Gobble on Down

17 Nov
Did you know that the first official Thanksgiving was in the fall of 1621 after the Pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620? The celebration lasted three full days of feasting taught by the Wampanoag Indians and drinking beer the Pilgrims brought with them on the Mayflower. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in October 1863, issuing it to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed it to the Thursday before the last in order to stimulate the economy and make Christmas longer. Fast forward to 2010 where Christmas season has been extended to before Halloween and Thanksgiving is given a brief mention in relation to football or reason to consume large amounts of deep fried turkey and pie guilt free. Some travel home for the holiday to enjoy mom’s cooking while some travel to let others do the cooking along with the dishes. Considering Las Vegas is one of the best cities for dining and the best city for partying, this year for Thanksgiving, Las Vegas is going all out so you out-of-towners will be left with a satisfaction to be thankful for. 
If you are feeling a bit guilty coming to the City of Sin, you can do your good holiday deeds starting tomorrow at Caramel Lounge in the Bellagio. They are having a “Cans for Cocktails” party where for every five cans of food brought receives a free signature cocktail. I expect with limited luggage space most people won’t be packing cans, but there is a CVS and Walgreens located on The Strip for easy quick shopping. You can continue with charitable acts of fun the next night at the Silverton Lodge. “The ‘stash is back with the Mustachio Bashio festival where you show off your killer mustache along with karaoke, beer bong, prizes, mashed potato eating contest, and of course a contest for the best ‘stash. Make sure you purchase a limited edition T-shirt where a portion of the proceeds go JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). The rest of weekend remains calm with the clubs taking a break from the convention season, but if you want to get some “house for the holidays” Felix de Cathouse is spinning at Rain nightclub Saturday night. The usual industry nights will still be happening Sunday at the Bank and Vanity, Monday at XS and JET, and Tuesday at Blush and Pure. 
The Eve of Thanksgiving is the biggest night to go out nationwide and if you are going to do it in style, Surrender nightclub is a must with the premiere of their new resident DJ, Lil Jon… get out of your mind! Thursday is Thanksgiving and there is nothing like a good meal to cure your hangover and put you out for the rest of the day. If you’re looking for a great Thanksgiving meal, the options are endless, but these are my favorite that I guarantee you will be grateful for.
Simon at Palms Place: 1PM-8PM
Buffet: $40 Adults/$15 Children 12 and under
Simon is known for their holiday meals. Much like their weekly brunch, they go all out with signature meals and desserts to make any holiday special. The menu is yet to be announced, but trust me; it will be great with probably bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosas. 
First Food and Bar at Palazzo: 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, 7PM, 9PM
Family Style: $39 Adults/$19 Children 5-12/Free Children 5 and under
Traditional fusion cuisine featuring items such as Roasted Pumpkin Corn Bisque, Hot Apple Cider, your choice of salad, Prime Rib, turkey, mashed potatoes, and pies galore. If you arrive after dinner they will be featuring leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches. 
Spago at Forum Shops: Lunch or Dinner
Ala Carte: $12-$36
Start off with a Pilgrim Salad featuring candied walnuts and Granny Smith apples or Spiced Butternut Squash Soup made with pumpkin seed oil. The main course features Turkey Roulade with Pretzel Bread Stuffing, Sweet Potato Puree, and Cranberry-Apple Chutney finished off with Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
Hash A Go Go at M Resort: 7AM-11PM
Ala Carte: $5.95-22.95
If you are looking for an affordable Turkey meal, Hash A Go Go is a great place to go. Featuring items such as Pumpkin Bisque, Roasted Turkey Breast with old-school stuffing, and Pork Tenderloin with Brown Sugar Mashed Yams, Linguine Pasta, and Fresh Apple Cobbler. 
Alize at Palms: 4PM-9PM
Four Course Meal: $85
If you don’t have a budget for an amazing meal, legendary Alize is featuring a four course meal with Toasted Hazelnut Panna Cotta followed by Roasted Chestnut and Foie Gras Soup. The main course is a choice of Traditional Oven Roasted Turkey, Seared Diver Scallops, Pan Seared California Scallops, or Kurobuta Pork Chops. Dessert is a choice of Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Chocolate and Cherry Cobbler, or Apple Tarte Tatin.
Once you get a catnap in from all that L-tryptophan, the nightclub scene will be kicking off. The Bank, Tryst, Tao, Haze, Blush, Lavo, Pure will all be open to give you an after dinner treat. If you are staying for the weekend, J. Cole will be performing at Haze on Saturday, November 27th. As time passes by events and parties will be popping up so make sure you check out spyonvegas.com to keep up to date on what to do. Make sure you give thanks to your friends and family, but just make sure you try to stay away from thanking the “porcelain god.”

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