To Do This Week: Make your plans for Thanksgiving.


On the list of things to do this week: We are exactly one week away from Thanksgiving. Do you know what you are eating? Do you know where you eat? Do you know what you are bringing? Plan it. We’ve got a guide to over 15 places for Thanksgiving dinner to go (order soon! Like today) and a guide to the best places to eat pies in the Philly area (again, order soon!).

On my personal to-do list: I go to Franklin Square to see its always beautiful winter light show and have a cup of spiked hot chocolate while I’m there.

What we ask ourselves: What’s on your vacation to-do list? Email me and let me know – you might just see your response in this newsletter next week.

We’ve gathered our top tips on Philly in one place here. Stay healthy, stay safe, and get vaccinated.

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Here is one of the highlights of our weekly calendar of events:

?? Old alcohol after opening hours (Story / Virtual) Grab a beer and learn about ancient brewing at this virtual beer event. You’ll learn how to recreate old beer recipes while listening to some of the best drinking stories in history. Stock up on suggested beer pairings in advance, and your guide will explain them to you throughout your tour. If you’re feeling inspired after the tour, head to the museum in person to take a closer look at some of the pieces from the drinking stories you’ve loved. ($ 15, November 19, 6-8 p.m., penn.museum)

Find more this week’s events, and we even have a calendar of events for children, too much.

It has been another difficult year. Hug, breathe, and step away from your computer (or phone). OK, now that you’re back, here’s how to make Thanksgiving easier than ever: Order dinner to go. We’ve got a guide to the best places to order a turkey meal to go, ranging from places that cook up a classic Thanksgiving meal to places where dinner comes with unexpected pairings like lobster and pumpkin bisque. Here are a few places that serve up take out for Thanksgiving this holiday – don’t forget, order soon!

Garces Trading Co. The Midtown Village storefront may not be back, but Garces Trading Co. cooks again with an array of cooking and serving options available whenever you feel like it. For the holidays ahead, the chefs offer a Thanksgiving menu featuring a butter lettuce salad, rosemary rolls, a roasted turkey breast with Hudson Valley herbs (plus a gravy made with its juice) , a cranberry orange relish, a challah bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and a casserole of green beans. 📍 Pick up at Volverer at 300 S. Broad St., 267-284-7950, @garcestradingco, 🌐 garcestradingcompany.com, 💵 $ 45 per person (minimum of two people), 🗓 Order before November 19

Forsythia. Chef Christopher Kearse’s modern French bistro in Old Town has a slightly elevated take-out option for those looking for a more gourmet Thanksgiving meal. This year’s menu includes candied turkey thighs and smoked turkey wings, cornbread and turkey neck stuffing, Brussels sprouts, lacinato kale, and fregola sarda (a type of pasta which looks like couscous), lobster and pumpkin salad, homemade focaccia and chai tea. 📍 233 Chestnut St., 📞 215-644-9395, 📷 @forsythia_philly, 🌐 forsythiaphilly.com, 💵 $ 100 per person, 🗓 Order before November 21

Sweet Lucy’s smoking room. Head to this northeast location to cook up a real feast. The spread will be made cold, but don’t worry, Sweet Lucy’s will provide you with reheating instructions to make sure everything goes without a hitch. You’ll get four pounds of hickory-smoked turkey breast, three-quarters of any side dish on the menu, eight pieces of cornbread, half a pint of cinnamon honey butter, and gravy. and a mild barbecue sauce to feed six to eight people. 7500 State Rd., 215-333-9663, 📷 @Sweetlucys_bbq, 🌐 sweetlucys.com, 💵 $ 140 plus tax, 🗓 Order by November 21

“LEARN MORE: Best takeaways for Thanksgiving in Philadelphia

Cookies are good every day of the year, but we’re definitely heading into cookie season. Giving cookies, baking and eating cookies – isn’t that the point of the holidays? We’ve got a new guide to the best cookie places in Philly, ranging from places that bake classic Italian cookies to decadent dulce de leche shortbread. So if you’re tasked with bringing dessert to Thanksgiving or just want to eat a dozen cookies on your own (without judgment, ever), here are a few places to pick up cookies and the cookies they’re known for.

  • Go to Cake Life Bake Shop for his honey shortbread cookies, which are sprinkled with pistachio, rose petals, raspberries and purple sugar.

  • Visit Essen bakery for classic Black and white cookies.

  • Stop Manakeesh Café, Bakery & Grill for his maamoul, a traditional Lebanese shortbread which is stuffed with dates, nuts or pistachios.

  • Make your way to Night Kitchen Bakery for a four inch giant chocolate chip cookie.

  • Order of Flakley, known for its popularity cornmeal zest cookie.

“LEARN MORE: Best cookies in Philadelphia

Klip Collective, a local group that produces immersive art installations, is taking their work outside of Philly for a three-month exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Nocturnal Shapes: dreamloop combines video, sound and light to create a very cool (and very Instagrammable) scene through the nature and art scenes of the outdoor sculpture park.

It opens next Friday, November 26, but tickets are on sale now.



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