This week in gluttony
Thanksgiving week is here and while preparations are underway for the big day, there are other tasting happenings on the agenda. Find Christmas vibes at two pop-up bars, a German market filled with authentic culinary delights, and gingerbread house decorating class. Then recover from Black Friday shopping with a special brunch. Let the holidays officially begin.
Monday, November 21
Miracle at Nickel City
Nickel City 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 comically 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
Olive Oil Tasting and Masala Chai Demo at Indulge FW
Learn how to properly taste olive oil – and why it matters – during this demonstration by Paul Fratelli of Fratelli Colletti, producers and importers of artisanal Sicilian olive oils. Guests will learn how to prepare a creamy apple vinaigrette as well as masala chai – an Indian tea made with milk and spices. The complimentary tastings and demos will run from 6-7 pm.
Thursday, November 24
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Friday, November 25
Black Friday Brunch at The Bearded Lady
The South Main Street bar and comfort food destination will start its weekend brunch a day early to coincide with Black Friday. Take a break from the shopping frenzy with brunch specials, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and live music. Brunch will be served from 11 am-3 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.
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.
Sunday, November 27
Make & Take A Decorated Gingerbread House Cooking Class at Central Market
Work as a team with your little one to create an authentic Swiss gingerbread house. There’ll be loads of royal icing, candy, and edible decorations ready to use – the only limit is your imagination. Children must be age 7-17. Tickets are $65 for both the parent and child and class times are at 1 pm and 4 pm.