Thanksgiving Week in New Orleans

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GO: Have plans for Thanksgiving Day? If not, head over to the Fairgrounds for the opening of the 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season. This New Orleans Turkey Day tradition is a great opportunity to meet new people and it’s a perfect place to start the day off with family and friends. Eat a little, enjoy a delicious cocktail, and, of course, place a few bets! First post at 11:05am. General admission to the Grandstand is always free. 1751 Gentilly Blvd.

EAT: Sometime we are in the mood for a huge, juicy burger. We just received a tip forMVBurgers, New Orleans first ever pop-up restaurant. When Slim Goodie’s shuts down at night, they step in to serve the city’s best burgers, fries, and shakes. From our sources to your mouth, we are positive you won’t regret trying this joint out! Follow them on Twitter for up-to-date news. Sundays only, 5:00pm. 3322 Magazine Street.

SEE: Sachet on up to the top of the Shops at Canal Place to their Theatre, where you can view all the latest big-screen flicks while simultaneously enjoying a gourmet meal and cocktails delivered straight to your plush leather seat. Chef Adolfo has created a Mediterranean-inspired menu that includes such delicacies as glazed breast of duck, flatbread pizza and specialty popcorn made with white truffle oil. You can even order an Italian cookie plate or dress down with a good ole’ Hubig’s Pie. Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm; Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm. 333 Canal Street.

DO: This Wednesday, folkie revolutionaries Rising Appalachia will follow up on last week’s Music Happy Hour at the 3 Ring Circus Art Education Center with a full live performance. If you’ve never had the chance to imbibe the ethereal beats of this growing sound collective, built up around sisters and vocalists Leah and Chloe, be sure to check out their show of what Huffington Post calls, “the kind of music you can believe in.” Wed 8:00pm-12:00am. 1638 Clio St.

LAGNIAPPE: Locals and visitors alike could argue at length about the one-and-only, can’t-miss stop on Frenchmen Street. But, you can never go wrong at Blue Nile, a gorgeous bar and live music venue housed in the first building ever constructed on Frenchmen in 1832. 532 Frenchmen Street.

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