Which Thanksgiving dish do Californians hate the most? (Hint: It may not be what you think)

Thanksgiving — with its bounty of nostalgic dishes — is coming up.

For one day a year, we California foodies graciously set aside our trendsetting favorites and embrace the dishes we loved as children, right?

Or maybe not.

A culinary site called The Daring Kitchen has crunched the numbers on Turkey Day trends, using software that looks at geotagged Twitter data. The result is a map that shows the Most Hated Thanksgiving Food in each U.S. state.

Our first guess as to the California winner … er, loser … was green bean casserole. Surely residents of this, the nation’s top agricultural state, are by now shunning canned green beans bathed in cream of mushroom soup for a side dish using fresh green beans or another vegetable grown in the fields of the Golden State?

But no, the honor goes to … cranberry sauce.

Presumably that means the version that slithers out of a can and not the delicious sweet-tart relish made fresh with whole cranberries and orange zest.

Thanksgiving sides can elicit some strong opinions. So TheDaringKitchen.com parsed the Twitterverse state by state to see where that green bean casserole was most loathed. (TheDaringKitchen.com)

Californians aren’t alone. Residents of 16 other states reportedly hate cranberry sauce most of all too — even the nation’s top two cranberry-producers, Massachusetts and Wisconsin! (Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.)

Green bean casserole came in as the second-most-hated, with 12 states.

Stuffing was next, with nine states, followed by sweet potatoes with six states.

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Why I love ‘The Imagineering Story’ on Disney+

Great theme park attractions don’t happen by magic. Designing, funding, building, running and maintaining attractions that serve up to tens of thousands of visitors each day demands an amazing level of talent, skill and hard work from an industry of themed entertainment professionals. So I’m thrilled that some of those creative leaders are getting more of the public attention that they deserve.

Of all the new shows that have premiered on Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service, my favorite has been Leslie Iwerks’ “The Imagineering Story,” an insider’s look at the work of the people who literally make the magic at Disney’s theme parks around the world. If you’re not hooked on it already, “The Imagineering Story” provides a visual feast of pristine behind-the-scenes footage of Walt Disney and his Imagineers as they created Disneyland and then a global theme park empire.

The show gives screen time to many Imagineers, including Bob Gurr, Tom Morris and Kim Irvine. As the show moves ahead through Disney’s history, I expect to see more such faces, perhaps including Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge, who oversaw Disney’s recent Avatar and Star Wars lands, respectively.

But more than promoting individual Imagineers, “The Imagineering Story” illustrates the process by which theme park attractions move from “blue sky” concept into reality. While Hollywood has made celebrities of its actors and many writers and directors, the theme park industry has done relatively little to promote its creative talent. As the late Marty Sklar often said, “At Disney, there’s just one name on that door. And it ain’t yours.”

That’s why I am amazed as well as pleased that Disney is giving its Imagineers such a prominent starring role on its much-hyped new streaming service. But, ultimately, this is not just Disney’s story.

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These two Bay Area cities are among the worst places to go for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. It’s an iconic American holiday famed for carving a bird, dishing out heaping portions of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and hitting the road to be with friends and family. But picking the perfect place to mark the annual autumnal feast can be a real stumper.

That’s why Wallet Hub decided to break down the best places to spend your T-Day. In the 2019 Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving study, researchers compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on 20 key metrics. The data set ranges from cost of Thanksgiving dinner and share of delayed flights to volunteer opportunities per capita and the weather forecast. They also crunched the numbers on how many turkey trots you can enter to work off all those holiday calories.

A traditional feast of roast turkey. (Thinkstock)

While no one has ever associated living in the Bay Area with saving money on celebrations or saving time on transportation, you still may be surprised how badly the region fared in this report. Apparently there is no way to break bread around here without breaking the bank.

Two Bay Area cities made the top ten worst list. Oakland was ranked #99 out of 100 cities, the second worst place to spend the holiday in the country and Fremont ranked #97. San Francisco wasn’t far behind, coming in at 88th place.

The high cost of cuisine was a key factor here. All three Bay Area cities had low marks on this count. The region may be famed for its foodie credentials but all the gourmet grub doesn’t come cheap.

“Fremont and Oakland ranked among the bottom five places to go for Thanksgiving,” says WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Both cities have high Thanksgiving dinner costs, pricey accommodations and traffic congestion problems.”

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Photos: NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal lists Californai home for $2.5 million

Retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has listed his West Hills home for $2.6 million, nearly two years after he purchased it.

Property records show Shaq bought the house in February 2018 for $1.815 million under a trust.

The 5,217-square-foot house is set on a one-acre plot in the gated equestrian community of Bell Canyon. It has five bedrooms and bathrooms, vaulted beamed ceilings in the living room and a large gourmet kitchen outfitted in marble countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Other features include a wine closet, media room with a wet bar and an office.

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Upstairs, the master suite contains a fireplace, dual walk-in closets and bathroom that features a glass-walled shower with dual rain shower heads and a detached jetted tub.

The backyard boasts a swimming pool, spa and firepit.

Tomer Fridman and Jonathan Siegfried of Compass are the listing agents.

O’Neal, 47, is a four-time NBA championship winner and former Los Angeles Lakers center. The 7-foot-1 great played with the Lakers for eight of his 19 years in the NBA.

On top of his slam dunks on the court, the Hall of Famer has appeared in numerous feature films, starred in reality television and released four rap albums, including his platinum-selling debut “Shaq …read more

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