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Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Skid Row, Downtown LA

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Good Morning Everyone,

We hope you are doing well, and you are having a great weekend.

We wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to all the students from UCLA, USC and SMC who joined the Faith in Christ Ministries and U in the USA to feed the people in need.

It was an enlightening and heart warming experience.

We are sure all the people who are less fortunate than us appreciated our generosity and humility.

We hope you know how blessed you are through this experience.

We created a slide show of pictures as a little reminder of how thankful we should be.

Click here to download the pictures.

If you feel compelled, please share your experience and feelings in the comment area.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

U in the USA

Real First Thanksgiving Wasn’t So Cozy

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

On Thursday, we Americans will mark our annual Thanksgiving holiday.  It often revolves around a lavish dinner for family and friends that begins with a prayer of thanks for our blessings.  The Thanksgiving tradition is modeled after harvest-home feasts – especially what’s been called the First Thanksgiving in colonial Massachusetts.

It’s the pleasant story of a cold, late-fall day in 1621, when about 50 pious English settlers called Pilgrims, who had barely survived their first winter in the New World, shared a feast with neighboring Wampanoag Indians.

But according to curators at Plimoth Plantation – a living-history museum in the same settlement where the Pilgrims and Indians marked that harvest almost 400 years ago – the Thanksgiving story is more fable than fact. Click here to read the complete reflection published today by Ted Landphair for Voice in America.

Listen: Landphair Report


What Thanksgiving Day Means to People in the U.S?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA. I’m Faith Lapidus. This Thursday is a day for families and friends to share a special holiday meal and think about what they are thankful for. This week on their program, they asked some people to share their favorite memories of Thanksgiving Day. Click here to enjoy some interesting and enlightening stories.

Follow That Foodie :: A-Z Guide To Thanksgiving In Los Angeles

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Thanksgiving is almost here, full of all it’s fattening cheer. And with so much eating to be done, who has time to cook?! Instead, treat yourself to this juicy guide of Los Angeles restaurants!

Deciding which stuffing to stuff in your piehole is a very personal choice, and when plotting a tryptophan trip it’s best to consider all your options. Restaurant dining means special menus, extended seatings and fancy versions of your favorite holiday fare. For the home types, the answer is just as easy; order takeout and pass it off as your own as you serve it to your salivating guests.

Plus, think of how green you’ll be by not washing every dish in your house and not running all your appliances! That type of earth-minded efficiency means you’ll have more time to spend doing what matters most — watching football. Oh yeah, and hanging out with friends and family. Click here to enjoy this juicy guide cooked by LA.com.

Top 10 Places to Buy a Pie For Thanksgiving (And Then Say You Made It Yourself)

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Thanksgiving is a food-lover’s holiday. Everywhere you turn, there’s talk about what to eat or cook for the big day.

LA Weekly put together a list of the Top 10 places to buy a Thanksgiving pie. Click here to get the list.

How To: Prepare a Thanksgiving Feast With Help From the Web

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving, and that means family traditions. But what if your family doesn’t really have any, or you simply want to start your own new ones? This might be the year where it’s your turn to up the heat and put together a Thanksgiving feast. With social media and the web, we’re lucky to have everything we need at our fingertips, through videos, online invitations, and online recipe collections. Shoot, if you want to throw a proper Thanksgiving dinner and want to avoid squabble over the wishbone, you can even order Plastic Wishbones online!

Here are all the resources — recipes, videos, menus, and tools — you’ll need to put together your own traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Click here to read the article posted by Amanda MacArthur for Mashable – The Social Media Guide.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with US and Share with People in Need

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Dear Students,

As you may know, Thanksgiving is a very important holiday in the United States for bringing family and friends together.

More importantly, it’s a time to be thankful for what we have and to share with those in needs.

U in the USA is inviting you to celebrate Thanksgiving with us and also to Share with people in needs.

When :November 26, 2009

How :

  • Join us from 5 to 8 pm at our location in Westwood to dine, learn about this American Tradition, have cross-cultural exchanges and what a movie.

Thanksgiving invitation

To attend, you must attend our information meeting on November 20, 2009 at 4 pm

Where : 1746 1/2 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles

To reserve your spot, please send us an email at contact@uintheusa.com or give us a call at 1-800-464-7681

We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you and also to creating a memorable experience for the person in needs.

All the best,

U in the USA

Thanksgiving Traditions: North vs. South

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

While we can’t support all Southern culinary traditions wholeheartedly (does everything have to be fried?), we will assert without a twinge of regret that a Southern Thanksgiving beats a Northern one, hands-down. Not only do Southerners not feel compelled to create a meal that unerringly honors the one our forefathers are said to have enjoyed, but they accept everyone’s contributions without reservation. As a result, the table groans with good (if unrelated) things, akin to a church potluck.

Click here to read this interesting article published by 10Best.com. They point out the distinctions between a Southern Thanksgiving and a Northern one, from side dishes to desserts to the main course.