BY DANIELA AVA
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, students are anticipating celebrating the holiday. Even though not all cultures commemorate this celebration, a big feast with amazing food is never denied.
All cultures have treats unique to their cuisine; for example, in Jamaica they enjoy curried goat, baklava is a Mediterranean treat and in Rome they enjoy Salata de Varza. Some Latin cultures cook traditional tacos and burritos, and Cubans tend to have beans and rice. Asian cultures specialize in tandoori chicken. Some individuals integrate couscous into their turkey filling to spice up the traditional American dish.
“In my family we normally don’t celebrate properly Thanksgiving,” said Nicolas Kozma, sophomore. “However, we do have a big family dinner and we have every type of seafood possible as an appetizer and then we have a type of meat, either turkey or steak, and accompany it with salads, vegetables and some kind of carb.”
For the longest time, Americans have been cooking up the same food for this occasion – squash soup, turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, glazed carrots, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, corn bread and pumpkin pie.
“In my house we celebrate Thanksgiving,” said Meyer Mishkin, senior. “Because I went to an American school and I embraced the holiday and it is the only one that we do traditionally American.”
Every American family has their own twist to Thanksgiving dishes, such as marshmallow. Many other cultures have adapted this cuisine, and make it their own.
“I like to celebrate and embrace every holiday,” said Gabriela Ibarra, freshman. “However, for Thanksgiving I was the one who had the idea to have a feast and we literally have everything on the table and make it a huge family thing. The food that I added to the dinner was cheese and meat fondue. Nevertheless, we have pasta, seafood, chicken, steak, soup, lots of desserts and more.”
For students who thought that Thanksgiving was all about the turkey, ask any international student about their food traditions this holiday. Every culture has their own twist on food, and brings something new to the table. This Thanksgiving, try adding a new dish that may start a new family tradition to make this year