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by Brian Clarey

So here we are, just a few days before your Christmas goose is officially cooked, and I’ll be frank: I have not yet had my fill of Christmas cookies. Somebody get on that, willya?

Here in the Triad, we celebrate the holidays by making beds as quickly as we can.

The best of us gathered at the Guilford County Hotel Motel Association’s annual Fastest Bedmaker in Guilford County contest, held this year at Greensboro’s Embassy Suites. The winner was Abel Espinoza, who enjoyed home-court advantage in his time of 1:19.

Downtown Greensboro has a few new dining and drinking spots, including the expansion of Stumble Stilskin’s — which has nearly doubled in size and created a late-night food menu — and the introduction of Broadway Café at the Piedmont Building food court, offering Greek-style appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and breakfast.

Urban Ministry is seeking emergency food donations in order to continue feeding the needy this holiday season. Learn how to donate time, money or food by visiting www.greensborourbanministry.org.

In national news, Denver has its first marijuana-themed restaurant. Ganja Gourmet offers lasagna, pizza, hummus, brownies, fudge and a variety of cheesecakes all baked with the purpose of getting you baked. And a top marketing firm has ranked the nation’s best casual dining restaurants. The list is as follows: 1. California Pizza Kitchen; 2. Texas Roadhouse; 3. Outback Steakhouse; 4. Applebee’s; 5. Cheesecake Factory; 6. Red Robin; 7. Red Lobster; 8. Olive Garden; 9. Chili’s Grill & Bar; 10. TGI Friday’s.

The list of week’s culinary events is predictably pretty thin.

Wednesday sees Green Drinks Greensboro at the Green Bean at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, BestHealth in the Hanes Mall presents Love Your Leftovers, a lesson in kitchen frugality and deliciosity from Chef Nikki Miller-Ka, at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Whole Foods in Winston-Salem offers live music with Joshua Shelton beginning at 5 p.m. There will be food.

Also on Saturday, Noble’s Grille offers $5 pizzas at the bar from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Merry Christmas!

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