November 23, 2006

Turkey Day
Rosario, Argentina

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, a harvest holiday. An American favorite.

An Israeli, unfamiliar with the day, asked me what some of the traditions were. Simple, I replied, eat massive amounts of food until you fall asleep in front of the television.

I have some fond memories of the fare, the conversation, and the amazing pies from last year's event—possibly my final Thanksgiving in the U.S. for some time to come. Cheri, my ex's mom, has never disappointed when Turkey Day rolls around. Rumor has it that the secrets of the pie preparation have been passed onto her daughter, although I have yet to taste the tutelage.

I think I've gotten some people at the hostel worked up to try and create a mini-feast today. Even though Argentina lacks turkey—although the markets are saturated with cow, pig, chicken, fish, and small goats from the hills—I have a feeling we'll pull something fine together.

Common foods found on Thanksgiving Day include: Massive amounts of turkey with stuffing and/or honey-glazed ham, wine, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, regular mashed potatoes, corn, yams, peas and carrots, bread rolls, cranberry sauce, and green beans (or some type of cooked green veggie), with pie (pumpkin pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie) and/or ice cream. If I was in Oregon I'd also be begging for the Danish meatball dish my friend's mom does so well. Perhaps a little reminder via FedEx, Paula? (grin)

The son of the Queen of Danish Meatballs is Tristan, one of my closest friends. Back during our undergraduate years we started a little tradition called the Turkey Day Movie.

The Turkey Day Movie

In slag, a turkey is one of the expressions used to describe a bad movie—sort of like a lemon is used to describe a damaged car.

New movies typically open in U.S. theatres on Friday, but since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday there's a special breed of movie that's selected for release on the proceeding Wednesday—those that are pure crap.

Thanksgiving holiday weekend movies are overly anticipated, and infamously bad. Back in 1999 Tristan and I, avid movie watchers—or at least I was before I started traveling full-time—created a little tradition of selecting the best (most entertaining, hyped, and/or appallingly stupid) movie of the bunch and watching it together. If we couldn't be together (often the case in later years) we'd watch it on Thanksgiving Day separately, and call each other afterwards.

2006 will make the eighth installment of our ongoing Turkey Day tradition.

To give you an idea of what I'm walking about, the turkeys watched in years past have been:

This year I was hoping to bend the rules a bit and make the new 007 movie our turkey (as a Bond lover I have my doubts about the film), but it turns out it won't be released in Rosario until December 7th. The release date delay is just too great to coordinate simultaneous viewing all the way down here in the southern hemisphere.

Tristan has selected Deja Vu to be our punishment of choice this year. I don't know anything about it except the plot outline—An ATF agent travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered, falling in love with her during the process—sounds pretty bad. It's a shame that it won't be out in this part of Argentina until 2007!

I'm still going to try and watch a bad movie today, though… Probably Saw III. As I've only been in a theatre once this year, I'm looking forward to it (regardless of the film).

Interestingly enough, in keeping with Argentina's tradition of late nights, some movies on Saturday actually start showing after 1:00 in the morning. Amazing.

Enjoy, USA—feel free to send any tasty leftovers to my hostel. :)

Comments:

Matt

November 24th, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving, kid… All I have to say (since it's now Friday here) is: BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!! MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF FOOD!!!! I swear I gained 10 lbs yesterday. Amazing…

Angsty

November 24th, 2006

Turkey Day Move:Deja Vu.

More like:Deja Poo…Just another turkey to add to the lot. 5/10.

Argentina

Craig | travelvice.com

November 24th, 2006

(laughing) — I know the feeling, Matt!

Well played, Tristan.

***

A successful Turkey Day for me down here in Argentina…

After spending some time on the beach I jumped over to a theatre to watch my traditional movie. I was going for Saw III, but I found myself buying a ticket for The Departed Los Infiltrados (The Infiltrated, in Spanish). More or less Turkey Day Movie material.

By the time I got back to the hostel folks that were interested in doing a Thanksgiving meal had lost enthusiasm, leaving me to fly solo. I hopped over to the largest (and best) grocery store I've seen in Argentina (just a block from the hostel), and threw down some pesos. I decided I'd be doing Turkey Day with an Argentinean BBQ twist.

The meal would be: Steak, coal roasted corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, red wine, and dessert.

I picked up two ears of corn on the cob (with husks), 1.5 kilos of potatoes (way too much!), milk, butter, garlic, onions, lots of steak, a bottle of Malbec, and a pint of multi-flavored ice cream. Grand total: About US$7.25

I would have seriously killed for some sweet potatoes, though.

Cooking with limited hostel equipment is always interesting. A peeler or masher would be have been nice for the potatoes, but they turned out nicely (with lots of extra).

I ate this delicious meal, and drifted off to sleep in the middle of Elizabethtown long enough to spill the last of the wine in my lap… (laughing) — a good day.

Argentina

Craig | travelvice.com

November 25th, 2006

Folks from the U.S. — Good luck with Black Friday!

The Christmas stuff is already starting to appear down here… Christmas in the summer is just wrong. ;)

Anonymous

November 27th, 2006

Sorry you were not in buenos aires , you could have found turkey here. I bet in Rosario too, but maybe its harder.
Are you coming to Buenos Aires??

Argentina

Craig | travelvice.com

November 28th, 2006

Turkey and Tango — two things I guess I'll be finding in BsAs!

I should be in Buenos Aires within the next few days!

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