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Around the World Holiday Gathering (2)

  • Dec 17, 2011 · 6:00 PM
  • Art's House in Woodland Hills


David - Brisket of beef

Nancy - Noodle Kugel

Kalynn - Southern Hoppin' John, cornbread and wine

Louis - Creamy Mushroom Soup and Broccolini

Jonathan and Flora - Glass Noodle Soup with chicken, ginger and lemon grass, homemade fresh guava juice and wine

Manoj - Poha (Seasoned beaten rice with potatoes, onions and turmeric)

Mayumi - two kinds of quiche

elayne - Gefilte fish with horseradish

Meg Shimatsu - Gyoza and Shumai

Mugdha - Mango Pudding

Genie - Wine and Apple Cider

Julia - Wines

Sally - Beer shabu shabu

You might have tried shabu shabu before, but I'm not sure if you've tasted what's called "Biiru (beer) shabu shabu" YET.  My mother used to make this when there was leftover beer. 

Well, for regular shabu shabu you quickly cook ("shabu-shabu"=swish-swish) thinly sliced beef, pork, seafood, tofu, mushrooms and vegetables in kombu (kelp) based broth usually, but this version we do that in a pot of beer!))

Just for the photos please click the link below:

It helps to tenderize the meat and adds flavor to the meat and vegetables. You dip the cooked food in the sauce I make - sesame based sauce and homemade ponzu (citrus based vinaigrette without oil) and we usually add udon noodle and/or mochi (rice cake) in the end. I'll bring the table-top cooker and a pot and cook.  

OK, what would you like to bring? ))



Hi everyone,

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. 

Our Thanksgiving meetup was quite a success and we enjoyed it a lot with the warm feeling of one big family)) I especially loved the cooking part with my members for 5-6 hours and that was so much fun even after the meetup I went home and still wanted to keep cooking more lol 

I think the food came out great with no butter! ))  Sorry, I still haven't had a chance to organize all the emails I've received from the members on healthier Thanksgiving meals, but hopefully by next week I can do that.  Thank everyone who shared the ideas and tips and also special thanks go to Jonathan who kindly opened his house for the feast.

We were having such a great time we already talked about gathering again for Christmas too. And our member Art came as a generous host opening his house again and I really appreciate it.

We had the Thanksgiving meetup at his house in 2009 as follows:

I also like to thank Linh who opened her house for Christmas in 2009 as well:

The background photo of this meetup page is from that meetup. Thank you, Linh, for your generosity again.

Anyways, this year it's going to be a potluck style and if you can bring something to represent your background or cuisine that would be great.  Please just don't bring a bag of potato chips! We'd like to have nice food, either homemade or store-bought or takeout from delis or restaurants, but please be courteous and bring tasty food or drinks.

I will charge $5 to cover the cost of plastic items and basic beverages like water and soda. It should also help prevent no-shows and last minute cancellations. In the past there were some times that I was too shy to collect nominal fee at the meetup... haha, I've come the long way! lol

If you'd like to join the celebration, please make a prepayment of $5 by Paypal and specify what you're thinking to bring. If you're not sure now, please indicate that and try to let me know as soon as you figure out.  I'll post a list of items here and revise it every time there's an update.

The address will be sent to the attendees with the payment only.

And the host Art, who's been singing opera, is going to sing for us too ))  You're welcome to sing also as he has a karaoke machine. 

Maybe we can sing some French Christmas song too!

Happy holidays,



Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)

Minuit, chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle,
Où l'Homme-Dieu descendit jusqu'à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle

Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d'espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur !

Le Rédempteur a brisé toute entrave :
La terre est libre, et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un frère où n'était qu'un esclave,

L'amour unit ceux qu'enchaînait le fer.
Qui Lui dira notre reconnaissance,
C'est pour nous tous qu'Il naît,
Qu'Il souffre et meurt.

Peuple debout ! Chante ta délivrance,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur !

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  • Louis

    Definitely a 5 star event. We had so much delicious homemade food and laughs and fun at this potluck. Only one word to describe it: AMAZING Thank you Sally and Art for making this such a joyous occasion. After the potluck Kalynn, Mayumi and I walked down to the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood to see all the beautiful Christmas lights. I am posting the photos on this site, so take a look. Sally we have to do this more often. It was so much fun.

    December 19, 2011

  • elayne

    this was an absolutely wonderful evening in every way. the people, the food, the camaraderie. it was totally enjoyable!

    December 18, 2011

  • Nancy S.

    The various foods were wonderful, the people were friendly and interesting to talk with. Sallly did a great organizing job as usual.

    December 18, 2011

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