It's that time of year again when Americans (me included) go around and celebrate the day when we did...something...with the Native Americans. You know, the day we pretend that we're all cool. No hard feelings, right?
Let's be honest, it's 2016. We don't fit inside boxes anymore, man. Shanghai's an international metropolis, so why the F&B obsession with the same 4 holidays? Where's my La Tomatina dinner where we all just throw tomatoes at each other? Another boring Thanksgiving? You're eating turkey with stuffing at home with your parents? What are you? Norman Rockwell?
Luckily for us cool cats, there are some pioneers breaking the mold and offering up some options for those of us that just aren't in to Thanksgiving (aka: all non-Americans)
Ruijin Cajun - Barbarian Thankstaking
Sure, you could go spend the day hanging out with your grandma while she questions your sexuality because you aren't married yet. You also could watch Conan the Barbarian with a giant turkey leg in your hand with smashed potatoes and gravy running down your beard. What's that? You don't have a beard? By the end of this night you will. I mean, just look at this poster. It's amazing.
Dinner starts at 7pm, Movie at 8pm. Just enough time to get yourself nice and lubed up on their Pumpkin Pie Moonshine.
HLK | Hungry Lung's Kitchen
Yeah, you could spend the day with your "Uncle" Gary that gets a little too handsy after a few too many whiskey sours. But you could also go to Hungry Lung's, survivors of the Yongkang Lu Massacre, are pulling out all the stops this Thanksgiving with their take on traditional dishes. Serving up Eggs Benedict and poutine both brought together with turkey. Think of it as "that week after Thanksgiving where you incorporate turkey in to everything you make" meal.
是的，你可以选择和某个酒过三巡之后变得毛手毛脚的男亲戚渡过这一天。你也可以选择去Hungry Lung's Kitchen（饥饿的肺的厨房……PS：负责翻译的Lea表示心好累），永康路的幸存者！它家推出了独家感恩节菜单。比如混入火鸡元素的班尼迪克蛋和肉汁乳酪薯条，完美诠释了火鸡与任何食材均可白搭这一属性。
Going on now as we speak until November 27
These guys are so anti-turkey establishment they didn't even make a flyer. They don't support the Turkey Industrial Complex, man!
You could spend the day with your family as your older brother tells you about his new amazing job while your mom looks at you with disappointment. Or you could stop by The Rooster. These guys will treat you to a cornbread stuffing waffle topped with turkey breast, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and green been casserole...my mouth was watering the whole time I wrote this.
你可以选择与家人共渡感恩节，听着你的兄弟姐妹唾沫横飞地吹嘘他们刚跳槽的新工作，忍受着你亲妈扫过来的失望的眼神。或者，你也可以选择在The Rooster（公鸡……PS：为毛这些洋餐馆都没中文名字 by Lea）驻留，他们有堆满火鸡胸的华夫饼，满是肉汁、红莓酱，还有土豆泥、绿豆砂锅……说真的，在写这段的档口，我的口水已经滴下来了。
Each meal comes with a complementary Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale, all for just 100 RMB on Thursday evening starting at 5pm while supplies last.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen, go forth and get started on that holiday weight!