Chances are, you haven’t won an Oscar this year. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have tons of things to be grateful for! So while you’re making that list of things so you don’t feel like a complete failure at life, remember being able to cook Thanksgiving dinner is a lot harder than it looks. Mashing potatoes? Major cardio effort involved. Basting a turkey? If I wanted to spend time with something that looked like a suppository, I’d hang at the geriatic ward at Mass General. And all those family members coming from out of town, ready to grill you on your love life (Great-Aunt Sylvia still wants to know why you aren’t married yet!) It just seems like so much work. And it is. So with a little bit of convincing, maybe you can stay in town for the holiday. There are plenty of options for a delicious Thanksgiving that don’t involve wearing aprons that say “kiss the chef.”
• Sel De La Terre is predicting sell-out crowds for their Thanksgiving meals, and their new location in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Boylston would be the perfect place to dine in style.
• Further down Boylston, hotspot Excelsior is offering a 4-course turkey dinner for $78 a person, or $98 with wine pairing.
• If that looks like it’s going to be out of your Thanksgiving budget there are cheaper offerings as well. Legal Sea Foods will have their normal menu, along with a turkey dinner that includes the traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy.
And if you can’t stand the idea of not having a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving? Enjoy Aunt Sylvia’s jello mold. I hear she put marshmallows in the center this year!
[Photo: Lower Mainland Mom Blogspot]