Thanksgiving 2010: Tenement Museum Edition

We celebrated Thanksgiving with Amy‘s folks up in New Jersey, and there was significant culinary awesomeness: classic Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings for Thursday night, and Bavarian bratwurst (from Union Pork Store) with latkes and spitzel on Friday night.

Thanksgiving Dinner Bavarian Dinner

On Saturday we went on a trip to the Tenement Museum in New York, inspired by a recent reading of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement (which had also inspired Friday night’s Bavarian sausage feast). Entry into the tenement is only allowed with an official guided tour group, at a standard ticket cost of $20 adult ($15 for students and seniors), and photos are not allowed inside the building, so this was as good as I could get:

Orchard Street

The talks provided some insightful vignettes into immigrant life in New York tenements of the 19th to early 20th Centuries. As an added plus, right outside the rear museum exit, Congee Village presented itself as a timely lunch opportunity, with congee, dimsum, and garlic-sauteed snow pea leaves.

And here is a parting shot of New York from the Lincoln Tunnel helix across the river to close out the weekend:

New York

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