Childish already put a post on this, but I had half a post written, so why have it go to waste? So read HIS first (if you haven't done so already).
Thanks to Moshe there was a blogger meet with me, childish behavior, frum punk and the babysitter and one of Moshe's friends (Alan) who reads all our blogs (or atleast we hope so).
After kiddush and homotzie Moshe's very nice wife served us fish, just like at any traditional shabbos lunch meal. However, unlike any traditional shabbos meal, his wife didn't serve gefilte fish and salmon, she served something way better fried fish (not sure the type) and vobla. The fried fish didn't get any cringes from the group, except for those who didn't particularly like fish, but the vobla was the topic of discussion.
Vobla is a dried up salty fish. It is delicious. But in order to eat it you have to skin it and take the guts out on your own. I honestly have never done it before (I always had my dad peel for me), so when Moshe gave me one to help myself with, I had no idea what i was doing. Punk called me "uncultured" to which I had the brilliant response of "I am NOT uncultured" and then started laughing, and said "this is my culture" or s/t like that. To which we got into an entire discussion on how russians don't really have a culture.
In the meantime, babysitter was not eating anything at all, and Moshe was hoping that she'd eat something when the meat came out. So finally the meat came out.
So Moshe's chulent was not at all "typical"; didn't have the beans, the barely, the potato type thing, rather had a whole mix of grains, sweet potatoes and lamb. I happened to really like it. Everyone else seemed more interested in the alcohol that Moshe was showing off. Boy does the guy have a love for alcohol. But so does my dad.
Anyway. We were at moshe's house for 5.5 hours!! We discussed many different things. And I realized that everyone was pretty much the way I expected them to be. And I had loads of fun, and I just want to thank everyone for going, and a special thank you to Moshe for hosting. :-)
Next time, I'll provide pickeled watermelon. Maybe I'll actually try it. lol.