Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thanksgiving comes first!
I mentioned that I had made reservations for Thanksgiving, not having any family here, and the person I was speaking to said she was surprised I didn't just order a prepared meal for home. In fact, I said I was in Zara's Supermarket on Prytania Street yesterday and saw they were selling a turkey dinner but it included a can of cranberry sauce and I would rather make my own. "Oh really?!" she sniffed as if that's something unheard of here. I did see bags of cranberries labeled as "fresh" in quotation marks at Zara's (celebrating 70 years in business). The quotation marks around "fresh" gave me pause. Were they previously frozen? Leftover from last year and stored in the back until this Thanksgiving season? I'll probably buy some in the next week, cook down a batch of too much sauce and freeze what's extra. What difference does it make? I must admit it will seem odd to have such a New England food, a taste of the old Cap Cod cranberry bogs. I think I've read that Wisconsin is the #1 cranberry-producing state now.
All of this is neither here nor there. The real news is that X-mas decorations have been hung on Canal Street...before Thanksgiving!
It's odd to see wreaths and artificial pine wrapped around the light poles in this semi-tropical weather. The natives tell me not to be surprised if we see snow. I was talking to a local who had visited Boston in August. "Man!" he said, "It was cold at night! Even in August!" Yup.
One last picture of Canal Street in the morning, this time in focus:
Happy Thanksgiving to all! It's a week away and then we can think about Christmas with a clear conscience.