House Party

December 11, 2013

Skankynavia: Swedish Birthday

by Anders Arhoj

Two gay men got married in the early 00’s (yes, that’s right USA, listen and learn from the Danes), spent eight years together, got divorced, and became good friends again after some time. Straight people could also earn learn a thing or two from the gays about post-marital behavior. This fall they chose to combine […]

October 4, 2013

Japanify: Grilled Oriental Chicken

by Yoko Kumano

The early 90s… I was distancing myself from my Sandylion stickers while making multiple trips to the Wherehouse to make sure that I got tickets to see Radiohead at the Edge in Palo Alto. It was a confusing time, but it shaped me. Foodwise, I was tiring of the hambagu, Japanese curry and and gratin […]

August 28, 2013

Skankynavia: Countryside Luncheon

by Anders Arhoj

It’s been such a nice summer here in Denmark for a change. After literally 6 months of cold, dark and snowy weather it was finally time for the sun to return to the land of vikings and LEGO. It’s bright from 4 in the morning until 1am = three hours of darkness. Which means everyone is […]

December 3, 2012

The Forest Feast: Persimmon + Brie Sandwiches

by Erin Gleeson

I had some left over persimmon after making this salad for Thanksgiving, so I sliced them into wedges and made these little appetizer sandwiches, which people seemed to really like! You could use any kind of cheese, really… but do make sure you choose Fuyu persimmons (the squat tomato looking ones that are eaten when crunchy and […]

November 19, 2012

The Forest Feast: Caper Crostini

by Erin Gleeson

Crostini are great for entertaining, and this caper/shallot mixture can be made ahead of time. Burrata just makes everything better, so the combo of these ingredients is absolutely delish! Burrata is like a super soft fresh mozzarella that comes in water in a tub (you can get it at Trader Joe’s). If you can’t find […]

October 30, 2012

MOTOism: Moto Sensei, Cooking Class Teacher

by Moto Yamamoto

If this is posted on 10/30, it means I survived Hurricane Sandy. My friend Chisa told me numerous times that I should start teaching cooking lessons. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, and didn’t have time to think about it. Now I have time to think, and to do, so I decided to […]

October 9, 2012

MOTOism: Izakaya MOTO

by Moto Yamamoto

Izakaya MOTO is an invite-only, very exclusive izakaya, located in the heart of Financial District in Manhattan (aka my apartment). I had my friends over one night, and decided to host an izakaya-style evening. I have a large counter in my kitchen where guests can sit (well not so comfortabely yet, since I don’t have […]

August 20, 2012

Forest Feast: Umami Mart Fiesta

by Kayoko Akabori

Last weekend on a warm Sunday evening in the woods we hosted A Forest Fiesta in honor of the recent opening of the Umami Mart shop in Oakland.  Guests who came were contributors and supporters of Umami Mart and all brought amazing things to share. Mike made some amazing pao de queijo aka brazilian cheese bread (I need to try this recipe!);Kishi brought his delicious […]

July 9, 2012

Forest Feast: Postcard from New York

by Erin Gleeson

I just got back from the most lovely weekend in New York City. A dear friend from college is getting married this summer so we threw her a “Spice Shower” dinner party in our friend’s backyard in Brooklyn. It was a warm evening so we passed out fans (which we needed!!) and served summery drinks. […]

June 18, 2012

Forest Feast: Cocktail Party in the Woods

by Erin Gleeson

Last weekend we hosted some people from my husband’s work for a little late afternoon cocktail party. While Jack set up the bar on the deck, I put together some snacks. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I went for colorful and easy: crudite and several dips, cheeses garnished with fresh herbs, dates, […]