What is this Thanksgiving we speak of? If you own a pair of Stars and Stripes pyjamas you probably don’t need telling, but for the sake of the rest of us – it all starts simply with being thankful.
It’s a seasonal celebration observed in the USA, Canada, parts of the Caribbean and Liberia, on the fourth Thursday of November each year. Its origins are tied to giving thanks for the coming harvest, but has now taken on a more broader gratitude for blessings in life. And turkey. Vast quantities of turkey dinner.
If you’d like to join our North American brethren in celebrating reasons to be cheerful, Dubai has a lot going on. Which is just as well, in this land of tolerance, safety, love, sun and prosperity – we’ve got a lot to be thankful for.
What?: Thursday Brunch, with a turkey twist
Where?: Tribeca, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR
What’s happening?: Tribeca is giving Thursday evening brunch a generous drench in Thanksgiving gravy. Enjoy seasonal sustenance such as turkey roulade, pumpkin risotto and pecan pie, alongside the house taking over what would normally be your uncle Trevor’s duties in keeping your bottomless drinks topped up. And to cap it all off, a traditional game of charades. Sort of. For anyone capable of flamboyance on a full stomach, a special edition of Tribeca’s Lip Sync battles will be taking place. Who’s up for a bit of Whitney?
How?: AED 249. Thursday 22nd November, 8pm-12pm. 050 345 6067.
What?: Take Away Turkey from Perry & Blackwelder’s
Where?: Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
What’s happening?: If you’re looking for an authentic taste of the good ol’ US of A – look no further than Perry & Blackwelder’s. Whilst they’re probably slightly better known for smoking brisket, your gobble gobble is in good hands. P&B’s majored in the study of side dishes; an alumnus of the university of yumness and fraternity of Cumun Eata Pie. Anywhoo – the available trimmings to accompany your basted bird include roast or mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, boiled cabbage, grilled corn and carrots. You have to order 48 hours in advance, so if you want actual Thanksgiving taken care of, ORDER NOW.
How?: Turkeys from AED 495, packages from AED 650, until December 26th. 04 366 6197
What?: Deliveroo’s pie offerings
Where?: At your house/office/greedily behind the tinted windows of your car so you don’t have to share.
What’s happening?: Special limited edition festive pies delivered straight almost directly into your mouth. Two of Deliveroo’s partnered patisseries are serving up steaming hot pie deals for the holidays. Clinton St. Baking Company is providing mini pumpkin pies for AED 75. Whereas Magnolia Bakery has gone fully pie-eyed and drafted a raft of limited edition pastries – pumpkin pie, pecan pie, black bottom pecan pie, apple lattice pie and apple crumble pie at AED 158 each.
How?: On the app or online via the Deliveroo website. Clinton St. Baking Company’s offer is available between 21st-23rd November. Magnolia Bakery until 29th November.
What?: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Weslodge
Where?: Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriot Marquis Tower B
What’s happening?: Don’t you know that the bird is the word? Weslodge’s turkey being ‘the bird,’ and ‘the word’ is delicious. This award-winning Canadian eatery invites you to bring your loved ones for a three-course menu that truly has a touch of la classe. Give thanks to the kitchen as you tuck into creamy roasted pumpkin soup with ricotta tortellini, a traditional roast turkey – attired appropriately, and for afters – if you’ve enough space in those festive frocks, indulgent rhubarb bourbon pie served with a sweet cinnamon Chantilly cream
How?: AED 250, from 5.30pm. 22nd November. 04 560 1700
What?: Arts, crafts and festive food for the kids at XPark Jr
Where?: XPark Jr, Kite Beach, Next to XPark
What’s happening?: Two days of treats, arts and crafts, book reading and cookie decorating for kids with a taste for adventure. Another reason to be thankful is that it’s only AED 45 for one adult and one child to get in and AED 30 per adult and AED 30 per child, for a sack of Turkey Day nibbles (cookie decorating is extra). The park is open to kids from ages one to 12, with some of the park’s activities limited to over fives.
How?: AED 45 entrance for one adult, one child. Food packages AED 30 per child, AED 30 per adult. 8am-6pm, 22rd-24th November. 054 582 5561
What?: Seafire Steakhouse & Bar Thanksgiving set menu
Where?: Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
What’s happening?: Seafire is patriotically slapping one hand on its chest, and running an appropriately jumbo-sized star spangly set menu up the flagpole. They’ve got limp crab corn fritters, savoury short rib donuts, pumpkin soup (of course), traditional roast turkey with all the accompaniments, including the geographically relevant, though festively unorthodox dollops of mac and cheese. The red, white and blow your mind climax is a pecan pie cheesecake with butter biscuit and vanilla ice cream. Oh say can you see. Nope, we’re in a food coma.
How?: AED 250 (20 per cent off American grapes). 5pm-11pm. 04 426 2626