How do we celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid?
For anyone studying or working abroad, this time of year can be a little somber with holiday festivities around the corner, but especially for Americans with Thanksgiving approaching next week. We know the warm and welcoming feeling this special day brings and it is hard to reproduce while we are not in the states with our loved ones. Have no fear because the worrying ends now. We want to inform you that there are still ways to feel like you are part of the celebration while living here in Madrid.
The first and most important part to any successful Thanksgiving is the food. Lucky for us Madrid has this covered. Whether you want to celebrate in a restaurant or prefer home cooking we know where and what you need to look for.
Where can I find a turkey?
There are places to find a whole turkey in Madrid but it can be difficult. You can check your local pollería or the Corte Inglés market. Sometimes you will get lucky but remember this is the hot ticket right now so move fast since they sell out quickly. If you’ve found yourself out of luck we’ve found some alternative products that are still festive and delicious.
What about the other Thanksgiving fixings?
Everyone has grown up with their own traditions, but usually the staples that come with any Thanksgiving meal are mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and let’s not forget the stuffing. Unfortunately these things are a little harder to come by if you don’t want to make them from scratch. Lucky for you all the Taste Of America locations in Madrid will make your Thanksgiving hunt easier.
My American Market is also a great place to find great products. You can either shop in store or online.
Vegetables are very easy to find in Madrid so we won’t mention a lot here. Head to any chain or local mercado you enjoy and grab what you need for the big day. Traditional Thanksgiving vegetables include but are not limited to green beans, brussels sprouts, and corn.
Finally, what is a Thanksgiving without pie? Luckily there are a few places we can find the traditional pie flavors like apple, pecan, and sweet potato.
What if I don’t want to cook everything myself?
Have a Thanksgiving Potluck
If you don’t want to cook everything yourself you can make it a potluck and ask your friends to bring a side dish. Remember not everything has to be traditional. You can welcome some Spanish flare with tapas, Spanish tortilla, or jamón.
Invite Your Friends
EEUU and Non-EEUU: everyone deserves to eat like Americans on this special day. Create a WhatsApp group to make it easier for everyone to keep track of what other people are bringing to the party to avoid duplicates.
Have a Good Playlist
Make sure to have a good playlist playing in the background while you’re eating and conversing with everyone. It helps to make the environment more festive and fun. If you’re having a hard time check out Spotify. They have some great playlists like this one here.
Nothing like setting the mood than some decorative table settings and napkins. Taste Of America has a decoration section so while you’re food shopping you can also grab some things to help make your apartment more festive.
What about Black Friday?
We all know after the day of feasting comes the ultimate Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping madness. Since 2012, Madrid has jumped on the bandwagon and is offering deals in some major department and retail stores.
We’ve attached the link for you to check out the list yourself.
DON’T FORGET! Christmas Lights Walking Tour