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A Very Merry Un-Christmas to You


A Very Merry Un-Christmas to You

A Very Merry Un-Christmas to You
News from New York Times:

IN the backyard, revelers gathered around a vat of boiling oil and counted down from 10. All eyes were on the 12-pound turkey, suspended by a rope. At “One!” the bird plunged into the fryer and everyone cheered.

It was Dec. 25, 2010, and we were at Project Parlor, the bar my sister opened two years ago in Brooklyn. She had prepared a nondenominational feast for anti-holiday castaways and orphans with nowhere else to be. We ended up slouched around a battered piano like ne’er-do-wells in a Wild West honky-tonk, singing hoarse, half-drunken carols.

It wasn’t Christmas, per se, but why should that matter? My sister and I are what we call “cashews” (half Catholic, half Jewish), with few spiritual allegiances apart from family and food.

Folks like us are a tiny minority…………… continues on New York Times

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Favorite restaurants exit, new spots emerge and food trucks roll
News from Las Vegas Review Journal:

Posted: Dec. 25, 2011 | 2:00 a.m.

This was a decidedly mixed year for food lovers in Las Vegas.

Some beloved restaurants, including Rosemary’s, Nora’s Osteria and Alex, closed, victims either of the lingering dismal economy or changing trends.

But there were plenty of openings as well, as some restaurant owners took advantage of the down economy to work out favorable lease arrangements and others followed through on plans laid in sunnier times.

And, in what may be the ultimate response to roller-coaster property values and a tight investment climate, food trucks made a colorful — and flavorful — splash as they increased appearances on roadways, street corners and at festivals.

Among the new restaurants that attracted the most attention were those at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Notable among them are Comme Ça, a casual French bistro from Los Angeles-based David Myers that happens to offer a great view of the Strip, and the lighth…………… continues on Las Vegas Review Journal

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