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Skip the turkey for some tacos

By Alexander Tong and William Vann

Thanksgiving break means Thanksgiving food, and for many people Thanksgiving food is by far the best kind of food. But not all Thanksgiving food is the same; for some families it varies greatly. From the classic mashed potatoes to gumbo, each dish brought to the table has its own unique twist.

A casual poll at Alameda High revealed some unique Thanksgiving traditions. Senior Eugene Finkelbaum said that every year he and his family travel to Walnut Creek to dine at Vic Stewart’s, a steakhouse where a hot baked potato and tender cut of high quality prime rib await his family. “[I eat] just the prime rib and the potato,” Finkelbaum said.

Similar to most families, junior Christine Lee enjoys a Thanksgiving meal with her family. Eating traditional Korean foods, such as Kalbi short ribs, pickled vegetables, and spicy kimchi fried rice, she also has more common foods like classic turkey and her personal favorite, chocolate brownies. “It was the best meal I’ve had in awhile,” said Lee.

Sophomore Oscar Knox White’s meals vary between classic and unique. On alternating years, he either stays in Alameda or travels across Mexico to visit landmarks and tour major cities. Along the way, his family samples various cultural foods such as fish tacos or nachos. In fact, Mexico is where he found “the best tacos I’ve ever eaten.”

Zhana Prince, a senior, has an unconventional Thanksgiving tradition. Her family has Cajun style dishes such as gumbo on rice and sweet potato pie, essentials to any southern meal. For dessert they eat German chocolate cake and Mississippi mud pie, double the sweetness to end a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Unlike most dinner traditions, junior Tyler Kennedy enjoys Thanksgiving in various places. The Kennedy’s usually enjoy the holidays in the comfort of their home, feasting on his mother’s special stuffing and pumpkin pie, the cornerstone items to every Thanksgiving meal. However last year, Kennedy and his family went to a Spanish restaurant where they ate tapas instead of turkey. “With me and Thanksgiving it’s always different,” Kennedy said. But whether at an exotic restaurant or in the comfort of his own home, Kennedy doesn’t care what is put in front of him, as long as he is together with his family.

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