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Happy Thanksgiving To Our Canadian Readers

In: Behind The Cast, Donovan
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Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a full month before our US counterparts. A few of my American friends find it odd that we enjoy Turkey Day before Halloween. Personally, I love having a greater gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Makes for a much longer and enjoyable holiday season.

Over the weekend, Brian and I held our third annual Friendsgiving dinner. It’s one of my favorite parties I hold the entire year. I definitely paid the price Sunday ;) Everyone gets in the spirit and brings a tasty dish and bottles of wine. Since we moved my office upstairs of our downtown condo, we held dinner downstairs for the first time. It was quite nice not having to lug up all the dishes and drinks up and down the stairs throughout the night.

Check out a couple of photos from the night below. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating the holiday today. Feel free to follow me on Instagram.

check out a couple of pics after the jump

Friends’ Thanksgiving Episodes Ranked

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to all our US readers. Hope you’re not eating too much turkey today. Something I can never accomplish. I tend to overindulge big time during the holiday season.

To celebrate turkey day, I thought I’d rank Friends‘ Thanksgiving episodes. Their holiday-themed shows were typically their best and most anticipated of the season. Til this day, I still enjoy watching the classic NBC sitcom. Check out how I ranked the episodes below. To refresh your memory, I added a memorable scene from each. Enjoy!

check out my list after the jump

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated in an awesome parody of several of the top songs of the year in a one big holiday medley. The song was performed by Jimmy Fallon and special guest Rachida Jones (Parks & Recreation). The two combine today’s biggest hits with various holiday themes to come up with one instant classic. Here are the songs that they parody (in order):

  • 1. “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
  • 2. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 3. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye
  • 4. “Gangnam Style” by PSY
  • 5.? “Whistle” by Flo Rida
  • 6. “Diamonds” by Rihanna
  • 7. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
  • 8. “Some Nights” by fun.

For example, “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” lyrics become, “You don’t know you’re really full” and “Call Me Maybe” becomes, “Pass the gravy,” etc. One of my favorites was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” modified into, “We are never, ever, ever, wearing ugly sweaters.” LOL. Watch the hilarious segment below.

Watch the video after the jump…

This year, Americans are embarking on the earliest Black Friday ever with Walmart and a bunch of other retailers opening their doors at 8:OOpm on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22) as opposed to 4am or 5am in past years, and last year creeping to midnight for the first time.

In this new Funny or Die video, former Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher plays Rebecca Tyler, a wife and mother serving Thanksgiving dinner while she prepares her family for the earliest Black Friday in the history of anything ever. Her husband Nate, played by Tom Arnold, expresses that he thinks she’s overreacting but since he’s never participated in a Black Friday, she puts him in his place and asks him, “So you don’t know what it is like to sit in the electronics department of a Walmart, holding a woman so badly beaten and bruised that she is begging you to break her neck?” He responds, “Um, that never happened.” She then says, “Well it could and I’m prepared for it.” Her daughter asks if mommy will go to jail, but Rebecca informs her that all laws are suspended on Black Friday.

Watch the video below. Are any of you participating in Black Friday and if so are you attending on Thanksgiving Day, or Black Friday proper?

Watch the video after the jump…

Last night, Lindsay Lohan was on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to promote the premiere of Liz & Dick which airs this coming Sunday, November 25. Lohan was just on The Today Show last week and did a brief skit on Jimmy Fallon before that.

As you probably already know, that fact that Lohan canceled on doing an interview with Barbara Walters and then scheduled in Jay Leno didn’t make Barbara very happy. Jay Leno wasted no time and asked about this whole situation at the beginning of the interview. Lohan explained that it wasn’t the right timing and that when she’s ready to sit down for that type of interview, Barbara, who she said she is a big fan of, will be the first person she calls.

Later in the interview, they talked about all of the crazy tabloid rumors, as well as one story that is true and that is that she just found out while on The Today Show that her father (Michael Lohan) did have another child and that Lindsay has a half-sister. Lindsay said about the situation that if she could offer the girl any advice, that is, “Good luck with my dad.” Check out some of the clips from the interview below.

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Oh. Em. Gee. Just when I started to forget about that time period where Rebecca Black and several other girls that came after her became viral video hits for their cheesy music videos, a new one comes out of nowhere. The song called “It’s Thanksgiving” was written and produced by Patrice Wilson, the man responsible for all of the other ones as well.

The singer is Nicole Westbrook and just like Rebecca Black reminded us about the days of the week, Westbrook reminds us about the major holidays throughout the year and that now, “It’s Thanksgiving“. My favorite part is when she raps at the dinner table: “Yo, it’s thanksgiving, giving and I’m trying to be forgivin’ / Nothin’ is forbidden, that you know we gotta have / I gotta give thanks to you and you and you / Can’t be hateful, gotta be grateful / Gotta be grateful, can’t be hateful / Mash potatoes on my, on my table.” LOL.

Watch the video below for a good laugh and/or to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving Dinner later this month. Oh, and one more thing: she sings into a turkey leg as a microphone.

Video after the jump…

By Request: Must Have Wines For Thanksgiving

In: Charge It, Nic

So one of our readers “Troy”, wrote a comment on my Torrontes article, asking if there was a chance I could write a little pairing article about Thanksgiving dinner. Since that time has arrived (for Canada), I’ve done just that.

Turkey’s a funny little meat to pair with. Even those of us (*ahem* me), that cook perfect juicy turkey’s still end up with the slightly dry consistency that IS Turkey. So the key here is to pair something with low acidity. Tannins are the sensation that your mouth has when drinking what we consider a very “dry” wine; the higher the tannins, the more your mouth feels like it’s been sucking on a teabag. Considering the level of dryness in a turkey as is, you want to pair something with relatively LOW acidity, something that wets your mouth.

White

Depending on your level of sweetness you can do a couple of different things. If you don’t mind something with a little honey to it, a Gewurztraminer is delicious with Turkey. As you most likely have some sweet cranberry sauce, pairing with a wine with a touch of sweetness will be no detriment to your dining experience. The Sage winery of BC actually puts out a kick ass Gewurztraminer that is infused with Sage, as in the spice. It’s totally different and not for everyone, and at a price point of the upper 20′s only available at specialty wine stores it might be taking a risk but those that love it, LOVE IT.. For something a little more classic, the German Valckenberg, Alsacian Pfaffenheim, and a variety of BC (Cedar Creek, Gray Monk, See Ya Later) can all be used. For a dryer white experience go with a Chardonnay, and don’t tell me your not a Chardonnay drinker. Most people who don’t like Chardonnay don’t like OAKED Chardonnay. For those that do like big buttery oaked Chard’s, BC’s Thornhaven and Noble Ridge (specialty stores), will do the trick. The more expensive and unoaked Joie from BC is drool worthy melony grapefruit deliciousness. And for those on a budget, Jacob’s Creek from Australia or Cono Sur products from Chile will do the trick. If you don’t know if it’s oaked or unoaked, read the back.

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Today is Thanksgiving Day here In Canada, a time where most people enjoy a delicious and turkey feast, stuffing themselves to the point of getting a turkey coma (That was me last night).

Well, not everyone eats turkey (or meat for that matter) and for some reason I feel they’ll enjoy the following video even more than I did. After hearing neighbors’ stories of wild turkeys chasing down joggers and other residents in an Arden- area neighborhood in Sacramento, California, News10 producer Duffy Kelly went to get a firsthand look at the situation to see if the rumors were true.

When one of the turkeys spots her, it moves in for the attack. Listening to the woman freak out is absolutely hilarious. Especially when she screams for help and gets it from a random passing USPS truck. Still she insists on going for turkey seconds (as we do), and the turkey gives it right back to her. Does she make it out alive? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. Happy Thanksgiving!

Watch the video after the jump…

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