Happy Friday, everyone! This week has been the week of the great turkey hunt, as I have promised to bring the turkey this year. Not an actual hunt obviously, but getting a turkey for Thanksgiving has proven tough. All this week on Doha Foodies, a local Facebook group, there has been a discussion about where to find turkeys and why can’t we find any. On Wednesday, I headed to a grocery store near my office as I had heard they had turkeys, well, frozen turkeys. I go straight to the frozen section and see no turkeys. I lap the frozen section twice and finally, I decide to ask a clerk, and the she goes to ask her coworker and he says no turkeys, but the lady doesn’t seem to like his answer. More discussion ensues, in Tagalog, about the turkeys. Then she says, we have breast, ma’am. I say no, I want a whole turkey. She then goes back to the man and asks if we can special order some. He again said no. I am sure I looked disappointed because they lady apologized and then said, maybe next month for Christmas. I then had to explain that American Thanksgiving was next week, and you could see the realization of why I was asking hit her. The next store I also tried had been rumored to have turkeys had none, and the people were less enthusiastic about helping me find a turkey. The last store I went to said I could reserve a fresh turkey, but that it wouldn’t arrive till Thanksgiving day! Not the end of the world since my Thanksgiving is Friday. Let’s see if I actually get a turkey. My backup plan is to buy a frozen turkey breast and cross my fingers that I get my fresh turkey. Stay tuned for turkey hunt update next week!
9 Jet Lag Remedies to Try – Conde Nast Traveler brings us nine jet lag “cures.” I am always wary of chemicals to cure jet lag, but there are some on here that are light related that look interesting. Might be worth checking out if you are flying through several times zones, like me, this holiday season.
The Smallest Hotel Rooms – Personally, I am too claustrophobic to stay in a few of these, but not all of them look tiny. These are great if you aren’t planning on staying for very long or if you don’t spend lots of time in your hotel room while traveling. I looked at the rates for the Pod Hotel in New York City and for a pod with a private bathroom the lowest rate was $89 a night, which is an amazing rate in Manhattan. This was after the holiday season, of course.
Marriott and Starwood Merger – Marriott announced this week that it would be acquiring Starwood Properties. This is an update on how that is going to affect their individual hotel reward programs. Even in you don’t have rewards points with them, it is good to be aware of this when making future reservations at either brand.
Which Signature Drink to Order Based on Where you Are Traveling – A great list of 40 drinks to try in 40 different countries. In Goa, we discovered that alcohol made from cashew nuts was the specialty, called Feni.
36 Hours in Montreal – The New York Times brings us a quick itinerary for a weekend getaway to Montreal. I really want to go to the Biodome, which is a tropical rainforest located in chilly Montreal.
Weekly Post Wrap-Up
Thai Silk Weaving – After leaving the Jim Thompson House, we walked to some traditional Thai silk weavers’ stores to watch the dying and weaving of silk.
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