Thursday, November 26, 2009

Show & Tell Friday

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! I'm breaking the rules of Show and Tell a little today and sharing something that is not from my home or garden. This is where Lauren and I had Thanksgiving dinner today! I know...not a very traditional Thanksgiving but it was nice!
It's the Dolce-Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California. It's a hotel and conference center. I bet everyone that works any where near Silicon Valley has been here before for offsite meetings! I've been here quite a few times with different companies over the years.
For Thanksgiving they had a big buffet and it was really good! They had the traditional Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc. but they also had so much more! There was a cold seafood bar with raw oysters, prawns and crab legs and a huge dessert bar. You can see the menu here. I didn't feel comfortable taking photos inside the restaurant so I'll just share the outside with you...


This is the most nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner I've ever had. It's very different eating out at Thanksgiving but I'm thankful I won't have a fridge full of leftovers! I don't need that!!!
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If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. Please read the Show and Tell Guidelines for step-by-step instructions on how to participate.If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog. If your link has been removed from MckLinky, please re-read over the guidelines before re-posting, or e-mail me with any questions.

Thank you! I look forward to seeing everyone's posts...it may take me awhile to get around to visit everyone since I work full time but I'll do my best to get to your blog as soon as I can!




41 comments:

Chatelaine said...

Sounds like it was perfectly wonderful. And you had some nice mother-daughter time I'm sure.

Marilyn said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful, vivid pictures. My daughter and I also went out today. We wanted to do something different today because our lives changed in September. Aren't we blessed to have such wonderful daughters?

Now on to Christmas...hope you were able to get some decorating in during the week, especially since you weren't feeling well. May you continue to improve and get back to "normal".

Gypsy Purple said...

Lovely place Cindy!!

Charlene said...

Beautiful place to have had dinner! And you are right about "at least not having leftovers". They are good but, it gets old FAST! Hubby & I will be at a wonderful buffet like that for Christmas. So glad you enjoyed it. The grounds were lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Charlene

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

What a beautiful place to share a great day! We chose to go out today in leui of a big dinner at home, and it seems many of our friends did the same. I think so many of us stay so busy that it's hard to find to plan and cook for a big gathering anymore. I envy those who can fit it all in.

Love your pictures of Thanksgivings past. My mother is a blue and white fan, and I email her pics of your home often. She doesn't understand the concept of blogs yet, so I must rely on the visuals I can send her.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

It looks very swanky, definitely a non-traditional look. You know, I've never had an oyster, and I don't plan on ever having one. I can't imagine having a seafood buffet as part of Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas decor! Hope you're feeling better.

Lenore said...

I've read some of your previous posts and see you are still not feeling up to par....hope you are back to your old self asap!!!
We have had several Thanksgiving dinners out at a restaurant and I thoroughly enjoyed it....mainly because I didn't have to do the cooking....LOL!

Gattina said...

What a beautiful place for a celebration !
In the "Old World" we don't celebrate Thanksgiving of course, but for a wedding anniversary it would suit me too !

Vicki said...

Oh, that looks like a lovely place to have Thanksgiving! I am glad you enjoyed your meal and had a relaxing time! Thank you for hosting "Show and Tell Friday". Blessings to you! Vicki

Mrs Twins said...

Cindy thanks for hosting another fantastic 'Show and Tell' Friday. I enjoyed reading about your Thanksgiving meal. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.
Hope you'll pop over to the UK and say hi!
suesfavouritethings.blogspot.com
Anyone welcome! I'll have the kettle on.
Hugs and Love Sue x

country cottage said...

A very beautiful place !!!!

Happy Thanksgivings to you all

Cathy

Gracie said...

I'm sure you had a wonderful time in place like this! I'd like to visit such a place once in my life....
My post is up at http://mylittleplace.blog.com/2009/11/27/show-and-tell-friday-13/

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Cindy!

I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving! that hotel looks amazing and the menu even MORE amazing!

Hootin' Anni said...

Are you kidding me? I think this is a perfect show n tell!!! After all, show n tell is just that...you tell and show your life! It's perfect...and such a beautiful surrounding for Thanksgiving!!

My show n tell is posted...
Here

sissie said...

Wow, what a luxurious place.
While eating out seemed strange to you, the great part is that you were with your family. That's what counts the most.
Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures.

Hazel said...

This places are SO magical...
Absolutely lovely, darling.
I'm following you, keep on updating:)

xxx

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

What a nice place to treat yourself and your daughter. Guess what we're having for dinner tonight? Turkey pot pie. Then it will be turkey curry, then..... Hope you're feeling better. Rosie

IRENE said...

Looks like a fairytale! Glad you had a lovely thanksgiving. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Q said...

Beautiful place Cindy, I bet it was yummy! I sort of broke the rules too this time. I hope you get to feeling better too, has the pain eased up at all?
Enjoy your weekend!
Linda

BellaRosa said...

What a beautiful place to spend Thanksgiving, and you were with the one you love and enjoying good food, hopefuly the pain you were in is better and you didn't have to cook, how great is that:) although, biting into a cold piece of ham and eating a slice of pumkin pie with homemade whipcream the next day is pretty cool too :) Besos, Rose

Melissa Lester said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Cindy! I hope you are feeling better. I enjoyed stopping by here to catch up on your recent posts and thought I would tell you the unexpected inspiration I found here today. I am taking a break from decorating a birthday cake for a friend's daughter -- a monogrammed zebra-print purse -- and I like the way your zebra print tunic has the stripes angled. I am going to refer to your photo in laying out the strips on the cake. Isn't that funny? I always know I'm going to be inspired when I stop by, but sometimes it might be in an unexpected way!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

It looks wonderful!What a treat for you, a special place for a special day. Can't wait to visit there one day. xoxo Lidy

Kim said...

The building is beautiful! I can only imagine how nice the inside is.

I did Thanksgiving dinner out once & it was really nice, but I missed not having extra pie that night! If I do it again, I'm making a pie anyway :)

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Cindy,
I hope you are better soon. Its hard to keep a good woman down so I think you will be up soon feeling like yourself.
Big hugs,
Elizabeth

Bonnilynne said...

Thanks for this beautiful post... it's where we had our wedding reception 11 years ago- Many wonderful memories for me! ♥

junkstylediva.blogspot.com said...

The place looks beautiful. Who says you have to have a traditional Thanksgiving? You can do anything you want and even start a new tradition! Inge

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I love it. This Thanksgiving it was just my husband, the baby and I so we opted for ordering instead of cooking all day.
Hope you are feeling better.

Fleur de Bee said...

Very beautiful Cindy! I will have to check that out next time I am there!

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Please be sure to enter my drawing again on my blog!

xo Molly

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A beautiful place for dinner - sounds good to me. Had good intentions of joining in this week, but to much going on around here.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
Glenda

vintagebejoyful said...

hope you are doing better and that you are getting the best of care I will be getting your little treat in the mail to you next week, feel better soon my friend......

Tracey

Heidi said...

Cindy, thank you so much for posting this. I had almost forgotten the venue. It was the last time I ever spent Thanksgiving with my beloved stepfather (who was more like a father to me) in 2001. I hope you had a lovely day. I know we did when we were there.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Sending lots of well wishes your way for a speedy recovery. Hope you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving, and I LOVE your new profile pic!
Sincerely,
Angela

Glenda said...

I did that sort of thing several years back for Christmas. Didn't have anywhere to go that year as far as friend or family so off to the Claremont Hotel we went for their buffet.

I don't like medical mysteries, do hope this was a result of something you did to yourself and nothing more than that. Hang in there. As we get older strange thing happen for no reason.

Ciao

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a beautiful location! I like to think that Thanksgiving is in our hearts~ not where we have it or what we eat. :)

Tomorrow I start 3 weeks of craft and gift tutorials.

Come by and enter my GIVEAWAY.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

What a gorgeous place to spend Thanksgiving!
I also loved your post on your thrifty finds. Those clothes are amazing! I need to come shopping with you!

Marilyn said...

What a lovely place to have Thanksgiving dinner!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

DreamgirlLisa said...

Very beautiful place, it's nice to do something different once in a while too I think. I hope you are feeling better!!

cottage farm villa said...

Lately, non-traditional holiday "days" are right up my alley! Something new and different, can be a lot of fun!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Cindy....

Whoa........what a beautiful place. I thought you were going to say it was a friend's house.... :-) Maybe someday we'll be down that way and I can see the inside.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Leann said...

Hi Cindy

Sorry that I missed Show and Tell this week, but loved stopping by today and catching up. Hope that you are feeling much better.

Leann

Martha's Favorites said...

Hope you are feeling better. Your Thanksgiving Day sounded wonderful. Blessings, Martha