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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Getting Your Turkey (in SF)

Thanksgiving Turkey

So many turkeys to choose from, so little time. Thanksgiving approaches, so get the best birds while you can with this guide to turkeys around town.

Dumplings and a Flick: The Best Post T-Day Pairings

Dumplings and a movie. It doesn't get much better. Here are our five of our favorite double dates.

Top Local Wine Shops' Favorite Thanksgiving Bottles

The traditional Thanksgiving meal isn't normally on the menu year-round at most homes, and picking wine to match a turkey dinner and all the trimmings can be a challenge. We spoke to employees at three local wine shops to get their opinions on wines that would pair beautifully with the holiday spread. Their picks span the globe, but all three agree: avoid wines that are heavy, rich, or tannic, and look for clean flavors and acidity to cut the heaviness of the meal.

Michael Barber, Domestic Wine Specialist, K&L Wines:

An Amaro to End Thanksgiving Dinner

Overeating at Thanksgiving dinner is not only accepted, it's practically expected: after the dishes are done, the holiday requires very little from its participants other than a snooze and a half-hearted viewing of Midwestern NFL games. And as many veterans of Turkey Day have learned, the uncomfortable fullness of the huge meal and the added stupor of some good wine can turn into a gastrointestinal nightmare after the fourth quarter ends. So if you want to have your turkey feast but still be peppy for those Black Friday sales, we recommend topping off your dinner with a shot of amaro, the Italian herbal digestif that's best known to San Franciscans as the genus of our beloved Fernet-Branca.

The Last-Minute, Semi-Homemade Thankgiving Planner

You missed the pre-orders on pies—not to mention the turkey. There's still hope for the semi-homemade cooks of San Francisco. Here's your plan. Now run with it.

First, get yourself down to Cheese Plus in Russian Hill. Fresh pies from Katia's Russian Tea Room are coming in this afternoon in classic flavors such as pumpkin, apple, sweet potato and pecan. And while you're there, pick up some turkey-friendly wines recommended by Greg, the in-house wine guy, who suggests Harmonia Pinot from Oregon or a Gruet Rosé Brut from, of all places, New Mexico (hey, it makes good dinner conversation). Grab some charcuterie and of course, cheese, to place out before dinner and you're halfway there.

High Time For Pie Time

If you are invited to a Thanksgiving dinner, it is best not to show up empty-handed. Wine is good, but pie—which spares the host from juggling oven space—is best. Here, the best place to pick one up. Mind the pre-order dates.

Bike Basket Pies will be offering a dizzying variety: pumpkin, pumpkin-pecan, pumpkin-chocolate chip, sweet potato-maple pecan, apple, apple-cheddar, apple-cranberry, pear-apple and pear-ginger. You can get large pies or opt for the individual handheld version (more variety that way!). Order by November 20 for pick-up in the Mission on November 24.

Reed Hearon’s Crack Crab Recipe

Every year here, the beginning of Dungeness crab season and Thanksgiving collide, making crab for Turkey Day a great SF tradition. Friday was the beginning of the crab season here, so to celebrate, Joe went down to Clement Street and bought six hefty—very feisty—live crabs and brought them home, stuffed in his messenger bag, to cook for an impromptu dinner party.

Serve Crab for Thanksgiving

Every year here, the beginning of Dungeness crab season and Thanksgiving collide, making crab for Turkey Day a great SF tradition. Friday was the beginning of the crab season here, so to celebrate, Joe went down to Clement Street and bought six hefty—very feisty—live crabs and brought them home, stuffed in his messenger bag, to cook for an impromptu dinner party.

Thanksgiving Dinner in SF: How to get and give

Thanksgiving is now only 11 days away, which means that you should either be a) furiously collecting recipes (look for some from us later this week or b) furiously dialing for a Thankgiving day reservation. Our friends over at Chow have already done us the favor of compiling a list of some of the best places to tuck in to turkey; click here to see their list. Or, for a complete list of places throughout the Bay Area that are serving (and to make reservations), check out the Opentable round-up here.

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