What is it like to have dinner with four persons you've never met before? In someone else's home where you've never been? It's a lot more relaxed than you would think. Well, I guess, it depends on who the other four are, but on the other hand - would someone who doesn't like meeting new people even consider doing such a thing?
So yes, it was a nice dinner yesterday. Even if the whole situation was kind of weird, since I had my own TV crew with me. This is not something I usually do. They interviewed me outdoors for an hour. And then they gave me directions like: "Sit on this bench.... Could you please look in that direction... Could you get up from the bench and walk past the camera..." And Bromma is where the City Airport of Stockholm is so we had to do several takes because of landing airplanes, or too much wind, or too much dog shit on the ground (true). "No, no, we can't film from this angle, too much dog poop." And it was pretty cold outside...
After this it was time to go to Nick's place. Of course they wanted to shoot when I rang the door bell and Nick opened. It felt so silly and I couldn't stop laughing.
Anyway, Nick had made some nice vegan broth with udo noodles, vegetables and cilantro. It was very good! I usually don't eat vegan food so I find things like fried tofu and fermented soy a bit scary. But he had managed to make a nice dish of it. The strangest thing was that it resembled the soup with beans and cilantro that I had had for lunch, a lot. And then he gave us fortune cookies for dessert! I haven't had a fortune cookie in years, until I found this package of them at home. And now suddenly I get them two days in a row!
It turned out that everyone, except me, knew eachother from another AirDine event. Some Taiwanese cooking class that they'd been to. It seemed like an interesting event, but apparently the food had been horrible. Heaps of pigs' feet and some kind of dumplings filled with dried shrimp, mushrooms, nettles and other weird combinations of dried food. Haha, I'll definitely look for one of those events!
But this also makes me wonder, is this whole sharing thing dependent on just a few people? When I arranged my Easter brunch the only AirDine guest I had was someone I already knew from Hoffice, and who is now also in Streetbank. The rest of you guys also have to try it if this is going to take off...
After dinner we played a game called Icebreaker, where you ask each other questions. Like "describe yourself as a person" or "if you could pick qualities from someone else, what would it be and from who?". But I think we got the conversation going pretty well without it as well.
So I definitely recommend trying these things! Just download the AirDine app and do it! (Or if you live somewhere else in the world you could for example try VizEat, Feastly or EatWith) You get to try new food for a very reasonable price. And meet some nice people for an evening. And see someone else's home.
Someone told me that the only way of being invited to someone's home in New York is to have sex with them. If this is the case where you live, why not try an at home restaurant instead? The sex free alternative.