Thanksgiving – Swiss Style

For the past 14 years in Zürich, we have always celebrated Thanksgiving. My parents both have ties to the holiday, so it was always an important thing to celebrate. Whether we cooked, baked, went out or just spent the day together, we perfected a tradition for ourselves in Switzerland that isn’t exactly the true american way of cooking and eating with the whole family, but the thought is there and that’s all that counts.

One Thanksgiving, I made 4 different kinds of vegan pie to take with us to a dinner party.

377676_10150983377045245_919716013_nPumpkin Cheesecake

317735_10150983787115245_1547364201_nPumpkin Pie

388882_10150983788075245_1118537026_nSweet Potato Pie

390245_10150983788880245_1481068849_nAnd Apple Cream Raisin Pie

All the recipes were by my favourite author Isa Moskovitz and from her book Vegan Pie in the Sky

A year later, we were invited to the same dinner party. Again, I decided to venture out and bake outrageously healthy goodies.

574544_10152299133520245_1070698179_nRaw vegan pecan pie truffles

556309_10152299133905245_384485897_nand Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

THE COOKIE (DOUGH) MONSTER! Enjoying vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie-Dough!

THE COOKIE (DOUGH) MONSTER! Enjoying vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie-Dough!

Thanksgiving baking definitely became a tradition of mine and sadly I was not able to continue it this year as I was flying home instead. The pumpkin pie was thus not homemade, but made by one of the most traditional Swiss restaurants that provide a special Turkey Dinner every year.


This restaurant is the Kronenhalle in Zurich. I honestly don’t know why they started the tradition of making Thanksgiving dinner, but my parents and I have enjoyed our meal of thanks there nearly every year for as long as I can remember. We always went after my dance class on Thursdays; I would eat a vegetable plate and spätzli and we would complain about the pie having too many nuts, chunks of fresh pumpkin or not enough “American-ness”. Every year.

We would also extend an invite to anyone who was alone on Thanksgiving – in true American tradition.

IMG_0791I have always loved and appreciated our Thanksgiving Dinners here. Even just the celebration of Thanksgiving as a family makes it a special tradition, let alone the fact that they actually cook a Thanksgiving meal. Also, I always enjoy the surprise of not knowing who exactly is going to show up to dinner. My father is normally the person in charge of rounding up a “lonely” friend or inviting someone who wants to learn about the tradition, so our dinners are generally refreshing and never a repeat of the year before.

This year I knew everyone who was coming to dinner, but had never experienced them all together, so I was excited to see what the conversation was going to be like.

My outfit for the night was a beautiful white lace dress paired with some of my favourite leopard print shoes.

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Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetI accessorised this outfit with lots and lots of mascara

IMG_0793Fun Fact: the next day I was only wearing a bit of eyeliner, but my lashes were still affected by the mascara and my father said I was overdoing it with the makeup. When I was actually wearing full on smokey eye makeup however, he said I looked nice?! Confusion… 🙂

Another fun fact: my mom found the term “Thanksgivukkuh” hilarious. I later sent my family this picture



(source: bethenny’s (from the Real Housewives) page on Facebook

My father responded with this picture:




It was a happy Thanksgiving!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

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