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Hands across the Ocean (from Int'l board)

Melanie Wong Mar 30, 2001 07:45 PM

Simon, please let us know what your SF/Napa dates are and we'll see who's available for a "drinkypoo".

Do keep in mind that San Francisco is "boys' town" and vocabulary like that will get you a few dates. (g)

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    yvonne johnson RE: Melanie Wong Mar 30, 2001 09:13 PM

    "Do keep in mind that San Francisco is "boys' town" and vocabulary like that will get you a few dates. (g)"

    and Simon might want to keep in mind that if he keeps referring to women as girls, and saying puddings are girly dishes he won't be getting dates of the other sort. ( well i laughed). and come to think of it we all know he loves his puddings and sweets...he's been everywhere known to human kind for afternoon tea for crying out loud! So here's my question for the SF 'hounds if you meet him--Is Simon really a girl?!

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    1. re: yvonne johnson
      Simon Majumdar RE: yvonne johnson Mar 31, 2001 02:51 AM

      Dear lady

      Those who have had the dubious pleasure to inhale air in the same room as me ( Howler, Magnolia, Andy L) can confirm that I cannot be a woman because

      a) I know to get my money ready before all my groceries have been rung through the checkout ( this also applies to ticket barriers on the tube )

      b) Don't think meals should consist of pudding, Main course ( if we really must ) pudding, with a side order of pudding

      c) Don't think stories like Pretty Woman happen in real life

      to list but three. And, there are oh so many more

      I do have an occasional sweet tooth ( what is an occasional sweet tooth all the rest of the time, I wonder?) but I am very much of the it must have had eyes and a mother to taste good school.

      That not withstanding, I do hope I get to meet some of the chaps on what I consider an ecumenical mission to the former colonies


      1. re: Simon Majumdar
        Melanie Wong RE: Simon Majumdar Mar 31, 2001 03:42 AM

        If those are truly your opinions of women, perhaps you'd best limit your company to SF's boys after all.

        One more time, you'll need to say when you'll be here if you're trying to arrange a rendezvous.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Simon Majumdar RE: Melanie Wong Mar 31, 2001 05:46 AM

          Of Course they are not!!! i simply must contain my urge to joke on this board

          Will be in SF 8/9/10/11 April

          So come one come all whatever the random dispersion of their DNA:)

          1. re: Simon Majumdar
            yvonne johnson RE: Simon Majumdar Mar 31, 2001 09:02 PM

            Dear Sir,

            i have a similar difficulty on the irony front...few get my jokes in this land of the saturday night live hit the joke over the head variety. boy is bbcamerica doing me a favor in running the uk men behaving badly

            ps-chowhounds, don't get me wrong, i love this country, that is, the USA. i'm now a citizen afterall, but irony is missing from the constitution. that's why simon is such a hit (now how's that?...you owe me big time)

            very sincerely

            1. re: yvonne johnson
              Simon Majumdar RE: yvonne johnson Apr 1, 2001 04:11 AM

              I knew there was a reason I liked you

              And now I know, a genetic disposition towards the ironic. Hurrah!

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              Melanie Wong RE: Simon Majumdar Apr 2, 2001 01:16 AM

              Don't you dare. Although it does make planning a bit more difficult - can anyone suggest a venue where minimal damage will be done if a lass dumps a bucket of water over Simon's head?

              I'm out of town on 8 & 9, can't confirm yet for 10 or 11 April.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Anne Emry RE: Melanie Wong Apr 5, 2001 10:56 PM

                Melanie, do you know what your plans are yet?

                Simon, do you have some area or type of place you want to try?

                I'd hate to miss this chance to get together.

                See ya! Anne

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                  Melanie Wong RE: Anne Emry Apr 6, 2001 04:14 PM

                  Hi Anne,

                  Times I'm available are Tuesday, 4/10, about 6pm (then I have 7pm dinner to attend near Post/Jones, SF) and anytime Wed, 4/11, will be in City sans car.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    Deb H. RE: Melanie Wong Apr 6, 2001 05:19 PM

                    I'm free 4/10 & 4/11; I'd like to join as well.


                    1. re: Deb H.
                      Anne Emry RE: Deb H. Apr 8, 2001 02:52 PM

                      Talk about pressure!

                      Ok, here's the plan.

                      Dinner on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 at Da Flora (See review below.)

                      701 Columbus Avenue at Filbert Street (in North Beach)
                      415/ 981-4664
                      (Parking lot across Filbert street charges about $10.)

                      For those who don't want to dine, come and drink wine. Or have wine with appetizers. Or whatever.

                      I'm guessing eight for dinner. If you haven't posted on the subject and want to dine, it might be helpful if you could email so I can give Flora a reasonably accurate number.


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                      1. re: Anne Emry
                        Simon Majumdar RE: Anne Emry Apr 9, 2001 10:15 PM

                        Hi guys

                        Simon is in the house!! SF that is

                        I shall be there with Big ( and let's not deny it, richer and better looking , are the two related?)Brother

                        So Da Flora at 7.30pm of your american hours it is,

                        I am the one who looks like quasimodo on a bad day. No hair at all except out of my ears and nostrils ( the result of impending decay and advancing years ) I shall also be wearing my best flasher's mac.

                        But how will I recognise you lot, apart from the fact that being in the US you wont have any good beer in front of you?


                        1. re: Simon Majumdar
                          Anne Emry RE: Simon Majumdar Apr 9, 2001 11:41 PM

                          You'll know us because your ears will be burning. A table for eight will have two empty chairs and you will hear the hissing sound of your name being taken in vain. Unless you get there early and don't give us a chance to warm up at your expense.

                          But seriously, the reservation is in my name and the place is tiny.

                          See ya! Anne

                          1. re: Anne Emry
                            Simon Majumdar RE: Anne Emry Apr 10, 2001 11:23 AM

                            Got your message and I shall be there


                  2. re: Anne Emry
                    Melanie Wong RE: Anne Emry Apr 6, 2001 05:12 PM

                    HMG's representative in SF, Alex Eisler, has returned from her travels. She says she's available on 4/11.

                    1. re: Anne Emry
                      Melanie Wong RE: Anne Emry Apr 6, 2001 09:01 PM

                      Hopefully Wednesday 4/11 works for you as that seems to be the consensus date shaping up with Alex and Deb. I'm headed back to the City to sleep tonight, then out until Tuesday afternoon.

                      Would you mind tracking down Simon who's probably in LV already and coordinating with him? He'd mentioned earlier that he was considering staying at Hotel Diva (SF), in case he doesn't check Chowhound. It would be great if you choose a time and place to meet too. Thanks much!

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        Simon Majumdar RE: Melanie Wong Apr 7, 2001 12:47 PM

                        Get into SF on Monday

                        Would love to meet up.

                        Tell me where and when


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                          yvonne johnson RE: Simon Majumdar Apr 8, 2001 10:14 PM

                          at least 2 hints made by Simon. us chowhounds are deaf. many happy returns of the day!

                          But, more importantly (sorry don't like b/days), how was the Hamed fight? I went out chowing last night, forgot to book pay per view and tape it. the result must have been too late for today's NYT to run. Hamed is a total prat but in the ring he's angelic grace on stick legs.

                          Simon, when you get back home, can you please write a report on the match using chowhound terminology? I guess that's possible if Joyce Carol OATES (!) can write so eloquently about the sport.

                          btw: cheers, chowhound chums when you meet up.

                          1. re: yvonne johnson
                            yvonne johnson RE: yvonne johnson Apr 8, 2001 10:30 PM

                            oops, just read NYT web site.

                            hey, chowhounds in SF, bec of boxing result, Simon may be off his food!!

                            1. re: yvonne johnson
                              Anne Emry RE: yvonne johnson Apr 9, 2001 01:05 AM

                              Not possible!

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                                yvonne johnson RE: Anne Emry Apr 9, 2001 09:50 PM

                                after i posted that...i thought what a stupid thing to say. You're right...hell will have to freeze over before Simon loses his appetite. (and I've never met the man, or girl (only girls hint so much about their birthdays!)).

                                have to go, men behaving badly's on in the telly.

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                ironmom RE: Simon Majumdar Mar 31, 2001 09:03 AM

                What is it you mean (specifically) when you say "pudding"? What sorts of things does the term encompass?

                1. re: ironmom
                  Simon Majumdar RE: ironmom Mar 31, 2001 10:19 AM

                  Quite different from the US meaning.

                  This is a very middle class british term meaning any dessert.

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                  julia RE: Simon Majumdar Apr 5, 2001 07:35 PM

                  I guess I could be offended, since I always have my money out (and at the most inopportune times!), prefer the savoury to the sweet, and think Pretty Woman is the most hideous movie ever.

                  But I'm not, so onward!

                  Dear Simon, will you be eating in LA, or just passing though? I'm curious to hear. Or read, rather. And of course I will be breathless in anticipation of your Prime and Laundry reports.

                  I would suggest a cocktail gathering if you were going to be around for a while, but herding Los Angelenos can be quite difficult. Although I've always wanted to meet the infamous Pepper, and Bob, and Pat, and Mr. Grub, and Richard, and Melanie, and the dude-ical JustinRush, but would we ever be able to agree on a spot? I give you much credit for assembling your fellow Londoners.

                  C'mon, sweetheart, hop on over to a world of Chinese, Thai, Korean food, $350pp sushi and juicy burgers:

                  Link: http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

                  1. re: julia
                    Deb H. RE: julia Apr 5, 2001 07:57 PM

                    Hey Julia,

                    You might want to repost this on the Los Angeles board -- I see you linked the Intl. Board message to here, saying it's the L.A. board...

                    Deb H.

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