Chowhond Meetup at Malo
First up, let me say, I'm male. My name is Ron, that's a masculine name, it comes from the Scottish Ronald which derives from the Latin Reginald which means King. I am King of my domain, which is incidentally of no consequence whatsoever.
We all met up at Malo. I was the cat that decided to show up early to get a few of the famed margaritas in me, meaning that I showed up at 6:30 for a 7pm meeting. By the time the half hour had expired I had four happy hour-priced margaritas in me, so I was most certainly good to go.
First off, I have to say that it was a pleasure meeting the 'Hounds this evening, especially Katkoupai and Normal Garciaparra, Kris P Pata, Dommy and so on. It was wondeful finally putting faces to names.
I think in the grand scheme of things, that's all you ever need. When framing an argument or coming up with a retort or even seconding a suggestion, knowing what a person looks like goes a long way toward your response.
I had fun at the 'Hound meetup. I arrived early, had my share of the ground beef and pickle tacos, which are like Big Macs for the Silver Lake Soul, and worked well with my Oro Azul margaritaSSSS.
It was great meeting all of you. LA has a great "outside the park" community so there are plenty of non-official events in which we'll run into each other, but in the end it was splendid putting faces to names.
I'm heading to Mozza tomorrow to walk in for lunch. Anyone want to meet up?
Another Hound from work and I had the date down as July 13; we decided not to sign up as we had a lunch reservation at Pizzeria Mozza that day. (I guess that, if we couldn't devote ourselves to both Mozza and Malo in one day, we didn't really deserve to be there anyway, right?) Did it get changed, or do we just need to stop smoking crack before logging on?
Yup. If it's any consolation to Woolsey, I almost went to Malo one week early. I called the restaurant two Tuesdays ago to be sure and got a recorded message that said, "Malo will be closed tonight for filming," so I knew that I was one week off. Luckily, I called before driving out there and checked my calendar, otherwise I would've been very bummed.
It was nice to meet you too, Sauce. I had a nice time. I just wanted to say a big, big *thank you* to Jaquilynne, Emily and everyone who put the meet-up together. I enjoyed meeting people from this board, where I spend a lot of my freetime. The food and drinks were good, and I love my new "how to fold a burrito" t-shirt. :-)
Props to the DJ, too (or whoever it was that was spinning Joy Division, Siouxsie, and other blast-from-the-past new wave bands).
I had a good time, despite having to bow out early because of a music rehearsal. But it was nice meeting you folks - SauceSupreme, Chowpatty, Sassille, Slacker and others whom I either forgot your real names or what your handle was. Kris P. Pata, who's a friend of mine from before Chowhound, was IM'ing with me earlier in the day and we were wondering what strange folks we'd encounter. Either we were wrong, or all the strange folks just decided to stay home :)
What time did it end?
I'm down for doing this again. Or maybe we can have an informal Chowhound dessert meetup at Scoops or something in the near future -- I'll warn Tai in advance!
Much props to the Chowhound staff for putting this together!
re: Normal Garciaparra
End? I'm still here -- where is everybody?
Seriously speaking, I'm pleased as Sangria to have attended and to have met folks whose writings and opinions inform and, at times, inflame but never fail to entertain. Normal Garciaparra and I didn't know what to expect, and, as it turns out, we ourselves may have been the actual odd folks we had imagined encountering. It is, as my brother in eats, SauceSupreme says, a matter of placing a face to a name and the evening more than achieved that for me. Happily, it also allowed me the opportunity to connect with the personalities behind the posts and I am gratified to have met the acquaintance of Chowpatty, Dommy!, KatKoupai, Sassille, HitTheBall, Cicely, Mattapoisett, JeffW, Chowbella and J & W, the two, cool film journos whose SNs escape me. Your personalities were all as engaging as the beef and potato tacos were crunchy; the sangria icy. Meeting you all inspired to reawaken my inner C'hound and I pledge to become as active as before.
Many thanks to the evening's organizers and keepers of the swag, Emily, Jacquilynne (What's it all abooot, eh?) and the Head Chow in Charge, Jane (Weekly events, Jane. I was only half joking.) for hosting, throwing and yes, sponsoring the event. As you witnessed, the camaraderie was evident throughout. Cheers for providing a venue for it both online and off. I very much look forward to the next one.
Good food (Hey, I like MALO), good drink and good company: At the end of the day, what more could a Chowhound want? In the immortal foodie words of Margaret-Jo McMullen and Teri Rialto (Google if you need.), "Good times. Good times. Yes, good times . . ."
Finally, a word about mon ami, Sauce, who by the way, c'est Supreme! But now that you've officially outed yourself as a dude named "Ron" it may be time to consider another handle.
Thank you, please tip your waitresses. I'll be here all week.
Now that the tequila has coursed its way out of my system, let me say something about Malo itself.
I know that it's gotten a bad rap; it's an Americanized Mexican Watering Hole that's a understaffed. I think taken from that perspective, the problems that others on the board have expressed start to crystallize. There wasn't a single Mexican there dining, and the drinks really weren't strong so much as they were salty.
But it was nice to see them displaying their infused tequilas at the bar (the bartendress just poured a bunch of strawberries into the jug that contained pineapples; they also had one containing mangoes). It would have been cool if they were agua frescas, but come on. Really. I would have been _shocked_ if they served agua fresca... go back to the fact that it's an Americanized Mexican Watering Hole (AMWH probably accurately describes quite a few places around town).
Thanks also to Dommy! for her Yucatecan suggestions and Kat for her Persian ones. And I'm just now remembering that I forgot to score a tote bag. D'oh!
It was great meeting so many other hounds (ChicaChow, Jaquilynne, Dommy, P., Kris P. Pata, etc.). I'm just sorry I didn't have a chance to talk to everyone. As for the food it wasn't anything I would pay to have again but I really appreicated Chowhound hosting the event. Thanks
Re. the food at Malo, I thought the guac, chips, pico de gallo and red salsa were good. The tacos, beans and rice were above average, but I have had better. I think the real charm of the place is the patio, the candles and the music. I would go back with friends. The ambiance reminds me a bit of Habana in Costa Mesa.