Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the holiday and areready for the rest of the holiday season. We got a couple days off for a break from classes and sets and it was well needed before a last final push before the end of term comes. I spent my Thanksgiving weekend eating, shopping, studying, and cooking. I went to a potluck with the other students at my church here on Wednesday, and then to a relative’s place on Thursday for Thanksgiving. Both places were super fun and nice to me, and they gave me so much food to bring back, and as a college student living off-campus this year, I can’t say no to free food.
Also I saw an old friend from freshman year and had the idea to host a little Friendsgiving meal sometime during the break, to bring a lot of people over to the apartment and celebrate on Saturday after Thanksgiving. Of course, I did not consider that I had neither cooked any traditional Thanksgiving dish before, nor cooked for more than a few people at a time, but I didn’t think too hard before I had already set the thing up and invited everyone to come.
Nevertheless, in true naïve fashion, I ended up preparing a 10 or so course meal for about 24 people all in my apartment. I would have definitely failed in the attempt if not for the help of Kai and David who came to the rescue when I realized I had no idea what to do with a turkey let alone the duck and chicken that also showed up to dinner as well. Here is the menu that resulted after a long night and day of prep:
Terducken (A chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey for the uninitiated)
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole (Created by Dave)
Veggie Burger Sliders on Hawaiian Bread Rolls
Potatoes au gratin (Courtesy of Joe and Gerri)
Fruit Salad (Designed by Yuka, David and Anita)
Stir Fry (Cooked by Anita)
Pomegranate Seed Bowl (Mined by JCheng)
Peach Pie (Thanks Netgie)
Tiramisu (Crafted by Alex and Fed)
It was a good adventure surgically repairing our turkey after we stuffed it with the “ducken” part. David got so good at sewing it back together that he probably could stitch my fingers next time I bust them open (a story for another post, perhaps). Other things I learned along the way were that casseroles make for nice easy dishes. Packing leftovers is probably the most tiring and hardest part of the day, but Fed’s impressive tetris skills managed to come through. Finally, here’s to being thankful for all the great people in my life and I hope all you readers can say the same.
Until next time,
Also you can read a few reviews by my our friends on theYelp pagefor our apartment.
And forgive me for the bad pictures. I haven’t ever really used my phone camera much. Maybe now I’ll start! The good pictures are from Anita, fellow blogger here-Thanks!
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.