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Extravagant Bracebridge Dinner returns to Yosemite for the holidays

Fans of Washington Irving can dine like the fabled characters in his The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, a collection of 34 essays and short stories published in the early 19th century, at Ahwahnee Hotel in California's Yosemite National Park Dec. 13 to 25.

Each year the dining room at Ahwahnee Hotel is transformed into a 17th century manor for the Bracebridge Dinner, a seven-course dinner-that recreates the Yule celebration in Irving's The Sketch Book, which includes the more famous The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.

Though seven-course dinner is part of an elaborate, four-hour interactive performance. The menu includes “The Relish”, a savory chevre cheesecake with arugula pesto and crispy root vegetables; “The Soup”, a roasted kobocha squash crème fraiche with pumpernickel croutons; “The Fish”, a smoked salmon and dungeness crab timbale with upland cress drizzled with citrus-farm egg vinaigrette; “The Peacock Pie”, braised California pheasant and chestnut pithiview with roasted parsnip purée and huckleberry jus.

Rounding out the courses are “Boar’s Head and Baron of Beef”, a roasted Brandt beef tenderloin with potato and cauliflower gratin, Swiss chard and bordelaise sauce; “The Salad”, an endive salad with candied pecans, shaved fennel, and blood orange vinaigrette; and plum pudding and wassail with brandy apricot.

Dinner-only tickets for the Bracebridge Dinner are $299, but three area hotel also has a dine and stay packages which include accommodation, shuttle service, a professional portrait sitting, and dinner for two for $1,125 per night.

Nikki Maniscalco is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @NikkiMarie2116

How to Cook Spinach in Just Minutes for a Healthy Dose of Greens with Your Meals

Sure, vitamin-rich spinach tastes great raw, but we love to cook fresh spinach, too. It's delicious sautéed, boiled, steamed, or drenched in cream. Here you'll learn how to cook spinach in a variety of ways. We&rsquoll also share some great spinach recipes, including an easy sautéed spinach recipe.

Spinach is a healthy, leafy green full of nutrients and vitamins. It&aposs delicious raw in your favorite smoothies and salads. And while cooked spinach might make you think of shriveled mush, it doesn&apost have to be that way. In fact, when you cook spinach well, it&aposs a delicious accompaniment to your favorite meals. Generally, the best way to cook spinach is on the stovetop. Sautéing spinach is an especially quick and easy way to cook spinach, which also evaporates excess moisture in the leaves. However, you can also boil or steam spinach in just a few minutes.

Real Life Cluedo

Was it Professor Plum, in the conservatory with the candlestick, or Miss Scarlett, in the billiard room with the dagger? Dust off your trench coat and polish that magnifying glass – Brisbane Immersive Ensemble is bringing Cluedo! The Interactive Game to life at Baedeker on Saturday 8 December.

Reading Nancy Drew religiously as a child, when the opportunity arose to become a real-life detective (without the bother of prison sentencing or actual murders hanging over my head) I jumped at the chance. Christmas themed? Even better.

If you are wondering how a board game transforms into a real-life mystery, let me explain. Cluedo! The Interactive Game is part-immersive theatre, part-1930s cocktail party, where the audience shapes the production as much as the actors. In fact, the audience is not the audience any more – they don the same hats as the actors, engaging in an immersive evening of twists, turns, melodrama and bloody execution. Collectively dinner guests are called upon to collect clues and solve the crime.

The scene of the scandal is Fortitude Valley heritage gem Baedeker Wine Bar, and even before you step through the front door, you will fall back in time to another world, one laced with political propaganda, handwritten letters and glamourous inherited luxury despite the Great Depression, all to the tune of smooth jazz. Dresses are adorned, suits are fitted and millinery is expected. Baedeker provides the perfect setting for an exquisite estate, complete with The Drawing Room and The Conservatory, and hidden passages in between.

And the characters. Flawless in their delivery, the ensemble camouflages among the crowd of diners. Truly immersive, you will find yourself chatting to the crew without realising, believing every word of the story line they are concocting. There are moments of romance, rage, melodrama and pure joy, all laced with hints of blood in some way, shape or form. And if you are thinking “I’m going to make these actors crack” I wish you luck – this bunch is seamless. In fact, I recommend leaving your glowing transmitter device at home so as not to confuse the 30s clan and donning long sleeves as short sleeves were reserved for kids in that era. If mysteries are not your thing, simply go for the music – the band alone is worth the ticket.

Do I have any tips to conquer the game? Listen. Very carefully. But do not forget to enjoy the show – after all, someone will not make it out alive.

Dress up and become a member of high society this weekend to unmask a murderer, complete with decadent Christmas feast, unlimited drinks, jazz band and sprigs of deadly mistletoe decking the halls of Baedeker.

Words by Ashley Hanger
Images via Brisbane Immersive Ensemble

This Dead Eel Comes To Life At The Dinner Table And Freaks Out Everybody [WATCH]

You don't often expect your food to fight back at a restaurant, so this video of a slithering dead eel In Seoul, South Korea will probably give you the willies, or at the very least make you cringe.

According to IFL, although dead, skinned and ready to cook, the eel's muscles were still very much active, so when salt was applied, the eel started putting on some Beyonce-like moves on the grill-table.


The eel was probably freshly killed, because it was still receiving signals that were triggered by the sodium in the salt. That, or it was a natural reflex when feeling the heat from the grill.

Either way, the patrons had to deal with this moving food as someone tried taming the dead eel with some tongs, but it had a mind of its own, or at least muscles of its own. The videographer even freaked out, dropping his phone when the eel looked like it was headed his way.

Quick Recipes That Are Perfect for Entertaining&mdashIncluding Everything from Appetizers to Desserts

It's here! The holidays are such a joyous time of the year, but they are also one of the busiest. We're here to help you keep the joy and reduce the stress associated with holiday entertaining: Whether you're looking for some nibbles for a cocktail party, easy dinners to celebrate friends and family coming to town, or sweets for tree-trimming party, our recipes are exactly what you need.

Are you hosting a fancy event? Try Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces. If your shucking skills are a little lacking, you are not alone. Many seafood counters will shuck oysters and set them on a bed of ice for you. Call ahead to give them time to get the job done. If you've got kids (of any age!), try these Spanish Chorizo Meatballs. Set them out with some sturdy toothpicks and watch them disappear.

Dinner can be a challenge when you've spent the day preparing for the holidays, be it decorating the tree or shopping for gilt and menorah candles. We have a few dinners that are perfect for entertaining and easy to put together, like the one-pan Seafood Orzo Risotto shown here. Halibut Steaks with Potatoes, Olives, and Onions is a stunner, and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. All you need is a quick salad on the side and dinner is served.

If it's sweets you are looking for, try our Lime Pudding Cups that only take 10 minutes to make. Based on the English dessert called posset, the custard forms when citrus juice is added to cream&mdashno eggs or gelatin required.

Go ahead and enjoy the holidays with these stress-free, delicious, and beautiful dishes. You deserve it.

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