The battle over which pie to serve at Thanksgiving is heating up, and the people have spoken. According to a Huffington Post poll, pumpkin is by far America's favorite pie, getting 39 percent of the votes. Apple came in second with 26 percent, while pecan (the obviously superior choice) garnered only 20 percent of votes. So if you're stressing over what kind of pie to make for your Thanksgiving meal, pumpkin is your best bet (though if there's no pecan, I will not be attending). The real question is which pies the 9 percent who voted "Other" were thinking of. Even I, a pecan pie devotee, can see that when it comes to Thanksgiving, pumpkin and apple are the two best alternate choices. Unless their answer was "pizza pie," in which case, yes — pizza trumps all. — Huffington Post
Making a huge holiday meal is already pricey, but a rise in the cost of turkey and other ingredients could nudge the average price of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 past $50 for the first time. Overall, price increases will make our holiday meal 1.4 percent more expensive than last year's dinner. Almost half of the average budget goes toward the turkey, while the rest is taken up by sides and dessert. Though $50 sounds like a lot for one meal, that's actually the cost for 10 people. Considering that dinner out for two can often near the $50 mark, maybe we should all just make Thanksgiving feasts for every special occasion and live off of the leftovers for a week more than just once a year? — Consumerist
After the heartbreaking terrorist attacks on Paris last week, city dwellers are flocking to cafés and restaurants to show they won't let their culture or way of life be threatened by acts of violence. Instead of letting fear keep them at home (which would also mean financial disaster for many of the city's café and bistro owners), Parisians used the hashtag #TousAuBistrot on social media to rally together over coffee, cigarettes and, of course, Champagne at locations throughout the city. Their actions send a powerful message to the terrorists who perpetrated the acts of violence, and gathering together for a drink or two will only help to solidify the community and Parisian culture that the rest of the world has been in awe of for centuries. — The New York Times
A woman working at Bamboo Thai Bistro in LA was shocked last week to see that a customer had neglected to leave her a tip and had scrawled "Tip for US citizens only" on the receipt instead. An image of the receipt was posted online, and it went viral. Since then the waitress, a Thai woman who is working legally in the U.S., has been receiving generous tips from customers who heard about the story. Some people have even mailed in money addressed to "The Waitress That Received Nasty Tip." Though the restaurant owner says he wished the receipt hadn't been publicized, I think it's important that it was. Not only should we be reminded that disgusting acts of racism like this are still perpetrated in our country every day, but it was also good to give people the chance to reach out to someone who is in need of a kind word and a helping hand. And I'm sure the extra business the restaurant is likely getting doesn't hurt either! — Grub Street
You may not know the name Christopher Kimball, but you definitely know of his legacy. The founder of both America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated magazine (and later, Cook's Country), he has had immeasurable influence on home cooks, restaurant chefs and food writers across the country for nearly two decades. So Kimball's departure from America's Test Kitchen, following a contract dispute, has come as a shock to many in the food world. Kimball will host one more season of television shows America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. Boston Common Press, the parent company of America's Test Kitchen, has stated that the show and magazine will continue in his absence, but fans are wondering how it could possibly be the same without its founder. — The New York Times
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