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Unconventional Uses For Mayonnaise

When you think of mayonnaise, you probably think sandwiches, or maybe even potato salad. Although it is a classic sandwich condiment, its versatility is widely underrated.

First of all, mayonnaise is an emulsion made from oil, egg yolk, and acid (usually vinegar or lemon juice). While it’s great for adding moisture to dry sandwiches, and a great when used for pasta or potato salads, there are any other ways you can use mayonnaise when cooking.

  • Marinade
    Did you know a thin coat of mayonnaise on meat, poultry, seafood, or veggies can prevent them from sticking to the grill? In addition, it also helps to seal in natural flavors and juices, subsequently keeping your protein moist.
  • Dip
    Mayonnaise is also a great base for dip for your chips or veggies. If you can’t commit to dipping veggies or fries in plain mayo like the Belgians do, try mixing in lemon juice, chives, Dijon, and sour cream for a refreshing crudité dip. Or add avocado, cilantro, and lime to your mayo for a guacamole-inspired dip.
  • Eggs
    Try stirring on a tablespoon of mayo per two eggs before scrambling them. The result? Extra fluffy scrambled eggs.
  • Grilled Cheese
    Have you ever tried swapping butter for mayo when making a grilled cheese sandwich? It helps to get the bread crispy and crunchy while enhancing flavor.
  • Salad Dressing
    A great creamy dressing ideally starts with mayo. Get creative with the ingredients you have on hand (fresh herbs, ginger, soy sauce, sriracha, lime, mustard). Start with mayo and add a bit of vinegar and spices, along with your ingredients of choice and you’ve got a delicious dressing.
  • Dessert
    Sounds crazy, right? It’s not! Mayonnaise is great for keeping pie crusts intact and making moist cakes. For your next chocolate cake, try swapping your egg with 3 tablespoons of mayo and let us know how it goes!

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Step Up Your Sandwiches

It’s no secret that at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli, we are passionate about good, yummy sandwiches made fresh from the finest ingredients. We love creating our signature sandwiches for you, fresh to order. But if you’re creating your own masterpieces at home, heed these smart sandwich tips from the Sandwich King himself, Jeff Mauro.

  • Put the extra effort in to melt the cheese or cook up some of the sandwich components. This extra step takes sandwiches to the next level.
  • Consider the bread you are using. With so many varieties available (ex. sliced bread, rolls, subs), think about the sandwich you are creating and how the type of bread can enhance it.
  • Condiments can really compliment a sandwich, adding an extra layer of flavor and moisture. And don’t be afraid to use more than one condiment. Layer different flavors and see how they work together, or use them as a marinade for meats.
  • Proper sandwich ratios are a must. Your choice ingredients should be proportional to the sandwich size. Feel free to pile your sandwich high, but be sure the elements are relative in size, otherwise your creation may be impossible (or extra messy) to eat.

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Catering Ideas For Warmer Weather

With summer around the corner, the weather is starting to warm up. And when that warmer weather hits, who wants to spend the beautiful days sweltering over a hot stove? Whether you’re hosting a small dinner with friends or catering a casual business meeting or planning a special event, here are some fun summer catering ideas to consider.

Creative Beverages
When the weather is hot, it’s ever important to stay hydrated. Water is essential and infusing it with fresh fruit or herbs can be refreshing surprise. Instead of (or in addition to) lemon, you can try cucumber slices, strawberries, watermelon, ginger root, or even fresh mint or parsley.

You can get inventive with your mocktails as well. Shrubs are acidulated beverages make of fruit juice, sugar and other ingredients, and thus, the possibilities are endless.

Healthy Eats
You don’t want your food weighing you down, especially during the summer. Light, healthy bites are favored over hearty dishes. Think lean proteins, whole-grain breads, fruits and vegetables. Grains like quinoa and millet or grain-free riced cauliflower can become a delicious and nutritious base for healthy bowls. And with an abundance of plant-based proteins, it’s much easier to cater to guests who are vegetarian, vegan, grain-free or gluten-free.

BBQ
Nothing screams summer quite like barbecue. And catering packages allow office workers to enjoy the backyard barbecue vibe indoors. Whether you favor Texas-style or Memphis-style, there are plenty of caterers that specialize in various barbecue styles to suit your preference.

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Seasonal Spring Produce

Spring is officially here and that means that delicious spring produce is in season. Start enjoying these yummy in-season foods now.

Arugula
In addition to arugula, other leafy greens like romaine and red leaf lettuce are also in season. These leafy greens are rich in vitamins A, K, and folate, chlorophyll, fiber, and water. They can help reduce inflammation while also hydrating and detoxifying your body.

Build delicious salads with these leafy greens and other veggies, nuts or seeds, drizzled with EVOO, balsamic vinegar or citrus juice.

Artichokes
Despite being available in both spring and fall, artichokes are a great spring food. Rich in folic acid, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and many minerals, artichokes can help lower cholesterol, reduce free radicals, and promote optimal metabolic cell function.

You can boil artichokes for about 20 minutes and enjoy them by peeling off the leaves and pairing it with your favorite dipping sauce.

Asparagus
Asparagus contains an abundance of vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting, heart and bone health, cancer prevention, and other functions. It’s also loaded with copper, selenium, B vitamins and other important nutrients.

Cooking asparagus is fairly simple. You can sauté it with your favorite seasonings in butter, ghee, or your oil of choice. Just be cautious to not overcook them. Don’t let them get too wilted – you want them to stay vibrant green and retain their shape.

Beets
As you may gather from their deep and juicy color, beets are great for blood and circulation. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains, which can lower blood pressure, boost stamina, and support detoxification.

There are numerous ways you can reap the benefits beets. You can juice them, add them to smoothies, roast them as a side dish, or even add them to salads.

Carrots
When they’re in season locally, carrots taste even better. These delicious root vegetables are high in vitamin A and other antioxidants and help you maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.

As we all know, carrots are yummy whether eaten raw or cooked. Chop, slice or shred them onto anything from salads to sandwiches, or bring them along as a travel snack.

Mint
Mint has powerful healing properties. It contains rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that can relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. It also contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant, and can soothe an upset stomach.

Since mint is such a delicate herb, it’s best not to cook it. Instead, add it to water or iced tea for natural flavoring. You can also add it as an edible garnish, or chop it up and add it to fruit salads.

Peas
Peas are an excellent anti-inflammatory food thanks to the wide variety of vitamins and minerals they contain, including vitamins C, K, several B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, and protein. Because they have a short growing season, enjoying them during their peak is something special.

Snack on sugar snap peas straight out of the pod or add them to salads, smoothies, stir-fries, noodle dishes, and more.

Strawberries
There’s nothing better than ripe, sweet strawberries. Did you know they are among the top five sources of antioxidant-rich fruit in the U.S.? And despite containing fructose, strawberries can help balance blood sugar. Strawberries also contain polyphenols which support immunity, healthy cell renewal, and other functions.

Eat them raw or freeze them (with the stems removed) to add to smoothies. You can also add them to chia pudding or oatmeal, make jam, or even make decadent chocolate-covered strawberries.

Spring Onions
Speaking of polyphenols, onions contain a high amount, especially flavonoids, which are compounds that play a major role in disease prevention. They are also natural antihistamines, and have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Add raw onions to salads or tacos, sauté them with sea salt as a tasty caramelized onion side dish, or use them as a tasty base for spring sauces and soups.

Radishes
Radishes are a great detoxifier. They work at removing waste and toxins from both the stomach and liver. Also a natural diuretic, radishes help treat urinary and kidney conditions. In addition, they hydrate your skin, reduce fevers, and even treat insect bites.

You can add raw slices to salads, roast them as a side dish, or even juice them for a healthy drink.

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Popular St. Patrick’s Day Foods

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day – a holiday in which many of us don green apparel and indulge in Irish food and drinks. But some of the iconic dishes we associate with the holiday are not that authentic. Find out more about the history of these St. Patrick’s Day foods.

Corned Beef & Cabbage
Beloved by many beyond the holiday, corned beef and cabbage surprisingly is not something you would eat in Ireland to celebrate, despite its popularity in the U.S. So how did it come to be closely tied with the Irish culture?

During the time of the Irish immigration to the U.S., the first generation of Irish Americans were looking comfort food from home. Because they couldn’t afford pricey pork and bacon products, they turned to beef brisket, the cheapest cut of meat. They then adopted the brining technique of the Eastern Europeans. They used corn-sized salt crystals during the brining process, and thus, corned beef was born. It was then paired with cabbage since it was one of the cheapest vegetables available.

Irish Soda Bread
The misleading name may make you think there is Coke or Pepsi in this bread, but that is not the case. “Soda” refers to bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, which is a leavening agent and one of the main elements that gives this bread its distinct flavor. Back then, bread was baked over an open fire in a round pot or casserole, or baked on an iron plate over remaining embers. This explains why the bread is round and cut into pie pieces. Traditional Irish soda bread is plain, although you may find it flecked with currants or other fruits in the United States. Fruits are only added for special occasions, in which case the bread goes by a different name.

Guinness
The inspiration for this Irish stout beer came from Great Britain, as it was created in the style of an English porter brew from the late 18th century. Arthur Guinness began making the tangy, creamy, dark beer at St. James’s Gate in Dublin in 1759. It took a decade for his ales to hit the public in England, and then 71 years later, they debuted in New York.

Colcannon
This traditional Irish dish is made of boiled potatoes mashed up with cabbage or kale, and then mixed with onions and butter or cream. The word “colcannon” comes from the Gaelic “cal ceannann” which translates to white-headed cabbage.

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Best Sandwiches Around Europe

Our love for sandwiches knows no bounds. We have gone over some of the best sandwiches across the United States, so it only made sense to venture overseas. Check out this list of the best sandwiches in Europe.

Chip Butty – Liverpool
This sandwich originates in Northern England and consists of two pieces of buttered bread with hot chips in between. It is then doused in sauce and served.

Croque Monsieur – Paris
You have likely heard of this famous French sandwich. It is made with brioche bread filled with ham and cheese, then fried with an extra layer of cheese on top. You will find different variations across France – croquet provençal, auvergnat, Croque Madame (the Monsieur with a fried or poached egg on top).

Francesinha -Porto
This literally translates to “little Frenchie” and is one of the trademark meals of Porto. Fresh bread holds ham, sausage, and steak (or another roast meat), and then is covered with a layer of cheese and a tomato-beer sauce, and served with fries. Is your mouth watering yet?

Smørrebrød – Copenhagen
The name of this Danish sandwich means “butter and bread.” Start with buttered dark rye bread and then top it with nearly anything you like – meat, eel, pate, cheese, salads, fish – and as much as you like.

Broodje Kroket – Amsterdam
This is made with a meat croquette (a meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs and rolled into a sausage shape) in a bread roll. You know you’ve made it when McDonald’s makes its own version called the McKroket.

Zapiekanka – Krakow
This is a Polish open-faced vegetarian sandwich which dates back to the 1970s (when the Polish communist regime prompted the opening of many small family-owned food outlets called mala gastronomia). A long baguette sliced in half is filled with sautéed button mushrooms and melty cheese, then toast or microwave it, and top with a generous dollop of ketchup.

Bocadillo – Madrid
Spain’s version of the American ‘sub’ is made up of a crusty baguette filled with omelette, chorizo, cold meats or calamari. Simple and delicious.

Mitraillette – Brussels
This sandwich is named after sub-machine gun, and is a baguette filled with some sort of fried meat, fries, cheese, and some sort of ketchup, mayo, or béarnaise sauce. Phew!

Panino- Milan
The Panino (the singular form of Panini) originated in Milan and translates to “small bread.” Ciabatta-like bread is filled with anything from ham to salami to salads to cheese, then toasted in a sandwich press and served as a meal or quick take-away snack.

Smörgåstårta – Stockholm
Swedish pastry chef Goran Gunnarsson created this sandwich-cake hybrid. It is made by alternating layers of bread and toppings, from meats to caviar to egg to salad, with an impressive and stylish savory garnish on top.

Gyro – Athens
Gyro, souvlaki, kebab – whatever you like to call it, it’s one of the world’s most popular sandwiches. Meat from a vertical rotisserie is served in a pita bread wrap with a salad garnish and tzatziki sauce, and usually accompanied with a hearty serving of chips or fried potatoes on the side.

Hagelslag – Amsterdam
It seems fitting to end with a sweet sandwich from the Netherlands. Hagelslag is made of buttered bread topped with chocolate sprinkles – simple, sweet perfection.

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Scrumptious Salad Tips

Salads don’t have to be bland or boring. With the right skills, fresh ingredients, and proper execution, you can enjoy a scrumptious and satisfying salad. These simple rules and tips will help you improve your salad skills.

Before getting started, there are some general rules you should follow:

  • Quality

Since a salad is basically a mishmash of veggies and produce, in order to create a delicious salad you must start with quality ingredients. Shop and eat seasonally and locally for an exceptional salad (and a more sustainable meal). Most products at farmer’s markets are picked within 24 hours of being sold so you are pretty much guaranteed fresh, prime produce.

  • Variety

Say no to bland, boring salads. Incorporating a variety of ingredients, textures, shapes, and sizes is vital to creating complex flavors and textures within your salad.

  • Chopping

Smaller pieces mean your fork can pick up more different items for a more exciting bite. Chop your ingredients finely, especially your lettuce or greens. You can even learn how to chop different shapes and styles for more diversity in your salad.

Making The Salad
Now that you have reviewed these basic rules, it is time to make your salad.

Variety of Greens
By mixing different types of lettuce, you not only introduce new flavors and textures, but you also diversify the nutrient content of your salad. You can even go beyond leafy greens and use things like grains, other vegetables, or even legumes or beans as your base.

Season Your Greens
Before adding any dressing or toppings, season your greens with salt and pepper. This minor detail can really add to your salad overall. And really, you should be seasoning your food at every level to build a more complex flavor profile (your taste buds will thank you). In addition, you may consider adding fresh chopped herbs and citrus zest during this step.

Dressing
With salad dressing, a little goes a long way, so dress lightly. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it back. Add a little at a time and taste it as you go. For a more even coating, use your freshly washed hands to mix it all up.

Make Your Own Dressing
Homemade dressing is worth the extra effort – you can control the ingredients and adjust it to your liking. In general, dressing should have a good balance of fat, acidity, and flavor. And different greens pair with different flavors. Remember, pair bold with bold and light with light.

  • Arugula – The slightly bitter and peppery flavor is best balanced with sweetness, like a balsamic reduction.
  • Kale – Be sure to massage kale thoroughly and then dress it lightly with an acidic or creamy dressing.
  • Spring/Summer Mixes and Tender Lettuces (Boston bibb, butter lettuce) – Simple vinaigrettes and citronettes (olive oil, acidity, salt and pepper) work well with these simple greens.
  • Spinach – Because spinach wilts easily, you should use a simple dressing (honey or Dijon vinaigrette, bacon dressing) at the last minute.
  • Romaine – Because it is very versatile, it can work with any type of dressing.
  • Watercress – This can be extremely bitter, so it is best to embrace fat, creaminess and sweetness.
  • Iceberg – Creamy dressing can help build the bland flavor of iceberg lettuce.
  • Grains – These are also very versatile, thus, can handle any dressing. Remember to dress grains while they are still warm for better absorption.

Texture & Toppings
Aim for at least one from each category.

  • Crunch – Add texture with things like nuts, seeds, croutons (homemade), parmesan crisps, roasted chickpeas or lentils.
  • Grains – Bulk up your salad and stay full longer with grains like quinoa, bulgur, couscous, barley, farro, or wheat berries.
  • Protein: Protein can help round out your salad and keep you satiated. Try beans, lentils, roasted tofu, poached eggs, falafel, grilled chicken, or salmon.
  • Optional items include fats (avocado, cheese), fresh fruit (pomegranate seeds, tart green apples), or roasted veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash). And remember, leftovers sometimes make the best salad toppings.

The finished product is a salad that you will enjoy as it includes your favorite foods and flavors with various textures – an absolute treat for your taste buds. It make sound like a lot of work, but if you do a little prep at the beginning of the week, such as washing and drying your produce, chopping veggies, or making a large batch of grains, assembling a satisfying salad won’t be so bad.

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Healthy Swaps For Sandwich Spreads

When it comes to sandwiches, the things you put on them can make or break your sandwich. Sandwich staples like mayo and mustard can be delicious, but unfortunately, fall short in the nutrition department. Here are some healthy, nutritious, and delicious sandwich spread substitutes.

  • Jam→Mashed Berries

You may think your jam is healthy, but a closer look at the label may tell another story. Ditch the excess calories, sugar, and preservatives for a fresh alternative. Using mashed berries provides more fiber and fewer calories. For instance, six large smashed strawberries offer 2 grams of fiber and only 35 calories. For a little extra sweetness, drizzle some honey on top.

  • Cheese→Roasted Garlic Spread

You don’t have to give up cheese, but if you’re using it simply to add some depth to your sandwich, you will find there are tastier and healthier ways. For example, roasted garlic is a low calorie, low sodium alternative that delivers intense flavor.

  • Cream Cheese→Cottage Cheese

Bagels and cream cheese go hand in hand, but if you’re looking for a higher protein alternative, look no further than cottage cheese. A quarter cup of low-fat cottage cheese offers 7 grams of protein and 45 calories, whereas the same serving of regular cream cheese offers four times the calories and half the protein along with saturated fat.

  • Mustard Or Mayo→Hummus

As mentioned, mustard and mayo are classic sandwich ingredients but are hardly nutritious. Avoid a dry sandwich while adding flavor and nutrition by trying a smear of hummus instead. If you don’t make it at home (where you can control the ingredients), look for brands that boast a few simple ingredients (ex. fresh chickpeas, tahini, garlic). Not only is this a tasty change, it also increases your intake of beans, plant protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat.

  • Mayo→Smashed Avocado

Smashed avocado delivers the creaminess and richness of mayo, but with less calories along with healthy fats and more than 20 different vitamins. Add lemon juice to balance the fattiness, and a little hot sauce if you enjoy a little spice.

  • Mayo→Yogurt In Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is a great addition to (grilled or fried) fish sandwiches. While the classic recipe is mayonnaise based, you can create a healthier version with less fat and more protein by using Greek yogurt instead. Simply substitute plain Greek yogurt and add your favorite ingredients (ex. pickles, mustard, vinegar, capers).

  • Butter→Nut Butter

Instead of melting butter on top of your toast, go for nut butter instead. Nut butters (peanut, cashew, almond) are full of healthy fats, protein, finer, and vitamins. Just remember to look for all natural nut butters without fillers – the ingredients list should be short and simple. To add more flavor and benefits, sprinkle some cinnamon on it.

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Food Trends For The New Year

While some food trends stick, most come and go. With the start of the New Year, we are sure to see an insurgence of new food trends for us to try. Here are some food trend predictions for the New Year from dieticians.

The Keto Diet
Keto foods we introduced in 2018 and we can only expect keto-friendly products to grow into 2019. While many have adopted, or may consider, the keto diet, others find it hard to follow completely, thus, we are likely to see more modified keto diets.

Less Sugar
Sugar intake is still a major concern for many as added sugars are closely associated with diet-related chronic diseases like obesity. Manufacturers will try find ways to reduce sugar and incorporate more natural ingredients into their products, but this will continue to be a challenge as sugars play a variety of roles in processed foods aside from sweetness.

Non-Dairy Milk
Plant-based milks will continue to be a popular dairy alternative. But not all non-dairy milks are created equally. Be sure to check labels carefully to choose those that are excellent sources of calcium and vitamins D and E. And aside from popular choices like almond milk, oat milk will likely be on the rise. Compared to other alternatives, oat milk is higher in heart-healthy fiber and satiating protein.

Digital Food Shopping Carts
What happens when you combine online shopping and grocery shopping? Ultimate convenience. Online grocery shopping saves you the time of browsing aisles for your groceries and makes meals easier. You can order via computer or smart phone, browsing and clicking on the items you need. Then you can either have them prepared for pick up or get them delivered straight to your door.

Foods Cooked In Foil
We love to find ways to make cooking easier, and ‘food in a foil’ is just that. Foods cooked in foil help to enhance the infusion of flavor while making clean up a breeze. And thanks to the internet, these recipes and cooking ideas are readily available at our fingertips.

Plant-Based Eating
While not a new trend, it is continually on the rise. The different plant-based options we have available to us allows for more people to adopt a flexitarian diet. We are likely to see baked goods using cassava flour, healthier snacks such as dark chocolate-covered chickpeas, new nut butters like pumpkin seed butter, and alternative oils including pomegranate seed oil and algae oil.

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Build The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving is next week, but we have been thinking about Thanksgiving Leftover sandwiches all month. While we all have our own personal preferences, here are some sandwich tips to help you create a delicious Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.

Bread Choice
It seems wrong to go out and buy bread specifically for a sandwich made from leftovers. As the name states, you should be using what you have on hand, which is what most of us can and will do. However, if you do go out of your way to get bread for this sandwich, the key is to get something that isn’t too bready. Since you will likely be creating a hefty sandwich, choose bread that’s strong enough to hold up without overpowering the ingredients.

A fresh Kaiser roll might be the best choice as it adds some flaky crispiness on the outside but is airy enough within to complement your leftovers. And this may cause a stir, but a wrap can also be a fine option as it allows for more of the stuff on the inside without adding too much starch. Also it helps to ensure your whole sandwich won’t fall apart while you eat it.

Easy Dressing/Gravy
First and foremost, avoid mustard. While it is a perfectly fine condiment, it doesn’t necessarily lend itself to this sandwich. If your sandwich consists of mainly turkey, then mustard is great. But because it’s such a strong flavor, it may be too intense for the rest of your ingredients. Instead, a neutral condiment like mayonnaise can help to add some greasy moisture to your sandwich.

You want to add gravy to your sandwich because we’re talking Thanksgiving here. But you have to be careful – too much gravy will soak your bread and create a soggy mess. To err on the side of caution for sliced bread, make sure there’s a dry ingredient between the bread and the gravy. If you want to avoid it all together, you can always have a little extra gravy on the side to dip your sandwich in.

Starches
You may be tempted to pile on the starches, like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and candied yams, but disrupting the starch-to-meat ratio will result in a dense, carb-heavy sandwich. If that’s what you like, we are definitely not here to judge. This is merely a suggestion to help balance out your sandwich.

Stuffing may be your best bet for a starch, but you have likely have many options, such as sweet potatoes or mac n’ cheese. Much like everything in this sandwich, go easy. If you are using a wrap, you can probably go with two starches, but keep portions and ratios in mind.

Dark Meat
While many may prefer white meat, whether for taste or health reasons, they may not realize how moist and tasty dark meat is. You don’t want to risk your sandwich being too dry, so when you can, go with dark meat.

Cranberry Sauce
A thin, well-distributed layer is such a good addition to your leftover sandwich. The tart, sweet and fruity flavors add moisture without overpowering the other flavors, nor creating a soggy sandwich.

Egg = Breakfast
Add an egg and you’ve got breakfast – enough said. This tactic allows you to wake up Friday morning and dig right back into your Thanksgiving food.

Follow Your Heart
Ultimately, it comes down to what you like in your sandwich (and what’s on hand – this is a leftovers sandwich). Trust your instincts with flavor and texture combinations, and if it doesn’t work out sometimes, lesson learned.

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For Thanksgiving week, we will be open for normal store hours (7:00am-4:00pm) on Monday-Wednesday, but will be closed Thursday-Saturday for the holiday. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Hope to see you soon!