At the Foodie Staff Party, we always have lots and LOTS of alcohol.
Every year depending on who comes, depends on what will be consumed. Most times it is hard to predict.
One year it was lots and LOTS of beer.
This year it was wine.
We had bought a case of beer and some chu-hai (which is actually short for shochu highball, a drink made with juice and shochu (like vodka except it is made with sweet potatoes or barley) and Satoshi's co-workers brought many bottles of wine. (Thank you!)
First off, we started the party toasting with Santero's Pinot Rose, which I've tried in the past and written about here.
You should know that in Japan, maybe this is just in Osaka, but before any party ever starts, they toast and toast with beer.
Even if you don't want to drink beer, you have to toast with beer.
Anyway, I don't believe in this "ritual" and told Satoshi we are toasting with this sparkling wine instead and so that is what we did.
After drinking this sparkling wine, we opened Caliterra's Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon. I don't know much about wine, but this was nice and full-bodied.
So were the others that we tried...Chakalaka Spice Route, a South African wine. The wine was good and I like saying "Chakalaka".
Badet & Clement's Cuvee Prestige Blanc was a type of chardonnay (I think) it was nice chilled, light and easy to drink.
Hardy's Shiraz was kind of spicy.
Some people were drinking high-balls which they mixed Chivas and soda water.
I stuck to only wine, though most people went back and forth and mixed their drinks.
Major hangover today but I am pretty sure everyone had a nice time.
I found out from Satoshi at the last minute that there were not enough people for the party next week, so those who could come came this week, luckily for me I only had to cook for this one party!
Ooh, and the cilantro I got from Nate is growing! Will keep you posted on this.
Today is a National holiday, it is Keiro no hi (Grandparents Day), I wish I was able to spend the day with my Grandma, but am glad I was able to spend two months visiting with her while I was in Hawaii.