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"The Exact Opposite of Thanksgiving" ?

Depage Nov 17, 2008 06:53 AM

So, my husband says this weekend, we have to go out for "the exact Opposite Of Thanksgiving".

Here are ways we have thought we could figure out just what that is.

1. Someone else MUST cook (I do Thanksgiving all from scratch)

2. It can't be a typical American Thanksgiving or close kind of meal. So, it could be breakfast, or exotic food, or hamburgers, or something.

3. It should not be super expensive.

4. It has to be lighter than thanksgiving, at least in flavor.

5. Perhaps it should be from a people who are known for being bitter, or resentful, or do not like Americans all that much

6. Or it could be Native American or English (you know, escape English and ruin the life of a tribe is sort of what Pilgrims did.

So, we have thought of a few things:

Breakfast from a diner


Chinese of some sort

Cheap sushi or izakaya

Israeli food

Korean (not bbq, cause you gotta do it yourself)


Afghani Food

Muslim food (combine two and find Chinese Islamic)

Russian Food

Ethiopian Food

Indian food.

Any more ideas?

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    Burger Boy RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 07:23 AM

    You could do tapas, mezza or small plates!

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      bad nono RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 07:40 AM

      oysters and a glass of wine at Anisette?

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        Depage RE: bad nono Nov 17, 2008 10:00 AM

        Good thought, but I have a shellfish allergy! I went to Anisette once, right after it opened. IT wasn't too impressive. Sooo tight, and such poor service. And lots of salt. Good alcoholic beverages, though.

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          Servorg RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 10:30 AM

          If you've never been this might be a good opportunity to dine at Yong Su San. This is a multi-course Korean menu that is more Northern Korean food. They have various menu's that increase in price that offer more dishes and "fancier" types of food, but none of their choices are that much, (ranging from around $20 pp up to around $40 pp). The location is the old Korean Gardens where my wife and I used to do Thanksgiving dinner together before we started our own family.


          YongSuSan Restaurant
          950 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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            sibaik RE: Servorg Nov 17, 2008 11:09 AM

            I second this place. It's a unique experience that is different from traditional Korean bbq. I had foods I had never had before (and I'm Korean.) All the courses were delicious. We got the most expensive menu and didn't regret it.

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            bad nono RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 12:55 PM

            some cheese and charcuterie then? You could try Comme Ca or Palate? I love Anisette myself actually, and you gave me a good idea for Turkey Day.

        2. Will Owen RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 11:04 AM

          A friend of ours in Nashville used to throw an Anti-Turkeyday party every year on the day after. Menu was basically hot dogs, potato chips, coleslaw and beer. Anyone showing up with leftovers was roundly abused. Now that we're doing TWO TGs in a row every year, one in Pasadena with Mrs. O's family, the next down in San Diego with my niece and hers, I keep remembering those hot dogs, just a bit wistfully...

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            Depage RE: Will Owen Nov 17, 2008 11:40 AM

            hmm, a good thought. Where are good hot dog, sausage places?

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              luhkee RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 04:02 PM

              MMM, sausages.
              Alpine Village is about as Anti TG as I can think of. And delicious

              Alpine Village Market
              833 Torrance Blvd Ste 1A, Torrance, CA 90502

          2. westsidegal RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 06:38 PM

            i'd add al noor to the list.
            the food is great, but nothing at all like american/european food
            the place is not festive
            the prices are cheap
            the food is great.
            the food is FLAVORFUL (as opposed to roast turkey)

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              JeetJet RE: Depage Nov 17, 2008 06:58 PM

              The exact opposite of Thanksgiving would be a meal experance (maybe ambiance, food, service, overpriced) that you would not really be all that Thankful for. If you did it right is would even enhance the actual Thanksgiving dinner to follow therafter.

              Maybe some place that was mentioned here before

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