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Chowhond Meetup at Malo

SauceSupreme Jul 24, 2007 11:14 PM

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?

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    jane Jul 25, 2007 06:09 PM

    You've all said it - so great to meet so many people I had imagined (and you're actually even better than I imagined). Thanks to everybody for making it an absolutely fun party. Say what you will about Malo, it's nice to have a pitcher of ice with every pitcher of margaritas. (And yep, I can't wait to get back to LA for those Yucatan ideas....)

    1. Jacquilynne Jul 25, 2007 03:31 PM

      It was great to get a chance to meet some of our LA-based hounds (even the ones who took the opportunity to complain about moderation ;). I've always been a huge fan of the unofficial chowhound gatherings in Toronto, but they're never as big as this one was!

      The chips and guac were pretty tasty, that and the one orangey coloured dipping sauce which was hotter than expected but had a nice sweet flavour. I'd had a few margaritas before I tried anything other than chips and guac, and it had been 12 hours since I'd eaten, so I'd have eaten anything. Given that, I'll pass on commenting on the rest of the food at Malo--I was in no position to be making judgments.

      I'm curious about the sangria. It's something that I often love, but which can be great or terrible. I started on the margaritas and decided it was best to stick with one variety of alcohol for the night, so I never tried it. Anyone else try it that wants to comment?

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        slacker Jul 25, 2007 03:43 PM

        It tasted like cream soda. It was carbonated and had a creamy/sweet vanilla flavor, just like cream soda. You can hardly taste the red wine. Strange tasting sangria, but I happen to like cream soda.

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          Jacquilynne Jul 25, 2007 03:58 PM

          That sounds ... odd. I wish I'd tried it, if just to know what cream soda-ey Sangria tastes like. Thanks for the info.

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        silverlakebodhisattva Jul 25, 2007 01:52 PM

        I had a blast, and the infectious enthusiasm of our Chowhound-grown celebs (Dommy!, Chowpatty, Russkar, Saucesupreme, etc.) made me renew my resolve to strive to honor my Chow-handle, and provide more helpful, and less snarky, reviews and comments in days to come. Thanks again to the Chow Crew (Jane, Jaquilynne, Emily) and to Malo. . . . and the Cam-Man is now ensconced in his "knives" T-shirt.

        rfgs

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          davina Jul 25, 2007 03:17 PM

          I thoroughly enjoyed myself too, though clearly I didn't mingle enough. It was great to see such a dedicated, food-loving (and margarita-loving) group. I loved talking to Thi and Cicely, and next time I'm in LA there is much eating to be done. Crazy fluffy fried fish with apples in Thai-town!

        2. DanaB Jul 25, 2007 01:12 PM

          So sorry I missed it! I ended up having to work late. Would have loved to catch up with old and new chowhound friends, but glad to hear that you all had a good time!

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            slacker Jul 25, 2007 10:33 AM

            Jane, Emily, and everyone at Chow were wonderful hosts, and a big thank you for throwing us a party.
            It was really great meeting everyone, and putting faces to names. As JeffW said, lots of warm vibes and good conversations.
            I'd definitely like to meet up again.

            P.S. I am not a guy.

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              Dommy Jul 25, 2007 10:40 AM

              Ditto!!! :) Nice meeting everyone and I can't wait to use my Chow Bag at this Saturday's Farmer's Market! :)

              --Dommy!

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                russkar Jul 25, 2007 03:58 PM

                Ha, ha ha ha, I used mine TODAY to capture some Heirloom Tomatoes before they escaped. It works pretty good because of it's stronger than Plastic that the FM's always use.

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              calabasas_trafalgar Jul 25, 2007 10:18 AM

              I bit far for me to venture on foot. When's the next evening bash?

              1. JeffW Jul 25, 2007 09:32 AM

                What an ummmazing evening spousal unit and I had last night. So much more to rave about besides the never ending array of food and drink. The warm vibes and conversation between so many different backgrounded folks, but all with the common love of "Chow". A true melting pot if ever there was! The organizers of the event, Jane Emily, and the gal from Canada (sorry I forget your name), couldn't have been more welcoming. Rare to find this type of generosity. So many enjoyable conversations and nice folks to meet. Hanging with SandraW was like therapy. Slacker, Sauce Supreme, Cecilia, Normal, Dommie's fellow Pat (he makes stuffed Quahogs clams---yum), fleeting conversation with Russ, etc., etc., just a big Sherman Oaks THANK YOU, for all of you adding to the magic.
                Back to real life today, but very fun to reflect on last night. It felt like family.
                Cheers,
                Jeff

                P.S.
                Carter---where were you?

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                  SauceSupreme Jul 25, 2007 11:33 AM

                  Jeff, I completely agree. It felt like a very warm family reunion.

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                    Mattapoisett in LA Jul 25, 2007 01:10 PM

                    The Woman from Canada was Jacquilynne, Chowhound's Community Manager and the only person I have met personally who is a bigger Alton Brown Fan than I am [have fun in Nashville and Post about it]

                    It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones

                    Take Care

                    - P.
                    AKA: Dommy!'s SO

                  2. SauceSupreme Jul 25, 2007 07:18 AM

                    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!

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                      HitTheBall Jul 25, 2007 07:58 AM

                      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

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                        yogachik Jul 25, 2007 09:09 AM

                        So bummed I couldn't make it - traffic was beyond awful yesterday trying to go from West to East, so the next time something like this comes together, more on the westside, I'm in

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                          katkoupai Jul 26, 2007 04:43 AM

                          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.

                      2. Normal Garciaparra Jul 25, 2007 01:00 AM

                        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!

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                          nosh Jul 25, 2007 04:09 AM

                          Couldn't make it last night. Would love to meet up in the future, hopefully soon. I'll put in a vote for Sat or Sun morn dim sum, if that could work out.

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                            katkoupai Jul 26, 2007 04:27 AM

                            To answer Normal's question, I think we were all out of Malo by about 10 or 10:30PM.

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                              Kris P Pata Jul 26, 2007 12:57 PM

                              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.

                              Say, ChèvreRon?

                              Thank you, please tip your waitresses. I'll be here all week.

                              1. re: Kris P Pata
                                katkoupai Jul 26, 2007 09:12 PM

                                Kris P-- I'm still laughing about your handle. It's great-- Kris P Pata (not to be confused with crispy pata). :)

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                                  Normal Garciaparra Jul 27, 2007 02:17 AM

                                  Well, "Dean U. Guan" is still up for grabs... :)

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                                    SauceSupreme Jul 27, 2007 02:43 AM

                                    So is "Lou M Pia"

                                    I think the best part of Kris P Pata's handle is that he uses Porky Pig as his avatar.

                                    This all reminds me that I still have yet to try the pig candy over at Lou's.

                            2. katkoupai Jul 24, 2007 11:34 PM

                              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).

                              1. Woolsey Jul 24, 2007 11:27 PM

                                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?

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                                  Jacquilynne Jul 25, 2007 05:40 PM

                                  The date did change at one point, but I don't think it was ever on the 13th. It was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but we ended up moving it to this week because of a uniquely LA scheduling conflict with Malo--they were busy being a film set on our original night.

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                                    katkoupai Jul 26, 2007 04:26 AM

                                    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.

                                2. pleasurepalate Jul 24, 2007 11:20 PM

                                  I so wanted to go. It sounds like you had a blast!

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                                    OCAnn Jul 25, 2007 10:19 PM

                                    I *so* wanted to go as well, but never would have made it in time from OC. =(

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