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L.A. Chow meet up. 2-16-14

paprkutr Feb 24, 2014 05:24 PM

So, I've been waiting for someone to post how it went. I wanted to go, but couldn't. Someone please post how things went. Thanks

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    kevin RE: paprkutr Feb 24, 2014 05:38 PM

    Since I was one of the perpetrators in seetting up the meet in the interests of disclosure, I guess I wouldn't be at liberty to describe how things were going.

    How come you didn't make it ??????

    Anyhow perhaps you can set up a future one ????????

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      J.L. RE: kevin Feb 24, 2014 06:26 PM

      Oooh, non-disclosure agreements were assigned, I see...

      Now I REALLY wanna know what went on at O'Briens! :-)

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        paprkutr RE: kevin Feb 25, 2014 06:55 AM

        Glad you guys had a nice time. Hubby was teaching s class and had previous family obligation. Another time.

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          VenusCafe RE: kevin Feb 26, 2014 09:40 AM

          Kevin, You must be joking; you are the master of passing on responsibility. Come on guy, don't let this one to fall to Wayno.

          As a perp, you are the BEST one to contribute something interesting for the rest of us.

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          nosh RE: paprkutr Feb 24, 2014 06:30 PM

          I enjoyed it and thought it went well. Maybe 25 or more people over the course of the evening (I was the third one there at 5:30 and stayed a couple of hours.) Not much food ordered during the time I was there -- some potato skins, fish & chips (looked good, big order), and shepherds pie (not what I'm used to, with peas and carrots in the middle over the mashed potatoes). Lots of beer and mixed drinks. Good conversation, and I thought the name tags with both our first names and chow monikers made things easier.

          kevin, how late did it go?

          Some other feedback at the end of this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931378

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          1. re: nosh
            kevin RE: nosh Feb 24, 2014 06:55 PM

            Some of us stewgglers left a little bit after 9.

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              kevin RE: kevin Feb 24, 2014 07:26 PM

              Sorry. I meant stragglers.

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              westsidegal RE: nosh Feb 24, 2014 07:01 PM

              i wonder if the folks that went could be considered to be "insiders" and therefore not permitted to opine?

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              VenusCafe RE: paprkutr Feb 26, 2014 09:23 AM


              As to our event:
              Even a group meet instead of a 'food meet' deserves a pleasing environment. It wasn't that bad, just not conducive, and kind of 'static', at least for me. The PubSmell stuck in my nose folicles way too long. I could not get out of O'Brien's fast enough.

              Demographics was 40+. This demo means that as a group Chowhounds are able to TALK about food.
              The under 40 group only knows how to spell YUMMY. I am so sick of 'YUMMY' and people who can only talk in acronyms and twitter-talk.
              The under 40 demo only want the barest of info, i.e.,
              "you went to that new restaurant? YUM!" They do NOT involve themselves in details like quality, preparation and how did the ingredients hang together. Discussing the food having interesting spice, with a top note of sweet is just 'old school' ...only checking it off counts. Done!

              How are we going to interest the under 40 crowd in true food discussion? That would be a worthy task for Chowhounds.
              What gets me is that all the restaurants and menus aim
              primarily at those under 40 in a twitter world.
              I am very happy to be in the 40+ crowd, although as a group, we seem unable to multitask in social situs.
              At these meets, it's wise to remember that we are all 'hosts' of the event.

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                ns1 RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 09:30 AM

                Tl; dr. Plz summarize to 140 chars or less

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                  VenusCafe RE: ns1 Feb 26, 2014 09:42 AM

                  You are right! There were only about 20-25 char there!

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                    VenusCafe RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 01:31 PM

                    20-25 chars

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                  chrishei RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 09:48 AM

                  So I'm assuming those idiots under 40 aren't qualified to talk about food, or be a Chowhound. Sounds about right.

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                    Will Owen RE: chrishei Feb 26, 2014 11:25 AM

                    Not what he said. People under 40 need to learn how to express their impressions articulately and if possible grammatically. As one who is perilously close to becoming twice forty I'll admit to using the Y-word now and then – you can look it up – but I know a lot of other words too, so I can use that one only when it seems appropriate.

                    @ VenusCafe: nobody can truly multitask, as has been proven by a lot of studies, and people who think they can are kidding themselves. Attention is required for competence, and we all have only so much of that, so divided attention = less attention = less competence. If you want to eat, eat; if you want to text or take pictures, do that. Eating and conversing? Only if your good table manners are so integrated into your being that you always remember to swallow before opening your mouth …

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                      VenusCafe RE: Will Owen Feb 26, 2014 01:38 PM

                      Many of us are still able greet one person while conversing with another!

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                        kevin RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 07:37 PM

                        I'm guilty of that.

                        Truth to tell, I can't even walk and chew gum at the same time.

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                          latindancer RE: kevin Feb 27, 2014 05:41 AM

                          Well, my grandmother instructed me never to chew gum so with that in mind…
                          All you have to do is walk :).

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                        Sgee RE: Will Owen Feb 26, 2014 07:29 PM

                        Reminds me of a fancy car event I attended where the 'older' group directed condescending remarks at us uneducated punkz

                        Never wise to generalize

                    2. re: VenusCafe
                      Butter Fight RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 12:42 PM

                      If only someone above 40 would condescend to teach me about "true food discussion."
                      Right now I am just wallowing in the ghetto that is my limited vocabulary.

                      Please! 40+ chowhounds! Save me!

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                        VenusCafe RE: Butter Fight Feb 26, 2014 01:52 PM

                        Sorry Butter, did not intend to condescend, just prod a little!

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                          Butter Fight RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 04:09 PM

                          I understand, no hard feelings.
                          I agree that the yelpification of food reviews has caused a decline, but I think it is more a function of the popularity of being "a foodie" than of age.

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                            chrishei RE: Butter Fight Feb 26, 2014 04:14 PM

                            Don't give them the satisfaction of categorizing us under-40 ones w/ Yelpers.

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                              kevin RE: chrishei Feb 26, 2014 04:28 PM

                              I am vehemently not a yelper.

                              And yet I still will check it for names, addresses, phone numbers, if the occasion calls for it.

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                                Butter Fight RE: chrishei Feb 26, 2014 06:53 PM

                                I keep expecting someone to tell me to get off their lawn.

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                                  kevin RE: Butter Fight Feb 26, 2014 06:59 PM

                                  That sounds like Eastwood's "Gran Torino"

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                                    chrishei RE: Butter Fight Feb 26, 2014 07:11 PM

                                    They would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for us meddling kids.

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                                      VenusCafe RE: chrishei Feb 27, 2014 07:55 AM

                                      Sorry Chrishel. You seem to take particular issue with my comments.
                                      We are living in a culture that is ageist; i was merely comprehending that from my own past 40 category.

                                      Many under 40 make a great deal out of "old school",
                                      singularly dismissive of anything that happened 'before they were born' and happy to throw out the baby with the bath water.

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                                        Servorg RE: VenusCafe Feb 27, 2014 08:21 AM

                                        Ageism seems to me to be a two way street. You either take people as individuals, or you are part of the problem too.

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                                          VenusCafe RE: Servorg Feb 27, 2014 09:37 AM

                                          I have found ageism has much heavier traffic in the Northbound lanes, and, yes, refusing to accept it can be seen as being part of the problem.

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                                          chrishei RE: VenusCafe Feb 27, 2014 08:29 AM

                                          I wasn't really offended. But I am under 40 (under 30 even), and do think that there are some of us have plenty to offer re opinions and even experience. Agree w/ Servorg below - we don't want to have preconceptions about one or the other, because that's part of the problem. I've dined and had great times with people over 40, and they likewise (I hope).

                                2. re: VenusCafe
                                  kevin RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 04:27 PM

                                  Venus cafe, we are not worthy. :)

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                                Dommy RE: VenusCafe Feb 26, 2014 06:40 PM

                                I thought I was a damn charming and even talked about things OTHER than food... ;)


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                                  kevin RE: Dommy Feb 26, 2014 06:42 PM

                                  You probably were. :)

                                  anyways, my apologies for initiating the event.

                                  but i accept no liabilities for it.

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                                    VenusCafe RE: kevin Feb 27, 2014 07:46 AM

                                    Well isn't that a surprise?

                                    If i really were a 'get off my lawn' type person i'd remind you
                                    not to put an 's' on anyway.

                                    We all are who we are...

                                  2. re: Dommy
                                    JAB RE: Dommy Feb 26, 2014 07:18 PM

                                    Imagine that!

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                                      VenusCafe RE: Dommy Feb 27, 2014 07:33 AM

                                      You were damn charming!

                                    2. re: VenusCafe
                                      brandygirl RE: VenusCafe Feb 27, 2014 05:27 PM

                                      This has not been my experience with the under 40 crowd. I am well over 40 and know many who are well under 40 (even some under 20!) who have sophisticated and adventurous tastes--more so than mine. Not only that, but they can have meaningful, articulate discussions about food.

                                      I also know plenty of people in all age groups who love eating food but don't have the passion that Chowhounders share about food. They have no interest in detailed conversations about food or restaurants. They can tell me that they like something or they don't, but they don't want to analyze or discuss why. I think it has more to do with the level of interest and experience a person has than their age group.

                                    3. Wayno RE: paprkutr Feb 26, 2014 11:31 AM

                                      There actually was a post-mortem thread (at least the later posts are post-event):


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