Saigon Thanksgiving: New Country, New Traditions

For the past seven years, it’s been a New York Thanksgiving for my family. Mom would fly in from California, while I would ride the Chinatown bus from Philly to the city. We’d all stay in brother’s apartment—in the early days it was a tiny studio, these days it’s a swanky one bedroom. It’s always been in the Lower East Side. Brother labored over the turkey, while our good friends Dean and Deluca prepared the sides and dessert.

This year is going to be quite different. Mom is staying in California and brother’s flying home.

The Astronomer and I, along with our favorite Americanos, are hitting up this ridiculous event:

WAYNE’S WEIGH IN CONTEST
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Venue: Texas BarBQ Restaurant, 206 Pasteur Street, District 3, HCM City

Where else can you be rewarded for overeating? In the gluttonous spirit of American Thanksgiving, Texas BarBQ is having a contest to see who can eat the most. We’ll weigh you when you come in and before you leave. Whoever gains the most weight wins an IPOD! Wayne the Texan will be checking for cheats – so don’t try adding coins to your pockets!”

This event is part of the restaurant’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, which is a true “Turkey Time”! It’s a good deal, for the whole family. For full details and to make reservations telephone 825 1142 or 823 1459 or e-mail [email protected].

UPDATE:

Plate I: ham, deep fried turkey, regular turkey, cranberry apple sauce, stuffing, orange glazed carrots, sweet potatoes

Plate II: stuffing, salad, green beans with bacon

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