This past Thanksgiving I found myself on my own for a change. Rather than sit at home by my lonesome, I decided to journey over to North Portland and parade of the Mock Crest Turkey Day feast.
As I walked through the door, I was immediately enthralled by the aroma of turkey and dressing wafting through the air. Video lottery machines flashed in the distance while other patrons were glued to the Bills and Cowboys or the Flyers and Blue Jackets. Other patrons were fixed on the Westminster Kennel Show. The fact is, you can watch pretty much anything you want at Mock Crest; all you have to do is ask.
I sidled up to the counter and took a seat. In keeping with the spirt of the day, I ordered a shot of Wild Turkey, which hit the spot rather nicely. I was keeping close attention on both the football game and the dog show when a Ducks fan showed up and asked to watch the last few minutes of the Ducks-Gonzaga game. The game went into overtime with the Bulldogs pulling out a one point win.
The staff was in a particularly good mood, especially given the fact they were working the holiday. Gabe, the manager, was busy entertaining diners while making pudding shots and seeing how high he could pile the whipped creme on top. I think he topped out around 5 inches.
Before long, my Thanksgiving dinner was set before me – lovingly prepared by chef Denise herself. And what a feast it was: turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans almandine, a Hawaiian roll, and a small serving of cranberry sauce. I made short work of the meal and asked for second helping of turkey – Wild Turkey, that is.
All in all it was a fine afternoon and time well spent.
Oh, since you are probably wondering, the Westminster Dog Show was won by Thor the Bulldog.