5 Ways To Enhance Your Thanksgiving Weekend Experience!

Thanksgiving is here and I know we all have food and family on our minds. It’s finally holiday season, a time when we partake in holiday traditions and enjoy this time together. To enhance your holiday fun and happiness, I’ve compiled a top five list of ways to enhance your Thanksgiving experience. There’s more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, here’s why…

1. Fried Turkey

I was going to save this secret for last but to me it’s the most important. Last year I had the Thanksgiving experience of a lifetime, I indulged in fried turkey. It honestly changed my Thanksgiving forever. I no longer want baked turkey. I no longer want to douse my turkey in gravy in hopes that it will ignite flavor. Fried turkey has flavor, it’s moist and absolutely delicious. The secret is, I didn’t make my turkey (judge me, it’s fine.) I took my turkey a day in advance to Seamorhen  (11829 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica NY 11434) and dropped it off. For about $40-$50 they will fry your turkey and you can return and pick it up. Seamorhen just opened a new location at 190-07 109rd Farmers Blvd 11412. Trust me when I tell you they will change your Thanksgiving dinner experience forever.


2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is on Thursday, November 27th and begins at 9am. The parade marches down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street and along 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square (34th Street.) As New Yorkers, I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying “I’ve done this before,” or  “I live in New York, this isn’t new to me.” But every year is a new experience with new floats and new entertainment. Maybe you can take someone knew that has never been and make it a memorable experience.

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3. Black Friday Deals

Thankfully, Black Friday deals are not only on Friday anymore. You can begin your shopping now! If you’re brave and want to battle the black Friday crowds on Friday, I applaud you. If you’re like me and rather shop online, then I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite stores and their Black Friday deals. Also, if you have been moved by the recent events of our country and will not be participating, I completely support your decision as well.

  • Target – Deals on everything!
  • Victoria’s Secret- Angel Card Early Access, Free Black tote with $75 purchase, Buy one bra and get one 50% off
  • Bloomingdales- Big Brown Bag Sale, save up to 50% through 11/29
  • Express- 50% off everything in store and online
  • H&M- Deals starting as low as $3.95, free shipping on orders over $50 until 11/29
  • Sony- Great online deals on tv’s, cameras and other electronics

I have also been told about shopular. A app that delivers the best deals from your favorite stores to your phone. Good luck and happy shopping!

4. Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer!

The most promising way to enhance your Thanksgiving experience is to enhance the experience of others. What I mean is, volunteer! Volunteer to serve food to the homeless, lend a hand to your church or organization’s Thanksgiving food drive, participate in an activity or event that puts a smile on someone else’s face. The most rewarding feeling is to help someone else. “Remember that today you may have everything and tomorrow you may have nothing. Be thankful and gracious always.”

Visit newyorkcares.org, newyorkcommonpantry.org, cityharvest.org and foodbanknyc.org for volunteer opportunities. If your church or organization needs volunteers, contact me: simplypamarie@gmail.com I would be happy to publicize your event.

Salvation Army Feeds Homeless On Thanksgiving Day

5. Holiday Shops, Display Windows and Ice Skating

You’re off of work, you’re out of school, you don’t really have to be anywhere so I suggest you spend this time doing everything! Everything like visiting NYC’s holiday shops, going ice skating and viewing the beautiful display windows at Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s and Tiffany & Co. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, enjoy it!




Think Pink Tea Cup For Southern Comfort Food

Whether you’re looking for a cozy intimate dinner on a Friday night or a family brunch on a early Sunday afternoon, think Pink Tea Cup. It is your perfect dining destination. They provide a warm intimate setting and a delicious southern style dining experience. Lawrence Page is the proud owner of this restaurant and also adds to the welcoming feel of the Pink Tea Cup .

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More so, food at the Pink Tea Cup is amazing. I visited Lafayette, Brooklyn on a Friday looking for somewhere to eat that was both tasty and comfortable. It was freezing outside and upon entering the restaurant I immediately felt I was in the perfect spot. I ordered the Big Country Catfish, Sauteed Rice and Collard Greens and I also tried their infamous Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles. (They also have a variety of waffle flavors including pecan waffles, sweet potato and chocolate chip.) Let’s just say that I was so happy with my meal that I returned two days later on Sunday and brought my mother and sister.

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On Sunday we had two rounds of their strawberry mimosas. I highly recommend the mimosas, they are amazing. This time I had their Holy Trinity Shrimp and Grits. I honestly haven’t had better shrimp and grits anywhere else. Let me please remind you that I did attend school in North Carolina for four years and I have been to many restaurants in the south and in New York but I haven’t experienced better shrimp and grits. For that reason, I will be returning to try more of their dishes.

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Location: The Pink Tea Cup 120 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Type of Food: Southern Comfort

Ambiance: Cozy, Relaxed, Comfortable

Stars (Out of 5):*****

Your Holiday List of Cheerful Activities!

When the weather outside is frightful…you know the holidays have arrived. Have you gotten into the holiday spirit yet? If not, I’ve compiled a list of ways to bring you some holiday cheer. If you’re already excited about the holidays and ready for all of the food and celebrations, this list will add to your joy.


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What: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Where: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

When: October 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

They offer a skating rink, holiday shops and food to celebrate the holidays. For more information. hours of operation and pricing, visit wintervillage.org


What: Union Square Holiday Market

Where: Union Square

When: November 20, 2014 – December 24, 2014 from 11am to 8pm

Hours: Weekdays 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm (Closed Thanksgiving)

Union Square Holiday Market is powered by Urban Space and includes over 100 vendors of food, clothing and gifts. For more information visit urbanspacenyc.com


What: Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Where: Columbus Circle at 59th Street and 8th Ave

When: December 2, 2014 – December 24, 2014

Hours: Weekdays 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-7pm

Shop over 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. For a list of vendors visit urbanspacenyc.com


What: Grand Central Holiday Fair

Where: Grand Central, Vanderbilt Hall  (42nd St. and Park Ave.)

When: November 17, 2014 – December 24, 2014

Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm (Closed Thanksgiving)

Enjoy an indoor shopping experience with 76 vendors that offer all of your holiday needs. For further details visit grandcentralterminal.com



What: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Where: Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

When:  December 3, 2014 from 7pm-9pm


What: Bryant Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

Where: Bryant Park Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

When:  December 2, 2014 at 6pm


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What: Winter Village Skating Rink at Bryant Park

Where: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

When: October 21, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8am – 10pm

Price: FREE (There is a fee for rentals)


What: The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Where: Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

When: October 11, 2014 – April 2015

Hours: Click for Session Hours: Skate

Price: Click for Rates:  Skate


What: Riverbank State Park Skating Rink

Where: Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive New York, NY

When: November 2014 – March 2015

 Price: $5 Adults, $3 children, Skate Rental: $6 per day




What: Trump Rink in Central Park

Where: Central Park, mid-park between 62nd and 63rd Streets

When: October 2014 to the first week of April 2015

Price: Adults $11.25 (Mon.–Thurs.), $18 (Fri.–Sun.); kids 11 and under $6; seniors $5 (Mon.–Thurs.), $9 (Fri.–Sun.); skate rental $8


What: LeFrank Center Ice Skating

Where: LeFrank Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park: 171 East Dr, Brooklyn, NY

Hours: Click for Session Hours: Skate

Price: Click for Rates: Skate

For more ice skating locations, visit nycgo.com