11/26/09: Kathmandu, Nepal
Thanksgiving Day started out inauspiciously with me curled up in a ball on our hotel bed (we think it was caused by a bad chocolate donut), croaking out to Kevin, “I’m dying… Please, shoot me now. I’m dying!” Kevin, who is familiar with my absurdly melodramatic manner when even the least bit sick, paused and questioned me. “Is it really that bad?” Forced to consider the actual reality of the situation and not just the reality in my head, I grumbled back, “No. But my stomach does hurt. And it’s not fair because it’s Thanksgiving.” Because nobody should have a stomachache on Thanksgiving. Unless it’s because you had fourth and fifth helpings of everything, and then, well – what did you expect?
Despite the dramatics and the croaking, I felt good enough by dinnertime to indulge in our pre-planned Thanksgiving dinner extravaganza at a fancy Kathmandu restaurant. In my mind, only two things are required in order to be considered a fancy Kathmandu restaurant: toilet paper in the restrooms and entrees that cost more than four dollars. K-Too, a relatively well-known and punnily-named steakhouse in Thamel, met both of these criteria, so we decided it would be our splurge (we spent $19 for our meal, over twice as much as our previous most expensive meal in Nepal). In honor of Thanksgiving, they were serving a traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner, but I decided that twenty dollars for turkey in Kathmandu was pretty much equal to extortion. Plus, can the Nepali really do stuffing? They can carry 100 kilos of stuff on their backs and beat me up the mountain, but stuffing? I have my doubts. So I contented myself with a salad (topped with REAL bacon!) and onion rings (with tangy barbeque sauce!), while Kevin had a steak (with two eggs on top!) and fries. The onion rings were perfectly golden and crisp, the bacon was oh-so-bacony, and the steak was juicy and tender. (But I’ll have to admit that I would have paid some good money for quality stuffing.)
We ended the day by watching a little bit of the CNN International coverage on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. When the live segment in New York was over and cut back to the anchor sitting at his desk in London, he informed us, “Thanksgiving is an American holiday. It falls on the fourth Thursday in November and has been an official holiday since 1863. The first Thanksgiving was in 1621, when the American colonists invited the Native Americans to a feast. They had seafood, venison…”
Puzzles for Postcards
You Won’t Actually Find Any Lions Anagram
A Human / Lion Mainstay
Thought of the Day: Pomegranates are a very violent fruit. They bleed all over your hands.
Picture of the Day: We went there because it’s “probably the best steakhouse” in town. Probably.