As many of you know, I went to Boston over the weekend for my 2nd Annual Moked Family “Lobster Thanksgiving”!
You might be saying, “Lobster?! Who in the heck has Lobster on Thanksgiving?” I admit that the thought of eating a sea creature for “Turkey Day” was a little strange, but I love the unconventional! The best part? The festivities are kicked off with a live-lobster photo shoot!
It’s obvious that the Moked’s don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in a traditional way – or do they?
Growing up as your average American white girl, our dinner table looked exactly like a holiday magazine, filled with each and every delicious staple: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and the list goes on. My Mom is a master chef when it comes to putting this meal together, and I am always thankful for her hard work.
Before my trip to Beantown, my Mom and I were talking about all of the food I’d be missing this year. Truthfully, it did make me pretty sad – I LOVE the traditional meal and without it, it just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving. My fingers are crossed that she froze some stuffing for Christmas Eve dinner…it would be a gift all its own.
She then said how strange she thought it was that women she knew were making Mac ‘n Cheese for their family feasts. Before my Lobster Thanksgivings I would have totally agreed. Instead I replied that I thought it was more about what “they” think belongs on their table. As usual, my curiosity was piqued and I just had to know exactly just how conventional my friends’ Thanksgiving spreads were this year?
My research mainly of this text message: “what was the most unconventional item on your Thanksgiving table this year?” Here were the replies:
- Puerto Rican Rice & Beans
- Pernil (Puerto Rican Roasted Pork Shoulder)
- Lumpias (Filipino spring rolls)
Looks like families with ethnic roots are keeping their Thanksgiving tables filled with foods that celebrate both American and family traditions.
How joyous is that? I think it is really cool to keep traditions alive and kicking – especially when it comes to food!
So now I ask you – what was the most unconventional item on your Thanksgiving table this year?