Do you like dining with strangers? Video edition…

okay not a stranger… me and Greg “SippitySup”
What could be better than a 7 course dinner outside on  a warm summer night in Los Angeles? …  With strangers.   Pop- up dinners seem to be “popping” up everywhere. Supper clubs aren’t a new thing or even exclusive to Los Angeles.  All over the world chef’s, professional and non professional are opening up underground restaurants in unconventional places.  Homes, farms, basements… you name it. People are pouring wine and enjoying the company of strangers, who, for one night have crossed paths over chilled pea soup.   I was invited by my new friend Judy and it only took me a half a second to say “yes!”

We entered through the terrace, where 2 communal tables were , casually set, but with forethought.  They were thoughtfully dressed and ready, waiting patiently for the guests to arrive. Like beautifully wrapped presents, the tables waited quietly like presents under the tree on Christmas morning.  Chinese lanterns strung across the terrace, glowed softly in the amber light of the sunset and  mason jars were overflowing with Parmesan twists as they  stood silently next to little plates of stacked pickled carrots delicately placed about.
We were greeted by our gracious hostesses- the Two Broads Abroad, Broad #1 – Judy and  Broad #2 -Nahid with smiles and excitement.  The tables were set, the food was prepped, and the warm energy that flowed about in the summer breeze was intoxicating. 
There was nothing left to do but pour a glass of champagne. This wasn’t your basic bubbly, Nahid started the bottom of my glass with a strawberry balsamic reduction, then poured the champagne over the top.  Getting to the bottom of the flute was a treat, like the center of a lollipop.  The champagne mixed in with the balsamic magically twinkled into  a syrupy splash of slightly acidic candy- I had three… 
When all the guests arrived, some friends – some strangers, we moved out to the terrace for dinner.  Like old seasoned professionals, Nahid and Judy cooked effortlessly, plated,  and served the group course by course, out of a tiny kitchen that appeared to be straight off of a movie set.   
menu
market fresh tomato tart with mixed olives
watercress watermelon salad with mint and feta
grilled halibut with orange beurre blanc, black rice, roasted asparagus
stone fruit cobbler with house made vanilla ice cream
Each course presented itself enticing, and not an empty plate was left in the house.  Seasonal bright flavors,  prepared intentionally to highlight their natural exquisite qualities. All of the wine brought by the guests, was poured, shared, and passed –  making new friends out of strangers. The night came to an end with a final toast to the Two Broads Abroad for an incredible edible “underground” experience…  
Hope you enjoy the video…
9 comments… add one
  • Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious August 1, 2011, 7:57 pm

    LOOOOOOVE your video! That looks like an outstanding party and delicious food.

  • urban muser August 2, 2011, 12:12 am

    wow, that looks like it was a lot of fun!

  • lynne @ CookandBeMerry August 2, 2011, 1:36 am

    Dear Louise, I have been thinking about you and how happy you must be with the OC Fair going on. Right in your element where you want to be. You look just darling in the video, by the way. This was a very fun post.

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  • Quyen - Kitchen Runway August 2, 2011, 5:47 am

    Louise – You've done it again – beautiful pictures, writing and a very lovely video. I love it! Great job. I can't wait to watch more of your videos!

  • Tania August 2, 2011, 6:01 pm

    It was a blast. Two Broads Abroad ROCK!

  • Amish Stories August 3, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I will pretty much dine with anyone that can stand me,lol. Well im really a nice guy,really folks. Richard

  • highplainsdrifters August 3, 2011, 8:09 pm

    great video, love the background music selection.

    my solstice resolution was to focus on the positive, and for me, it's so hard to talk about the good without comparing it to the bad … so i'm hesitant to say this … but i'd watch 60 minutes of this over nearly anything on the Food Network. every cooking show is just so derivative and redundant. so, hope some network execs are watching!

  • Table Talk August 16, 2011, 10:47 pm

    Hooray for supper clubs! Looks like it was a wonderful night with great food, ambiance, and with a seat next to Greg, you know it was fun.

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