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 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 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)
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!
A small section of the shared platter.
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.
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.
Tower Bridge on Thanksgiving.
And we walked by the Tower of London, which is my favourite tourist attraction in London!
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!