The No Cook Thanksgiving

Couldn't catch that turkey? Or maybe that snow is putting a dent in your travel plans? Don't fret, you can still have a full Thanksgiving and the best part is you don't have to clean up afterward, it's just alllll lounge time.

First up, Brook Tavern. With first course options like a lobster and asparagus tart and baked crab and andouille stuffed oysters it will be hard to fit in anything else, but you can choose the traditional turkey or insist on being different and go for the strip steak or salmon. We love the Brook with it's cozy fireplace area where you can have a drink before you sit, and the staff is always top notch when it comes to service. For dessert we would go for the apple crumb skillet, their dessert skillets are unbelievable. Find their full menu here.

Longfellow's is also going to be serving Thanksgiving dinner to guests, and their Horseradish Crusted Steamship of Beef sounds so good we might even suggest forgoing the bird this year. Finish it off with a total classic, Bananas Foster, served over cheesecake, and you won't miss the tryptophan. Click here for their menu.

If you are planning on going out for the Night Before Thanksgiving drink, Prime at Saratoga National is doing an all night Happy Hour, we suggest a nice Old Fashioned to get into the holiday season spirit.

Keep in mind if you planned on only have one and then 11 of your closest friends showed up and it turned into more of a party, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP’s Free Cab Ride Home program is providing free cab rides tonight in our area. To get your free cab ride home simply call their toll-free number: 1800LAW1010 or 1.800.529.1010.

PARTY PLANNER: THANKSGIVING {wines}

Alright folks, the countdown is on to Thanksgiving and a nice long weekend. We've got you last minute procrastinators covered with what to drink, where to buy some last minute goodies, and where to just abandon all pretense of cooking and enjoy your meal at a restaurant. First up,  Eva from Divine Wines is back giving us her top three choices of what to drink on Thanksgiving...

Sparkling wines are so versatile these days, that they pair perfectly with all sorts of Thanksgiving courses. Sparkling wine can hold up to those heartier dishes throughout your Thanksgiving meal, or act as a palate cleanser in between bites. Zonin Prosecco and Gruet Sparkling are great examples. Zonin Prosecco is a dry (but not too dry) sparkling with soft aromas that follow with honeyed apples and a touch of tangerine. This wine can be used not only for the beginning of the evening but also to pair with your Thanksgiving meal. If you would like to stay in the bubbly family, I would also recommend Gruet, a non-vintage Sparkling wine out of New Mexico. This full bodied sparkling wine is rich and complex with toasty nuances that will linger on to the finish. These are both great values, that are not only versatile but not the everyday type of wines that you would normally go after!

Some other "off beat" wines that are not as widely known as say, Pinot Noir, but are still of amazing quality are Nero d'Avola's. This grape is Sicily's most popular red wine grape. The profile of this grape is dry, slightly acidic, warm and full bodied. Like Pinot Noir's, Nero's are also fruit forward as well, which makes this wine very food friendly (especially your heartier Thanksgiving fare!). Nero's tend to be intensely aromatic, with powerful aromas of raspberry, cherry and spice that practically billow out of the glass. This wine is a great value, and most range below $20! A great example of this would be Villa Pozzi, an amazing low value of only $7.99! Villa Pozzi has an intense inky red color that follows with a gorgeous bouquet of blackberry liqueur, vanilla, and a hint of figs and leather. This is a lovely red wine that should be tried if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone!

Thank you to Eva for the tipple tips, we are also completely obsessed with their Wine Tote (anything in tote form is a win with us, really). Click here to learn more and stay tuned to TSS for more Thanksgiving Party Tips...

We just couldn't wait until after Thanksgiving to announce..

The very second everyone is done with the football, turkey and pumpkin pie in our house, we start planning our holiday shopping which is why we just couldn't wait to announce this event. We are so excited to be teaming up with Silverwood Home & Gallery to bring you a Holiday Party and Trunk Show you're absolutely not going to want to miss.

 Chelsea and Charlene have been masterminding this night for weeks now and have lined up an over the top selection of jewelry, art and Silverwood classics that everyone on your gift list will love.  Stay tuned for more event details including a raffle prize we already are dying for, gift previews and more..

WEEKEND It List 11/21

Hang in there guys, it's almost Thanksgiving break time, and this week's IT LIST has a couple turkey day tips for you...

First, some outfit suggestions. These velveteen pants from JMcLaughlin are enough of a step up from jeans to count as "dressing for dinner" but are comfortable enough that you won't want to change post turkey.

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Party and Trunk Show at Silverwood Home & Gallery on Wednesday, December 6th featuring a brand we are completely obsessed with, Moon and Lola. We are loving their monogrammed necklaces, you'll be able to get a good sized chunk of your holiday shopping all in one night. Details to follow...

Our winter getaway planning is in full effect, and this winter we are heading up to the Lake House in Lake Placid, a newly renovated hotel with a gorgeous a modern yet rustic aesthetic. Picture apres ski hot toddies in the lobby overlooking the lake by a roaring fire.

Forget the Pinot Noir, we have some under the radar wines to bring to the table this Thanksgiving, guaranteed to have everyone asking you, "What was that called again?" as they tap it into their iPhone notes so they can pick some up for home. This one is Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola which we picked up at Divine Wines at Healthy Living Market and Cafe last night. You're going to love it.

Oh hey, did you see our Premiere Issue yet? We had so much fun putting it together (those hangover cure recipes, both extremely informative and hilarious). Click here to get the full read.

How cute are these flowered gloves?! They've got them at Alpine Sport Shop, they were mobbed the other day when we dropped our skis and snowboards off to get tuned up for the season. Get in there pronto if you want to get yours ready.

Hood Egg Nog + Blanton's Bourbon = Holiday Cheer

If you are the only one you know that isn't listening to Serial yet, get caught up here so you won't be left out of holiday party conversations.

Baking is so fun and relaxing, or so we are told. What is actually even more relaxing is picking up your holiday pies from Healthy Living Market and Cafe ahead of time, you can even order online. May we suggest the Maple Cream Pie? It's a departure from the old standbys that you will be asked to bring year after year. Go ahead and lie and say you made it yourself. We won't tell.

Call for Artists {Spring Street Gallery Bazaar 2014}

Call for artists, apply to Spring Street Gallery Bazaar 2014!
 
Spring Street Gallery is pleased to announce Spring Street Gallery Bazaar artisan sale on December 13, 2014. This year, they will deck the halls of 112 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY with crafters and artisans galore.
 
The Spring Street Gallery Bazaar artisan sale is a curated fine art market. DIY projects, handmade and original pieces of art will be on display and available for the public to purchase. Their criteria for acceptance are based on artisans who create using traditional craft methods and supplies rather than pre-existing patterns, templates or products. They reserve the right to deny any submissions if they deem it to be outside of these criteria.
 
To apply to become a vendor at Spring Street Gallery Bazaar:
 
Click here, download and fill out the application. Mail it to Spring Street Gallery, Spring Street Gallery Bazaar, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or email it to springstreetgallerylist@gmail.com by November 24, 2014 with the application fee.

Shelters of Saratoga 4th Annual Open House and Donation Drive

Shelters of Saratoga is holding their 4th Annual Open House and Donation Drive on Friday, November 14th from 4-7pm. This Open House and Donation Drive will be held to celebrate Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week and introduce new Executive Director, Michael Finocchi who will present future shelter initiatives.
 
Shelters of Saratoga is celebrating Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-23, 2014) by inviting the community to tour the facility, learn about the services they provide and celebrate the success of their essential and expanded programs. The Mobile Outreach Program, which in 2013 made over 600 contacts with people in need. The Youth Outreach Program, a collaboration with CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services that connects youth with support, safety and basic necessities; and Code Blue Saratoga which provided temporary emergency shelter to the homeless community on 58 nights last winter.
 
Refreshments will be provided by local establishments. The event is free. Food and supply donations are appreciated. Please R.S.V.P. online or reply to Cindy at 581-1097 or sosdevelopment@nycap.rr.com if you will be attending the Open House.

 

WEEKEND It List 10/7

Okay, it's cold already. But that's just how it goes up here, isn't it? This weekend's It List will keep the new chill at bay, don't worry.

While browsing Northshire the other day we picked up Amy Poehler's new book and haven't put it down since.

Muffs are in, according to the ladies we had at our photo shoot the other night. FUR muffs, or faux, are the perfect accessory for the upcoming snowy weather, and also a perfect sartorial nod to our rich Victorian history. If anyone wants to gift us with this drop dead gorgeous tapestry muff from Tory Burch we are willing to share it with each other.

Halloween may be over but we are still obsessed with this skull bracelet from Gas Bijoux at Saratoga Trunk.

Did you hear? 9 Miles East does pizza delivery now. Stay tuned, we are trying it next week and will give our full review...

Grab your best girlfran cause it's Ladies Night, and the feeling's right, oh yes it's Ladies Night at Healthy Living Market and Cafe and you'll be making Thanksgiving sides {oh what a night}

Calling all you ski bums, before you decamp for Killington every weekend, stay here for Saturday night when The Alpine Sport Shop and the Skidmore Outing Club present the 2014-15 Warren Miller Ski & Snowboard movie "No Turning Back" to benefit the Skidmore Outing Club and Double H Ranch Adaptive Winter Sports Program at 7pm at Gannet Auditorium, Skidmore College. Ticket price $12. in advance $15. at the door.

Please help us compile a list of every bar and/or restaurant that has a fireplace, because it is going to be pretty much mandatory for us this winter.

There's a beer at Henry Street Taproom called Tricerahops. We want to order it just so we can say Tricerahops.

Are we the only ones that want to wave to the Spin My Ad guy when you see him? Hey Spin My Ad guy, next time we see you, expect a hello.

Roam Plate, you help us be lazy and find amazing food, two of our favorite things for the weekend, and for that you have made the It List.

You know what day is the best day for macarons from TC Bakery? Every day. Every. Day. They aren't open every day though, so stock up when you're there or order online.

 

 

Here, Drink This

If you're like us, you change your drinking habits seasonally. Time to put away those mojitos and Pimm's Cups and think cozy, sitting by the fire type drinks. We asked Eva from Divine Wines at Healthy Living Market and Cafe for some suggestions on some great chilly weather wines...

EVA: When thinking of fall wines, I automatically steer towards reds. There's something to be said about opening a bottle of a big, bold red wine that will complement this beautiful fall weather!

Typically Fall and Pinot Noir go hand in hand with each other. Pinot Noir has a nice balance of fruit and earthiness, with subtle warm undertones that are a great complement to the change of the season. Meiomi Pinot Noir, Johan, and Cooper Hill Pinot Noir are excellent examples! Also Beaujolais, and Syrah/Grenache based wines from the Rhone Valley in France pair perfectly with Autumn fare as well as those chilly nights. Kermit Lynch does a lovely Beaujolais, as well as La Grivelière does a delicious Côtes-du-Rhône. Wines from the Rhone valley usually have tannins that are soft enough to handle lighter foods, but will also stand up to meats and more heartier dishes.

Not a fan of red? There are many white wines that are very versatile for this time of year. A few that come to mind are Grillo from Sicily, Viognier, and Rhone style whites. La Vieille Ferme has a beautiful elegant white wine from the valley right next to the Rhone Valley. These wines are not your average run of the mill heavy wines that go well with the colder weather. These wines are beautifully balanced, and have that great bracing acidity that pairs perfect with heartier fare. If you're eating seasonally, it would make sense to drink seasonally, as well.

We couldn't agree more Eva, and thank you for the suggestions. Now to decide which one (okay, two) to try on this damp night.

Low Key Date Night {Saratoga Film Forum}

It's Thursday night, you want to go out, but you want to do something...different. Go out for drinks? Nah, you don't feel like standing (hey, we don't blame you, it's been a long week already). Dinner? You're hungry, but not *dinner* hungry. We have the perfect plan for you.

First, throw on something cozy because we heard it is going to snow tonight (yes seriously). We are loving the blanket scarves from Lola Boutique. Toss a couple leftover candies pilfered from your kids Halloween buckets into your bag and head to the Saratoga Film Forum where they are screening The Skeleton Twins (11/6, and 11/7 at 7:30 and 11/9 at 3:00). Tickets are just 7 bucks ($5 if you are a Saratoga Film Forum member). Even better, popcorn is just $2 and all other concessions are just $1 (bring cash for these).

We haven't seen The Skeleton Twins yet (read the NY Times review of it here) but it has Kristen Wiig and Stefon in it, how can you go wrong?

After the movie head to the absolute best deal in town for $1 oysters and $1 sliders at the Brook Tavern. Perfect if you're not hungry enough for a full dinner but hungry enough to eat. They have a fireplace, and Blanton's, and that little bench area with the cushy pillows is the ideal spot for watching those first snowflakes fall on Union Avenue. Keeping it low key, may we suggest an Apple Pie ice cream cone at Stewart's for dessert? It is UNBELIEVABLE. You can thank us later.

 

 

 

Pizza for dinner please..

If you're looking for a delicious and convenient dinner tonight, look no further than 9 Miles East Pizza. That's right, 9 Miles East Farm is now hand making and delivering pizzas and they sound like a serious step up from your typical pizza joint. Just take a peak at their website to see where all the ingredients come from - pretty impressive.

ORDER YOUR PIZZA AT WWW.PIZZADELIVERY. FARM OR CLICK THROUGH ABOVE

ORDER YOUR PIZZA AT WWW.PIZZADELIVERY. FARM OR CLICK THROUGH ABOVE

And even better, for every pizza ordered on Wednesdays, 9 Miles East will donate $5 to Saratoga PLAN to further their land conservation programs. It's a win-win! In non-pizza related news, did you make it to the 7th Annual Masquerade Ball? If not, we've got a full recap with lots of pictures (there were some incredible costumes) for you right here. Enjoy!

WEEKEND It List 10/31

It's officially cold out, and we are trying to ignore the little snowflake icon on our iPhone weather report. At least the colder weather means more accessories like this J.Crew set. Everyone loves a good pom pom.

Movember starts tomorrow, will we be seeing any Saratogian men putting down the razor to take part in this movement that raises vital funds for men’s health programs? Please alert us to any epic Movember participants.

Free photography class coming up at Exposure Saratoga. It's probably time we started using an actual camera that isn't part of our phone.

Oh hi, dream blanket. Iconic Hudson Bay gorgeousness + fur. Putting in on my wish list.

If you give out Bit-o-Honey or Dots at Halloween just know everyone hates you. Full size Kit Kats however, now that is pretty decent. Bravo to you (also what is your address?)

Did you know we are on Instagram? We want your party pics people, tag them with #SaratogaSocial and we'll feature them here.

Why, yes, Druthers I DO want to try your new Belgian-style ale, Dubbel Druthers, and I also want to see that absolutely incredible pumpkin carving! Over here at Saratoga Social we are still struggling to cut eyes in our pumpkin, so color us impressed.

During his interview on the WAMC Roundtable this morning, Chuck Palahniuk said guests to his author event at Skidmore tomorrow night with Northshire Bookstore should wear their pajamas. We're going to try to find the best pajama'd guest for you, it's a sold out event but there will be a limited amount of standing room available in case you love Chuck and have a great pair of PJs.

Prime at Saratoga National is having their Halloween party tonight. Prizes will go to Scariest costume, best couple costume, and probably the funniest prize category ever for a costume contest: Did You Really Wear That?!

Finally, it seems like EVERYONE in town claims to make "the best" Bloody Mary, but who is telling the truth? We want to know your thoughts, readers. Where in town should we go on Sunday to get the absolute best Bloody?

We can't take these off..

So we're not sure if it has just been THAT long since we went shopping for new jeans, but although we knew skinny jeans were still in, we had no idea the low rise jean is a thing of the past. And frankly, good riddance low rise jean. We aren't going to miss holding on to the back of our jeans for dear life while we sit down or seeing all the lovely lower back tattoos on display while walking by a bar. So meet our new favorite thing.. the high rise skinny. 

The Paige Hoxton High Rise Ultra-Skinny

The Paige Hoxton High Rise Ultra-Skinny

High Waisted Skinny from 7 for all Mankind

High Waisted Skinny from 7 for all Mankind

We popped into Violet's to try on a few pairs and had one of those life changing dressing room moments- it was love at first try on. Since then we've had a hard time taking off our Paige's and are about a minute away from going back to scoop up the 7's as well..