Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bits & Morsels

Thanksgiving display made of chocolate at The Regency.

"Bits and Morsels" is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs:

Thanksgiving in the city. If spending all day in the kitchen is not your idea of fun this thanksgiving, don't fret as there are many restaurants that offer special thanksgiving menus in addition to their regular fare. For an Italian twist on thanksgiving head to Sant Ambroeus at 78th and Madison for turkey as well as homemade ravioli with walnut sauce and chestnut desserts. If you just want a classic thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, The Regency Hotel is the spot for you.

Corn free choices. The effect that our food choices have on the environment and on our health are more salient now than ever. Many people believe the high obesity rate in this country is due to high fructose corn syrup gooping its way into everything we eat. If you're at all curious, go see “King Corn” which follows two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
Pecan Pie at William Greenberg Jr. Desserts.
Anyway ... Pecan pie is a fixture on many Thanksgiving tables, but if you plan on baking your own this year, why not try using maple or brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup. [The Jew and The Carrot]

Turkey two ways. If you are the type of person who really wants to understand the turkey’s journey from farm to table, check out The Slow Cook. People sometimes forget that the turkey on your Thanksgiving table had a life before ... uhuh ... it ended up in your stomachs. It’s not for the squeamish but you will definitely appreciate your thanksgiving meal more.

If you have no interest in the origins of your turkey dinner, check out this brand new Turkey in a bag by Jenni-O. This is a home-cooked turkey for people who don’t want to deal with the details of cooking. The turkey is revolutionary in that it goes directly from the freezer to the oven. Just cut some slits in the bag, pop it in the oven, and you will have a perfectly done bird in about four hours. [The Slow Cook] & [Men in Aprons]

Lobel's Prime Meats on Madison Avenue and 82nd Street.
Thanksgiving central. The busiest Avenue in New York this week is Madison between 82nd and 83rd Streets. Both Lobel’s Prime Meats and William Greenberg Jr. Desserts reside on that block.

If you're going to roast (or fry) your own bird, the place to get it is Lobel’s. They offer fresh organic free-range turkeys, which are a nice change from the typical frozen supermarket bird. I walked in just as the turkeys were arriving and they looked good enough to eat raw.

For the perfect pie, go to William Greenberg.
The aroma in the store alone is enough to make one pine for pie. They offer pumpkin and apple as well as other traditional pies, but I like the pecan pie which is made from Georgia pecans and all natural ingredients.

After leaving the bakery I popped into Sant Ambroeus
for a cappuccino to warm up. While I was taking in the always-bustling atmosphere I began to reflect on the holiday itself. My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. I love that it is a true blue American holiday. If you are living in America, you will most likely be gathering around a turkey on Thursday regardless of your religious background. And what better way to connect with friends and family than by sharing a hearty meal with them?
Clockwise from left: A Cappuccino at Sant Ambroeus; Mark Lobel shows off his Free-Range Young Organic Turkey; Be sure to call before you go out. Some restaurants, like Gino, are closed for Thanksgiving; The Regency's Thanksgiving Menu.
We all have a lot to be thankful for this thanksgiving. I am thankful that I live in New York, the greatest city in the world, aside from the offensive traffic, which is bad bad bad this time of year. I am thankful for my friends, family and my dog Zabar. This year I am especially thankful for my New York Social Diary Family. I could not ask for better mentors and editors than DPC and JH. I am thankful to the readers whom I love getting e-mails and feedback from. I wish everyone a happy and healthy thanksgiving filled with good food, friends, and family.

Till we eat again,
Jordana Z.

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