SF Bay Area
Food and drink that has us seeing gold
Thanksgiving is only a few hours away, but if you are a last-minute host like we often are, you will enjoy this roundup of everything you need to make a holiday feast to remember.
Start the morning off right with a taste of cold brew coffee made with Dripo for a boost of much-needed caffeine. What makes this cold brew coffee container unique is that you can take it with you on the go while running out on last minute errands. The two-in-one slow-drip cold-brew coffee maker and tumbler brews the perfect cup of java in just 2.5 hours. Even better, a cup brewed in the morning can be enjoyed all afternoon long.
With all of the holidays, there is no reason to wait to celebrate. Instead of holding off for New Year's Eve, we are looking forward to popping a bottle of bubbly this Thanksgiving. Champagne Nicolas Feuillatteis' Brut Reserve is one of our favorites. The simply clear champagne has aromas of fresh white fruit of apple, pear, and peach along with curry and turmeric spices. As for the taste, the wine is clean, elegant, and complex upfront, with freshness on the finish. If you prefer your champagne with a hint of fruit, try a bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé, a refreshingly fruity rosé, which is the perfect pairing for a pre-turkey celebration.
Instead of reaching for the traditional fatty dips that often come with holiday preparations, prepare a veggie platter complete with some hummus by Hope Foods. They offer a variety of savory flavors, including Sriracha, Lemon Peppercorn and Kale Pesto as well as sweet treats like Chocolate and Thai Coconut Curry. Pair it up with pita chips, vegetables or fruit for a healthier snack alternative.
When it comes to preparing the turkey, it's all about the brine. Thrive Market offers a limited-edition turkey prep holiday gift basket that has everything you need to create a juicy turkey. They also have several other gift baskets that are perfect hostess gifts in case you are are a guest for Thanksgiving and don't want to show up empty handed. Other baskets include a Health Nut, Organic Cookie Kit and Couples Night In to create a pasta dish and truffle dessert.
JENNIE-O has the easiest way to prepare a turkey - an oven ready foolproof method. There is no easier way to cook than taking the turkey out of the freezer and placing it directly in the oven. There is no thawing or handling of raw poultry involved unlike with most fresh turkeys. Doesn't get much easier than that.
When it comes to celebrating right, it's time to create the perfect cocktail to go along with your Thanksgiving Day dinner. There's nothing quite like a spiced rum cocktail like Oakheart Genuine Spiced Rum to kick the holidays off with a celebratory bang. Here's a simple Oak & Cola cocktail recipe that you can prepare at home:
• 1 ½ parts OAKHEART Genuine Spiced Rum
• 4 parts Cola
• Ice Cubes
Method: Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour on OAKHEART Genuine Spiced Rum. Top with chilled Cola and serve.
Kerrygold Irish Cream is launching a delicious after-dinner drink that combines rich Irish dairy cream with real chocolate and aged Irish whiskey. You may have to pass on that slice of pumpkin pie for a sip of this cocktail, the perfect nightcap for any holiday event.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at email@example.com.