Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving for Procrastinators / People Who Don't Cook (e.g. Yours Truly)

I confess: at work, I'm OCD on schedule for projects.  Outside of work:  a complete mess.

If you're like me and completely lost track of the countdown to Thanksgiving, and cooking is not part of those plans...

Keep reading to see where you can pick up some tasty desserts that will score you points with hosts, and generate buzz at the dinner table for your baking shopping skills...with your fellow diners...

(Commitment-phobes take note: Some even have single serving sized pies so that you can taste before you commit to a full pie!)

Farmshop - order by Tues 11/25 5pm 

pick up on Tues 11/25, Wed 11/26 and Thanksgiving Day until 11am

I've been obsessed with bourbon-glazed pecans lately, and Farmshop has a beautiful pie made with them for the holidays!  AND they have single-serve sized one that you can get to get a taste of it before deciding whether that's the one you want to bring to dinner.

Other delicious sounding pies to choose from:
  • Pumpkin Pie 10" serves up to 10 people $42
  • Chocolate Cream Pie 10" serves up to 10 people $40
  • Heirloom Apple Pie 10" serves up to 10 people $38
  • Bourbon-Pecan Pie 10" serves up to 10 people $42
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake 9" serves up to 8 people $32 
  (Add whipped cream: vanilla or fall spice, pint 5)

See menu here


225 26th Street Ste 25 (Brentwood Country Mart), Santa Monica, CA 90402
Ph: 310.566.2400
Website: farmshopca.com

Jin Patisserie - order by Wednesday 11/19  
pickup 11/24 to 11/26 (by 4pm)

Photo credit: Jin Patisserie
Fans of Chef Kristy Choo's exquisite pastries need not despair that her Abbot Kinney location has closed, you can still access the loveliness of her masterfully light, #foodart creations from her production facility in Culver City.

And she has two tarts for Thanksgiving that would be as gorgeous as a centerpiece as it is expected to be delicious as a 'dessert entree' (i.e. for people with an incurable sweet tooth like me, this could supercede turkey / actual savory dinner courses and sides in importance):
  • Autumn ($48, serves 12 people): a crunchy Breton crust filled with alternating layers of 64%  chocolate cream, orange mascarpone, and hazelnut praline chantilly
  • Citron ($38, serves 8): lemon cream with lemon curd on sweet meringue shell


Jin Patisserie
(Production facility, in office park)
5741 Buckingham Parkway, Suite D, Culver City, CA 90230
Ph: 310.399.8801
Website: jinpatisserie.com/

Sweet Rose Creamery - order by Sunday 11/23  closing - see hours at each location
pickup by Wednesday 11/26 regular store hours at each location

Photo credit: Sweet Rose Creamery
Happiness = pie + ice cream.  Sweet Rose Creamery is offering again fun ice cream versions of classic flavor combos.  AND, they've just started offering select ice cream pies by the slice ($6.50) so you can again try it before splurging on a full pie!
  • Spiced Pumpkin with Ginger cookie crust
  • Brown Sugar Butter Pecan with Chocolate crust
  • Apple Pie topped with Walnut crumble and Caramel in a Graham crust
All pies are $40 each, and serve 8-10 people

See menu here

Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th Avenue, Suite 51 Santa Monica, CA 90402
Ph: 310.260.2663
Website: sweetrosecreamery.com

Craft - order by Monday 11/24 close

pick up 11/26 after 5pm or Thanksgiving Day 9am-noon

Photo credit: Craft LA

If nothing but Top Chef quality will do for you, hit up one of the show's judges Tom Colicchio's reliably good restaurant in Century City, and pick up one of Chef Shannon Swindle's amazing desserts:
  • Pumpkin Pie $45
  • Pecan Pie $55
  • Apple Cranberry Crisp With Oat Streusel $55
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores Tart $65
This info is not on their website!

To order, email: amorini@craftlosangeles.com

Craft LA
10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Website: craftrestaurantsinc.com/craft-los-angeles

Pi Bakeshop - farmers market fresh! Pick up at Studio City Farmers Market Sunday 11/23

Photo credit: Pi Bakeshop
Artisanal bakers - they don't have a shop yet but you can find them Sundays at Studio City Farmers Market!  And the great thing is that they offer handcrafted pies at various sizes, with some creative flavor combinations
  • Cranberry Hibiscus ($27)
  • Bourbon Maple Pecan ($27)
  • Pumpkin($27)
  • Sweet potato with ginger crust and toasted homemade marshmallow ($27)
  • BBQ pie - house smoked pork shoulder, with slow braised greens, and spicy bbq sauce. Topped with creamy mac & cheese ($35)

They can also hand deliver your pie within 20 miles of Sherman Oaks, CA for a flat rate of $10. Distances beyond 20 miles will incur an additional charge.

See menu here


Pi Bakeshop
Studio City Farmers Market: Sundays 8am-2pm at Laurel Canyon Blvd across from Vons
Website: pibakeshop.com

Du-par's - pre-order or walk-in! 

If you pulled an Indiana Jones and are literally trying to slide under the descending rock door of holiday closures: Du-par's will be your life-saver:  while the most popular pies are sold out via
 pre-orders (I was told they moved literally thousands of pies the day before Thanksgiving!), they know how it goes and always have a batch of extra pies handy for walk-ins on turkey day.  I've been able to pick up my 'spare' pies last minute at the Studio City location.

Choose from classic to seasonal flavors:

  • Pecan 
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato 
  • Minced meat
  • Orange cranberry walnut
  • Cherry

See menu here

12036 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91602
Website: du-pars.com

Happy PIE Day everyone!!

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