|Calexico restaurant in Punta del Este|
However, (thankfully) there were those who made the effort and organized Thanksgiving feasts this year in Punta del Este, Piriapolis, and Montevideo.
Punta del Este Thanksgiving at Calexico restaurant
Calexico restaurant is a new restaurant in Punta del Este. It serves an International cuisine that includes California fusion and Mexican food. Calexico held a special Thanksgiving dinner that attracted 64 diners. The Thanksgiving guests were mostly expats from the US, but the group also included several Uruguayans, as well as people from Brazil, Canada, Germany, and Russia.
The Calexico Thanksgiving dinner included turkey, barbecued chipotle tamarind chicken, homemade stuffing (one of the favorites), garlic mashed potatoes with gravy, mole poblano, bread rolls, chips and salsas, 3 different salads, grilled vegetables, and a special cranberry sauce mix (which was also a big hit). Dessert included homemade pumpkin pie, homemade apple pie, homemade pumpkin Philadelphia cream cheese cake, carrot cake, and coffee.
Calexico is located at Paso de la Cadena at the corner of Dunkerque, near Avenue Roosevelt, in Punta del Este 4249-1190
Piriapolis Lunch Group Thanksgiving
The Piriapolis Lunch Group started casually with two women meeting for lunch to speak to each other in English. From those simple beginnings the lunch group has grown into an organized monthly gathering that attracts English speakers by the dozens. For the November gathering the Piriapolis lunch group held a Thanksgiving dinner at La Rotunda restaurant in Piriapolis. Forty-eight English speakers attended the dinner. Most of the guests were from the US with some guests from other countries, including a couple from Holland. Half a dozen of the Thanksgiving guests were first-timers to the Piriapolis Lunch Group.
Jean Petley, the Piriapolis Lunch Group organizer, reports that Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday. She said thanksgiving is a family holiday, and the group of English speakers that met together for Thanksgiving in Piriapolis felt like a big family.
Images of the Piriapolis Lunch Group taken by Jim and Ruth Dotson.
American Association of Uruguay Thanksgiving (in Montevideo)
The American Association of Uruguay is a club for people from the US, spouses or children of people from the US, and Uruguayans who have lived a significant part of their lives in the US. This Thanksgiving was celebrated with a mid-day Thanksgiving dinner at the home of the US Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires. More than 40 people attended.
The Thanksgiving dinner was an informal event held in a large tent set up in the back yard. The host provided the turkeys and the mashed potatoes and gravy. Club members filled in the rest of the feast, potluck-style. There was dressing, homemade rolls, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni & cheese, green salads, deviled eggs, potato salad, and molded Jell-O salads, along with a plethora of desserts including pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies.
Every Thanksgiving, the Club takes the opportunity to elect its Executive Board for the coming year. This year Rosalinda Walker was re-elected as the Club president. There is also a brief report on the activities of the year; however, most of the time was spent enjoying the meal and the company!
Images of the American Association of Uruguay Thanksgiving group provided by Rosalinda Walker.
Montevideo Thanksgiving hosted by Doug Heller with Living in Montevideo
Images from Doug Heller's Thanksgiving and First Feast taken by Catherine Bodeant.
Did you celebrate Thanksgiving in Uruguay this year? Your comments are always appreciated.