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. For the past two Thanksgivings I’ve indulged in fried turkey. It honestly has 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. Seamorhen just opened a new location at 190-07 109rd Farmers Blvd 11412. For $60 you can get a delicious fried turkey. Trust me when I tell you they will change your Thanksgiving dinner experience forever.
2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is on Thursday, November 26th 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.
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 – 10 Days of Deals
- Victoria’s Secret– Free Shipping with a purchase and more
- Bloomingdales– Big Brown Bag Sale, save up to 50%
- H&M– Deals starting as low as $4.99
- 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!
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@ I would be happy to publicize your event.
5. Dine Out
Have you decided to dine out this year? Maybe you don’t feel like cooking and cleaning. Maybe you like the idea of eating dinner at a restaurant and then indulging in an array of desserts at home because cleaning up pie pans is way easier than cleaning pots and pans. Well here are a few restaurants offering Prix-Fixe dinner menus for Thanksgiving.
Chocolat Restaurant– $48/person
Miss Lily’s– $38/person
Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine– Taking reservations
Seasons 52– Taking reservations
Tavern on the Green– $125/person
For a full list of Thanksgiving dinner options, visit opentable.com