Re: London meet-up!

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Let me be the first to suggest The Defectors Weld.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 8:55 AM
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16th 17th or 21st all work for me in the evenings. I've got a talk in Cambridge on the afternoon of 21st.

Hammersmith Hospital appears to be convenient for Wormwood Scrubs and very few other places. Perhaps we should be thinking of somewhere more central to meet.


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 9:02 AM
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Yeah, that entire area of London is a bit of a desert. I've heard good things about Paradise by way of Kensal Green.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 9:12 AM
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But I think it's more of a restaurant than a bar.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 9:13 AM
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I can suggest some places around St. Paul's/Bank, on the grounds that they're close to my work and also on the Central line and hence relatively accessible from HH.

For myself, I can't do the Sunday, but could do the following Saturday. During the week I'm fairly free in the evenings, though probably wouldn't be able to get anywhere before 7/7.30 depending on location.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 9:18 AM
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Or, as suggested in the other thread, I have recommendations for around the South Ken museums.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 9:19 AM
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Didn't we meet Berry Freud in a pleasant pub by the museums?


Posted by: Nworb | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 10:36 AM
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You did indeed. The Queen's Arms I think it was.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 10:43 AM
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Berry Freud

Sometimes, a cereal mascot is just a cereal mascot.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 10:45 AM
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That would have been one of my recommendations.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 10:48 AM
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The wise brand manager always localizes his mascots, however outlandish the results.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 10:48 AM
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I'll probably be around. Limitations around when I can make it out imposed by childcare (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, generally better), otherwise, I'm pretty flexible. Saturdays and Thursdays tend to be impossible.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 12:07 PM
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It's difficult for me to make it to an evening meet up and stay for any length of time, so I'd say to just plan without me because I think my constraints will be the most annoying!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 1:07 PM
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Wow, thanks! (Sorry for the lag in reply - I work in what is basically a bunker.) I think it seems like either the 16th or the 21st are the best for locals, then? Either is good for me. I expect my work days to finish about 4 pm or so, so any extra transit will be fine. Really, the majority of my plans involve solo dinners and answering emails in my hotel room, so I'm thrilled to have a nudge to get out.

Google shows two Queen's Arms. The one in Kensington, right? Barry, good vegetarian options, I suppose, if you are endorsing?

Parenthetical, would love to meet you, too, even if the date and time for the meetup don't quite work - maybe lunch or something? I'll message you elsewhere.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 7:55 PM
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14 Hi ydnew, yes there were vegetarian options, I think I ordered from the sandwich menu, with some sides. I went there twice when I was in town (Unfogged and B&T meetups, with quite a bit of crossover) and would go again.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10- 9-17 8:20 PM
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If in search of vegetarianism, we could always do something Chinese /dim summish in Soho. (Ume and I were delighted to find something billed as "vegetarian tonkotsu ramen" in a Japanese place the other day. Tonkotsu meaning, literally, pork broth).

But otherwise, the Queen's Arms is fine. I'm reluctant to do GY's end of the central line, though it's also closer to my work, simply because almost everywhere there will be crammed in the early evening, and it would be good to have somewhere I could hear people talk. As pubs have shut, the ones which remain have got more and more crowded and noisier. </grandpa simpson>


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 2:03 AM
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But otherwise, the Queen's Arms is fine. I'm reluctant to do GY's end of the central line, though it's also closer to my work, simply because almost everywhere there will be crammed in the early evening, and it would be good to have somewhere I could hear people talk.

That's certainly true at the end of the week, but if it's earlier in the week I know some places that should be quiet enough. And it's not like the West End is going to be any less busy. But I'm happy to go elsewhere to find a cosier place.

If in search of vegetarianism, we could always do something Chinese /dim summish in Soho. (Ume and I were delighted to find something billed as "vegetarian tonkotsu ramen" in a Japanese place the other day. Tonkotsu meaning, literally, pork broth).

Ooh, can I suggest Xu? It's been getting rave reviews. Plenty of veggie dishes too. Might need to book in advance though.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 3:00 AM
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The Canal Cafe in Little Venice is a decent pub with reasonable food and never seems to be terribly busy. Might be convenient-ish for someone staying in Wormwood Scrubs; it's just a few stops along the line.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 3:15 AM
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Are any places outside Wormwood Scrubs convenient for someone staying there?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 3:26 AM
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Xu looks delicious. There is no hope of getting good Chinese in my current location. Would that be OK with folks? A bit harder to coordinate than a pub where folks can drop in and out, but I can put in a reservation if I have a head count and folks agree. Vegetarian isn't a requirement, just a preference, and I knew Barry is, so figured it was worth asking whether he found stuff he enjoyed.

To 18/19: it looks like most of the places suggested are about 40 min travel time, which is fine, unless Google Maps terribly underestimates how long it will actually take.

Which day is better?


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 4:17 AM
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19: no. I believe that's the idea with prisons.

20: 40 minutes' travel time is entirely realistic, I'd have said. Hell, it's about 40 minutes on a bicycle to central London from out there. [yesterday 35 minutes very slow pedalling from the science museum to Kings Cross]

Xu looks expensive but delicious. Noisy? Anyone know?


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 4:44 AM
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Everywhere in London, more or less, is 40 minutes away from everywhere else. (In Edinburgh: 20 minutes. In Los Angeles: 90 minutes.)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 5:50 AM
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Xu looks expensive but delicious. Noisy? Anyone know?

I've yet to go, part of why I suggested it. It's by the people behind Bao, which is noisy, but it's more formal, so maybe less so.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 6:16 AM
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I don't know anything about Xu, but have a (possibly irrational) prejudice against new, fashionable Asian places after some disappointing experiences compared with the reviews (e.g. Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies). I'll go with what the majority decide, though.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 7:08 AM
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When it comes time to pay the tab.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 7:42 AM
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25: It's those fries and slaw n'at, they turn your brain into jimmies.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 7:47 AM
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Bone Daddies is alright (questionable toilet wallpaper aside). It's just absurdly overpriced. Tonkotsu seems OK for MOR Japanese, but definitely not somewhere to seek out.
I quite like their chicken karaage.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 10:39 AM
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Depending on what's decided, I might be able to do the 21st - if not the full meet up, perhaps something a bit earlier in the day!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10-10-17 12:27 PM
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If we're discussing Japanese, could I put in a vote for Cocoro, near the British Museum: nice, imaginative food reasonably priced and quiet. There is another branch in Marylebone, but I have not tried it.


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 10-11-17 5:15 AM
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Tonkotsu seems OK for MOR Japanese

It's spelled MOAR.

my orthografic standarz
let me show u them


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-11-17 6:00 AM
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OK, not seeing any strong preference for a date . . . I suspect the 16th would be best for crowd and noise, but the 21st easier for Parenthetical . . . Help?

And looks like we are at options of Cocoro or Queens Arms, as Ume votes against Xu (which I now will probably just go to solo because it looks good)?


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-12-17 3:58 AM
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Compromise on the date and go on the 18.5th?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-12-17 5:20 AM
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Go for the 16th for a regular meet up, and I'll come in during the day on the 21st for a mini meet up! :-)


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10-12-17 2:12 PM
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I also vote against cu, for what it's worth. I don't want to spend a lot of money on an evening when I can't hear anyone.

Am completely neutral about the other places suggested


Posted by: Nworb | Link to this comment | 10-12-17 2:49 PM
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Oh Damn. Turns out I can't make 16 at all because I have to be in Cambridge until 7. Sorry. Ignore all I earlier said. Can do 21 late.


Posted by: Nworb | Link to this comment | 10-12-17 2:53 PM
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(or 19, or 20, in the evenings)


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 10-13-17 6:24 AM
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ydnew, why not meet up at Xu with those who'd like to one evening during the week when ttaM can make it, then at the Queen's Arms with me and NW and anyone else who's around on the evening of the 21st? I could come in early and meet you and Parenthetical to go round a museum or something.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 10-13-17 1:51 PM
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That would be great, Ume! I'm currently planning on a day trip on the 21st.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10-13-17 2:07 PM
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That is a lovely offer, thank you, Ume! Check at the other place for a friend request?

Resolved, then: meetup at Xu, on the 16th, let's say 7 pm? If I need to reserve a table, could I get a headcount? If not, I'm fine just walking in and asking who wants to sex Mutumbo in my most American accent possible.

Then, Queen's Arms on Saturday the 21st, at maybe 6?


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-13-17 2:46 PM
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I'm up for the 16th. Turns out I have to do family stuff next weekend, so I'm afraid I'll have to pass on that one.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-14-17 7:57 AM
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No problem. Having two solves trying to get a date that works for everyone problem beautifully. I think if it's just the two of us, I won't bother reserving - OK for you? Will try to reserve if more pipe up.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-15-17 9:16 AM
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Headed to Xu now. Wearing a brown leather jacket and black slacks and carrying a neon orange backpack that I ran out of time to drop at my room.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 10:19 AM
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It's probably deer season in London anyway.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 10:24 AM
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About to head over shortly. Apparently we have an inverted colour scheme going on, as I'm wearing brownish cords and a black jacket. With a brown messenger bag to offset the neon.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 10:25 AM
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Have fun!!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 10:32 AM
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Bad news! It's impossible to see color in London now -- all is sepia. How will you recognize each other???

Probably will need to resort to "Who wants to sex Mutombo?"


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 10:34 AM
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BTW, if you want some inspiration for food selection, there's a very thorough review here.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 10:37 AM
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Have you arrived? Standing outside the door. Don't want to push in unless necessary.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 11:20 AM
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Lean in.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 11:21 AM
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Me, too?


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 11:23 AM
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Found and installed in in tiny nook.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 11:42 AM
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#MeToo


Posted by: Opinionated Nook | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 11:53 AM
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Delicious. Thanks, GY.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 1:37 PM
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gah, sorry I couldn't make it. I missed the final resolution (although ydneW kindly messaged me).

In my defence I'd just flown back from Toronto and was very jet lagged. Hope a good time was had by all.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10-16-17 5:00 PM
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Pittsburgh meetup thread, please?


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-20-17 8:14 AM
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55: Did you message heebie to tell her what a great writer she is and how cool her tattoo idea is? I mean, just sayin'.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-20-17 12:10 PM
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