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American Thanksgiving in Zurich

I was just wondering if any one knows of plans for American Thanksgiving here. I'm willing to have an event at my place with a potluck meal, but if there's already something happening, then that would save me the effort.

I'm asking now, b/c turkey shopping isn't the easiest in this country.
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

You should be worrying about Halloween first, my American friend.

[I had a potluck for Canadian Thanksgiving. Sans turkey.]
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

The Turkey is easy, it's the oven that is the problem.
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I was just wondering if any one knows of plans for American Thanksgiving here. I'm willing to have an event at my place with a potluck meal, but if there's already something happening, then that would save me the effort.

I'm asking now, b/c turkey shopping isn't the easiest in this country.
There is a Thanksgiving at the American Club of Zürich. It was
quite fun last year. It takes place every year at the Marriott.
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

do what I do and have one shipped over from the US It does demand some bending of rules though
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There is a Thanksgiving at the American Club of Zürich. It was
quite fun last year. It takes place every year at the Marriott.
For this year's event see announcement.
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

You shipped a turkey all the way from the US?

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You shipped a turkey all the way from the US?
How much do they charge to ship GWB these days?
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You shipped a turkey all the way from the US?
It was too frozen to fly itself so it was sent via UPS. At a very reasonable $35 or so
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See above....he weighs more frozen, I'd estimate
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96% of the world's population will be thanking their givings for not being American - is that the festival you mean?
Whatever ...
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

Any butcher or meat dept. in Coop for example will order a fresh turkey for you if you ask a week or so ahead of time. Turkeys are usually around 7kgs so they fit in the ovens here.
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There is a Thanksgiving at the American Club of Zürich. It was
quite fun last year. It takes place every year at the Marriott.
Does anyone know of any events like this in Geneva?

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Ahhhh! Humor! Sooo rich and satisfying. Your wit is too grand to waste on just yourself, alone in your cold dark apartment as you contemplate suicide. You should be on Swiss television.
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Old 15.10.2009, 18:29
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

it's a great idea. we will be having a thanksgiving fete here in lausanne if anyone is away from their family and wants to celebrate- they are welcome. it's what the holiday is about. in the past we have spent thanksgiving mornings bringing food to homeless people in nyc- but there just doesn't seem to be a market for it here...

it's a holiday i love, the idea behind being thankful and sharing what you have( even if it's not much!) with others.
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Ahhhh! Humor! Sooo rich and satisfying. Your wit is too grand to waste on just yourself, alone in your cold dark apartment as you contemplate suicide. You should be on Swiss television.
Hi EllieD,
http://www.amclub.ch/ Here is a link to the American club
of Geneva. You can check out the Thanksgiving event there.
I went to the one a few years ago, and it was pretty fun.

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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

The event here is Zurich Marriot might be fun, but if anyone is actually interested in not having it at a hotel, I'd still be up for it.
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

A question for the American/Canadian Efers...is thanksgiving a bigger deal than xmas? From my limited perspective it seems so, having seen US friends in the UK making a serious effort to return to their families for thanksgiving, but not so much at xmas.

For many Brits I imagine the prospect of two overcooked turkeys in one year is too much to handle!!! In Yorkshire there was a saying I heard many years ago; "If it ain't black, send it back!" I'm pretty sure that's why graaaavy was invented...
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A question for the American/Canadian Efers...is thanksgiving a bigger deal than xmas? From my limited perspective it seems so, having seen US friends in the UK making a serious effort to return to their families for thanksgiving, but not so much at xmas.
The day before Thanksgiving used to be the busiest travel day of the year in the States. Not sure if that's still true. It was a bigger deal in my family as we would typically get together with more of the extended family (uncles, cousins, etc.,...). Christmas was usually just close family and grandparents most years.
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Re: American Thanksgiving in Zurich

mmmmm turkey you can find butterball turkeys in gourmet section of Coop.
Thanksgiving tradition for americans goes waaaaay back even here. When I was little my parents would take us kids all dressed up and go for Thanksgiving dinner at a fancy hotel in Geneva. With the turkey, there were yams and corn bread and pumpkin pie and real stuffing !
It was so special in my mind because back then in the seventies you didn't hear much English and nobody knew any of the traditions (normal)

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I was just wondering if any one knows of plans for American Thanksgiving here. I'm willing to have an event at my place with a potluck meal, but if there's already something happening, then that would save me the effort.

I'm asking now, b/c turkey shopping isn't the easiest in this country.
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A question for the American/Canadian Efers...is thanksgiving a bigger deal than xmas? From my limited perspective it seems so, having seen US friends in the UK making a serious effort to return to their families for thanksgiving, but not so much at xmas.

For many Brits I imagine the prospect of two overcooked turkeys in one year is too much to handle!!! In Yorkshire there was a saying I heard many years ago; "If it ain't black, send it back!" I'm pretty sure that's why graaaavy was invented...
Yes, it is a huge and it is very nice. There is not the Chrism-ukkah pressure (presents and all). It is just nice and relaxing with family members and it is a good opportunity to invite neighbors or coworkers.
Regarding the "blandness" of turkey, I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised by some amazing recipes people pass from one generation to the next (like some amazing turkey cooked in an outside pit).
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