New Year's Eve dining

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Where will you ring in the New Year?
Made your New Year's Eve plans yet, or are you procrastinating? If you caught yesterday's Week in Food post, you already heard about a couple of options: Tour de Farm hosts its final meal of 2010 in a heated, hundred-year-old barn at Star Thrower Farm in Glencoe, and Om transforms into a Shanghai music lounge, complete with karaoke, casino games, contortionists, geishas, and an ice dragon shot luge!

Here are five other restaurants hosting the coolest-sounding meals/parties to ring in 2011:

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Quaker Steak & Lube hosts Seinfeld-style Festivus

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DRosenbach, Wikipedia.
Festivus for the rest of us.
Remember Festivus?

It's that holiday George Costanza's dad invented where everyone sits around an aluminum pole and complains about each other.

Middleton, Wisconsin's Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant will celebrate the time-honored Festivus tradition a la Seinfeld tonight. All participants are asked to bring in a charitable donation for the local homeless shelter.

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Azian Kitchen, Cosmos & more: Your best bests for dining on Christmas

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Kikugawa and Seven are two places you can get your sushi fix on Christmas Day.
We know that most of the world grinds to a well-deserved halt on Christmas Day--shops close, the mail stops, and everyone cuddles up by the fireplace and plays Scrabble while snow gently falls outside and Bing Crosby croons to you through a Baileys-induced stupor. But what if you don't have a fireplace, you hate Scrabble, and you smashed your bottle of Bailey's over the stereo to make the Crosby stop? Or what if your sweetheart, like mine, has the dubious distinction of sharing his birthday with Jesus, and all he wants in the world is a fancy birthday dinner at a nice restaurant? One year we resorted to flying to Vegas, where not even Christmas can stop the fun. But there are a few options between Priceline and starvation, and the good news is that the sweet holiday lull assures you your pick of the best tables and most attentive service of the year. Read on for the rundown of some of the best Twin Cities restaurants options for your Christmas dinner.

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5 weirdest ways to serve turkey

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Photo: Dear Miss Mermaid
Light meat or dark?
Are you starting to tire of the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations--the predictable turkey and mashed potatoes, the same boring compliments about the food? Here are a few of the strangest ideas we've found for serving a turkey--guaranteed to spice up this year's festivities, stimulate dinner table conversation, and annoy those stuffy relatives you've never liked.

5. BIKINI TURKEY
Now your Thanksgiving turkey can not only be delicious, it can even be sexy. A little well-placed foil can turn your bird into an object of desire (or at least amusement) and chase away the winter chill. For instructions on how to make one of your own, visit Dear Miss Mermaid.

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide: Everything you need

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We've got all your Thanksgiving resources right here.
D-I-Y Thanksgiving
Already complaining about how much meal prep you have to do? Then read about how Florence and Dave Minar of Cedar Summit Dairy have churned butter, killed a turkey, and grown their own wheat in preparation for Thursday's all-local feast. (courtesy Pioneer Press)

Is 2010 the year of Baconsgiving?
After The Hot Dish sipped bacon soda, we decided, eh, maybe not.

5 Great Take-Home Thanksgiving meals
Why cook when you can let Lucia's Brasa, or Kowalski's do it for you?


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D'Amico, Cosmos and other restaurants planning Thanksgiving Day feasts

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All the food, none of the hassle
Yes, you could spend all day on Thanksgiving preparing an elaborate meal, fighting with the turkey, pouring over recipes, slaving over side dishes, and stressing about when the turkey will be done and whether the green beans are overcooked.

Or, you could find a nice restaurant and let other people cater to you--and probably for not much more money.

Not that we're trying to influence you, but if the latter idea sounds appealing, the folks at the online-reservation site Open Table have helpfully compiled a list of many local restaurants that are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving in style with traditional turkey dinners and fixings, and in many cases their regular menus as well. Here's a rundown of popular local restaurants and what they're planning for Turkey Day.


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Twin Cities restaurants serve up Thanksgiving feasts

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Sit back and let the professionals worry about pleasing Aunt Mabel's picky palate
Balmy temperatures notwithstanding, the holidays are nearly upon us. Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks and change away, and it's decision time. Who will host? What will you make? And for god's sake, whose idea was it to include the in-laws this year? Relax. This Thanksgiving you can add not having to do the dishes or worry about having enough vegetarian options to the list of things you're thankful for. A wide variety of Twin Cities restaurants are serving Thanksgiving feasts of their own, and there's plenty of room at the table for you and yours. Read on for the Thanksgiving dinner restaurant roundup.

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Mother's Day brunches: 12 more great ideas

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Only three days left--what did your mother tell you about procrastinating?
Still looking for a few ideas for Mother's Day on Sunday? Rachel Hutton has her picks here for the five best brunches for mom. And Open Table has helpfully provided dozens of other suggestions. Here are a few of the most enticing:

Azia-Anemoni Sushi & Oyster Bar: Two-for-one bloody Marys on Mothers Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the patio. Offerings include a Filipino Salad with cashews and steak.

B.A.N.K:
Gourmet brunch buffet for $29.95.


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Peeps now available covered in chocolate

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Totally scoured the Easter candy wall at the Midtown Rainbow for the new chocolate covered Peeps, but no go. Not yet at least. They'll be coming in both milk and dark chocolate flavors, apparently in chick version only. The Huffington Post compiled a couple early reviews, one of which sums it up as "not that far off from eating a Valomilk, Mallo Cup, or another cheap drugstore candy," and another that characterizes them as "far lighter and less latexy than I experience with Peeps." Mmm, latexy. We have just one question: Will the Pi Press (and the Washington Post) allow them entry into their annual Peeps diorama contests?

Anyone out there seen the little guys in the cities yet?

Sweethearts: Will they finally be edible?

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After 145 years, conversation hearts of your youth--and the youths of your great-grandparent's youths--are disappering as NECCO "upgrades" its formula. Some Facebookers are crying blasphemy, but I, for one am thrilled: those chalky little bastards tasted no better than the original NECCO wafer discs.

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