Did somebody say, "TURDUCKEN?" It's that time of year again, and we caught up with NYC chef Ed Cotton to discuss how he prepares the legendary ultimate Thanksgiving mash-up. Speaking of Thanksgiving, we spent one final week honing our culinary skills for the big day. Look no further for our appetizer, salad and potato dish recommendations. We know you likely won't be serving Port or coconut water next Thursday, but we've got reasons why you should be drinking more of both. We want to end this intro with a taco emoji but we have to wait just a little longer 'til it's released. All this and more, in 10 Things We Learned On Food Republic This Week.

  1. Chicago is one of the country's best bar cities. Here are five exciting new openings.
  2. Texters can take solace in the fact that taco emojis may be on the way.
  3. We think you should be drinking more award-winning Port. Here's why.
  4. These two guys make the best coconut water out there, for all the right reasons.
  5. Looking for a smart, airtight food storage system? We've got you covered.
  6. It's turducken time! Let Ed Cotton be your official guide to the dish this Thanksgiving.
  7. We practiced cooking Thanksgiving appetizers. And salads. And potato dishes.
  8. St. Thomas has an incredible food scene. Fish fan? Head on over.
  9. Los Angeles has seen a steady stream of quality bakeries open in the past few years.
  10. Chunky pork and fennel make for an awesome combination in a pie.