And little did I know the effects that turkey would have on my body.
It might be surprising for some but yes, I’ve never had a thanksgiving dinner, ever. Growing up in a Jewish community in Montreal, my family and I never implemented this part of Canadian culture in ours. Now, since moving to Ontario, things have changed a little bit.
I became very close friends with my cousin’s fiancée, Sarah, and her sister, Mel (my roommate) who both invited me to join them for thanksgiving dinner at their dad’s place in Brampton.
I had no idea what to expect besides a delicious meal and you know what? That’s exactly what I got AND MORE!
So as we were hanging out and just having some appetizers, the girls’ father was playing some country music in the background which made the event more Canadian than it already was and I was loving every part of it. I think I’m one of these random girl from my community who actually enjoys country music. I mean, what’s not to enjoy? Some cool guitar riffs with a person singing their problems out loud – which you can relate to btw.
Anyways, this was great.
Then the real feast started – turkey, with some more turkey and a side of turkey. Kidddinnng, it really was turkey with potatoes and STUFFING!
My first time ever having stuffing and it was just fantastic. I actually had a second serving of it. I still can’t tell you what exactly stuffing is and even when googling it the answers are very vague.
“A mixture used to stuff poultry or mean before cooking.”
WHAT KIND OF MIXTURE?! Is it bread? What is it!!
Well, at least I know that it was delicious. Ugh, sooooo good.
Now about the turkey. It was great but why did no one tell me that turkey made people sleepy?? It’s apparently a myth but, turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which forms the basis of brain chemicals that makes people tired.
Ok well, I ate quite a bit of turkey last night and it was ridiculously hard to get up from bed this morning.
Following dinner, we had the infamous pumpkin pie. Surprisingly enough, I’m not a big fan of pumpkin but this didn’t stop me from accepting a slice of pie. I didn’t like it but I enjoyed submerging myself into the Canadian culture that I’ve been supposedly part of for the last 24 years of my life yet never experienced.
Finally, we ended this night by watching the hockey game – is there anything more Canadian than that really? I didn’t think so either.
So overall, Thanksgiving 2018 was a success. Will I partake in next year’s celebration? Maybe, but I’ll need to prepare myself by drinking at least 3 gallons of coffee before eating that turkey.