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Events : Scandinavian Christmas Smӧrgåsbord Dinner
Posted by Sue Herbert Uchida on 2017/1/29 14:45:15 (534 reads)


Saturday, December 10th 

  December Smorgasbord is a long-standing Kobe Club tradition and has changed somewhat over the years, but the two bottom-line essentials have always been herring and aquavit. True to form, both were there to be savoured when 49 of us gathered on 10 December to meet friends and enjoy a delicious Scandinavian spread in the run-up to Christmas. Aquavit aficionados appreciated a choice of four (“One more than last year!”), from Norway, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. An adhoc, unreliable survey put the Norwegian top, followed by the one from Denmark.


  Was there anything on the buffet table that anyone didn’t like? A mix of superb warm and cold temptations to fill our plates to overflowing. I loved the pork in aspic, but the popular vote, as expected, went to the herring (marinated and curried), closely followed by the gravlax, though some German-background Members confessed to favouring the meatballs, and one guest was heard to say how much she liked the bread at the Kobe Club!
  Ricaco Jepsen warned us of a “surprise” in the rice dessert-finding a whole almond warranted a prize. Eight out of 10 almonds were discovered (two swallowed?) and the winners ranged in age from under nine to over 90. 
  As we lingered over coffee, well-fed and content, Ricaco led us in a hearty round of well-deserved applause for Kamiki-san and his team. 
  I’m not always in Kobe at this time, so I was thrilled I could attend. Our thanks to all the attentive Club staff and, of course, to Ricaco for her hard work organizing this excellent evening and keeping the tradition alive.
 
- Sue Uchida





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