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Holiday Happenings: Food, Wine, Bliss

The holidays are beginning, so make plans now, if you haven't already, for your holiday fare. Here are some tidbits that might help with your seasonal dining and entertaining.

Food and wine are a large part of the holiday season. Here are some things Manhattan Beach Patch wants you to know about.

1. Be on the lookout for some incredible wine prices at Ralphs in Manhattan Beach. An employee in the wine section told us on Sunday that the 30 percent off the store is currently offering [with your free Ralphs Club card] would last through the end of the year, however, the store manager and the corporate office were unable to confirm that report. According to the current weekly ad, the 30 percent off sale price expires today, so if you want to be sure you find some fantastic wine buys, get there. The store's hours are 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

2. If you need something but can't make it to the market, you can shop Grow, The Produce Shop online and place an order by 9 p.m. to have it delivered for free in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach by 7 a.m. the next day and in Redondo Beach by 8 a.m. The minimum purchase is $25 for this great service. Grow sells fine meats, seafood, dairy, vegetables, wine, fruit and other select and gourmet items. Delivery is available Monday-Friday.

3. Trader Joe's, with two locations in MB, is now carrying the seasonal Cranberry Chevre Fresh Goat Cheese in an 8-oz. log for $3.99. It's an American-made product using goat milk from independent farms in Wisconsin, according to TJ's website.

4. Fresh & Easy is offering a Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake, 16 oz. for $3.99. They also have a Pumpkin Bisque, 22 oz. for $3.69, according to their website. Now's the time to enjoy pumpkin treats since frequently once Thanksgiving is over, the pumpkin delights are no more until next year.

5. Bristol Farms has turducken for those of us who want to dine on a chicken in a duck in a turkey. They can be ordered online or at the meat counter in the store. Bristol's fresh turducken is "a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck, stuffed into a boneless turkey with Cajun spiced stuffing throughout," according to their website. Each turducken ordered will weigh approximately 10 lbs., serve about 20 people and will be frozen. Turduckens go for $78.99 each from Bristol Farms.

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