Thanksgiving in Costa Rica

Thanksgiving abroad often shows little resemblance to the typical American holiday of cooking all day and enjoying some of those classic treats like pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.

My first Thanksgiving overseas was actually spent at McDonald’s. The family I was with in Finland thought this would be a special treat. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I boycotted the place for years.
I also spent Thanksgiving in Macedonia, a bit nostalgic not to be spending my first Thanksgiving married not to be with my husband, but otherwise enjoying a nice little spot near a fire place with a pouched pear dessert.
This year, since again I wasn’t able to be with my husband, I opted to visit my dear friend Sarah Joy and her family in Costa Rica. She’s lived there for the last six years, and her son is nearly two years old, so I figured it was time to get myself down there for the visit.

We enjoyed a full scale Thanksgiving with all the others American and company that could be rustled up. Sarah Joy was responsible for the turkey and it was well pampered with a 24 hour buttermilk bath.

I cooked my famous cranberry sauce with a tropical twist. Cranberries, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, star fruit, mandarins, and coconut.
It was fabulous to spend time with Sarah Joy and great to meet her son. What a cutie!
Happy Thanksgiving!



  1. Sarah Joy on December 6, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Nice post! It was so wonderful to have you here!!

  2. Ms. Miel on December 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    SJ – Stay tuned, I’ve written ones for the rest of our time as well.


  3. berkle on December 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

    You have such a cute family! I love all the cute pictures.

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