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1511672348_6c59c7d7ea“The idea is to work your way through the eight phases of the dinner party, answering all of the questions on the way – being as honest and creative as you wish. Once your homework has been completed, please nominate any number of bloggers to host their very own “virtual” dinner party.”

Thanks Graham for this food meme ! So let’s try to feed our English guy’s imagination. And if you haven’t visited his On Man’s Travel Blog, go now ! The food will wait… it’s not like I’m gonna be on time anyway!

1) The Dinner Party Theme

You have decided to hold a dinner party. When writing the invites you clearly state that fancy dress must be worn. Assuming that cost is no issue, who or what would you dress up as, and why?

I’d tell everyone to dress warm. Because after all, it’s October and this is Canada. And mostly because I’d love to host a diner in an igloo! Sounds crazy? Well, not really actually. I’ve read somewhere that even though it might be down to -30C outside, temperature inside may be as “high” as 17C when warmed by body heat alone.

So we would all be seating on the ground, wrapped in colorful blankets and there would be a fire somewhere. Although we have to make sure it doesn’t melt the snow… nah, I’ll research that beforehand !

2) The Invitations

This dinner party is for 6 people (including yourself), you are allowed to invite any 5 other people (either past, present, real or fictional), who would you invite and why?

My guest list would include :

  • The Pink Floyd, Manu Chao, Lou Reed and Thom Yorke : for nice-yet-not-to-loud music and great discussions about their inspiration and life experiences
  • The Subcommandante Marcos, Karl Marx and Mao Zedong : it’s a unique chance to finally understand them! Although we might require subtitles… oh well.
  • Friends from all over the world. I’d love to see a multicultural diner, where each continent and as many cultures would be represented. Like the UN but funnier.

Should be fun!

3) The Starter

You are preparing the menu, which dish(es) would you choose as the starter, and why?

Okay, first of all, I have to warn you : you are going to be disappointed because of my lack of Frenchy-ness when it comes to food. Truth is, I like all kind of cuisines but French isn’t my favorite. Yes Graham, I’m not a frog-leg person, nor a snail eater, nor a weird-animals-parts eater. Sorry. I hope you haven’t chocked on your fish & chips.

So, as a starter, I’d serve:

  • Veggies and some hummus dip
  • A minestrone soup
  • A few Chunjuan (spring rolls – yes, I make these myself !)

But this is just the beginning…

4) The Main Course

Okay, now for the main course? and what drink would you serve with it?

I like the Chinese way of eating where there are quite a few dishes, small quantities of each. So, I’ll serve:

  • Some fine Italian raviolis (filling would red pepper, spinach and feta)
  • Roasted potatoes with basil and fine herbs
  • Stir-fried veggies cooked in coconut milk
  • Pacific salmon with lemon and butter sauce
  • BBQ chicken with salsa

Have a smoke, relax, the desserts are coming!

5) The Sweet

Finally, the sweet. Which would you choose, and why?

Same here, you would have a bit of each flavor:

  • Yogurt and honey
  • A rich chocolate mousse
  • Some coconut bread

Now, let’s have fun!

6) The Entertainment

The dinner party has gone swimmingly, everybody has had fun, conversation and drinks have been flowing all evening. At the end of the meal you announce that everybody should perform their ‘party piece’ (no matter how strange or pointless). What party piece would you perform?

I’m sure we would have plenty to talk about, but I’d like to ask people to bring their favorite book and read a few pages from it. I by chance one of us can play the guitar (and that won’t be me, I’m telling ya!), we would all sing, no matter how bad we can be – as long as the spirit is here!

7) The End Of The Evening:
The party is over, everybody has gone home, the house suddenly feels empty and quiet. Your eyes fix on the hi-fi in the corner of the room. You search through your CD collection to put on some music as you want to listen to one more track before your retire to bed. Which track would you play?

I’d play the following songs:

  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond by the Pink Floyd
  • Karma Police by Radiohead
  • Sounds Of Silence by Simon And Garfunkel
  • Soledad by the Mano Negra

Some good songs…

8) The Dinner Party Nightmares

Okay, so the “virtual” dinner party is over. Now for the real thing. Have you ever been to or hosted a dinner party during which something has gone wrong (either with the food, a guest or something else)?

To be honest, I haven’t hosted a diner party in… years. We usually go to restaurant, cafés, park etc. I can’t really remember anything going wrong… I mean, the usual. Realizing the gas tank is empty and sleeping on the beach because well, there’s no gas station anywhere close and come to think of it we’re in the middle of nowhere (that was back in France). Not being able to find the way home because apparently, the food got us high (that and other stuffs I guess to be honest). Burning the food and ending up with take outs. Locking ourselves out. The usual, right?


So, I’d like to tag a few people here for this meme:

  • Shionge and her So Shiok…! (she has some cool pictures of Asian dishes once in a while!)
  • Traveller’s Tales is a blog I recently start reading. Would be perfect for this meme!
  • Tunneling thru’ is a new blog in my RSS feed, but it looks very promising. Made me laugh right away, so I’d be curious to see what she comes up with for this meme!
  • Aiglee and her A New Life In Canada : she looks like the kind of person who throw great diner party!

Have fun !


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Mmmmm, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well Zhu, you certainly have found the key to mine.

    Minestrone soup and spring rolls….Mmmmm that’s me in heaven and you’ve only just started. I think the idea of lots of small dishes for a main course is a great idea – something that a lot of the western world can learn from. And a sweet of yoghurt and honey… that’s me suckered for the rest of the evening… simply devine (naughty but nice).

    And of course, the best thing about your dinner party – it is held in an Igloo (not only is the food scrumptious, but the setting is perfect).

    I’m going to work through your music selection over the next couple of days – it sounds sublime!

    The perfect dinner party given by the perfect hostess. An all round perfect evening 😛

  2. Graham : watch out, I didn’t say I could cook everything… I might ask for guest’s help ! :mrgreen: I’m good at cooking Italian and Chinese food… that’s about it !

    I’m gonna book the igloo and I’ll be right back at you !

    Ghosty : Sure… take some home for the week…

    Keshi : eh, of course, you guys are all invited ! The more the merrier, right ?

  3. WOW Zhu, thanks! I’ll try to have my dinner party today ^^ but I don’t think I can have a dinner party better than yours xD

    I hope I can have at least a good one 😀 Yours was great!!

  4. wow, that sounds and conjures up some lovely images! Nice!
    Thank you for your nice words, will see how much I can dish out? 😉

  5. Yo Sweetie 😀 Thank you so much for the invitation and you are so cool hosting this dinner party 😀 Oh Gosh! Very very interesting I’ll give a thought but pardon me if I chicken out kekeek…….

  6. Really enjoyable read this one:) Yummy!!!(on all accounts ha,ha,ha,ha)

    Graham has tagged me to with this one and I have read 2-3 takes on this from other people and I can proudly state that although not my fav topic(simply because I’d rather eat in dinner parties than organize them) I will be doing this in 2-3 posts time:)

    I think I got a fine idea actually I just need the time to make it happen:)

    Later friend!

  7. Hey Zhu,

    1- Iglo?! Oh my God!!!! I am cold already lol lol…17ºC is still cold for us here! We are in October and it’s 27ºC…imagine that!
    2- I would want to be present in this dinner party just to say a thing or two to Mr Karl Marx lol lol! Oh, you would definitely have to invite me: I can dance, so I am a huge asset lol ;)!
    3- What a delicious starter: I love spring-rolls *yummy*!!! I can see that minestrone from here: d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!
    4- Oh my God!!! This main course is absolutely to die for…I kill for anything cooked in coconut milk *nodding*! Raviolisssss: love them!
    5- I am going to gain weight in this party…I swear! I don’t usually eat at parties…but I can’t help myself in this one :).
    6- I can’t play the guitar either, but I can join you on the singing part :)! We could do our version of Canada Idols lol lol
    7- Garfunkel…I am a huge fan! Nice choices :).
    8- sorry, don’t know what you’re talking about lol lol!

    After this party I slept like a baby lol ;)!

    Great meme

  8. Aiglee : looking forward to reading yours ! 😉

    Rads : same here… I’m sure you can come up with great dishes. Make me dream… I’m hungry !

    Shionge : enjoy yourself doing the meme, and I expect some dim sum somewhere on the menu ! :mrgreen:

    Deadpoolite : What ? You mean you don’t organize Greek orgies… I mean, parties ? Stop that non-sense and go make some loukoums !

    Art : so we have similar music tastes…

    FroggyWoogie : I’m from Nantes originally, so must have been on the coast, La Baule, around there… a while ago 😉

    Max : I know, it’s a lot of food. But we’re gonna get hungry with the cold, the talking, the singing… you know ! We also have music taste in common, that’s cool ! And of course, we will have caopeira. Not sure who would perform, but we will find 😆

  9. Okay, I’m really full and quite satisfied now, and that’s just after a virtual dinner party…Hey, that’s not a bad diet idea. Sounds like you would have a great time if you held such a party, and that’s a fascinating guest list you have there. Canada is just too cold for me; I get cranky when Pamplona gets cold, and we never go below -10C (and even that is rare). 😀

  10. Today’s language lesson: It’s not ‘The’ Pink Floyd. It’s just Pink Floyd. End lesson.

    I think maybe you should invite Huey Lewis to lighten the mood a bit as well.

  11. FroggyWoogie : yep, you know everything. That said, I was in “L”, so quite not a maths genius 😆

    Theresa : I used to hate cold but I appreciate it now. Canadian cold is very special… it’s dry, unlike in Europe. It’s an experience anyway 😉 Not sure about the smileys… I’ll have a look at that !

    SilverNeurotic : The more I think about it, the more I wish I could host an igloo diner !

    Diesel : let’s just say it’s a typo… :mrgreen:

  12. 1) Fire on a iglo? No, thanks! Smoking!
    2) Shakespeare (90 minutes), Amadeus (it would be fun)…
    3) Caviar!
    4) White Alba Truffle omelette/Peking Duck!
    5) “The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence” (A combination of a gold leaf Italian kasata flavored with Baileys and served with a mango and pomegranate compote and a champagne sabayon)
    6) ???
    7) Too much food and drink already…
    8) Nightmare? No more champagne? 😆 😆 😆

  13. Zhu… u really made me as if I’m attending the dinner.. 😛

    Pink Floyd & BBQ chicken with salsa – WOW. 💡 I’m insane if I miss it? Hmm I hope I attend one the way u described.

    Hey BTW..I hv completed the tag.. Chk out.

  14. Trotter : I’ll find a way for the fire… don’t worry ! And I will make sure there’s enough Champagne. Shouldn’t be too hard to find given my French background… 😉

    CM-Chap : you did a great job with the tag, I’ve just read it ! Chicken and salsa… mmmm…. yummy !

    lemonade : of course you’re invited ! We have so much food ! 😆

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