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Not a moment too soon, some of our local food writers are chiming in with ideas for the holidays. We appreciate that Christmas and Hanukah haven’t gotten much of a mention. Call us old fashioned, but we cringe at the sight of blue-and-silver or green-and-red-flecked decorations before Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, Zagat’s wants you to enjoy that languid holiday in the comfort of someone else’s dining room. And not a family member or dear friend, either. If you follow their advice, once the tryptophan kicks in all you’ll have to worry about is getting a credit card onto the bill and finding your way home. A welcome relief from the hours of gravy-pot scrubbing that normally characterize the latter half of the day for at least a portion of the family.

A little more imminent, one of our favorite cornerstones on the booze beat, Camper English, ran an article in the Chron on Halloween cocktails last Friday. He’s got a nice, booze-related blog, Alcademics, which apparently is part of a larger site he’s designing.

Our question, though, is why does one need to change the name of the Bloody Mary (Rye: Bloody Scary) to make it more halloween-y? I mean, the cocktail is named after a queen who made her name torching people in the name of Catholicism. There’s also that children’s game where you can conjure Bloody Mary in the mirror and then she comes and kills you. And Rye doesn’t think all this is macabre enough?

Turkey Day Dining Options [Zagat]
Scaring Up Halloween cocktails [SF Chronicle]

Photo Credit: Jdesign

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