I Cooked a Holiday Dinner in Paris for Only 150 Euros

Nicole Kliest

Around 2 p.m. one Tuesday afternoon about three months ago, I found myself in the conference room of our New York office with my credit card in one hand, cell phone in the other, about to purchase a Norwegian Airlines flight to Paris for Thanksgiving. “Are you ready?” I nervously asked my friend Kate, who had queued up the same web page. “You do it first,” she answered. So I did. And it was the best decision I’ve made in all of 2016.

For me, Thanksgiving has always been the more flexible holiday, the one my parents won’t murder me for missing. In the past, I’ve spent it with a boyfriend, my sister’s in-laws, and even in London the year I studied abroad in college. So the idea of heading to France wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. However, the common denominator for all other Thanksgiving adventures was the promise of a cooked meal by able bodies. Such was not the case for Paris. Nay, Kate and I quickly realized we were on our own. Our challenge would be to pull off the dreamiest, chicest Thanksgiving dinner in Paris. Perhaps while wearing berets.

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