Thanksgiving 2011

Dining date: 11/24/11

I’m not sure how long we’ve been doing it, but Thanksgiving has traditionally been spent with a lunch on my mom’s side and a dinner on my dad’s side. That way, no one has to pick-and-choose/rotate where Thanksgiving is spent. With two large meals, I’ve learned pacing becomes key.

Lunch is in Alameda at my aunt & uncle’s. The food has a base in traditional Thanksgiving fare, but essentially everyone cooks what they want to eat. Technically it’s a potluck, though the majority is prepared by the host family. This leads to a pretty wide variety of dishes with a definite Asian slant. Because I fly in the morning of, I don’t actually contribute any food (my family brings a cake).

Dinner, at my grandmother’s in San Francisco, also has a traditional turkey but that’s not really the focus. My grandmother tends to cook what the family likes to eat, and that’s a lot of meat. Red meat.

Lunch is served buffet style.

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Country fried potatoes bacon, cheese

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Green beans sliced almonds

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Turkey

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Pork ribs

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Sweet potatoes and yams marshmallows

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Vermicelli barbecued pork, mushrooms, egg

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Farfalle pasta

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Salad

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Chow mein

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Chinese sticky rice

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Chicken pot pie

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Fried wonton chili sauce

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Egg rolls

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Sauteed shrimp

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Coconut and pandan waffle

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Shrimp toast

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An assortment of desserts are usually served up around the 2:00 hour.

Homemade pumpkin pie

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Homemade pumpkin cheesecake

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Homemade cranberry pumpkin bread

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Ice cream cake rocky road, pecan, red velvet

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Chocolate mousse cake

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We cross the Bay Bridge into San Francisco for dinner. Lots of meat on the menu.

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New York strip roast

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Turkey

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Lobster tails

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Mashed potatoes

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Gravy

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Stuffing

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Chinese sticky rice

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Mixed Vegetables

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Dream cake

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Homemade apple pie

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Just like that, another Thanksgiving is over. As usual, it was a ton of food but I was able to fit in everything I wanted to eat!


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