Thanksgiving Redo

14 Nov

Just last week, I was drooling over all the things I wanted to make for Thanksgiving. What a difference a few days makes. Now I have come to the realization that after Watergate 2011, there is no way our house is going to be back in order in time for Thanksgiving, considering it is a week and a half away. 😯

So it’s time for a Thanksgiving redo. Normally, I hate eating at restaurants on holidays because their food is never as good as what we make at home, but this time I don’t really have a choice in the matter unless I want my Thanksgiving feast to be filled with drywall dust. So after some online perusing, we’ve settled on Back Bay Bistro for our Thanksgiving meal. I selected this one over the other choices for two main reasons – it’s a buffet, which means I won’t get stuck with the choice of eating turkey or turkey, and there were many different delicious sounding desserts. Yep, that’s how I roll – more than one dessert on holidays. 😉 Why have just pumpkin pie, when you can have pumpkin pie and pecan pie… and chocolate bread pudding, according to their menu. Here’s the full drool-worthy menu:

Cold Seafood & Salad Station

New Zealand Green and Black Mussels

Shrimp Cocktail, Sauce Remoulade and Mignonette

Baby Field Greens with Mimosa Dressing

Red & Gold Beet salad

Exotic Fruit Display – kiwi, mango, sliced melons and wild berries along with papaya and grapes

Vegetable Antipasti with Crisp Roasted Vegetables

Chilled Salmon Display

Served paper-thin sliced with Herbed Cream Cheese, Chopped Egg, Capers & Diced Red Onion

Accompanied by assorted Crackers & Flatbreads

Hot Station

Carved Traditional Oven Roasted Turkey carved to order with corn bread stuffing & pan giblet gravy

Honey Ginger Glazed Ham carved to order

Stuffed Chicken Roulade with roasted vegetables, grated cheese & yellow pepper coulis

Mahi Mahi with julienne vegetables on polenta cake

Tri Tip carved to order with bordelaise sauce

Scallop Potatoes

Wild Rice with dried cranberries

Green Bean Almandine

Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes

Grilled artichoke hearts & eggplant with roasted vegetable medley


Assorted Mini Pastries

Pecan & Pumpkin Pie

Apple Bundt Cake

Chef Mike’s Chocolate Bread Pudding

Let’s hope it is as delicious as it sounds!

Another advantage of this restaurant is that it’s right on the water.

Not a bad place to send Thanksgiving, if you must go to a restaurant

In other news, guess what we saw last night…

After the soul-crushing weekend we had, we just had to get out of the house and do something fun. Harold & Kumar, plus NPH was the perfect distraction!!! This movie definitely deserves its R-rating, but isn’t that what makes it so good? 😉 It was absolutely hilarious from start to finish! And it’s in 3D! Think smoke rings coming at you in 3D. Yes, that kind of smoke. This will definitely be one to add to the DVD collection. Hubby and I are still quoting the movie to each other today. 😀


What are your favorite holiday movies? My ALL TIME favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?


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