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Soup Steal at Khun Kay
As the weather cools off, the kind folks at Khun Kay Thai, 1209 Montrose, want to help you stay warm. For this week, if the predicted daily high is 75 degrees or less, you can get 15 percent off your bowl of soup, plus a free cup of hot tea. The soup options are hot and sour, tom kha and the go-to Thai soup, tom yum. Don't forget to mention the offer to get your discount.
Monday, November 23
National Parfait Day
As if you weren't going to get plenty of extra sweets on Thursday, it's National Parfait Day. Urban Eats at 3414 Washington wants to get you in the holiday spirit with a pumpkin gingersnap parfait made with white chocolate whipped cream, pumpkin puree and gingersnap cookie crumble. There's also a white and dark chocolate mousse parfait with crumbled dark chocolate cake. Track down a parfait and celebrate – you deserve it.
Flight of the Pumpkinator
For one night only, Flying Saucer at 705 Main will have flights of four different Saint Arnold Pumpkinator variants, plus Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9, which is the original release of Pumpkinator. The brew is an imperial pumpkin stout with chocolate malts and spicy notes, and only one batch is released each October. Supplies for this event are quite limited, so get there close to the 6 p.m. kickoff to ensure you get a taste.
Parsing Pinot with Bear Dalton
Bear Dalton, Spec's wine buyer, is hosting another wine class at L'Alliance Française, 427 Lovett, at 7 p.m.. This class focuses on California pinot noirs, including the history of the wine, how it's made, why it grows well in California and how to pair it with food. Dalton selected this class specifically for Thanksgiving week because pinot and turkey are a match made in food heaven. The class includes samples of 15 wines, plus bread and cheese to munch on. Cost is $80 cash.
Thursday, November 26
Go Out For Thanksgiving
Several restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals, and you can read about many of your options on our Thanksgiving dining guide. Sud Italia at 2347 University is offering its full dinner menu plus a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey and all the usual sides from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fogo de Chão, 8250 Westheimer, will also have Thanksgiving fare served gaúcho-style, such as roasted turkey breast, sage and apple dressing with Brazilian sausage and sweet potato casserole. The Red Lion Pub at 2316 South Shepherd will also have the standard menu, plus a turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, and it's much easier to get to now that the construction near it is completed.
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Pick Up Something Yummy
If the big meal is overwhelming you, or if something comes out of the oven a little too crispy, swing out and pick up something delicious to help you out. Check out our list of where to pick up Thanksgiving pies if dessert is more than you can manage. If you need ideas for the main course, Berryhill Baja Grill has tamales for $14.99 per dozen at every location, including limited-time-only turkey tamales. Central Market at 3815 Westheimer just became the first Texas retailer of jambon de Bayonne, a dry-cured ham from France, which would lend itself perfectly to a Thanksgiving day cheese and meat board that would definitely impress the in-laws. And, if you're really over the whole cooking thing, you can pick up an entire Thanksgiving dinner from Davis Street at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda.
Thanksgiving on the Mayflower
As a gesture of thanks, chef Maurizio Ferrarese and the Quattro team will be serving up a free Thanksgiving lunch to the public servants who must be at work on the holiday. The meal will be served by Four Seasons staff from a large Mayflower truck parked outside of the hotel at 1300 Lamar, and, in addition to the regular feast, there will also be extras like banana pudding pie and antipasto.
Friday, November 27
Black Friday Specials
Pop into The Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft, for 20 percent off gift cards when you buy lunch in Provisions. The gift cards can be used in either restaurant, so there's no need to choose one or the other. The Hay Merchant at 1100 Westheimer is celebrating Craft Beer Black Friday; starting at 10 a.m., you can find incredible deals on draft beers and bottles for enjoying there or taking home with you. They're pulling lots of brews up from the cellar, and it's a list that craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss. See the full menu on the website.
Saturday, November 28
National French Toast Day
Treat yourself to a brunch (and a break from cold turkey leftovers) with some hot, sugary French toast. MAX's Wine Dive at 4720 Washington has Hong-Kong-style French toast stuffed with bananas and Nutella, then topped with honey blueberry marmalade. Both MAX's locations have crème brûlée toast, which is soaked in the custard, then topped with strawberries and maple syrup.