Thanksgiving is upon us — and you’re probably dreaming about the delicious mains and sides you’re going to enjoy on the big day! When you envision that perfect Turkey Day table spread, what do you reach for first? There are hundreds of online quizzes that say your favorite Thanksgiving dish can predict everything from your character, to your love language, to your potential career interests. Why not your on-the-water personality, too?
Just read on as we explore some of the most popular Turkey Day picks — and what your go-to dish might mean for your cruising preferences!
It’s safe to say that turkey will be the star of most American households on Nov. 24 — in fact, the National Turkey Federation estimates a whopping 45 million turkeys are consumed during the holiday every year!
However, maybe you’re more than just a casual fan of turkey. Maybe you spend hours researching the perfect brine or fun, new frying method — or perhaps you take special pride in being the one to carve the turkey before every holiday meal. If this is your favorite dish, then we’d guess you also love being the captain of your Monterey deck boat, literally (and figuratively!) steering the day’s activities with your maneuvering skills and attention to detail. You’re at your happiest when you bring people together with a fun-filled day on the H2O — a character trait that extends back to life on land, too.
Ah, the simple comfort of a wholesome scoop of mashed potatoes — and gravy, of course! There are plenty of reasons to love this component of your Thanksgiving spread. If it’s your favorite part of the meal, then you probably know that it’s the simple things that matter most. You like leisurely cruising, boat picnics, maybe a bit of fishing, too — no-frills activities that fill your soul like delicious comfort food.
You have a sweet tooth! And if you take the time (and love!) to bake your own pumpkin pie, there’s a good chance you get a thrill from sharing your favorite things with others. On land, that might mean delicious desserts. On the water, it likely translates to being the fun, social glue of every on-the-water outing. You might love snapping photos to preserve sweet, silly, nostalgic memories, for example — and always know how to brighten up even those chilly, overcast boat days with your warm spirit.
Cranberry sauce is one of the sneakiest dishes at the Thanksgiving dinner table! Yes, it’s a common staple — Americans eat more than 5 million gallons at the holidays, per Ocean Spray — but it’s also a side that contains multitudes: sweet with a tart kick that piques your palate. If you love cranberry sauce, and using it in fresh, unexpected ways (like the zesty complement to a leftover sandwich!), that trait might apply on the water, too. You’re likely one to chase thrills like wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and waterskiing that take your everyday boating adventure to a new level.
Something Deliciously Avant-Garde
Perhaps you’re the innovator of your family Thanksgiving — the one who can always be counted on to create a new recipe that people will be clamoring to try, like spicy Brussels sprouts, pumpkin mousse, and other unexpected twists. On the water, that might translate to being a lover of high-tech, “smart” boating and futuristic gadgets like the water jetpack.
Whatever dish you reach for first, of course, it doesn’t really matter — you’re an essential part of your family’s Thanksgiving dinner and your on-the-water experience, too. From our Monterey family to yours, we hope you have a very delicious Thanksgiving — and a happy holiday season ahead!