Happy Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is probably the only day of the year when the USA actually comes to a complete stop… I love it!

2011 is the 2nd time I’ve experienced Thanksgiving in the US, and this time was with family-in-law and friends on the East Coast.

A kind of Harvest festival, Thanksgiving originates from giving thanks to the land for a good harvest.

Like Christmas it’s time to eat and drink aplenty… and that is exactly what I did.


Cupcakes are as American as Apple Pie but give me a Victoria Sponge cake any day!

What’s wrong with them?  Too much icing!  50% of the cake is icing and they’re gone in one chomp.  At $3/pop they can be an expensive (and fattening) habit.

Still… if you’re offering I wouldn’t say no 🙂


So what’s the food like over here?  Whilst British haute-cuisine like Sausage and Mash, or Pies are thin on the ground there are a few interesting alternatives:

  •  Californian food.  Burgers.  Plentiful.  Varied.  Quality.  Tasty.
  • Mexican food is outstanding.  Chilango, La Cumbre are two places in San Francisco I’d recommend above others.
  • Sushi – a rarety in London, it really rocks here in the Bay Area.  Seems pretty cheap too.

There is also a trend for ‘fusion food’ over here.  Not surprising given the melting pot society here.  Just today I tried Mexican-Korean fusion of a kim chi burrito.  Not the greatest actually.

A more pleasant combination was Mexican-Indian fusion food – for example,   Curried Pumpkin Enchilada’s.

Taking the lead I experimented with a little English- Mexican food myself in the form of a `Tequila Trifle` with Mezcal Tequila replacing the sherry.  Mmmm .  Tasty!