Monday, October 11, 2010

falafel makes decent turkey substitute

We woke up on Columbus Day and transitioned into Thanksgiving. By the time we arrived back in Vancouver, the rare Seattle sunshine had morphed back into a steady northern rain.

It had been lovely to enjoy a few hours of sunshine on the birthday, the opportunity to stroll in search of cafe, coffee and cake putting to rest the alarming memory of wave patterns forming in the puddles on the roof of the building next door.

Although the vow to down copious quantities of wine and finally ride the Duck Bus never did materialise, the Monorail was finally conquered. Picture a handful of wide-eyed Canadians alternating between grinning like rubes and singing the Simpsons' monorail song under their breaths. I'll bet they've never heard that one in Seattle before.

The only problem with being kitchenless for Thanksgiving, of course, is the fact that you are kitchenless, and at the mercy of strangers for any sort of turkey feed. My kingdom for a drumstick. Alas, my cleverly-devised plans to gorge upon a Vera's turkey burger as a reasonable alternative to a turkey dinner were dashed when the overly humane restaurant owner closed the doors at 5:00 to allow his staff to enjoy their own dinners with family.

Fortunately, on Davie Street you are only left standing in the rain in front of a locked restaurant for a short time before the boundless other culinary options become apparent. So, pizza for the Spousal Unit and OFKAR, falafel for myself, it was.

That's quite a lot to be grateful for, when you think about it.


Anonymous said...

Pizza and falafel are both excellent choices. This year I cooked a turkey dinner (+ a vegan stir-fry for the vegan in the crowd) at Tuffy's dad's cottage. It was a lovely time to be up there, with loads of yellow leaves all around us. Happy Thanksgiving.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

It's not about what you eat, it's about who you eat with.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It sounds beautiful, Mr Anchovy. Thanksgiving at the cottage would be magical; there's nothing finer than taking a walk through the leaves and returning to that insane turkey smell.

Wise words,Dr M and good ones to bear in mind.

Stephanie said...

I love falafels! Good choice!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I thought so too, Stephanie, but I wish I had also gotten the tabouli.

Allison said...

Can you tell me where you found good falafel in Van? I'm curious as I have never encountered any and I'm always looking.

Welcome Home!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good to be back in the true north, strong and free, Al, and I have to admit I am looking forward to getting home to my own house.
Admittedly the falafel wasn't all that fabulous, but it was food which could be gotten right across the street from McIntosh's grocery, and for that I was grateful.

John Mutford said...

They didn't have turkey as a pizza topping for Thanksgiving? What a lost opportunity.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is why you should be opening your own specialty pizza joint, John.