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Thanksgiving in Doha

I love roast turkey.  Wait, that’s not nearly emphatic enough.  I LOVE turkey… triple exclamation point.  Which means Thanksgiving for me is like bacon wrapped chocolate with ice cream and double maraschino cherries.  Besides, a holiday devoted to feasting until the buttons pop?  Sign me up.

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More than just the eating, I actually enjoy preparing Thanksgiving dinner.  Brining the turkey, making cranberry relish, baking enough pies to fill my house with buttery perfume — they all add to the festivities.  So imagine my horror last year when Doha went through an inexplicable turkey shortage.  The stores simply did not carry a single bird.  A friend from one five-star hotel not to be named even confessed that the F&B leadership team had to make an emergency trip to Dubai to hand carry a few frozen turkeys back.  The situation was that dire.

Needless to say, I couldn’t roast a turkey then.  So this year, I was making protective plans for a DXB shopping visit when The Four Seasons Doha offered to send me a turkey dinner to sample their takeaway Thanksgiving service.  Kitchen-loving aside, I gladly obliged.

The whole meal was boxed up and ready for pick-up at the agreed time.  Turkey came in its still-toasty foil dome, while all the sides were individually packed.  It took me all of 15 minutes to plate everything on fancy serving ware, and almost everything was still temperature perfect.  Although the meal was meant to serve six, it could have easily accommodated nine.  I had leftovers of everything, from tender green beans to creamy mash.

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Oh, we did finish every last drop of the rather superb gravy, so I’d recommend requesting for an extra tub.  There was so much to eat that most of my guests could hardly fit in the pecan pie; but no complaints on my end for it became breakfast for the next few days.

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I did a quick calculation.  The turkey service costs QR150 per kilo, with all the sides thrown in complimentary.  Dessert however is not included.  Our six-kilo bird to feed the party would have come up to QR900… quite reasonable for such a fuss-free, seriously delicious spread.

I won’t lie.  My (early) Thanksgiving party was a riotous success.  If I’m to spend another Thanksgiving in Doha, turkey-to-go just might be the new tradition in the Boulangerry household.

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