I’ve been sharing a lot of fun and quirky articles this past week about Turkey in Turkey. If you missed them, check out Why Americans Call Turkey ‘Turkey‘ and What’s the Word for Turkey in Turkish. Instead of heading out to one of the city’s swanky hotels for Thanksgiving, we decided to pull together a potluck Thanksgiving dinner with American colleagues from work. After several trips to Macro Center for supplies and a few nights in the kitchen, I finally pulled off the two dishes I was responsible for – deviled eggs and green bean casserole (next year, I want to make this cranberry sauce with figs). I substituted Ayşe Kadın beans for İzmir fasulyesi, the type most similar to American string beans, since the haricot vert style were nowhere to be found in my neighborhood. The turkey was prepared by Macro Center; they had accidentally given away the turkey my colleague had reserved and in order to make up for it, they cooked and delivered a turkey just in time for dinner.
If you are heading out for turkey in Turkey, be wary of the hotels’ Thanksgiving dinners. Last year, the same group of colleagues and I went to the Renaissance and many of the dishes looked like traditional Thanksgiving dishes and that’s where the resemblance stopped. The cranberry sauce? Yeah, they were sour cherries and the stuffing nothing more than spiced couscous; they also served the turkey with the neck still on! The Conrad, however, comes highly recommended by a very reliable source so if I head out to a hotel again for Thanksgiving, that’s where you’ll find me.
Our Thanksgiving view, overlooking Istanbul:
My family’s Thanksgiving view:
A great contrast, don’t you think?