Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends!
Here in Jerusalem, Americans still cling to their outmoded and foreign customs, refusing to integrate with society at large. They speak the language of the old country and live in enclaves or ghettos if you will, stubbornly clinging to a lifestyle ill-suited to the rigors of the middle east. At no time is this more apparent than during Thanksgiving. All along Emek Refaim, the heart of anglo Jerusalem, Americans have booked every available table in order to celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving. At such a meal, the average American will consume enough food to feed a typical Israeli family for 1.4 days. Walking down the street one hears only English and woe unto the waiter, waitress or bartender whose command of the language is less than stellar.
While this is ostensibly a day of celebration, openness and grace, here it’s all about Americans and American-style consumption. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Norman’s Steak ‘N Burger, an upscale meat restaurant in the heart of Emek Refaim, home of the one pound Kahuna and 2 pound Sumo burgers. Despite the fact that the owner of Norman’s is a Canuck, every table was booked till 3 am with American expats celebrating Thanksgiving. To get people into the spirit, all the staff wore face paint and Indian feathers as modeled above by our good friend Yoni (husband of Simone). Being a vegetarian with no prior reservations, I didn’t eat there, but man did it look like everyone was having a good time! Well, next Thanksgiving in Jerusalem! ×”×•×“×• ×œ×” ×›×™ ×˜×•×‘
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