This week in gluttony
The stage is set for Thanksgiving on Thursday, but there are other tasty happenings this week, including a Japanese take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal, the kick-off of a German market, a barbecue pitmaster course, a smoothie pop-up, and a whiskey tasting. Multiple stretchy pants may be required.
Monday, November 21
Miracle at The Aussie Grind
The Frisco coffee shop, café, and bar will make spirits extra bright this holiday with the return of Miracle, the nationwide Christmas-themed pop-up bar that arrives in more than 100 cities this week. Originating in New York City, Miracle features over-the-top Christmas décor and craft cocktails in beautiful glassware to set the tone for the season. Past fan-favorite cocktails include the Christmaspolitan, made with spiced cranberry sauce and elderflower with vodka and dry vermouth, and the Snowball Old-Fashioned, which looks just like it sounds. New for this year is kitschy Grandma Got Run Over By A T-Rex – a vodka concoction with orange liqueur, spiced pomegranate and grapefruit, and aloe vera. Also new is the Holiday Spiked Chai made with brandy, Jamaican rum, coffee liqueur, and amaretto. Miracle will run through December 31.
Tuesday, November 22
Japanese Thanksgiving at Uchi Dallas
Uchi will provide a unique take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal with this multi-course omakase dinner. Menu highlights includes spaghetti squash bisque with shrimp, bluefin crudo, and turkey katsu with Japanese curry. Dinner is $275 for two, plus tax and gratuity. Reservation times vary and are limited.
Friends-Giving Trivia at Legacy Hall
Start Thanksgiving week by testing your knowledge of the iconic hit series Friends at the Plano food hall. Grab a cup of coffee from Legacy Hall vendor Whisk & Eggs, sliders from Son of a Butcher, or chili cheese fries from Root Chicken Shak and get ready to play. The $30 fee to participate is good for a team of up to six players. Teams with the most points can win Legacy Hall gift cards for first, second, and third place, up to $100. Trivia begins at 7 pm.
Thursday, November 24
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Friday, November 25
Texas Christkindl Market
Arlington will channel German vibes during this month-long holiday market set to take place at Globe Life Field. The free, family-friendly experience will feature handcrafted gifts, German treats and eats, music and live entertainment, and appearances by St. Nikolaus. Visit the Kinder Kids Root Beer Garden for stage shows, craft workshops, and root beer and hot cocoa concessions. Adults can enjoy beer and seasonal beverages in the Warming House. German fare will be available for purchase throughout the market, which runs until December 23. A tree lighting and opening ceremony will take place Friday at 7 pm.
Miracle at Texas Live!
The over-the-top holiday pop-up bar (see above) is also taking over the Miller Tavern inside the Texas Live! complex in Arlington. "Miracle at Live!" will feature an explosion of tinsel and twinkling lights, specialty holiday cocktails, tasty small bites, Insta-worthy photo moments, themed nights, and more. Miracle at Live! will officially open at 5 pm November 25 and will stay open through December 24. Walk-ins are welcome, and reservations and private events are also available. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the website.
Saturday, November 26
Pitmaster University at Oak’d BBQ
Learn how to select and trim meat, control temps and timing, nail the rubs and seasonings, and more during this 90-minute course on smoking meats. The class will be led by Oak’d chef Michael Lane. Cost is $99 and class will start bright and early at 8 am.
Smoothie King “King of Coffee” Pop-Up Tour
The national smoothie chain will pop up outside Anime Dallas to introduce its new coffee and espresso smoothies. Visit for free smoothie samples, merch giveaways, and fun photo ops out of a coffee café shipping container with artist mural. New smoothies include Espresso High Protein Almond Mocha. The pop-up will run from 9:30 am-6 pm at Hyatt Regency’s Trinity Crossing just outside Reunion Tower.
Monday, November 28
Whiskey Pairing at Commons Club
It’s Monday Fun-Day at Virgin Hotels Dallas during this multi-course whiskey tasting. Commons Club chef de cuisine Christian Panepinto will provide assorted bites to enjoy with a variety of bourbons and whiskeys. The price is $80 and the pairing begins at 7 pm.