Survive Thanksgiving. Here’s how.

Your little cousin Oliver just wiped Cheeto dust on your brand new sweater. Your mom is already wine-drunk (who brought the rosé?). And you just got reassigned to the kid’s table (although that might actually be a relief). Happy Thanksgiving!

Before you arrive at your second Aunt’s house in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, make sure you pick up a host/hostess gift that not only gives off the I-am-thankful-for-my-family vibe, but also makes your evening a little more tolerable.

Here’s what to bring (besides a solid, go-to response to “Are you finally dating anyone?”):

Fresh Beans

When the evening wraps up and someone finally turns the volume down on the TV, make sure you aren’t winding down with a cup of poorly dissolved Instant Coffee Powder. Bring your own beans from Devoción or Café Integral, Pushcart Coffee, and Sweetleaf.

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Pick up a to-go cup of joe from a CUPS coffee shop on the trip down to Aunt Paula’s and a couple bags of freshly roasted grounds for the fam. We suggest you get your hands on their Honey Roast, which will pair beautifully with dessert. Don’t forget the Decaf (because grandma gets a little jittery sometimes).

A Backup Pie

Somehow this always happens: there are already 3 pies on the counter. But one is essentially just baby food with a crust, the second is rhubarb, and the third pie is totally from Costco. Or gluten-free. We’re not sure.

Be the Pie Hero of Thanksgiving. Swing by Petee’s Pies and inhale an aroma so sweet you’ll want to abandon your Chanel No. 5 and buy a bottle of pie perfume.

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Look at these flavors! You’re about to remind your family of the true meaning of dessert. Pick up a pie, or four, and make your family so proud they’ll forget about that time you accidentally screamed at your 6-year-old cousin for “having no chill.”

Earplugs

(just kidding)

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Hipster Snacks

Who doesn’t need some Mast Brothers’s chocolate or McClure’s Pickles?

Be everyone’s favorite family member this year and bring the pre-dinner snacks (just don’t let the chefs see you nibbling before supper). Get awesome snacks at Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar!

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Fresh Bread

James Beard said, “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”

Meanwhile, Julia Child proclaims, “How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” So be sure to get the good bread.

Grab a loaf of fresh-baked French bread (that surely will not taste like Kleenex) at Mille-feuille or a famous rugelach from Petite Shell! Don’t forget the butter — Greecologies sells delicious grass-fed butter and house made preserves!

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If all else fails, just remember to help with the dishes. You’ll make it through the year’s most delicious holiday, even if it takes a little extra bribing and caffeinating.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for coffee (and you)!

Download CUPS on Android or iOS  and enjoy a free drink. Spread the gratitude.

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