Rabbit rabbit – Happy December! I hope everyone had a fabulous/relaxing/productive/whatever you wanted it to be Thanksgiving break. I love hearing/reading about everyone’s different family traditions. I know a lot of Baltimore folks do raw oysters before their Thanksgiving meal and some families have a yearly touch football game. We have our special traditions to like having cheesecake for dessert instead of pumpkin pie, playing hours of bridge and having a giant turkey balloon. Here are the highlights of my Thanksgiving and some of my favorite traditions:
Like I mentioned, I was in South Carolina and enjoyed two Thanksgiving feasts with various aunts, uncles and cousins. As always, the food was delicious with my faves being the candied sweet potatoes and the brussels sprouts and root vegetables. The desserts were also exemplary with my aunt’s using family recipes to bake a cheesecake and pineapple upside down cake. As per yearly tradition, second Thanksgiving on Friday included the addition of a green bean casserole which I always look forward to!
We also went out for a couple delicious meals in Columbia: salmon and cheesy grits (they just never taste as good up north) at Mr. Friendly’s and a taco salad with pulled chicken from Cantina 76. Cantina had a fairly limited menu compared to some tex mex places, but touted their extensive taco selection. Adam tried a Thanksgiving taco with fried turkey and cranberry salsa, a Peruvian shrimp taco and a fish taco. He loved them all!
No, not the food, the traditional giant Turkey balloon! We had quite a full car on the ride down with three humans and one dog so I brought a deflated Turkey with me and took him to Publix to get him his helium fix. We had a fun time making Turkey take silly pics and tracking his holiday on social media. #turkeygoessouth
With all the aforementioned food, we tried our best to do something active every day whether it was going for a jog or just a long walk. We also did a mini yoga class Thanksgiving morning since my cousin is certified as an instructor. She showed off with handstands and helped us practice our crow (yes, I know Adam’s is better than mine). We also took the traditional post meal walk and took family photos.
We are big game players in my family and there’s nothing we love more at Thanksgiving than hanging out around the house with a cocktail and a card game. We played a lot of bridge, apples to apples and a game called Vices from the 80’s that was essentially a dirty version of trivial pursuit.
Catching up with Friends
We came home from South Carolina on Saturday, just in time for Adam’s 10 year high school reunion at Barcocina. They had a nice private space and an open bar where I probably had one to many gin and gingers. We had a lot of fun spending time with Adam’s friends who were visiting from out of town. On Sunday, I met up with my friend Jessie (who you may remember from my trip to New York) for brunch at Spoons. Remarkably we were seated without any wait and enjoyed a tasty meal and some girl talk. Jessie had the pulled pork benedict and Spoons’ version of a Bloody Mary (made with sake) and I had a goat cheese, chorizo and spinach quesadilla (sans drink because of Saturday night’s open bar).
All of that fun plus some holiday shopping, laundry, cleaning and decorating the apartment made for the perfect Thanksgiving week! Now on to all of the holiday festivities that December brings to Baltimore!
What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving? What are your special traditions?