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Chef Daniel Patterson Starting Restaurant That Refuses Tips

The customs surrounding tipping vary from culture to culture, with it being expected in America and it being included in the overall price throughout Europe. This causes plenty of confusion when dining out, although you can never fail by erring on the side of tipping. However, one California restauranteur is opening a new eatery that will refuse any and all tips.

Chef Daniel Patterson, renowned for running a restaurant called Coi, is prepping his newest creation called Aster. If the menu says a plate of sous vides thingamajigs costs $25, then that is exactly what it costs.

In addition to not accepting tips, Aster will also do away with all service charges, offering a completely flat rate meal. So, if you have exactly $25 burning a hole in your pocket, you should check out California’s Aster when it opens.

Japanese Pizza Chain Offers Chocolate as a Topping

It is an undisputed fact of the universe that nearly everyone loves chocolate. People love it on cake. People love it on ice cream. People love it by itself. Do people, however, love it sitting next to cheese and sauce on a pizza? That’s what one Japanese pizza chain is finding out.

Aoki’s Pizza, found throughout Japan, has just unveiled their Black Thunder Pizza. This pie contains the usual accoutrements, including mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. However, it also contains melted hunk of a chocolate bar. Just in case that isn’t weird enough, the pie also contains pieces of pineapple. Are they just screwing with people now?

This pizza officially launches today. Hey, that’s Thanksgiving! If you get a chance to try this beast, report back to us and let us know what you thought.

It’s Thanksgiving!

Here’s what to do with all that food tomorrow.

Top 10 Thanksgiving TV Episodes

Thanksgiving dinner is a special time not just for real Americans; it’s also quite a boon to fake Americans. For just about as long as television shows have existed, there has been the very special Thanksgiving episode. Here are some of the most-memorable ones that you’ll probably watch while eating leftovers.

Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes

Hump Day Snack: Last-Minute Thanksgiving Cocktails

Pumpkin Beer Cocktails

Are you excited for turkey, all the trimmings and sugary desserts, but dreading the awkward conversations with relatives at the dinner table? Instead of just serving beer and wine, ease the tension with your folks and impress them with a pumpkin-spiced cocktail. Go for one of our new favorites (inspired by this incredible video) or make an Apple-Pumpkin Beer Cocktail — it’s like apple cider and pumpkin pie in a glass, and it’s easy to throw together at the last minute. In a cocktail shaker (or a large pitcher if you’re multiplying the recipe to serve the whole family), mix bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice and ice. Pour into glasses and top with a pumpkin ale, then garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and fresh cranberries. They day is guaranteed to go a lot better afterward.

For more ways to round out your holiday feast, mix up some of Cooking Channel’s favorite festive cocktails:

 

Nutrition Smackdown: Pumpkin Pie vs. Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

It’s T-minus 24 hours to T-day, arguably the most important meal of the year. Are you ready? We’re not talking menu planning, grocery shopping and food prep, but that other important aspect: are you going to have apple or pumpkin pie? To help you with that important choice, we’ve put the two iconic holiday pies head to head in a nutrition showdown.

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This Guy Will Be Your Horrible Thanksgiving Boyfriend

One of the most anxiety-inducing parts about traveling home for Thanksgiving is all of the questions from friends and family about your life. They mean well, but there’s only so many times you can explain your job or the reason for lack of a significant other. This enterprising young gentleman, however, has begun renting himself out to make those conversations easier to digest, by ruining them.

This Craigslist ad popped up in Nashville last week. This guy will give it his all to ruin Thanksgiving dinner at your request, and all just for the price of the meal (He really likes turkey.) What could you have going on in your living room if you hire him? He’ll pretend to hit on other women, start combative political discourse or even just fight the family member of your choosing. It’ll be a laugh riot!

Of course, this could backfire if you, say, actually care about your family having a good time while they eat. There’s always that to consider.

Sifted: Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream, Turkey Enchiladas + More

Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream

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  •  For a lot of us, the hoopla of Thanksgiving isn’t so much about the turkey or the potatoes or the stuffing. Instead, we come to the table for the tangy, invigorating cranberry sauce. Down even more of this seasonal condiment this year with Cranberry Sauce Ice Cream by A Thought for Food, featuring ruby ribbons of orange-spiked cranberry sauce in scoops of homemade vanilla.
  • When the big day has come and gone, use your Thanksgiving bird for a higher purpose than turkey sandwiches. Gimme Some Oven rolls together spicy Turkey Enchiladas that pack the leftover meat in with beans and cheese before shrouding with avocado, onion and cilantro. Extend all your hard work even longer by freezing the enchiladas for future eats.
  • Take your punch of caffeine in slice form with a silky Affogato Cake by A Spicy Perspective. By pouring creamy espresso over layers of sponge cake, you achieve a decadence similar to a tres leches cake, but this time with an eye-opening, caffeine-induced twist.
  • After carving your turkey on Thursday, don’t waste any time before throwing the bones into a pot for a fresh batch of homemade broth. Then give comfort food a new meaning, with Honestly Yum’s simmering Turkey Pho (AKA Vietnamese noodle soup), brimming with cilantro, lime, chiles and spices.
  • While serving dips as appetizers may ruin your appetite on Thanksgiving, sweet Pumpkin Pie Dip by Averie Cooks is the perfect after-meal treat. Made with pumpkin puree, cream cheese and spice, each bite of this slimmed-down dip is reminiscent of pumpkin pie filling. It’s best scooped with gingersnaps, apples and graham crackers  or just a spoon.

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Dinner Rush! Roast Pork Tenderloin with Oven-Glazed Carrots + Parsnips

 

 

Pork tenderloins are, hands down, one of the easiest items to prepare for a crowd. They pair well with almost any flavor combination and are so lean that they cook in virtually no time. While they do require just a bit of trimming to remove any excess fat or silverskin (that shiny connective tissue that you see on the surface of the cut), you can choose to do it quickly yourself or just ask your butcher to remove it for you.

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Dreams of Bacon-Wrapped Gators Stuffed With Turduckens

Ever since mankind gazed toward the heavens and thought “hey, let’s stuff two random meats together” there has been talk of getting a gator involved. After all, alligators are totally awesome and have been known to randomly sneak into South Florida homes for some good-natured tomfoolery. One man recently tried to channel the Epic Meal Time guys with a holy grail of crazy mash-ups.

A man in Portland named Marc Anthony tried to raise five grand to bring his modest candied-bacon-wrapped gator pork turducken dish to the masses. As the name suggested, it would involve a full-sized gator wrapped in candied-bacon. Then it would have a giant turducken stuffed inside its mouth. Meat on meat on meat on meat on meat.

Unfortunately, the Kickstarter raised only $14 dollars, so this dream of five animals meeting on a dinner plate will not be realized.

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