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Serial Diners?

Jacquilynne Jan 23, 2004 10:45 AM

Has anyone ever dined with the Serial Diners? I've been thinking it sounds fun, and would like to join them, but I'm a bit intimidated by the idea of embarassing myself or something. Any experiences or thoughts on the subject?

Link: http://probability.ca/diners/rules.html

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    The Berserker Jan 25, 2004 10:29 AM

    A good friend of mine is a regular attendee. My impression is that it's more of a social event than a quest for a fine dining experience. I believe that the core group is in their 20s and 30s.

    I'll be seeing my friend later this week, and will ask him about it. If I find out anything more, I'll post again.

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    1. re: The Berserker
      Jacquilynne Jan 26, 2004 09:00 AM

      Thanks, I actually sucked up my nerve and went on Friday night. A very interesting and eclectic group of people. We were set to go to Garuda Indonesian on Eglinton, but alas, it was no longer there, and in its place was Tokyo Sushi, so according to the rules, we went there instead. Food was excellent, service not so much. Though I did appreciate the almost entirely non English speaking waitress going over to the one large group I could see in the restaurant and asking them if they were the Serial Diners.

      It's true it is much more a social event than a culinary one - after all, they go to every restaurant, regardless of merit. But they are keenly interested in the dining experience so it's not entirely a social event.

      I will certainly join them again, subject to the location of the restaurant, as I'm in Markham and they use the downtown phone books to pick restaurants.

      1. re: Jacquilynne
        Kimmy Jan 26, 2004 10:05 AM

        Sounds interesting.....what age group?

        1. re: Jacquilynne
          Kristine Maitland Jan 29, 2004 07:20 PM

          "Interesting and eclectic" is a nice way of putting it. *wry smile*

          I've been a member of Serial Diners since 1998, though I have known about the group since 1990. I don't go weekly (as location and price determines my attendance).

          Keep in mind that while Serial Diners uses Toronto Yellow Pages, Not all the restaurants listed in the YP are actually in the downtown area.Indeed, some are not in Toronto at all. SD has been known to end up in places like, say, Port Credit.

          Link: http://probability.ca/diners/current....

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        Jacquilynne Jan 26, 2004 11:08 AM

        I was declared the youngest diner at the table (not counting someone's 11 week old son) at 26, though I'm not even close to the youngest attendee ever. I'd say most people in the group were late 20s or early 30s, though one member said she was 51.

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          Leah S Jan 27, 2004 03:14 PM

          I know that we chowhounds met a few time last year. We did not have a meet this year. Not sure if the organizer is working on a February meet.

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            Lesli Jan 27, 2004 10:18 PM

            Sounds interesting. How does one get in touch with this group? Do they just do downtown Toronto randomly by the phone book? How often do they meet?

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            1. re: Lesli
              Jacquilynne Jan 28, 2004 11:47 AM

              I just showed up one night, which was perfectly acceptable to them, though there are email addies and phone numbers for some of the organizor people available at probability.ca/diners. They don't go randomly, but rather very precisely in alphabetical order, but yes, just based on what's in the phone book. Every friday. Including, I noted, when looking at last year's schedule, on Boxing Day so they're pretty committed.

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              cardamom Jan 27, 2004 10:25 PM

              I happen to know the founder of the Serial Diners, Jason Taniguchi. He is a good friend of mine, a very nice and very funny man. I haven't been to a serial dining event myself, but what people have said about it is pretty accurate (social event with food, eclectic bunch etc).

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              1. re: cardamom
                Sierramum Jan 28, 2004 09:22 PM


                You're a good friend of Jason's? Kewl! I know Jason from my previous job. Next time you talk to him, tell him that Sandee ex-Sentient says hi and I'll see him on one of the Serial Diner Fridays!


                1. re: Sierramum
                  cardamom Jan 29, 2004 11:09 AM

                  I have this theory that everyone in Toronto is related to Jason by no more than 3 degrees of separation.

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