Expat Life

Thanksgiving in London- Year 4

I had really counted on being settled into a flat in London by the time Thanksgiving rolled around. However, at the beginning of this week (aka out third week of looking) we were still empty handed. That’s when I realised that there was no way I’d be cooking a Thanksgiving feast in London. (This year marks my 4th consecutive Thanksgiving in London).

 
But on Wednesday Sam surprised me with the news that he made reservations for us to go to Bodean’s (an amazing American BBQ restaurant) for their special Thanksgiving dinner.
 
on out way to dinner
On our way to dinner.
 
In preparation for our feast, we hadn’t eaten any other meals that day. I’m not exaggerating. We shared  some gummies on the train but that was all. Needless to say, we had both worked up huge appetites by the time we sat down for dinner.
 
sam bodean's for dinner
Sam gesturing how big he wanted his portion size to be.
 
We’ve been to Bodean’s a few times and one of the things that I always look forward to are the cocktails. They aren’t fancy but they are delicious. I ordered my go-to drink the Amaretto Sour, whilst Sam ordered the seasonal special: Fiery Pumpkin Sour (which was Fireball Whisky, Jim Bean, bitters, lemon and pumpkin spice. Delicious)
 
amaretto sour and fiery pumpkin souramaretto sour

We each ordered a starter (clam chowder for Sam, caesar salad for me) and then there was a massive, set menu, family platter that was brought out for us to share for the main. Then we feasted on turkey breast, bbq turkey leg, ham, cornbread stuffing, grilled veggies and mashed potatoes until I thought I was going to burst!

main meal
 A small section of the shared platter.
pumpkin pie
And what’s Thanksgiving dinner without a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert.
 
For an extra special (re: free) treat, our waitress brought us shots of Hot Apple and Pumpkin Spice Cider and it was divine. I wanted Sam’s as well as mine.
Hot Apple and Pumpkin Spice Cider
Hoping Sam would let me have his. He didn’t.
 
After dinner we grabbed some hot drinks for a walk along the river and the Tower Bridge.
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 Tower Bridge on Thanksgiving.
london, england, travel
And we walked by the Tower of London, which is my favourite tourist attraction in London!
london, england, travel
An expat’s Thanksgiving!
 
It meant so much to me that Sam took things in hand to ensure the fact that I had a Thanksgiving even though we had neither house nor kitchen. It just makes Thanksgiving 2013 that much more special. And even better news, by the time you all are reading this we shall *hopefully* be handed the keys to our new flat and moving in this weekend.
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving or just a plain ol’ happy Thursday!

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  • Oh myyy! I’m so glad it’s nearly lunch time. That all looks AMAZING!

  • How sweet of him and that sounds great as then you have no mess to clean up!

  • Becky Mattox

    I’m so glad you were able to have a wonderful thanksgiving – go Sam!! πŸ™‚ All those drinks sounds so good! I hope you have the keys and good luck moving in!!!

    • The food was great….but the drinks were something else. Something magnificent πŸ™‚ have the keys and we’re moving in tomorrow. Hurray! X

  • Thanksgiving was bittersweet for me, but all in all we had a good time. I’m glad to know that your Thanksgiving was good! We are in the process of moving as well, so I’m looking forward to cooking in our new kitchen this weekend, belated Thanksgiving/Sunday roast combo sounds good to me. Hope you get the keys to your flat soon! Good luck with your move! xx

    • Oh no- why was it bittersweet? Missing home? We got the keys today so we’ll be moving in tomorrow. Hurray for us both moving house and using new kitchens this weekend! X

      • I was very homesick, but I’m over it now. πŸ™‚ Yay! Good for you! Congrats hun. xx

  • So many yummy dishes , it is making me drool . I can’t tell you how much I love London , so yes , lucky you πŸ˜‰

    • Being in London does help assuage the sadness of being so far away from home for the holidays! X

  • That sounds like the PERFECT way to celebrate Thanksgiving! No stress over cooking (or cleaning!) and being with your loved one. That’s also super sweet that Sam surprised you with the reservation!

    Yay for hopefully getting your keys and moving!!

    • No dishes was brilliant!!!! (But come lunchtime today I was wishing there were leftovers) it was so thoughtful of him. I really appreciated it. We got the keys so we’ll start moving our things tomorrow! X

  • Aww I love that he surprised you with that? How fitting! Plus you dont have to do any dishes afterward πŸ˜‰ Maybe next year we can get together you are always welcome here. πŸ™‚ x

    • That would be amazing if next year we had a lovely thanksgiving together! I thoroughly enjoyed not having any dishes to do as well πŸ˜‰ x

  • Yum! And what fun! Thanks for joining the Bloglovin’ hop. I already follow you, but nice to see you there!

  • My goodness, your Thanksgiving meal looks awesome! i don’t even eat meat and that picture of Sam’s food is making me drool. I’m super impressed that y’all made it all day without eating in preparation for your big meal–I’m pretty sure I’m too much of a snack-o-holic for that ;). And those shots sound AWESOME (especially because they were free, haha!).

    • Haha I was ravenous by the time we ate. (A very early 4pm dinner) but by the looks of things you and H had a grey pre-Thanksgiving! Free drinks on Thanksgiving is A-okay with me. Not to mention they were DELICIOUS.Hope everything is going well with you! Xx

  • One day you will look back on this Thanksgiving and think; that was one of the best Thanksgivings we ever had. You didn’t have to do all of the work, there weren’t a bunch of needy mouths to feed, messes to clean. Instead, you had an intimate dinner with your best bud and then you went on a romantic, evening walk through London. The things you get to see! Such absolute beauty! Happy Thanksgiving to the luckiest Expat I’ve seen so far!

    • You’re completely right. I felt extremely lucky. Though some leftovers wouldn’t be amiss right about now….x

  • I hope your move-in went well!

    How sweet of Sam to make sure your Thanksgiving had a special American touch. You have many more years ahead to baste a bird yourself πŸ™‚

    • Our move in is certainly a work in progress! But it was lovely to still get to celebrate Thanksgiving. X

  • Aww that was so sweet of Sam to make sure that you got a thanksgiving! Everything looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed your holiday even though you’re not in USA.

  • Awww, that’s a lovely way to spend thanksgiving!

  • Mmmm I love Fireball. And this looks awesome! My mom lives in Switzerland but she works for Nestle’s headquarters there, so she always has Americans to spend Thanksgiving with. πŸ™‚ Although she did bring pumpkin pie to work this year and said many of her colleagues had NEVER had it before! Craziness!

    • Sam had had it once and hated it! But a few years ago I convinced him to give it another go and now he loves it. He must have just had a bad one before. Mmm fireball…. I wish there was someplace to actually buy a bottle here….x