Merry Christmas

Dec 27, 2007 in Family, Kamil

Merry Christmas by dimantIt’s my favorite time of the year again. We spent the Christmas Eve at my parent’s place stuffing ourselves with great food. Last year we organized the party at our place for friends and family. Everyone made one dish which with 20+ people at the table provided for quite a culinary treat with all the special regional dishes or variations on the classics that I myself have never tasted before.

This year we had a traditional Polish Christmas Eve supper with 12 (or 13?) dishes. The supper stared with homemade barszcz z uszkami (beetsoup with mushroom dumplings), which was followed with halibut cooked in onions, herring in oil, herring in sour cream with apples and onions, a vegetable-potato salad, broiled halibut with potatoes, a dish which name I’ve seen translated as “Hunter’s Stew” and which is basically fresh cabbage and sauerkraut mix cooked with mushrooms ans spices (meat or sausage is added later as the meal on Christmas Eve traditionally could not contain meat other than fish – now it can but some things are still just done out of tradition), special pancakes, a poppy seed and raisin pasta dish, couple different cakes and few other dishes that are considered traditional dishes to eat around Christmas time.

Christmas Party

Dec 08, 2007 in Family, Kamil

One Market Street RestaurantAnia’s law firm organized a Christmas party at the One Market Street Restaurant in San Francisco. Great people, tasty food, open bar and a band playing all the 80s favorites, what more could you ask for? The band started their gig with a church organ music which was a clever way of commenting on the acoustics which were a bit like in a gothic cathedral due to the fact that the beautiful banquet hall is about six stories tall with a metal structure inside and a glass ceiling. It was a great time for everyone and an idea to be applauded especially during times when a lot of companies have given up on Christmas parties. We did not have a camera but I’ve heard there are pictures already online somewhere. I will post an update when I find them.