As if that Chowhound picnic pigout wasn't enough, we had to gear ourselves up for the second part of our eating marathon, just a few hours later. After repeated nagging from me, my flamboyantly fabulous Ukranian friend O. finally had me and the family unit (J and my Mom) over to her parents' for dinner at their apartment in the Sunset. I learned my lesson about wanting to eat dinner at a Russian home. It was one of those (thankfully rare) occasions where you start to feel frightened by the quantity of food that arrives in an endless stream to the table, heralded by a fanatically hospitable Russian mother.
Due to some miscommunication, we arrived way past the scheduled dinner hour, and were greeted by O.'s parents, aunt and uncle waiting in the lobby for us. After a little damage control, we were immediately seated at the table, and then stuffed with Russian delicacies for the next 4 hours or so.
The meal started with about 10 appetizers, no exaggeration. Three kinds of mayonnaise salads, blini and salmon caviar, stuffed eggplant, smoked salmon, onion relish, pickles, mushroom pie, noodles, salmon baked with beets, and surely more items I am forgetting in my post-prandial coma. And that was just the first course. When I heard that, I started to panic. I was so far away from home, and clearly these folks had gone through a looot of effort. But, wow. I really don't eat that much food in a week, not to mention that the family unit had already stuffed ourselves at the Chowhound picnic.
The main course was a chicken pilaf type of thing. Delicious, actually. One of the best things on the table, with the exception of the excellent homemade pickles. I ate about a forkful, and then jumped up to clear plates so the hostess wouldn't notice quite how much food was left on my plate.
Dessert was 3 or 4 kind of storebought cakes, mousses, chocolate covered wafers, Halloween candy, the Ukraine via the Sunset District smorgasbrod of desserts, in other words. Tea was a welcome interlude and stomach settler.
We finally rolled home.
I will drink water today and consume green superfood in capsule form. Maybe suck on a lemon or something.