Midwinter Nordic-inspired Brunch Lunch
posted December 3, 2013 8:01 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat December 21 at 11:00 AM, Chateau du Aubergine (aka Becky's house)
4924 Northeast 18th Avenue, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
I'm having a midwinter party and Mefites are invited!
Are you tired of holiday shopping? Tired of the Dark? Tired of Winter? Tired of Rain?

Then please come to my house for Nordic-inspired brunch/lunch to celebrate the return of the sun and to beat those mid-winter blahs!

There will be a smorgasbord/smorrbrod/buffet: DIY Danish open-faced sandwiches, herring, Swedish meatballs, Finnish root veggie casseroles, Scandinavian pastries/baked treats, aquavit, coffee and more (really, more? that seems like quite the list already?)

Board games, music (Norwegian dancehall? yes. Finnish polka? yes!) and of course sauna.

Hyvaa Talvipivnseisaus! (that should be Good Winter Solstice in Finnish but it appears metafilter strips out some of the characters!)
posted by vespabelle to Meetup (19 comments total)

Argh! I have to be on the other side of town at noon! Boo!
posted by mimo at 6:08 AM on December 4, 2013

[Sorry about the Finnish. Is it Hyvä Talvipäivänseisaus? MetaFilter doesn't normally strip out any characters.]
posted by pb at 8:19 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm interested, as long as nobody forces me to drink aquavit. Or eat lutefisk.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:05 AM on December 4, 2013

note to self: put lutefish on shopping list.
posted by vespabelle at 12:19 PM on December 4, 2013

I guess to make up in partial for missing this, I will have to get my Scandinavian fix at the Scan Fair this weekend.
posted by mimo at 2:31 PM on December 4, 2013

I'm interested, as long as nobody forces me to drink aquavit

I'm really sorry about that one time, Greg.

I will be there with Ole and Lena jokes.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:07 PM on December 10, 2013

No worries, we can heal all wounds with a bit of Swedish vodka!
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:45 PM on December 10, 2013

I will be there with Mister Rabbit and Kid Rabbit.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 7:08 AM on December 17, 2013

I get the impression that everything will pretty much be there already. Should we/can we bring anything? I feel guilty just showing up empty-handed...
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:50 PM on December 18, 2013

Any additions are welcome but not necessary. This is my one party of the year and I enjoy providing a good spread! including The Portland's largest rutabaga!

Bring something to drink if you don't want to drink delicious aquavit! We will also have lingonberry soda and elderflower soda (and plain soda water you can add herring juice to as well.)

Bring a towel if you want to sauna.

Parking will likely be a bit of a pain (as I am right off Alberta St.) and you'll maybe have to park down the block.
posted by vespabelle at 12:37 PM on December 19, 2013

Hi folks. I'm Portland-raised, DC-based and my conservative Finnish grandfather would appreciate this spread but probably not the overwhelming political consensus. Looking forward to meeting y'all tomorrow.
posted by Skwirl at 12:00 AM on December 21, 2013

Looking forward to it (and also to whatever Portland's Largest Rutabaga is turning into)! I have some leftover ginger shortbread cookie dough I'm going to bake up and bring, because I couldn't possibly eat a whole batch of cookies at this point in the holidays, but I bet everyone could eat one or two and help me get rid of them.

Skwirl, I think this get together is also going to have some of vespabelle's non-metafilter friends attending, so please don't be put off if it takes you a little while to figure out which ones we are/takes us a while to figure out that you're from metafilter!
posted by Secretariat at 8:51 AM on December 21, 2013

Ha. Thanks. That's why I thought I should chime in. I actually attended a couple PDX MeFi meet-ups back in the days before Mathowie and the gang moved here.
posted by Skwirl at 11:13 AM on December 21, 2013

Sorry I missed it, I've been under the weather today. Bleah.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:09 PM on December 21, 2013

That was really fun! Thank you for inviting us.

I mentioned a couple of mud/adobe house things at the meetup- thought I'd drop links about them here.

The adobe/straw house I spent a couple of days helping build (here's someone else's account of helping to build) turns out to be called the Hummingbird B&B. The artists who built it are Dennis and Leslie, but they've recently sold it. I think it's a B&B now.

And, here's the airbnb in St. Johns called The Mud Hut.
posted by Secretariat at 5:21 PM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yay! Thanks everyone for coming out! It was fun having you all over.
posted by vespabelle at 5:25 PM on December 21, 2013

Vespa thanks so much for having us over! That was fantastic!
posted by Lutoslawski at 5:52 PM on December 21, 2013

It was such a beautiful nordic-inspired lunch! Muchas gracias, vespabelle!

Looking forward to looking through those links, secretariat!
posted by aniola at 9:18 PM on December 21, 2013

The Family Rabbit had a good time. Thanks vespabelle for putting together such a great spread and thanks everyone for being so awesome!
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:53 AM on December 23, 2013

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