Friday, October 7, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey

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Starting tomorrow (and actually, a little bit tonight) your grocery store is going to be a madhouse. Haven't got your wine cellar stocked yet? The parking lot at the liquor store will need traffic police. Sharpen your knives, break out the pie dish, dust off the extra leaves for your dining table, it's Thanksgiving weekend and it's time to whip up the big feast.

Except not for me. 

Don't get me wrong. Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. I love turkey dinners and I love having a big bunch of family and friends over at my place to celebrate.

With moving only 6 weeks ago, looking after little B. full-time and both of us working, The Do-tique just isn't quite ready for a big holiday production yet. 

That's why we're choosing not to do-it-ourselves this year and opting to leave dinner to the experts instead. You'll find us trying out the Thanksgiving buffet at the Hotel Saskatchewan with another young family that just moved here about the same time that we did. 

Hotel Saskatchewan
No shopping, no prep or cooking or clean up. Lots of time to take naps and walks and have friends over for dessert and maybe even unpack a few boxes.

The other upside? Works out to be considerably less expensive than DIY (especially when you consider labour). The only downside is that you'll be the only one in the office not having a turkey sandwich next Wednesday since leftovers aren't usually included!

Missing all our far-away friends and wishing all my dear readers a Happy Thanksgiving! 

DIY Rating: 0 Sometimes, you just have to choose your DIY battles

When life gets way too hectic, no shame in leaving 
the hard work to the experts and heading 
out to a hotel or restaurant for a holiday meal. 

Most places have special event menus and seating times 
and though things get tight closer to the date, we've always managed 
to find a last-minute reservation when we've needed to.


  1. We miss you too! Have a good Thanksgiving!

    (We'll not be making a turkey either. Our house is being renovated this week, and all of our furniture is piled in the kitchen!)

  2. Ooohh, excited about the renovations - you'll have to tell us the details!

    My extended family in the GTA is heading to Mandarin this year :-) In case you need options...

    Love to your family!

  3. What a great idea. The turkey dinner without the dishes! We won't be having a turkey either as it wouldn't fit in our lovely oven/grill/micro-wave. A roast it is and multiple skype dates! Have a happy thanksgiving.

  4. Laughing at your grill-ovo-wave (once again!).

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and hubby as well.

    Just got home from the Hotel Saskatchewan and can attest that it was a world-class spread! Included a cordon bleu trained chef making saskatoon berry crepes with choice of grand marnier or brandy flambe for dessert. Heaven.


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