By no means did I have a traditional Thanksgiving. I didn’t have turkey, ham, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, rolls—none of that savory food. Nor did I spend it with extended family. Living across the country will do that to you folks. But I have NO complaints.
I had a Friendsgiving, which is basically spending Thanksgiving with friends. I spent it with new friends I’ve made since moving to California. We all gathered at Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant here in Monterey. At first I was Frantic Fran and didn’t know how it would turn out. Plus I really, really, really wanted my traditional Thanksgiving food.
The reason we didn’t have the usual meal was because we didn’t want to have tons of leftover food like last year. Plus being in the military now we are all away from our loved ones. We thought gathering with our friends would be lovely. All the places we researched for the traditional meal were too expensive or not open on Thanksgiving. Hopefully one day we can host it at our home if space accommodates.
Nevertheless I must confess I was greatly satisfied with my nontraditional meal.
Dynasty is a beautiful restaurant. The glistening gold and red hues along with the Chinese décor are amazing. Forgive me for not snapping a few photos of the decorations. I was too busy stuffing my face. We sat at a huge buffet table in a private section of the restaurant where about 14 of us gathered. It was so nice seeing everyone.
Weird Fact: We had a garden in the middle of our table complete with a mini sprinkler too. Weird… but neat I guess?! Our table also had different sections. The middle section could be rotated in order to pass things easily across the table.
We all ordered separately, but were willing to share our food because the serving sizes were humungous. Besides it was Thanksgiving so sharing was expected. As I looked around I couldn’t help but smile at the family-style set up. Our meal included Sesame Seed Chicken, Mandarin Duck, Chicken Fried Rice and Lamb Dumplings. Yummy!
The only traditional food I had was Pumpkin Pie, which I made all by myself. Yay Me! All in all I had a great Friendsgiving. I actually enjoyed switching it up this year. Cheers to not having to cook (as much as I love it) or clean this year. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.
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