Hah! This video is in response to some of you who question if we really had a party of 70 people this last Saturday! Yeah, we cooked it all and we actually had lots of people over who ate almost all the food! Being that there’s a cloud of doubt because we didn’t provide pictures of the guests, just the food, we decided to put this video together as the PROOF!
We also threw this video together to share with all those who attended the » Read the full story →
Whew! What a week it’s been over here at the WORC household! All the work, cooking and cleaning we spent over the last week paid off to the grand finale on Saturday and we had a BLAST! It’s moments like these when good friends come together for friendship and food that make the days of planning worth the effort. Saturday was one of the bi-annual testing days for the two dojo’s and afterwards everyone headed over to our house for the party. It was also » Read the full story →
We got hit hard since Friday afternoon….Down! Our site fell into to the deep, dark abyss of the internet. We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened to our site, but we’re finally up again, dusting ourselves off of these technical difficulties. Maybe it was all the interactive highlights we’ve been trying to add to our blog that caused us to crash. That’s what happens when you get two wacky , blogging nut-heads like us trying to steer the blog at the same time. » Read the full story →
Cooking for Thai’s memorial luncheon was not only an honor, but a trip back in time. This feast of about 60+ close dojo friends, family, students, Sensei, widowed girlfriend Kate and 1 soon to be born baby Kiera of Thai Siam was an amazing gathering of love, respect and memory. It pained me even beyond my silent tears to hear that Kiera will be born without her papa, Thai, a man whose dedication, passion and capacity to love Aikido martial arts would have been transcended » Read the full story →
We were in fine form. Flying around the kitchen, finishing dishes, cooking the potatoes au gratin. Unfortunately, this was still in my sleep. D. had already risen and was hitting the kitchen, but I was still in my dreams. After falling out of bed, I grabbed the car keys and staggered out to Banh Mi Che Cali to buy baguettes and a morning cafe s?a dá. The coffee worked quickly, and by the time I had purchased ice from the gas station I was back » Read the full story →
The day before the dojo’s gathering. D. was charging out of bed with the morning sun. I never charge out of bed, but did follow not too long after. Today was the big prep day. D. hit the veggies; washing, blanching, slicing ‘em down to size. I crafted the onslaught of smoke & heat that would transform 12 lbs of tough brisket into melt-in-your-mouth, smokey good, as well as melt the fat of 10 lbs of pork butt into a tantalizing pulled pork. Soon D. » Read the full story →
Last month there was a tragedy which one of the senior black belts from our sister dojo was killed in a car accident. Not merely limiting the tragedy to the premature end of a joyous soul, the event has left behind a widow (also a member of our dojos) who is expecting with child. At New Year’s we had expressed a wish to host a dojo gathering at our house as a post-Christmas feast, and Josh, our senior black belt, said that the dojo was » Read the full story →
Toshi Koshi Keiko, is a tradition among Japanese martial arts of practicing on New Years Eve to celebrate the transition of the past year as well as welcoming in the new year. Every New Years Eve, we celebrate with at the dojo with “T” joining his fellow class mates for a midnight class, while “D” watches and guards the potluck table from potential pre-nibblers.
This is a much anticipated potluck, for practicing Aikido from the last hour of 2007 into the first minutes of 2008 » Read the full story →
It was the end of a long day dealing with hordes of Christmas customers, but closing came bit earlier due to the cold, rainy weather. Several of my fellow aikido practitioners were gathering at Honda-ya in Tustin for a late night munchie after class. For us, it was still early enough to join them without having to start eating as they were ending. But did we really feel like being social? I’m not exactly a social butterfly, but an evening with friends is always a » Read the full story →