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  • Thanksgiving Week in The USA
  • David Crighton
  • LandmarkUnited States of americaUSAUSA cities

Thanksgiving Week in The USA

As the name implies, Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when families gather to be thankful for the country they live in, the warmth of friendship and the bounty of the harvest. Traditionally, U.S. Thanksgiving has the tried-and-true menu of turkey, ham, carrots and diet-breaking desserts we all know. But almost every city in the U.S. also has its own, individual gastronomic delights.

 

New Orleans

The Facts: New Orleans boasts a number of of unique architectural styles stemming from its multicultural roots stretching from Creole cottages in the French Quarter to Egyptian Revival Customs homes, Baroque Cabildo and modern skyscrapers. The ethno-cultural melange of the city also provides a mixed culinary backdrop to such succulent dishes as seafood gumbo, Creole jambalaya and crawfish étouffe (a savory Cajun specialty), as well as fluffy beignets and sweet Bananas Foster spiked with dark rum and banana liqueur.

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Alamo

The Facts: The Alamo has witnessed much in the last three centuries – first as a mission, then the site for the historic Battle of the Alamo in 1836, then a hospital and a general store. Throughout these upheavals, its New World Spanish ecclesiastic architecture is still evident. The city’s combination of Spanish, Native American and Wild West spirit are also apparent at Thanksgiving dinner where turkey with sage gravy is roasted Creole style and served along with Andouille sausage and cornbread dressing. Topping off this traditional meal is pumpkin spice cheesecake with cinnamon bourbon whipped cream. 

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San Francisco

The Facts: Just the words San Francisco turn to a mental image of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its red span standing like arms outstretched between the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. Just as well known during Thanksgiving is this California city’s blend of tastes that range from caramelized ricotta gnocchi, lobster ravioli and braised lamb shank with brioche hazelnut stuffing. Don’t forget to finish off with a chocolate mousse roulade cake and Cointreau strawberries.

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St. Louis

St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, the tallest monument constructed in the U.S., as well as its multi-block district of cobblestone streets and cast-iron warehouses. French Colonial, German, early American and modern round out the city’s various architectural styles. Its food fare varies as widely as well – everything from soul food like fried fish, black-eyed peas and collard greens, to savory barbecued meats and goat cheese and leek soufflé.  St. Louisans pride themselves on their frozen custard treats, which mix sauces, fruits and nuts to make a frosty and sweet dessert.

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia, home to the renowned Liberty Bell, has made some major contributions to architecture in the United States. The row house was first introduced in the 17th century, spreading to other parts of the country and the first international style skyscraper was built in the City of Brotherly Love.  While Philadelphians enjoy a good Turkey during the holidays, it is well known for its cheese steaks, hoagies (submarine sandwiches), soft pretzels and Philly Butter Cakes (a rich, buttery cake with a soft centre and a yeasted dough base).

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  • David Crighton
  • LandmarkUnited States of americaUSAUSA cities

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