastured raised turkeys from Richardson Farms in Rockdale, TX. Call ahead to place an order at 214.466.1260. They also have some local produce.

2. Pie pie pie! The ladies at Emporium Pies (314 N. Bishop) are taking pre-orders for their absolutely, I can testify to it, amazing pies. The Drunken Nut has pecans doused in bourbon, with a shortbread crust. The Drop-dead Gourdgeous is a spicy pumpkin pie with a handmade gingerbread crust.

3. More pie! Plus bread! Empire Baking Company (5450 West Lovers Lane) has seasonal breads, cookies, pies and desserts, baked fresh daily.

4. Stop by Village Baking Company (5531 E. University) for amazing fresh-from-the-oven bread and pastries that will make you cry. Please, for me, buy a kouign amann and eat it in peaceful solitude. Preferably whilst sitting in the sun, surrounded by dainty yellow butterflies.

5. Evidently tamales are more of a Christmas thing. My family never got that memo. Regardless, there are lots of places to get local fresh tamales. La Popular (5004 Columbia) is one of our favorites.

6. Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters is about as local as we can get for coffee beans. Naturally, the beans aren't local, but the roasters decidedly are! They deliver to certain areas or you can pick up a bag at Jimmy's Food Store.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.

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