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The Old Homestead Steakhouse is selling a $76,000 Thanksgiving “experience” for ten. According to the restaurant’s executive chef, the menu is made from “the most expensive ingredients that we possibly could find from all over the world.” So, what exactly will you be eating for $76K? Well, some of the items on the menu include:

  • $100 imported king oysters with an Opus One wine mignonette sauce
  • A plate of $225-per-pound smoked bacon slabs, cured from an imported Japanese black boar, topped with an orange marmalade glaze made from $75 Dekopon oranges
  • Bite-size lollipops made from $475-per-pound Japanese Wygu beef served with a peppercorn au poivre dipping sauce infused with $4,800 Louis XIII cognac
  • $105-per-pound turkey, sourced from a free-range farm in upstate New York, and basted in $17-per-ounce Italian olive oil
  • Whipped sweet potatoes topped with $1,600-per-ounce black caviar from the Caspian Sea
  • Traditional mashed potatoes with $455-per-pound imported Swedish moose cheese
  • Stuffing made from $54-per-pound foie gras, Wagyu beef and sourdough bread
  • Cranberries made with $1,750 French Cabernet Sauvignon reduction, with an extra dash of $1,800 orange liquor.
  • Strawberries dipped in a sabayon cream sauce made with a vintage 1968 Cristal champagne
  • $1,800 special reserve bottle of cognac, and other booze like Cristal, Dom Perignon, Opus One and Silver Oak wines and champagnes, and a 40-year-old port wine

 Source: CNBC

  • Google has just come out with their list of the most googled side dishes per state, based on data from searches over the past three Novembers
  • Favorites include corn casserole, ambrosia salad and mashed potatoes, although there are a few stranger dishes
  • They also revealed the most googled pies per state, with the list dominated by pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan, with the exception of one state 

Among the most Googled Thanksgiving side dishes per state(click here for the complete list):

  • Arkansas -- Sweet potato pie
  • Oklahoma -- Cornbread dressing
  • Missouri --  Thanksgiving rolls

Source: The Huffington Post

While few of us do them, there are some etiquette rules we should all be following at the Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving etiquette rules include:

  • Always pass the salt and pepper shakers together - According to What's Cooking America, the salt and pepper shakers should always remain together, even if someone just requests the salt. 
  • Don’t begin eating until the host or hostess unfolds and places their napkin on their lap – That marks the official beginning of a meal, so you shouldn’t start digging in until then. Also, the meal isn’t officially over until the host or hostess puts their napkin back on the table. 
  • Cut one piece of food at a time – If you’re one of those people who cut up all your meat before digging in you’re doing it wrong. The Emily Post Institute says it’s only appropriate to cut one piece at a time before eating it. 
  • Don’t switch place cards – The host or hostess has assigned you a seat for a reason, so no matter how much you don’t want to sit next to Aunt Joan, it isn’t appropriate to switch your seat. 
  • Respect that the host trusts you in their home – Although it’s tempting to snoop a bit when you’re in someone else’s home, it is pretty disrespectful to your host. And should you break something by accident, own up to it, don’t hide it. 

Source: Fox News 

We’ve been trained that the best shopping deals we’re going to find during the holidays will be on Black Friday, but that’s not always the case. Retailers do slash prices the day after Thanksgiving, but sometimes the Cyber Monday deals are better than those offered on Black Friday. So before you join the other 164 million consumers who will be shopping on Thanksgiving weekend, here are a few things that are NOT worth buying on Black Friday.

  • Jewelry - According to RetailMeNot shopping and trends expert Sara Skirboll, shoppers who can wait until January for jewelry purchases will see Valentine’s Day discounts starting early in the new year.
  • Tools - You can score some tool deals on Black Friday, but Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst with DealNews says there are more discounts on drills, hammers, and wrenches in December.
  • Fitness equipment - Stores know everyone’s New Year’s resolution will be to work out more, so the best time to shop for exercise gear is after the new year when retailers are offering deeper discounts to move merchandise.
  • Winter clothing - You’ll find outerwear for 50% off during December, but if you wait until January, you can get cold weather gear for even less.
  • Laptops - Cyber Monday will have the best laptop prices, “especially if you’re in the market for a mid-tier model,” Ramhold says.
  • Travel - Wait to book your vacation on Cyber Monday when you can find price cuts on hotel stays, vacation packages, and flights.

Source: Moneyish

Some people believe that Christmas shouldn’t rear its tinsel-covered head until after Thanksgiving, but it turns out those who bust out the lights and set up their trees early might actually be happier. And that’s because they’re more nostalgic and just a kid at heart.

"In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood,” explains psychoanalyst Steve McKeown. "Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!"

Psychotherapist Amy Morin says that the nostalgia the holidays brings out can provide positivity too. “Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity,” she explains. “For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect to their childhoods.”

So before you start shaming someone for putting up their tree before Thanksgiving, remember all that early decorating could make them happier than the Scrooges who wait longer to hang their garland and ornaments. And if decorating your house for the holidays brings more cheer and joy, let’s get busy because we could all use more of that.

Source: Unilad

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