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Tri-Valley Turkey Burn

November 25, 2015 8:48 pm

Looking for a way to get in some activity before settling down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast? Pleasanton is hosting the first Tri-Valley Turkey Burn on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, at Ken Mercer Sports and Recreation Park. People of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate in this event. This free event will feature 5K and 10K running paths and begins at 9 a.m.

There is no fee to participate in this event, although participants are encourage to bring canned food items to donate at the run.

Online registration is encouraged. To register for this free event, visit www.TriValleyTurkeyBurn.org

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How to Create a Festive Thanksgiving Tablescape

November 25, 2015 5:15 pm

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a very large task, but with your culinary skills and creative prowess, you can pull off a gourmet-worthy meal without the anticipated stress. All it takes is some skilled planning, though some gorgeous tablescape ideas certainly don’t hurt. Check out these helpful tips for creating a magazine-worthy Thanksgiving tablescape.

  1. Invest in a statement turkey platter. Because the turkey is the focal point of the meal, you can use it as an anchor for the rest of your place settings. Think something in a glimmering silver or a ceramic tray with a pop of bright color.
  2. Create a centerpiece inspired by fall. Instead of buying expensive flowers for the table’s centerpiece, create your own DIY arrangement from dried ears of corn, acorns or even a clear vase filled with colorful leaves.
  3. Dress up your everyday dinnerware. It’s not necessary to break out the fine china on Thanksgiving. Instead, breathe new life into your daily dishes with colorful cloth napkins, formal wine glasses and a few new serving bowls mixed in.
  4. Set up a buffet table to keep the dining table free of clutter. If you’re hosting a very large gathering, make some extra space at the dinner table by serving the Thanksgiving spread on a separate buffet table. This leaves extra room to concentrate on tablescape decor without cramping your guests.

Easy Organizing: Your Thanksgiving Table Settings [Good Housekeeping]
Tips for Setting Your Thanksgiving Table [Williams-Sonoma]
10 Tips for Decorating and Setting Your Thanksgiving Table [HuffPost Home]

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Yakitori West: Don’t Miss the Grilled Chicken

November 18, 2015 7:50 pm

"Yakitori" may translate literally to "grilled chicken," but at Yakitori West, the word encompasses myriad meats and veggies. Pork, beef, seafood, and chicken all show up on its menu. They do have one thing in common, though. They're all seasoned meticulously and then stabbed through with skewers. The skewers of meat are seared quickly at a scorching temperature over charcoal flown in from Japan, known as binchotan.

That's how the meats get that complex, smoky flavor. And although your options are diverse, you may want to opt for the chicken. The kitchen uses Mary's Free Range Organic and Pasture Raised chicken, which comes from California and never contains any antibiotics or hormones. You can also opt for sashimi, udon or soba dishes, or a medley of Japanese tapas (think octopus and yellowtail carpaccio).

Yakitori West
4288 Dublin Boulevard
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 828-7765

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