I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Canadians roam among us. Sometimes a subtle pronunciation gives the game away, where “ou” becomes “oo,” or there is an unmistakable “eh” at the end of a sentence. On the other hand, the signs can be loud and clear – a toque worn in the summer; a hockey jersey that fits like a Talking Heads jacket; a maple leaf adorning the clothing or body. You’ll suddenly find yourself in a conversation with a real live Canuck without warning.
A good percentage of our northern cousins work in the Cayman Islands, bringing with them strange music by artists like The Tragically Hip, Anne Murray and the Barenaked Ladies. My Big Bang Theory is that although Canadians like their winter sports, they are also pretty fond of the warm temperatures here. You only have to spend one winter in Edmonton to appreciate the Caribbean. What they also bring with them is Canadian Thanksgiving, celebrated on the second Monday of October. This year it falls on Oct. 14, and when a celebration involves turkey, all the fixings and some cold beverages, you’ll want to join in whether you’re Canadian or not.
A number of bars and restaurants typically offer traditional Canadian fare on Thanksgiving Day. One such restaurant that will definitely be bringing the magic to the table is the Seaharvest Restaurant at Sunset House. One of the last few legendary properties on Grand Cayman, Sunset House offers the very social My Bar by the sea where you can enjoy your dinner if you don’t wish to be indoors. Either way, on the menu will be turkey, ham and all the trimmings, with pumpkin pie to finish. All you’ll need is a cold brew to wash it down and you’ll be as happy as a moose in the wilderness.
The supermarkets are getting into the act as well. Fosters Food Fair, Kirk Market and Hurley’s Fresh Market are all going to have Canadian Thanksgiving food available piping hot from their delis and buffets. Hurley’s Fresh Market is even going one step further, offering a fully packaged Thanksgiving meal, complete with meats and sides, for you to take home and enjoy without having to lift a finger (or stuff a turkey). Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Giving thanks that you don’t have to slave over a hot stove for half a day?
Whether you were born in the provinces, are married to a Canadian, or just appreciate a good game of hockey, remember to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this Monday, Oct. 14, and be a looney for a day.