Thanksgiving French-style

Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
Trip End Dec 24, 2006

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Thursday night was the Thanksgiving dinner put on for us by IES. The poster for it said it would be something respecting the American tradition, but it being France, we weren't sure what to expect. We had to get really dressed up and it was at a fancy restaurant on the other side of town. It was definitely a French-style meal. First, we had aperitifs (pre-dinner drinks), which were kirs (white wine mixed with fruit liqueur). Then, we got to go sit down at the tables, which were decorated with centerpieces made of French and American flags. A group of us were looking forward to having a table all to ourselves so we could speak English the whole time, but there were two empty seats and who should come over and ask if she could have one of them but our French grammar professor. We said she could sit there, but someone asked if it was okay if we spoke a little English sometimes and she said of course, and it turned out to be good. She's actually really nice outside of class (she kind of gives people a hard time in class). The dinner itself came in three courses (I have never personally had a Thanksgiving dinner that came in courses): an appetizer of a hot goat cheese salad, a main course of turkey (which tasted more like pot roast - I'm not sure what they did to it) with mashed potatoes (and they did incorporate the cranberries, but they were on top of the mashed potatoes - cranberries are not big in France), and a dessert of pumpkin pie (made from actual pumpkins) and apple pie, all accompanied by red wine and followed by espresso. It was delicious, but just not very American. Still, the fact that they tried so hard for us was really nice. It just would have been nice if they had also canceled classes for us, too. :-)
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