Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Turkey day in Buenos Aires

I've found living abroad that I just skip most US only holidays. There always seems to be the regular hoopla over New Years, Christmas, Easter, where you can feel the festivities in the air here. Then there are all the Argentine holidays which seem to be every other week. So I give myself a break and skip the rest. But holidays that you equate with food, like the Fourth of July bbq and turkey for Thanksgiving are tough to shake. Even if that Fourth of July bbq is in the middle of the Argentine winter and this year's Thanksgiving day forecast is for 90 degrees.

To tell you the truth, if I am back home we typically forego the Turkey all together and go for a killer roast beef that my mom does with all the trimmings. But this year with the amount of cow I have consumed, I have to admit I have a hankering for a hunk of Turkey.

Turkey is not easy to find here. The only sliced deli turkey I have found was at Coto and Carrefour. And it was not cheap. Judging by the number of Thanksgiving dinner events being held in the city this year, Turkey looks to be top of mind for a lot of other estadounidense as well. So if you don't want to do it all yourself, here is a list of those that I've found or have heard rumors about, but have not been able to independently confirm:

*American Club
Thanksgiving Lunch

Expat Connection
El Estanciero
Báez 202
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Casa Bar
Rodriguez Peña and Santa Fe
3pm- 8pm

Av. Libertador 4625

Uruguay and Santa Fe

*rumor, not confirmed

Can you confirm any of these or add to the list? If not, where are you going to get your turkey fix from?


Annie Ory said...

Hey Jon.

They always have frozen turkeys at Jumbo in Palermo Hollywood.
We don't have space for a TG gathering at our place but are also missing the idea of the feast.
We're definitely doing the stuffing though.

Jonathan said...

great tip! A big helping of stuffing is on my hit list as well.

Stafford said...

Call the embassy and ask for the commissary. Tell them you need the number for the turkey guy. His name is Macello Ezeiza. Sorry, I lost his number when my computer crashed, but I'm sure they will give it to you. I called him this morning and he is delivering an 11 kilo turkey to my apartment tomorrow morning. The only catch - it will cost you. He's charging 150 pesos. My mother in California just bought the same sized turkey at Costco for $17. Oh well, its supply and demand in its purest form. Good luck!

Frank.Sugar&Spice said...

Annie is right. They actually have turkey year round here.

Kansas has been having Thanksgiving dinners since they started here and you could either go to their restaurant or place an order for pick-up in which you get the whole complete dinner and a whole turkey.

The only thing they got wrong was the pie. The crust on their pies are the worst things I have ever tasted.

Jonathan said...

Thanks for the tip. I have seen several nice reviews of Kansas for Thanksgiving. I'll have to check them out.