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LA Hound Potluck get together, before the next holiday ? anyone down ?

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kevin Dec 3, 2013 03:16 PM

Just sayin' as the proverbial phrase goes.

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  1. The Oracle RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 03:20 PM

    Yes!

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    1. Tom P RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 03:35 PM

      My vote would be in the doldrums of Jan, when it is not so crazy… but I would try my best to be involved!

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        jessejames RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 03:38 PM

        sounds fun...i agree january a lot easier...for me, lunchtime a lot easier too

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          kevin RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 03:42 PM

          Yes, January would be better.

          No worries if not.

          Too bad we don't have a decent coordinator to possibly set something up.

          I think a few years ago there was one held at or near Motor and National at a space over there.

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            Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Dec 4, 2013 09:23 AM

            It's been a little more than a few years since the Chow Fiesta.....
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/56828

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          2. Wayno RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 04:14 PM

            Absofuckinlutely! But with calendars so clogged with the intrusion of the holidays, I think January makes good sense.

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              JAB RE: Wayno Dec 3, 2013 05:15 PM

              2 birds with one stone: C&Ts!

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              jessejames RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 04:15 PM

              any by potluck i assume you mean shunji? or just pot and luck?

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                kevin RE: jessejames Dec 3, 2013 04:34 PM

                shit, if you all want to meet at Shunji's so be it, but...

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              2. wienermobile RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 04:19 PM

                Could we have it at the Clifton's Cafeteria reopening?

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                  jessejames RE: wienermobile Dec 3, 2013 04:21 PM

                  conveniently located by skidrow...but gotta say im intrigued by that spot!

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                    wienermobile RE: jessejames Dec 3, 2013 04:32 PM

                    That's not skid row…it's Broadway...

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                      kevin RE: wienermobile Dec 3, 2013 04:35 PM

                      Yeah, if you mean Clifton on Broadway, it's darn near close, or rather cheek to jowl with the Broadway theaters but at least more than a few blocks from skid row.

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                        jessejames RE: wienermobile Dec 3, 2013 04:39 PM

                        well, closer to skid row than where i sit ... thanks for the clarification!

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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 07:11 PM

                    That would be fun!

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                    1. The Chowhound Team RE: kevin Dec 3, 2013 08:42 PM

                      We're going to ask someone to step up and take lead on this get-together. Kevin?

                      We have guidelines for chowdown organizers, and would like everyone to have a look.

                      http://www.chow.com/faq#chowdowns

                      Please set a time & place and post the orgainzer's email. Thanks!

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                        granadafan RE: The Chowhound Team Dec 3, 2013 10:42 PM

                        Good call, Chowhound. Make this happen, Kevin!

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                          kevin RE: The Chowhound Team Dec 4, 2013 02:53 PM

                          it seems like there would be a lot of work to set up this sucker.

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                            jessejames RE: kevin Dec 4, 2013 03:03 PM

                            for shunji!

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                          Johnny L RE: kevin Dec 4, 2013 12:25 AM

                          I would love to contribute to a potluck depending on my work schedule.

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                          1. Kate is always hungry RE: kevin Dec 5, 2013 05:14 PM

                            I'd love a Potluck or other get together! :)

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                              kevin RE: kevin Dec 5, 2013 09:36 PM

                              Anyone willing to step up to the plate and set this shindig up ?

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                                JAB RE: kevin Dec 5, 2013 09:42 PM

                                Didn't you already volunteer by being the OP? Just sayin'...

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                                  chrishei RE: JAB Dec 6, 2013 01:40 PM

                                  And he was nominated by the CH peeps :)

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                                    JAB RE: chrishei Dec 6, 2013 01:40 PM

                                    I'm sayin'

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                                      kevin RE: chrishei Dec 6, 2013 01:42 PM

                                      Chris & Jabs, you really want me to set this thing up ????

                                      In which case, we'd be in some serious trouble.

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                                        chrishei RE: kevin Dec 6, 2013 01:44 PM

                                        I believe in you.

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                                          Servorg RE: kevin Dec 6, 2013 01:45 PM

                                          Just as a logical tiny first step, kevin what say you put an email address up on your profile page...

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                                            kevin RE: Servorg Dec 6, 2013 01:46 PM

                                            ok will do.

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                                            JAB RE: kevin Dec 6, 2013 01:48 PM

                                            I'll eat you under the table. Challenge issued!

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                                              jessejames RE: JAB Dec 6, 2013 01:51 PM

                                              No electric bull?

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                                    2. Master RE: kevin Dec 6, 2013 01:57 PM

                                      Are we talking pot luck or invading a Los Angeles eatery?

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                                        jessejames RE: Master Dec 6, 2013 01:59 PM

                                        Yeah I'm all aces in the eating dept. Cooking not so much. Someone's gotta bring drinks and smokes....

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                                          JAB RE: jessejames Dec 6, 2013 03:29 PM

                                          I volunteer Porthos to bring wine. ;>)

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                                            kevin RE: JAB Dec 6, 2013 04:07 PM

                                            I would too.

                                            But he'd probably have to charge us $150 a piece minimum just to break even.

                                            Having said that. Bring on Thr 61 cheval Blanc by the truckload.

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                                      2. Will Owen RE: kevin Dec 7, 2013 04:50 PM

                                        I'm up to here in potlucks right now; with a spouse gone veggie on me, it's my one excuse for doing those favorite winter Big Fat Casserole things, including a cassoulet in progress as we speak. But if we could make it January I'll promise a Choucroute Garni …

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                                          buhhh RE: Will Owen Dec 10, 2013 06:55 PM

                                          Wow, I made one once for a potluck. It kept sucking up gin. Delicious!

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                                          kevin RE: kevin Dec 7, 2013 11:29 PM

                                          Already by consensus,

                                          January it is.

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                                            Kalivs RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 12:24 AM

                                            May Chowhounders in training attend, too? Do we have to have a sponsor?

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                                              kevin RE: Kalivs Dec 8, 2013 01:37 AM

                                              Yes. Sponsors are definitely required.

                                              But thanks for inquiring.

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                                                Kalivs RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                uh oh

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                                                  kevin RE: Kalivs Dec 8, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                  No worries.

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                                              kevin RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 04:27 PM

                                              Ok, I will devise an email soon so I won't receive too much junk mail and hate mail.

                                              Also, I think at this point:

                                              Sometime in January is the best date to work for.

                                              And I think usually these events work best as a potluck but we can also definitely meet at a restaurant instead and go to town.

                                              Just sayin'.

                                              And are you guys serious about the Stinking Rose ???? Or just messing around ?

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                                                Will Owen RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                Only problem with a potluck is always finding the venue, and while we do get heat waves in January we can't schedule them, so picnics in a park or back yard are probably out. Anybody got a number for a cheap hall?

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                                                  JAB RE: Will Owen Dec 8, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                  Didn't John Gonzalez generously offer his home for something like this fairly recently?

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                                                    john gonzales RE: JAB Dec 9, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                    Yeah, I did. With about 1/15 the response that's gone on here. We live in Baldwin Hills Estates and have plenty of space, tables, chairs, etc.. Up to 30 is not a problem. Ciao Bob and I have some common friends so I'm sure he's heard that I'm not an axe-murderer.

                                                    My problem is that I couldn't do this in January. So I am game for joining in somewhere in January, and can volunteer to do something Feb or beyond.
                                                    Btw, there was a yahoo group called SCARF (Southern Cal Assoc of Radical Foodies) that I believe Russkar set up years back that was used for communicating and it's still alive.

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                                                      kevin RE: john gonzales Dec 9, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                      Thanks John. Wow. I didn't even know Scarf was still alive either.

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                                                        kevin RE: john gonzales Dec 9, 2013 09:13 PM

                                                        And Russkar is a true hound to the nth degree.

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                                                          SilverlakeGirl RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                          It's been awhile:

                                                          http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SC...

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                                                            john gonzales RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                            I met Russ through this board through this board and we had many a good time. That branched into a couple more good wino/foodie friends. I also belong to some wine groups that offline every couple of weeks. So I'm game to meet some new folks.

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                                                            Ciao Bob RE: john gonzales Dec 10, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                            Lack of axe-murdering PROOF confirmed, though, rumors abound.

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                                                              kevin RE: Ciao Bob Dec 10, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                              The abounding rumors is definitely not a good sign.

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                                                                jessejames RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                chianti and fava beans anyone

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                                                          kevin RE: Will Owen Dec 9, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                          I don't know about a cheap hall.

                                                          And how much would cheap ?

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                                                            VenusCafe RE: kevin Dec 25, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                            Maybe we could get it catered by Ricky's Tacos; we all love Ricky!

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                                                              kevin RE: VenusCafe Dec 26, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                              can you. Relieve that I have yet to make it to Ricky's Joint ??????????

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                                                            kevin RE: Will Owen Dec 9, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                            Btw, does anyone happen to have a link to the previous incarnation of a Hound Get Together from 2003 ?

                                                            Thanks.

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                                                              Savour RE: Will Owen Dec 10, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                              You can't rent La Casita del Arroyo for $100 an hour but need event insurance...

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                                                              yogachik RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                              I like the idea of a restaurant.

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                                                                Thor123 RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                As the organizer, you should do a tasting and report back.

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                                                                nosh RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                                I have sent an email to Billingsley's. They have a good westside location, a parking lot, aren't killing it with business these days, and I think they have a full bar that can be the profit motivator. Will await their reply.

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                                                                  Servorg RE: nosh Dec 8, 2013 09:24 PM

                                                                  They "had" a parking lot. Expo line has swallowed 90% of it. They've had to go to valet parking only.

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                                                                    kevin RE: nosh Dec 8, 2013 09:32 PM

                                                                    ok. Thanks man. And are you hinting at the possibility that we can hold the potluck at the restaurant while making up for it with the full bar ?

                                                                    Thanks again for the leg work.

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                                                                      Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                      The Chow Fiesta was held in 2003 at the Karaoke bar Broadway 11 during their normal lull on Saturday mid afternoon. If I remember there was a fee for the room and the bar was open but mostly we had free reign. I did not set it up so I have no more details than that. It's memorable for me because it is the day I met my future wife.

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                                                                        kevin RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 8, 2013 10:01 PM

                                                                        Wow.

                                                                        That's awesome. I never knew that. Congrats.

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                                                                          kevin RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 8, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                          And do you happen to know who set that one up ?

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                                                                            Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 10:11 PM

                                                                            That was my first outing so I wasn't sure of who did the set up, I have a thought but not enough of a certainty to out them here.

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                                                                          chewbacca RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 10:15 PM

                                                                          Yes. This is perfect!

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                                                                        Johnny L RE: kevin Dec 8, 2013 11:02 PM

                                                                        If you guys want to head to Monterey Park I might be able to offer a full bar with kitchen access too, it'd probably have to be on a slower day when the bar is open but we could probably section off a part of the bar for ourselves as long as we buy alcohol.

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                                                                          kevin RE: Johnny L Dec 9, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                          Let me send out my email shortly. So we can begin to coordinate the event and see who's down.

                                                                          And also I'm up for whatever the consensus is which I will be down for.

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                                                                            Ciao Bob RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                            If you are up AND down, please count me in AND out, depending on the day in which we do or don't do it.

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                                                                              buhhh RE: Ciao Bob Dec 10, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                              OY!!!

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                                                                                kevin RE: Ciao Bob Dec 10, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                Yeah, I don't quite understand this statement by Bob.

                                                                                But I'm pretty sure he's not down for the potluck/restaurant chow meet , right ????

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                                                                                  Kalivs RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                  depending on the way each word is meant, up and down could mean the same thing.

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                                                                                    Ciao Bob RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                    I'd be up and down for it, if I am free, and if you pull it off. Sounds great!

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                                                                                    kevin RE: Ciao Bob Dec 10, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                    My pea brain had to read that like five times and still I couldn't quite comprehend it.

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                                                                                      TonyC RE: Ciao Bob Dec 12, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                      will there be naked sushi?

                                                                                      can i volunteer again?

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                                                                                        Mr Taster RE: TonyC Jan 10, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                                                        Only if I get to be the naked Langer's platter.

                                                                                        Mr Taster

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                                                                                          jessejames RE: Mr Taster Jan 11, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                                          Hold the tongue

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                                                                                  kevin RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                  My email is on my profile, if you click on my name if I'm not mistaken.

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                                                                                    LuluTheMagnificent RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                    what about a potluck at a park?

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                                                                                      kevin RE: LuluTheMagnificent Dec 9, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                      Perhaps. But do to the weather and other constraints, it just might not be a possibility.

                                                                                      But we will have to take a look at the consensus.

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                                                                                      TheOffalo RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                      You're really making it happen! :-)

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                                                                                        kevin RE: TheOffalo Dec 9, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                        We'll see. I was hoping someone else would step up to the plate.

                                                                                        I just thought it was a nice idea, just saying.

                                                                                        But I didn't want to be the one to set it up.

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                                                                                          yogachik RE: kevin Dec 9, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                                          Spoke to Vito tonight, they have a huge private room and would do it, would be a reasonable per person price ($30ish). We could have meatballs and martinis (and more).

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                                                                                            kevin RE: yogachik Dec 9, 2013 10:13 PM

                                                                                            Sounds like a great idea. You know I like Vito's.

                                                                                            Depending on the consensus. I'm up for it.

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                                                                                              Will Owen RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                              Sounds promising, if we're passing on the potluck. Where is Vito's?

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                                                                                                Ocean Park Blvd. adjacent to the N side of the Santa Monica airport.

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                                                                                                The Oracle RE: kevin Dec 10, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                Sounds great!

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                                                                                                  Jase RE: kevin Dec 11, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                  I work near Vito's and our office have had many meals catered by them and we've had a few vendor dinners there. The food is pretty solid. My only caveat is that the restaurant service is just adequate. They are slow and waiters seem befuddled. Nothing bad but need to have some patience and a sense of humor.

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: Jase Dec 12, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                    That's where the martinis come into play. :)

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                                                                                          kevin RE: kevin Dec 12, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                          You guys can email me your thoughts at my email posted under by screen name handle.

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                                                                                            Sandra W RE: kevin Dec 14, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                            Kevin, I set up the Chow Fiestas at the karaoke place years ago.

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                                                                                              ZoeZ RE: kevin Dec 14, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                              Count Zoe and Mme Zoe in for Vitos - great choice, olde worlde flavor but good food.

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                                                                                                kevin RE: ZoeZ Dec 14, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                Sweet. So far unofficially based on the number of concurrences it looks like it will be Vito's in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                  nosh RE: kevin Dec 14, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                  I'd like to be in. Do we have a date yet?

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                                                                                                    kevin RE: nosh Dec 14, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                    Not yet. But due to popular demand, we are working towards January.

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                                                                                                      nosh RE: kevin Dec 14, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                      Hoping for a weeknight. I'm gone fri 1/17-sun 1/19.

                                                                                                      Vito's is open 7 nights for dinner. Could we look at Mon Jan 20, Tues Jan 21 or Mon Jan 27?

                                                                                                      Are we planning to order from Vitos menu and have a get-together or might they be willing to host a pot-lucky type thing?

                                                                                                      We probably should collect deposits, maybe $10 per person or so, to protect the place and the organizer.

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                                                                                                        westsidegal RE: nosh Dec 14, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                        i'd have Vito's make the food.
                                                                                                        no host bar.
                                                                                                        all three dates work for me.

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                                                                                                          I wouldn't be able to do SM on a weeknight coming from S OC.

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                                                                                                          They won't do a pot luck! Personally, I think a Sunday night is best, for those driving into the area.

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                                                                                                            PHXeater RE: yogachik Dec 15, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                            I'd go for a weekend too since I'm in OC, would love to make it and meet some LA area hounds.

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                                                                                                              nosh RE: PHXeater Dec 15, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                                                              If the restaurant will permit a Sunday dinner, I could see that.

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                                                                                                yogacat RE: kevin Dec 15, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                sounds like fun-count me in

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                                                                                                  Has a date been selected. Globe-trotting Chowhound Delucacheesemonger will be in L.A. January 24th through the 27th. I'll ask him if he might be interested in coming if it happens to be that weekend.

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                                                                                                    baloney RE: TheOffalo Dec 24, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                    I'd absolutely be in if Delucacheesemonger were able to grace us with his presence!

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                                                                                                      kevin RE: TheOffalo Dec 24, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                      I posted right above your post, or something.

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                                                                                                      nosh RE: kevin Dec 24, 2013 12:55 AM

                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928960

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                                                                                                        kevin RE: kevin Dec 24, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                        That would be fine with me to set it up towards the end of January if Dean and Deluca Cheeser would be there at that time.

                                                                                                        For now, since I'm pretty lazy and the most disorganized person not to mention lacking in the requisite intellect to set up one of these events. Yogachik had mentioned and discussed and others have agreed (maybe more than a half dozen hounds) in holding the event at Vito's which is a restaurant, so that would rule out a potluck and be around $30 bucks per person for some eats not including drinks, of course.

                                                                                                        Vito's is on Ocean Park in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                          yogachik RE: kevin Dec 25, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                          And they'll do happy hour drink prices all night ($5ish a drink). I can't do that last weekend in January, but think a Sunday is the day to do it.

                                                                                                          Decide on a date, and I'll set it up.

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                                                                                                            nosh RE: yogachik Dec 25, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                            Are we talking Guido's?

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                                                                                                              kevin RE: nosh Dec 26, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                              Nosher, its Vito's on Ocean Park we're talking about.

                                                                                                              And sorry I missed out on impromptu SGV dumpling excursion.

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                                                                                                          I'd love to come. It would be nice to pair the names with the "handles."

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                                                                                                            TheOffalo RE: perk Dec 25, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                            The "love handles"?

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                                                                                                              kevin RE: TheOffalo Dec 25, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                              Oh man. Yes. Too many "love handles" at this point in time.

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                                                                                                            Kalivs RE: kevin Dec 25, 2013 08:55 PM

                                                                                                            I would like to come too. As long as its not on a Friday.

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                                                                                                              kevin RE: Kalivs Dec 26, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                              Thinking to fit most requests it will
                                                                                                              Be on a weekend either Satur or Sunday.

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                                                                                                              I would definitely be interested, but it would have to be a weekend for me.

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                                                                                                                kevin RE: WildSwede Dec 26, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                Yep.

                                                                                                                That's why I'm thinking for most hounds the weekend would be much betta.

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                                                                                                                kevin RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                Just bumping this as it is my civic duty.

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                                                                                                                  yogachik RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                  I think the "before the next Holiday" now means before Valentine's Day.

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                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                    Do we have a date nailed down yet?

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                                                                                                                      kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Dec 31, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                      Not yet.

                                                                                                                      There's an incompetent organizer here: me.

                                                                                                                      But I think most likely towards the end of January.

                                                                                                                      Btw. Happy New Years everyone. :)

                                                                                                                      And drink copiously and responsibly.

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                                                                                                                        Kate is always hungry RE: kevin Jan 1, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                        Happy New Years Kevin!

                                                                                                                        I drove past Puro Sabor and El Criollo today. Have you ever been to either of these restaurants? I remember a few years back several hounds were rather enthusiastic about Puro Sabor. Are we definite about Vito's?

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                                                                                                                          carter RE: Kate is always hungry Jan 1, 2014 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                          The concept of the meeting is fine, yet Vito's does not cut it.
                                                                                                                          Pizza is pizza, period!
                                                                                                                          And I don't eat Pizza.
                                                                                                                          Next.
                                                                                                                          Let's get a place that serves real food, in real time, and that is not heartburn heaven!

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                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives RE: carter Jan 1, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                            Um, Vito's serves more than just pizza........ Seriously, the only real important factor is does the place we decide on have a bar?! Lets keep our priorities in order, shall we?

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                                                                                                                              JAB RE: Dirtywextraolives Jan 1, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                              Hear, hear!

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                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Jan 2, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                Yes, it does have to have a bar.

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                                                                                                                                yogachik RE: carter Jan 2, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                Vito doesn't serve pizza. We're talking about Vito on Ocean Park at 28th, not the pizza place.

                                                                                                                                What's important is a big private room that will do a buffet with good food, charge a reasonable amount per person, and has a full bar (with happy hour drink prices). If someone can produce that, which Vito has, go for it.

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                                                                                                                              Kitchen Queen RE: kevin Jan 7, 2014 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                              Hi Kevin-
                                                                                                                              I'd be happy to help in the planning. Maybe, I can find a free and realitively neutral location for a pot luck or, organize a yummy dim sum party..
                                                                                                                              LTM
                                                                                                                              Kitchenqueen

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                                                                                                                                nosh RE: Kitchen Queen Jan 7, 2014 10:38 PM

                                                                                                                                Look, I hate to jump in, but this is going to go on forever. Kitchen Queen, if you want to take over some planning, then be a second opinion and help facilitate from there.

                                                                                                                                It is going to be very difficult to find a venue for a potluck. Needs to have a kitchen for warming stuff up or preparing or finishing or even cooling. And there is the mess.

                                                                                                                                There appear to be two possibilities for venues for a get-together well-established on this thread. Vito's is an Italian restaurant in W.L.A./Santa Monica that seems to have offered a buffet-type spread with good prices. O'Brien's, a bar-restaurant on Wilshire in Santa Monica, has offered their menu and venue. Or at least these are available.

                                                                                                                                Other decisions are day of the week and time.

                                                                                                                                So we can bat this around forever -- this will be post 130 -- or at some time some decisions need to be made. So it is time for a public vote. Vitos or O'Brien's. Sunday seems to be the preferred night of the week. Hounds should probably express preferences only if they are likely to come. Chow events I've attended or read about seem to have very generous participants, but there needs to be financial commitment or the sponsoring/planning hounds or the facilities may take a bath. It seems to me the latter stages of January is the earliest we can pull this together, probably February (I'm gone Feb 5-11). So should I start a voting thread for "Early 2014 Hound Meet-Up Meal" and are these the choices?

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                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: nosh Jan 8, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                  Please do. Sorry about the indecvieness.

                                                                                                                                  I always thought it was a great idea.

                                                                                                                                  But I didn't step up to the plate and you are right we can go in circles with this thread and not actually have it come to fruition.

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                                                                                                                                    Wayno RE: nosh Jan 8, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                    You are right; time for decisionmaking. Need to keep in mind which Sunday is the Super Bowl; don't want to conflict with that.

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                                                                                                                                      wienermobile RE: Wayno Jan 8, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                      Super Bowl Sunday, February 2 2014

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                                                                                                                                      JAB RE: nosh Jan 8, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                      Sunday evenings would be difficult for those travelling a long distance who have an early Monday morning wake up.

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                                                                                                                                        nosh RE: JAB Jan 8, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                        JAB -- You wrote above that you couldn't do Santa Monica on a weeknight. No restaurant is going to give us a Friday or Saturday. The two places that seem to be realistic possibilities so far are Vito's or O'Brien's. (Which hounds have the contacts at either place?) I'm thinking maybe Sun Jan 26 or Feb 16?

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                                                                                                                                          Wayno RE: nosh Jan 8, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                          I have contacts at O'Brien's. I will be out of town on Jan. 26, but here on Feb. 16 for sure.

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                                                                                                                                            yogachik RE: Wayno Jan 8, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'm the one who can set up Vito - just tell me the date.
                                                                                                                                            I vote for Sunday Feb 9th or 16th, at like 5:30

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                                                                                                                              GreekChorus RE: kevin Dec 31, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm new but would love to come!

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                                                                                                                                VenusCafe RE: kevin Jan 8, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                my vote is for Vito on Feb 16.
                                                                                                                                That just seems to work for many of us.
                                                                                                                                February is also a month that needs brightening!

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                                                                                                                                1. perk RE: kevin Jan 8, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                  Maybe early evening on a Sunday? That helps those who get up early Monday for work, and selfishly, me....who goes to work at 9 pm on Sunday nights. I'd like to be included, and would be happy with either venue. And happy to prepay whatever.....

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                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: perk Jan 8, 2014 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                    Working at 9pm on Sundays ?????

                                                                                                                                    Really ?

                                                                                                                                    Damn. :(

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                                                                                                                                      perk RE: kevin Jan 9, 2014 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                      yea, i'm in radio.
                                                                                                                                      weird hours.

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                                                                                                                                    nosh RE: kevin Jan 8, 2014 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                    Ok, we will look at sun, feb 16, at 5:30. Yogachik, please check with the restaurant about availability and price. Wayno, do the same with O'Briens. The rest of us, please reply below if you plan to attend and how many, and if you prefer one over the other.

                                                                                                                                    I will start. I am in for one. Either is ok.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: nosh Jan 8, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                      Ok.

                                                                                                                                      Yogachik, thanks for all your help, let's go
                                                                                                                                      With the 530 start time on the 16th of February.

                                                                                                                                      And thanks Nosh for restarting the thread and getting us to move on this one.

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                                                                                                                                        Jase RE: nosh Jan 9, 2014 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'm good for either one on Feb 16th at 5:30, party of one.

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                                                                                                                                          Wayno RE: nosh Jan 10, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          I will call Willie at O’Brien’s. I assume he’ll ask about the expected crowd, which is obviously uncertain at this point; but, I would speculate that, with friends and significant others being dragged along, we may have a turnout of 30 – 60 people (which is clearly a pretty broad range). If based on prior experience or a better crystal ball, others think I’m off, please let me know. I also assume we don’t expect him to close the place for our “private party,” but he’ll probably give us a section of the place to ourselves. Most importantly, I will ask what type of specials/discounts he’ll offer, but if anyone else has any suggestions for info to impart to him or questions to ask him, please let me know. [Their every-Sunday discount is a burger and a beer for $10 from 6 – 9:00 pm.] I will call him either tonight or tomorrow (before he starts dealing with the NFL Playoffs crowd in the bar). O’Brien’s has a pretty informative Facebook page if you want to learn more about their offerings and see plenty of pix.

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                                                                                                                                            nosh RE: Wayno Jan 10, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                            fantastic, wayno.

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                                                                                                                                            WildSwede RE: nosh Jan 10, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                            Feb 16 works for me. Anywhere is fine. 1 person RSVP. YAY! Thanks guys! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: WildSwede Jan 10, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                              Looking forward to meeting you.

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                                                                                                                                            buhhh RE: kevin Jan 8, 2014 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                            Yes, I'll be there.

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                                                                                                                                              Kalivs RE: kevin Jan 8, 2014 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                              Feb 16 @ 5:30 sounds grreat to me

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                                                                                                                                                altstarr RE: kevin Jan 9, 2014 04:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                Another Suggestion: Wine Expo in Santa Monica. $20 for 20 wines.

                                                                                                                                                I have not talked to them, but they have been very flexible in the past. They have offered their deal for me in the past : $20 for 20 tastes of wine... $26 after tax and tip.

                                                                                                                                                Their food is limited. I think they might let us bring in pot luck or in past years, they had gourmet hot trucks. We could figure out some alternative for non drinkers.

                                                                                                                                                I'm in for two ... 5:30 pm Sun Feb 16 whatever the location.

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                                                                                                                                                  ZoeZ RE: kevin Jan 10, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Feb 16th 5.30 is good for Mme Zoe and me, ZoeZ

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                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: ZoeZ Jan 10, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Well. It's settled the date is now Febr.16 at 530pm. Since about 7 or more hounds chimed in in concurrence.

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                                                                                                                                                      Good work!

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                                                                                                                                                        buhhh RE: JAB Jan 10, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        WOO HOO

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                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede RE: ZoeZ Jan 10, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Zoe: it will be so lovely to see you ladies again. It has been a long time!! Happy New Year!

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                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: WildSwede Jan 10, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                        You guys met before ???? :)

                                                                                                                                                        Very cool.

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                                                                                                                                                          Yes, several times, many years ago! Looking forward to meeting you, too, Kevin! Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                          ZoeZ RE: WildSwede Jan 11, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Likewise! We have to keep the Scandavian contingent going-:)) In the meantime getting our fill of Scand.TV - Wallinger, Anika Bengzon etc. Look forward to seeing you.

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                                                                                                                                                            jessejames RE: ZoeZ Jan 11, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Swedes and Danes here!

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                                                                                                                                                              ZoeZ RE: jessejames Jan 12, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Swedes, Danes and Norwegians here!

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                                                                                                                                                        VenusCafe RE: kevin Jan 10, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                        VenusCafe and MrBistro are signing up for Vito's
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                                                                                                                                                        Not certain that O'Brien's hamburgers and sports will be as accommodating.

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                                                                                                                                                          I'm in for one. Will arrive at whatever location you all decide!

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                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: perk Jan 10, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Perk. That's the spirit.

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                                                                                                                                                            Edited version: I sent a query to Mrs. O, suggesting that this had been described as a reasonable sort of place. She went to look online (as I had neglected to do) and declared it Very Expensive. I looked too, and concur. So maybe after the weather improves we can have another potluck in a park or something, and we'll see y'all then.

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                                                                                                                                                              nosh RE: Will Owen Jan 10, 2014 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                              which place very expensive?

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                                                                                                                                                                Vito's. $16-$20 pasta is out of our comfort zone, and that's just the pasta. Mrs. O has also said that while she likes Italian okay it's not ever destination food for her; she'd rather spend that sort of money on great Chinese.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Mr Taster RE: Will Owen Jan 11, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I generally agree.

                                                                                                                                                                  As someone who makes and cooks fresh pasta at home, which is an outrageously cheap and inexpensive thing to do, it's never seemed reasonable to me that an Italian restaurant can get away with charging $16 for a bowl of simply dressed fresh noodles when I can get a great bowl of equally well made, fresh noodles at a Chinese restaurant for $5.

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                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Jan 10, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                              For the record, I am down for either place.

                                                                                                                                                              However, my oldest son is playing in a club basketball league in the valley and his games are on Sundays, so I can't commit at this time.....but I will speak with his coach and see if I can get a heads up as to the game schedule on that day and get back to you.

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                                                                                                                                                                Using your kids to get out of buying me a drink. The shame.

                                                                                                                                                                Seriously, I remember those days and all of the things that I missed out on because of my kids activities and I wouldn't change a thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives RE: JAB Jan 10, 2014 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  HAHAHAHA! You caught me!! Seriously, that drink is still good, even if I can't make this CH event.... We will just have to figure out another way & time to meet up. And I'm sure Kevin would love to join us....he still owes me another martini!

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, it is with much chagrin that I am at a time of life where I must defer my houndly proclivities to those of my sons, who have become serious athletes in record time. Although the cab duties of a parent will surely get old, the joy and pride of watching my boys enjoy and succeed in their chosen sport bring me endless satisfaction. Happy to hear you understand :)

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                                                                                                                                                                nosh RE: kevin Jan 10, 2014 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                It is beginning to look to me that a bar-restaurant venue like O'Brien's may be preferable to a restaurant like Vito's -- people can come and go as they please, we don't need to be as concerned about accurate numbers of attendees, and for some -- kevin -- the drinks seem as crucial as the food. While I recall mention of a buffet-type set-up at Vito's, this would still require more coordination and complication. So unless there is major and fairly quick dissent (my regrets, yogachik, and I invite your thoughts) I'm thinking O'Brien's on Main St. in Santa Monica on Sunday, Feb. 16. Wayno -- are they willing to extend happy hour for us? Assuming not, my proposal is we start at 5:00 to give more time for happy hour discounts and snacks. My suggestion is someone -- kevin? -- bring stick-on name tags that we can mark with our screenname and first name. Thus we have an informal meet and attach faces to monikers where people could drop in and linger as long as they like. And no big risk to a restaurant setting aside a lot of space and putting out a buffet and taking a bath if few partake, people are in charge of their own intake and checks (sharing food encouraged), and if anyone needs there are considerate 'hounds there to drive home those who party enthusiastically.

                                                                                                                                                                My plan would be to continue this thread and get people's feedback and opposition, if necessary, and hopefully have people indicate they are coming. Then, about two weeks before the event, I will start a new announcement thread to get real, timely commitments and numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                wayno, my email is on my chowhound profile page -- maybe we should connect.

                                                                                                                                                                O'Brien's men u is here: http://www.obriensonmain.com/menu.html

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                                                                                                                                                                  maudies5 RE: nosh Jan 10, 2014 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Best proposal so far. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile RE: maudies5 Jan 10, 2014 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Agree

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                                                                                                                                                                    yogachik RE: nosh Jan 10, 2014 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Here's what can happen at Vito, and I agree that it may be more formal than what we want:

                                                                                                                                                                    $38/person for Caesar Salad, choice of their Spaghetti della Casa (chopped shrimp in a pink sauce) or famous Spaghetti and meatballs (smaller version), choice of fish or chicken. Sit down (buffet takes too much space). Happy Hour drink prices ($6.95 martini/ $5.50 wine)

                                                                                                                                                                    They can do the 16th at 5:30 - people would have to paypal me in advance, then I'll pay the bill that night. This way, we have a headcount.

                                                                                                                                                                    I also like the idea of something more casual - so am open to O'Brien's plan.

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                                                                                                                                                                      nosh RE: yogachik Jan 10, 2014 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      yogachik --

                                                                                                                                                                      thank you for your efforts. Your contact with Vito's got this from a thought to a reality.

                                                                                                                                                                      But close to $40 pp plus tax and tip and not including drinks is an investment, even if it is a value. For this effort, I think a much lesser buy-in would greatly encourage turn-out.

                                                                                                                                                                      I invite you and other potential attendees to express your choices. But for me, I'd rather have a more informal get-together meeting where I could order a happy hour appetizer and maybe a burger or shepherd's pie and be in for $20 rather than deal with a sit-down meal for twice that.

                                                                                                                                                                      If others disagree, now is the time to post.

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm really glad you are open to attending the alternative plan. If we don't go for Vito's, I really apologize if going in another direction affects your relationship with them.

                                                                                                                                                                      Opinions?

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                                                                                                                                                                        yogachik RE: nosh Jan 11, 2014 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        38 includes tax and tip, fyi. I could ask for them to remove tables, but that becomes something else altogether.

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                                                                                                                                                                          buhhh RE: yogachik Jan 11, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          My main reason for going is to meet all of you. I've enjoyed reading all your posts so much!! So' my preference is to keep the price down, and not to actually sit down and eat (that feels like a pennance when we're having a good time mingling, to have to break for dinner!).
                                                                                                                                                                          I mean sitting is fine, but randomly, like at a cocktail party.
                                                                                                                                                                          So, my new vote is for O'Brian's. It fits the bill. We order individually, as we go. And, let's have the freedom to come late--leave early--easy peezy.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Wayno RE: yogachik Jan 11, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I am going to speak to Willie today, at O'Brien's. I was flying and otherwise traveling most of yesterday. I suspect we'll just have free rein on the menu, which offers a variety of very good items - far from just burgers - that are made well and reasonably priced. So, there shouldn't be any minimum per person commitment. But I hope to verify all this. Since the NFL season will be over ('kept for maybe the meaningless Pro Bowl), we shouldn't be facing much competition for the space and our crowed will probably be very welcome.

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                                                                                                                                                                        JAB RE: nosh Jan 10, 2014 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        What's the parking situation like for O'Brien's?

                                                                                                                                                                        It's really cute that you expect anything from Kevin.

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                                                                                                                                                                          TheOffalo RE: JAB Jan 10, 2014 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          O'Brien's has a tiny lot. Street parking on Wilshire is probably hit or miss. Probably okay on Arizona and then walk a block or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                            wienermobile RE: TheOffalo Jan 10, 2014 10:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Confusion....isn't O'Brian's on Main St. North of Rose Ave. In Ocean Park not on Wilshire?

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                                                                                                                                                                              TheOffalo RE: wienermobile Jan 10, 2014 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              There's two locations.

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                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: JAB Jan 10, 2014 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Why would that be cute ????

                                                                                                                                                                            Ok. Folks.O'briens is also perfectly fine for more casual eats.

                                                                                                                                                                            I really liked Yogachiks suggestion and extensive legwork on Vito's on Ocean Park but O'briens on Wilahire in Santa Monica is perfectly fine too.

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                                                                                                                                                                              JAB RE: kevin Jan 11, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Let me just say that I'm duly impressed with how you've gotten your proverbial fence painted while remaining firmly ensconced on your perch at Tana's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: JAB Jan 11, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                What fence ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: JAB Jan 11, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I oh so do like that phrase "firmly esconced".

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Jase RE: JAB Jan 11, 2014 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm in awe of his delegation skills.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Delegating is active. He pulled it off passively.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Jase RE: JAB Jan 11, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's always better to have a self motivated proactive team than be a micro manager LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Wayno RE: JAB Jan 11, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's at Wilshire and 23rd. And I've never had a problem street parking. Esp on a Sunday. When it's free around there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  perk RE: nosh Jan 11, 2014 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I can handle the stick on name tags.....and some markers.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to Staples today anyway....so I'll pick them up then. You're off the hook, Kevin.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: perk Jan 11, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    altstarr RE: nosh Jan 11, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    SUNDAY Happy Hour Westside Suggestions
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Wokcano Santa Monica - all day Sunday Happy Hour. They can give us a separate area. However, area is outdoors. If group is large enough(20 or more), they might give us back room open to patio.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Wine Expo Santa Monica. back Room of wine bar can accommodate up to 20. If we don't like the 20 wines for $20 deal, they will probably be flexible on other arrangements. Food menu is limited. Attraction is they might let us go with the original pot luck idea. But no warming facilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Michaels Restaurant Santa Monica. (Mon- Sat, not Sundays though). More formal location. Will put aside a separate area for us. I did a similar event here last week. In addition to the $5, $6 happy hour deals, there are $12 pizzas, etc. Good food. If the group is large enough (25 plus), they might give us the upstairs private room. There is normally a room charge, but we might cut a deal. Bar is dark, upstairs is brighter, with original art and a private bar and dedicated bar tender.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      VenusCafe RE: nosh Jan 11, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      While the O'Brians menu is somewhat boring and, except for beer, not very diverse for hounds, the price is right, so we are on for either location.
                                                                                                                                                                                      O'Bs does have a full bar, right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        O'Brien's does have a full bar, with a fine selection of whiskeys and beers. And I wouldn't really call the menu "boring;" pretty typical pub fare, but well done, but certainly not trying to push any creative envelopes. I will post separately about the brief convo I just had with Willy and more tomorrow after I speak with him more extensively.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ZoeZ RE: kevin Jan 11, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      The proverbial commitment needs to be set: ie where we are going, time etc and the biggie: prepay or pay at the door. Mindful of a doings ten years ago at an Indonesian restaurant where the organizers got stuck with people eating but not paying. Needs to be settled before the event somehow so that doesn't happen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        What I'm trying to figure out is what happened to the fellow who offered his apparently spacious house back when we were talking potluck? And then as the thread wrapped its way down the road all of that seemed to be either ignored or forgotten … I've been back over it a few times and still can't see exactly where anyone said, "Thanks but let's do a restaurant," or anything of that sort.

                                                                                                                                                                                        And for the record, SCARF is not only alive, it's got a Facebook page for expediting such projects as this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: Will Owen Jan 11, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Gonzalez graciously offered up his home upthread always like prolly when the thread first got underway.

                                                                                                                                                                                          But he mentioned to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Do the restaurant thing and then maybe towards the early spring or late winter he might be we willing to offer his backyard for an actual potluck.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Though I don't want to put words in his mouth and I'm very sorry in case I do or did.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Gotcha, kevin. Trouble with this format is that answers to an ongoing conversation can show up 'way down-thread in the middle of another exchange, so it can be really hard to keep track.

                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, I think we'll stick around up here in Pasadena, Mrs. O playing with horsies etc., and let WildSwede be the Token Easterner. Or maybe one of them. O'Brien's grub looks delicious to me, but the vegetarian offerings are pretty sparse.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Jase RE: Will Owen Jan 11, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Seems like the latest version is meeting at O'Brien's with no pre-pay commitment. This seems like the best bet without worrying about sticking someone with a bill. They have the space to handle various sizes.

                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, food sounds like it will be secondary to the social aspect. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            maiweezy RE: kevin Jan 11, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Please make this happen before end of Jan as I am moving out of state come Feb 1. Want to hug/thank all you hounds for making my LA life the most delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Kate is always hungry RE: maiweezy Jan 11, 2014 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd like to meet as many hounds as possible and would be available any Sunday in January. I think they're set on Feb. 16 though :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Well....we now have name tags and sharpies! That's progress, right? And, just as an aside, I'm fine with O'Brien's. As others have said, we could debate it (that what hounds do, after all) forever.....but it's probably time to decide and nail it down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                foodiemahoodie RE: kevin Jan 11, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                How about Pitfire pizza on Washington? You can order what you want, have some pizza, share some pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                it's not pricey, the food is good, and they have expansive seating. Reservations or permission isn't necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                How many people is this going to be?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  buhhh RE: foodiemahoodie Jan 12, 2014 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Re Pitfire: FYI, for another meetup, I have an "in" there and prolly could get deals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    nosh RE: buhhh Jan 12, 2014 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    you are not permitted to use chow hound in any way to get "deals."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      TheOffalo RE: nosh Jan 13, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aren't we asking for deals for bringing in a large party? I don't think buhhh was implying leveraging CH.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        nosh RE: TheOffalo Jan 13, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I asked whether we could get happy hour prices as one line of a post and the entire entry was deleted by the mods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: nosh Jan 13, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I misunderstood your post earlier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I understand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can we do another one of these when Clifton's reopened downtown?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: wienermobile Jan 11, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sure. Why not ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    First, I send regrets that I cannot make it to this gathering. Kudos to all Hounds who are attending, for sharing the Chowhound Spirit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Second, I'm not clear on the concept... It says "Potluck" in the original thread title, so I'm assuming everyone is bringing a different Chow-worthy dish to share with the group. (Someone brings Langer's pastrami, someone else contributes La Espanola paella, whatever...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    But it seems more and more like if the gathering is gonna take place at Restaurant X, wouldn't the management at Restaurant X want everyone to only eat THEIR food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: J.L. Jan 11, 2014 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can you truly not make it ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or just would rather remain anonymous ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        nosh RE: J.L. Jan 11, 2014 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Original idea was a potluck. Would be a great possibility in the future. But mechanics difficult -- need ovens/stoves/microwaves for finishing/warming dishes, space, serving/eating dishes/utensils/glasses, ice. Many want alcohol. Don't want anyone left with responsibility for clean-up. How many to cook for? Probably need a commercial kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Idea morphed into a meet-up at a restaurant. But menu and expense an issue. Plus timing -- attendees would have to be there at a set time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Current proposal going forward is the bar/restaurant. Social lubricant. Time and cost investment flexible and individual.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Like the Clifton's idea for the future. Another great future possibility -- Grand Central Market. Lots of space, lots of choices, I think some beer and wine offerings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: nosh Jan 11, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. nosher. You're doing great in getting the ball also rolling on this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I'll step out of the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            nosh RE: kevin Jan 11, 2014 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            no way are you stepping aside, kevin. as the OP, you assume complete financial, legal, and practical responsibility for the success of the event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            don't step aside -- step up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            avar RE: nosh Jan 12, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grand Central presently closes a 6 PM, in future, depending on city approvals there will several new on and off sale places-think it was 7 apps. Presently there is one on sale and one off sale. The CUP's indicate 10 & 12 seats except for Horse Thief which has 100 plus (132 ?) Horse Thief is asking approval to stay open til 2. As part of the Grand Central package the theater at 3rd and Broadway will have bars, dancing, ect. Don't know when this will be finished.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: avar Jan 12, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bars. Dancing. And drinks ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          nosh RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          OK, this is the website for the O'Brien's on Wilshire and 23rd in Santa Monica. Website menu seems incomplete -- no burgers listed, no happy hour listed. Sunday special of a burger and beer for $10 from 6-9, so something is off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://obriensla.com/Home.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Look, as I posted about a week ago, if we keep debating and suggesting different venues and formats and menus, it will go on forever. I agree the focus is meeting other hounds, socializing, and attaching faces to screennames. The more flexible in terms of time and price commitment, the better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So I really think we are at the point of locking down O'Brien's, settling on Sun. Feb. 16 from about 5, and having as many as possible attend. If this works, everyone has fun, and neither the establishment or any of us get burned, then a dinner or potluck (probably need a commercial kitchen) would certainly be in the offing ion the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wayno -- Have your contact update the menu and happy hour info on their website, please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            JAB RE: nosh Jan 12, 2014 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our fearless leader is supposed to have a list of e-mail addresses in order to coordinate this offline. Just sayin....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: JAB Jan 12, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I only have a few email addresses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyhow, since now Nosher has been elected our leader, please email him at your leisure. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                nosh RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nope -- do NOT do that. And it is nosh, not nosher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My role was facilitating a decision. I will be out of town the week before the event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin, up to you, Wayno, and good hounds like perk who have stepped up to help.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 RE: nosh Jan 12, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think I just heard the wheels fall off the wagon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: ns1 Jan 12, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm still waiting on my homemade cafe Sua dua. Mr. NS1.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: nosh Jan 12, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The name Nosher w the er at the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My bad and apologies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wait.... So you won't be able to make the event ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PHXeater RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ok, so O'Brien's it is Sunday, Feb 16th at 5:00 pm? Right? If so, am in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: PHXeater Jan 12, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It sure looks like it at this point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wayno RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As you know, Kev, I'm out of town, but I did just get Willy (O'Brien's proprietor) on the phone, but only for a brief chat - we'll speak in more detail tomorrow. But he did confirm that the place is available for our group on Feb. 16. There also will be music there that night, which isn't a bad thing. I'm hoping/expecting this will be a non-prepay situation, where folks order what they want and maintain their own tabs, just as if it was a gathering of NY Giants fans during a football game (O'Brien's is the place where Giants fans meet to watch their shitty [this year] team). As someone above noted, this is more of a social gathering than a culinary event, but the menu presents pub food that's quite well done and with a sense of pride in the product. And a nice selection of beers and whiskeys. Hopefully, I'll be able to post more details tomorrow after I return to LA - such as whether those in our group will be getting some type of good deal or special menu items, and whether we'll have a section of the premises allocated to us; he asked me to call tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any other questions you want addressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JAB RE: Wayno Jan 12, 2014 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kudos and thank you especially with you being out of town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buhhh RE: Wayno Jan 13, 2014 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope we're not put in a room. Too bad about live music-- so hard to talk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nosh RE: buhhh Jan 13, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wouldn't think live music would start until mid-evening...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Wayno Jan 13, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the work Wayno.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I guess. Now I owe you a drink too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nosh RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I get back a couple days before. i plan to be there on sun feb 16. but i will not be able to take any responsibility or do any follow-up more than a week leading up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'm very much looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i plan to start a new thread to give details, a website link to O'Briens, and start getting commitments and a head-count at the beginning of feb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      carter RE: nosh Jan 13, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unless I missed it, no one has mentioned that February 17 is Presidents Day, the end of a 3-day weekend, and thus many attendees might not even have to go to work on Monday!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: carter Jan 13, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carter, you making it ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB RE: carter Jan 13, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you, that's right!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buhhh RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Boo Hoo, I wanted to meet ipsedixit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J.L. RE: buhhh Jan 12, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry RE: buhhh Jan 12, 2014 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is ipsedixit not coming? ;{

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: Kate is always hungry Jan 12, 2014 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If he's not gonna be attending, then I ain't either. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                J.L. RE: kevin Jan 12, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin, you yourself started this thread, for Pete's sake!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nosh RE: J.L. Jan 12, 2014 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin, be circumspect. that kind of post can sink the whole thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: nosh Jan 12, 2014 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A little joke. Come on guys. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yogacat RE: kevin Jan 13, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            count me in for o'briens

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TheOffalo RE: yogacat Jan 13, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wait, so we have a yogachik and a yogacat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I should be able to attend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just curious, has anyone "met" a 'hound only to find out that they already knew each other in real life? I generally keep various aspects of my life separate. Would be weird if someone I already knew (not from CH) showed up. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                baloney RE: TheOffalo Jan 13, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dad??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: TheOffalo Jan 13, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That would be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has that happened before ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you and chris know each other before ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad to have you attending The Offalo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now what's JL and apse's excuse ??? In solidarity with them I shouldn't show up either. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J.L. RE: kevin Jan 13, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin, you are just looking for any excuse to get out of this, aren't you? :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You were the one who spearheaded this initiative to begin with, remember?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you must know (and I don't think you have a right to know, but I will play nice and tell you anyways) - I cannot make it to this event because I will be unavailable at that time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: J.L. Jan 14, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nope. It's none of my business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was just messing with you. Giving you a hard time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My apologies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: J.L. Jan 14, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My apologies man. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ciao Bob RE: TheOffalo Jan 13, 2014 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sort of. I had someone doing some work at my house and we found out we already "knew" each other from a chowhound discussion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jan 13, 2014 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Didn't you already know Gonzalez too ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ciao Bob RE: kevin Jan 13, 2014 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Slow down there Speedy, who is Gonzalez?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jan 13, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Johngonzales.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interim update: Talked to Willy last night from the STL airport. He’s excited at the prospect of our gig being at O’Brien’s. He is fine with our group just proceeding ala carte – everyone keeps their own tab. No pre-orders or pre-pays required. He is going to email me what he can do in the way of discounts/specials for our group, and I’ll pass it along upon receipt. The music that he has booked for Sunday night is Irish music, and he says it should not be intrusive/overbearing. We can have the run of the place; we’ll not be restricted to a room (though we’re not buying it out for exclusive use either). I gave him the same speculative estimate about a head count that I posted here a few days ago: we – between hounds and significant others/friends who may get dragged along – may be a group of between 30 and 60. But maybe that’s a terrible guess. I guess it would be polite on our part if we can refine that somewhat for Willy’s benefit and, thus, I’m asking that those who plan to attend reply to this post to say that they are going and how many will be in their party (but declinations – i.e., “not going” – are not necessary).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kevin, any time you wanna get back involved, brutha, just say the word. Or meet me for a drink at Mastro’s, Montage or the Grill on the Alley, and we’ll plot further.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You did a much better job than I ever could have done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JAB RE: kevin Jan 14, 2014 10:39 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mastros sounds great. That is if they'd let a lowlife like me in for a round.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB +1

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PHXeater RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You know what sucks? There's no way to edit posts, as in to keep a running total of RSVP's. Perhaps someone could do it in a spreadsheet by monitoring this thread?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ciao Bob RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is there a final date, Wayno? I missed that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TIA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The consensus seemed to be Feb. 16 at 5:30, so that became the working assumption.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Let's create a new thread with all the details and then each person says Yes and No and then how many.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What does TIA mean ????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ciao Bob RE: kevin Jan 14, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks In Advance

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PHXeater RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS (I KNOW IT'S OBNOXIOUS).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE CHOWHOUND MEETUP ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH AT O'BRIEN'S AT 5:30PM USE THIS LINK TO RSVP:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.evite.com/event/0049POPNCP...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wayno RE: PHXeater Jan 14, 2014 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thx, PHX, for setting this up. This is even better than the new thread that Kev suggested.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PHXeater RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      anything to help the cause :). A new thread with the link and info in the title wouldn't hurt either since this thread has gotten very, very long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: PHXeater Jan 14, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah. Just noticed this too. Thanks a bunch Phxer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yeah, usually my ideas are terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        no joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it looks like we are good to go everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: JAB Jan 14, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it looks like only two are going so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You and me buddy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: JAB Jan 14, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uh-oh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what I was afraid of.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't be scurd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TheOffalo RE: kevin Jan 14, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Give it some time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I need to decide if I'm bringing Mrs. Offalo or not before I RSVP.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please do as Mrs. JAB is coming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: TheOffalo Jan 14, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I forget. But is Mrs Offalo a hound too ? Or she could care less about our collective food fanaticism. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The latter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How does she feel about being known as Mrs. Offalo? That's kind of hard to, well, swallow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My desiccated, brow beaten face just formed a half smile upon reading this. .)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chrishei RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's an offal thing to say...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: chrishei Jan 14, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A laughed even harder at this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But Offalo. You may just be an offal person dragging your non hound wife to such an event. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: chrishei Jan 14, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chris, you gonna be on board for the festivities ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chrishei RE: kevin Jan 14, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe - probably 50/50 for now

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bob, you possibly attending ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or is duty calling you to Shunjis ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No worries, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do plan to go, drink some beer and meet some hounds. As for eating at O'Brien's...well, that's just not gonna happen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fair enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JAB RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What houndly eating spots are nearby?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives RE: JAB Jan 14, 2014 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not that much. Rustic Canyon, Melisse..... And that's about it for the immediate environs. FIG is at Wilshire & Ocean. Water Grill is nearby.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TheOffalo RE: JAB Jan 14, 2014 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tar & Roses too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It looks like a lot of these places don't open until about our meet up time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wienermobile RE: TheOffalo Jan 14, 2014 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gjelina & Superba Snack Bar are not to far away. Sweet Rose Creamery, Huckleberry and Milo and Olive are just blocks away

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: TheOffalo Jan 15, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I was thinking on Wilshire.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Jan 15, 2014 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pacific Dining Car and Milo and Olives are the closest joints nearby that can be construed as being houndly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, I forgot about M&O, mainly because I don't go there.... It's always crowded, small & not very comfortable seating. I like their bakery items, though they are overpriced, same for the sister store Huckleberry....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Jan 15, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I completely agree with your sentiments on MandO and Huckleberry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vickie2172 RE: Ciao Bob Jan 15, 2014 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              komodo venice is 0.1 miles south of O'Brien's if you're in the mood for a Cobb (Macaubb) salad & (miso) steak ($10; $11)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              235 Main Street
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Different O'Brien's. this gathering is at the one on Wilshire.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ZoeZ RE: Ciao Bob Jan 14, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            She probably feels the same as Mme Zoe being known as Mme Zoe-:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 RE: kevin Jan 14, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Who wants to bet $5 that Kevin isn't going to show up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: ns1 Jan 14, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will you show up to collect ????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As measly as $5 is, I wouldn't take that bet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  carter RE: PHXeater Jan 14, 2014 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now that the 16th has been selected, just heard that CALTRANS, sorry for the ALL CAPS treatments, but that is its name, not my selection of their name, will have all northbound lanes of the 405 closed for 80 hours over the Presidents Day weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So while Valley people, like me, might be able to get there, we may have to stay until Tuesday to get home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But since I have an LA Philharmonic concert that day any way, there is no way I would be able to make it any way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://thesource.metro.net/2014/01/14...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't make this stuff up folks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ns1 RE: carter Jan 15, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AHHAHAHAHAHHA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The joys of living in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin RE: ns1 Jan 15, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ns1, you attending the Chow meet ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ns1 RE: kevin Jan 15, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1) generally speaking, i like my anonymity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2) santa monica is like an island surrounded by traffic

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: ns1 Jan 15, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ok, no worries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: ns1 Jan 15, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shoot, now I'm having second thoughts about attending myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wayno RE: kevin Jan 15, 2014 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just wear a mask if you want to preserve your anonymity. But you gotta be there. O'Brien's does have pretty darn good fish and chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin RE: Wayno Jan 15, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I will devour the fish and chips and a couple Macallen 12s to wash it down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nosh RE: carter Jan 15, 2014 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        405 will be open northbound (at least until midnight?) but will be restricted in lanes. Can use Sepulveda -- may have to. Sunday eve before a Monday holiday day off -- how bad could it be? And you can sleep in the next morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Remember -- back when Carmegeddon happened, everyone was so scared off that traffic was fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yup, I think we should scare everyone away with carmageddon on a regular basis.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ns1 RE: nosh Jan 16, 2014 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Can use Sepulveda -- may have to. Sunday eve before a Monday holiday day off -- how bad could it be?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I once used Sepulveda to try to avoid the 405 at like 10pm. Ended up stuck on Sepulveda for half an hour. So theoretically, it could be terrible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WildSwede RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You Rock, Wayne! Thank you for doing this! Wildswede will be there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't do much, but try to do the RSVP thing on the eVite that PHXeater so prudently established (if you haven't already).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nosh RE: Wayno Jan 14, 2014 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have published a new thread giving the details of the get-together and linking the evite here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931378

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please link to the evite and rsvp when you are pretty sure you'll attend, so we know and can give the venue an estimate of numbers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: nosh Jan 14, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How many threads do we need?? Are we that lame? Phxeater already set one up....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                His thread is much more descriptive than mine though, and he's a better known LA hound, so nosh for the win! Will delete mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: PHXeater Jan 14, 2014 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But Phxer you stepped to the plate and created the Evite thing something of which your fearless leader would never have been able to accomplish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really didn't mean to step on your toes, PHXeater. I apologize. I had posted upthread that I was going to create an announcement and rsvp thread near the end of the month, but events preceded me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PHXeater RE: nosh Jan 16, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was not offended in the slightest :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin RE: kevin Jan 15, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sevrog, you attending, buddy ?????????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or is it possibly going to be past your bedtime. ????? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VenusCafe RE: kevin Jan 21, 2014 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interesting how our most loquacious and otherwise frequent contributors have seriously avoided this thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin RE: VenusCafe Jan 21, 2014 11:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indeed. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I complete understand them preserving their anonymity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: VenusCafe Jan 22, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like the plague..... ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, maybe they're on the threads that branched off from this one and/or hopefully visited the eVite page and indicated that they are attending.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: Wayno Jan 22, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With all this hullabaloo, I'm pondering whether I should show up myself. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You fuckin' better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin RE: Wayno Jan 22, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With that kind of fuckin' vernacular, I'll feel right at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nosh RE: kevin Jan 22, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To be honest, I'm thinking we may have peaked too soon. The event is four weeks away, and recent activity on this thread is down and the thread I started for the event itself only has one response.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad we settled on O'Brien's. Even if there are just a few of us, we can get a drink or beer and/or burger or dish and meet and stay for an hour or the entire evening. I intend to be there. kevin, you need to be there -- no more jokes about backing off (it hurts momentum and attendance). Wayno will be there, I assume, because he arranged things with the venue. The hound bringing the name tags and sharpies hopefully will be there. I really hope we have a good turnout -- there are a lot of you I'd like to meet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll be out of town the week before, with very limited internet access, returning a couple days before.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin RE: nosh Jan 22, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok, Nosh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think at least a solid 10 people will show up at the very least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See you then, buddy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm the hound bringing the name tags and sharpies. i will be there, and will make sure to get there early so we have them. I think there's some confusion about which links led to rsvps. The one that I used had at least a dozen people listed as coming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin RE: perk Jan 22, 2014 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Perk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is much appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin RE: perk Jan 22, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I think the date on the 16th is good since we will have a couple weeks available to detox from the Super Bowl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TheOffalo RE: kevin Jan 22, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe it's just 1 week. Get detoxing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      [Edit: Oops, it's 2 weeks. Don't mind me, I'm drunk.]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg RE: TheOffalo Jan 22, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S Bowl is Feb. 2nd I believe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TheOffalo RE: perk Jan 22, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The "other" link (which was just a truncated version of the correct link) should not actually work, so there shouldn't be multiple RSVP lists out there, fortunately. This is the link that works: http://www.evite.com/event/0049POPNCP....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Note that CH will truncate the *displayed* URL after the third "P" in the random alphanumeric string at the end. If you needed to copy the full URL, you can right-click (or Control-click on a Mac) the link and choose Copy Hyperlink (or similar).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right now we're at 23 Yes and 9 Maybe, so already a decent response.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. The Chowhound Team RE: kevin Jan 22, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The date and place has been picked, and an Evite link has been established.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you'd like to attend, please click through to the Evite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.evite.com/event/0049POPNCP...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At this point, we're going to lock this thread and ask all those attending to take further planning and logistics off line.

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