Home Means…Holidays REALLY Far From Home

Ky here! A good buddy of mine from high school, Gray Reid (know him? You should!), did something pretty awesome over the summer.

He packed his bags and moved to China to teach kids basketball.

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I admire his bravery to try something so far out. I ooze jealousy when I read his blog!

We were talking over Thanksgiving and I had to find out what it’s like celebrating one of America’s greatest holidays an ocean away…Gray’s story does not disappoint!

Thanksgiving in China is hard to find. I managed to find myself a “Traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner” at a hotel in town called the Crowne Hotel. I made a reservation because i thought it would be bustling with Americans…it wasn’t.

I walked in to a restaurant with 4 out of maybe 20 tables filled. Sat and ordered my meal, which consisted of goose liver terrine (still couldn’t tell you what that is even though I ate it), seafood stew, turkey meal OR surf & turf (why? We eat turkey on Thanksgiving, China), and a “pumpkin dessert.”

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I wouldn’t be able to describe to you what the goose liver terrine was or tasted like because I honestly thought they had brought my dessert out first. The plate had berries and kiwi on it as garnish and the “terrine” was sandwiched between two pieces of, what looked like to me, pieces of waffles. That being said, It was pretty tasty.

2nd course, seafood stew came out after. Shrimp and crab cooked in a tomatoey broth with a little bit of kick. Then my turkey meal was brought out to me. As the waiter set my dish down, he said, “Here’s your chicken.” I think it was an honest mistake but I’m still unsure which bird I ate that evening. The plate consisted of carrots and Brussels sprouts cooked in butter, potato wedges, turkey (chicken), and gravy. And for dessert was a pumpkin flavored ice cream with small pieces of a white cake.

Overall my Chinese Thanksgiving Dinner was not too bad. I paid a pretty penny to attempt to make myself feel sort of at home. I’ll be glad to eat the real deal next year!

Chicken or turkey? Gray will never know!

Be sure to catch up on his blog, “Gray’s Chinese Adventure!”

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