Re: Boston Meetup

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Oh good. I was just trying to figure out my working schedule for this weekend, and was wondering if I shouldn't plan any deep thought for post-bloody-maried Sunday afternoon.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 10:53 AM
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what i would like to know is where is the radio station urls posted around here?
it's already noon est, i thought someone was going to post it on Thursday if memory serves


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 10:55 AM
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was this being discussed somewhere else? I haven't seen anything about it.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 10:55 AM
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A week or two ago, when Josh mentioned that he was going to be in town. You still coming, Josh?


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 10:58 AM
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Brunch on Sunday was the idea floated then.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 10:58 AM
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1: Bloody married?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:09 AM
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Left it with only one r so no one would get ideas about Sifu's and my plans for the morning.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:12 AM
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Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:19 AM
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4: I'll be there! Sunday Brunch stills sounds good to me, particularly since that way I can pick people's brains for stuff to do while I'm out there.

Where exactly are we doing this? I'm staying in Cambridge and will have a car, but never having been to Boston before I have no idea if driving is going to be a hassle or not.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:19 AM
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There's a place on the waterfront, at Commercial Wharf, that's got decent brunch (entrees well under $20, with coffee and a mimosa or bloody mary) and isn't too crowded. It's near the Aquarium subway stop. Or we could go somewhere else, if anyone has a better suggestion.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:33 AM
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have no idea if driving is going to be a hassle or not

Oh, this will be fun.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:42 AM
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have no idea if driving is going to be a hassle or not

I make noises in your direction, but clearly they don't get through.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:46 AM
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The place on the waterfront is called "Joe's American"; the waterfront location is here.

If you're really, really committed to driving, Josh, maybe we can help you manage it, but the T is lovely this time of year. The Aquarium stop is right next door.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:56 AM
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Aquitaine in the South End is pretty good. They have a $10 prix fixe brunch.

I'd love to go somewhere where I could nurse a drink and spend as little money as possible. If anyone knows of a place like that, please pipe up.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 11:59 AM
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13: I'm used to BART, which while it "runs" on weekends does so infrequently as to be virtually useless, unless you really like hanging out on train platforms. I understand intellectually that other places have more functional public transit systems, but I don't really *get* it.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:00 PM
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14: Joe's is not bad as far as that goes; brunch comes with a free drink, among other things.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:01 PM
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The place on the waterfront is called "Joe's American"

Huh, for years I've been calling it American Joe's. A lot of people I know disdain it because it's a chain, but I've always had warm feelings for the place due to the Back Bay location serving me and a friend alcohol once when we were under-aged college students. A good memory, that.


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:04 PM
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14: If you want to pull a w-lfs-n and run out on the brunch tab, I for one volunteer to look the other way.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:04 PM
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Huh, I'm dense; I didn't realize it was that Joe's chain. I used to hit the Back Bay location occasionally when I worked down there and needed my periodic relaxed, sit-down lunch.

I will now commence trying not to confuse it with the "Not Your Average Joe's" chain, and my local bar, "Joe Sent Me".


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:06 PM
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Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:08 PM
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If we go to Joe's, which sounds fine to me, I'll probably park in Charlestown and walk over from there. Parking around the North End is always a nightmare, in my experience. This is also true of the South End.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:34 PM
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I've been to Joe's in the Back Bay. Is Charlie's something or other on Newbury Street owned by the same group?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:46 PM
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For teh true touristy experience, we could go to Durgin Park.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:49 PM
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What, not Legal Seafoods?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:50 PM
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Has anyone ever been to the Living Room


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:56 PM
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?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:56 PM
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For teh true touristy experience, we could go to Durgin Park.

Feh, several years ago when my brother and his girlfriend were visiting, they decided they'd like to go to Boston for the day (she'd never been.) I was deputized to show them around, but not before my mom filled their heads with the idea that the Union Oyster House was an absolute must-visit. I tried to talk them out of it, but they were really keen on going. Of course it was awful, making me look like a lame guide around town. Thanks, mom.


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 12:59 PM
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Okay, between the two of you you're making me not want to take any more restaurant recommendations from my father... (Which is surprising, 'cause he's not usually the type to go for really touristy places.)


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:01 PM
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Sal de la terre is quite good, and right by the waterfront.

Also, Union Oyster House is the ne plus ultra of tourist traps


Posted by: hunger_artist | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:02 PM
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Union Oyster House is pretty bad. Durgin park used to have good strawberry shortcake, but that was when it was actually cheap. I was looking at Sel de La Terre. Their brunch stuff did not look too expensive. A friend of mine said that she went to L'Espalier, Sel's sister restaurant, and that it was not very good for the money. Definitely not Boston's French Laundry, though about as expensive.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:09 PM
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Sel de La Terre is quite good, but wouldn't it be considerably more expensive than Joe's?


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:13 PM
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The Joe's recommendation was based on the relative cheapness and the inclusion of a drink with the brunch. I also think it's pretty tasty, though clearly not on a Sel de la Terre or Aquataine level.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:16 PM
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25: I walk by it all the time, and have been tempted, but the online reviews have convinced me it's likely to be awful.

Joe's is a chain, and is generally kind of meh, but the brunch really is quite good, plus the drinks, etc. etc.

On preview, pwned by Blume, and loving it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:19 PM
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Aquitaine has a $10 brunch menu, though. It is often super busy, and I think you might need a reservation.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:19 PM
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I've been to Joe's a lot and am sort fo sick of it, but I can just get a cup of their clam chowder.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:20 PM
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Isn't the $10 brunch at Aquitaine only on Saturday, though?


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:20 PM
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We're going to be an indeterminate-but-more-than-4 party, which is kind of the pits for making a reservation somewhere.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:21 PM
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31: Though I'm willing to bet there are no free drinks at SdLT.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:22 PM
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31: Actually, the prices aren't that different. Though I'm willing to bet there are no free drinks at SdLT. Also it's sort of dark--no water views.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:23 PM
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Yeah, Blume. I was just about to say that I was wrong about Aquitaine. Somebody told me that there's another place that also has $10 something that's better than Joe's. I go to Joe's after church a lot and we were thinking of trying a new place. But I can't remember.

I can also ask my friend the realtor who knows the city like the back of his hand if he can recommend any brunch places. There's one he said was really good, but he'd forgotten the name.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:24 PM
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Might be hard to coordinate after today. The other good things about Joes are that it's casual and can accomodate indeterminate crowds pretty well; it ain't the best, but it might fit the meetup criteria well.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:26 PM
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I've been to Joe's a lot and am sort fo sick of it, but I can just get a cup of their clam chowder.

During the youthful trip to Joe's I mentioned above, I ordered the clam chowder served in a hollowed-out bread. I had never encountered that before, and thought it the height of sophistication.


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:28 PM
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All right, then I guess it's Joe's.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:32 PM
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When St. Louis Bread Company (now Panera) first hit the scene, I was pretty impressed with the bread bowl, too.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:33 PM
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Now for a meeting time, and a head count?


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:36 PM
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I'll probably be leaving Copley Square around 11.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:38 PM
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Let's aim for 11:30, then? Maybe Sifu and I will get there a little early to stake out a table.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:40 PM
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11:30 works for me.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:44 PM
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We'll have to buy BG all sorts of extra drinks and sides of bacon because we're making her go someplace she's tired of.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 1:48 PM
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I'd really like to go, but it'd be a bit of a trip for me and I'm swamped with work right now. Bleccch. Would you guys be up for another one between now and mid-May or so?


Posted by: the Other Paul | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:01 PM
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50: Am up for it in theory, but totally depends on when. Now until mid-May is pretty much the rest of crazy killing myself with work semester.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:17 PM
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11:30? I might be a little later than that, but count me in.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:19 PM
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Unfortunately, it'll probably be like that for me too. Hope springs eternal, though.


Posted by: the Other Paul | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:19 PM
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53 to 51, obvs.


Posted by: the Other Paul | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:20 PM
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11:30... and beyond!

I'll try and be awake and, following that, drunk by the time you get there, Nathan.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:21 PM
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The mbta's trip planner tells me to go to Haymarket and then on a crazy walk:

Walk approx. 1 block SE on Surface Rd. Turn left on Hanover St. Walk a short distance NE on Hanover St. Bear right on Ramp. Walk a short distance E on Ramp. Turn right on Cross St. Walk approx. 1 block SE on Cross St. Turn left on Commercial St. Walk approx. 1 block NE on Commercial St. Turn right on Richmond St. Walk a short distance SE on Richmond St. Turn left on Atlantic Ave. Walk approx. 1 block NE on Atlantic Ave.

Did somebody say that it was right off of the blue line at Aquarium?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:25 PM
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Yeah, the Aquarium stop is closer, BG.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:27 PM
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I'm embarrassed that my excuse is I'll be swimming on Sunday morning. (Actually, it's parent-tot lessons with the kids, so technically I'll be wading.)


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 2:53 PM
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58: how long does that go? Show up afterwards! Bring the kids!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 3:02 PM
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The 17 month old doesn't handle bloody marys well.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 7:17 PM
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The 17 month old doesn't handle bloody marys well.

That's easy. Omit the Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce, double the vodka. And replace the celery stalk with a binkie.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 03-28-08 7:31 PM
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Just to put a bug in your collective ear: I'll be in Boston at the end of May/beginning of June, and would love to meet up. I'll mention it again later when I have the exact dates.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 03-29-08 6:59 AM
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Now maybe I'll come, maybe with one kid.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 03-29-08 6:33 PM
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Sweet, SP!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-29-08 6:35 PM
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Beefamato!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:43 AM
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Cannoli liveblogging!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 11:48 AM
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Daytime drinking liveblogging!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 12:33 PM
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I think I might be up your way in late April. More later.


Posted by: NĂ¡pi | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 1:10 PM
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Drinks are finished!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 1:10 PM
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Mmm, cannoli.

I'm still ashamed that mcmc caught me on camera in front of the Paul Revere statue.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 4:16 PM
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Mmm, cannoli.

You left the gun, right?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 4:18 PM
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I love America.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 4:25 PM
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Not to worry, Josh--the photo is blurred.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 4:31 PM
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Report from meetup, part the second: Deep Ellum is still the best bar in Boston.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:29 PM
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It's certainly the best bar in Boston I've been to!


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:31 PM
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It is darn swell, it's true. Mmmm, St. Germain Eiderflower Liquer, whatever the hell you are.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:44 PM
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Or "Elderflower", or "Eigenflower". Who the hell knows.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:45 PM
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It was actually "Eigerflower"; it only grows at very high altitude.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:50 PM
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Well I sanctioned the hell out of it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:51 PM
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"I'm Sifu Tweety, and I approve this drink."


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:52 PM
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Straight or in a cocktail, Tweety?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:52 PM
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In a cocktail with Plymouth Gin and lemon.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:53 PM
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Mmm, thanks. Added to my 'to drink' list.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:56 PM
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Were they good cannoli?


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:57 PM
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Damn good cannoli, I thought.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 9:59 PM
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They were in fact excellent cannoli. The shop had a wider variety of cannoli than I'd seen before; BG and I split a chocolate-dipped Florentine. I'm glad we skipped the powdered sugar, though.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:00 PM
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But don't just take my word for it!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:00 PM
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I lurve cannoli. I should go get some. Or learn how to make pastry.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:02 PM
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87 to 88, no doubt.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:06 PM
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(drinking.. eide?whoozis.. cannoli...)

*sob*

It's warmer at home anyway. It's warmer at home anyway. It's warmer at home anyway. It's warmer at home anyway...


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:25 PM
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That st. germain elderflower syrup got a lot of talk on the eGullet cocktails board, back when I still read it, last year.

Now that I actually live in a city with decent bars, maybe I should start reading again, though I still don't know anyone who's snooty enough to want to spend the bucks on fancy-ass drinks.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 03-30-08 10:26 PM
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though I still don't know anyone who's snooty enough to want to spend the bucks on fancy-ass drinks

I'm wounded, ben.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 8:43 AM
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These fancy-ass drinks are actually not that expensive, in any case.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 8:47 AM
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We've hardly exchanged word one since the bay area meetup last summer, Josh—you're like a stranger to me.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 11:05 AM
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94: Ben, dear, there is a lovely Elderflower cocktail at Hearth here in NYC called a "Pliny the Elder."


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 11:11 AM
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Sorry I couldn't make it to Deep Ellum. Wound up runnign into a friend whose birthday it was and had a drink with him and a crowd of others. At 9:30 I thought that I ought to go to bed before 11.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 11:13 AM
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I saw the comment about Deep Ellum just as I was heading out to play hockey. Also, my drinking buddy was already asleep by 9, although he was up at midnight when I got back from hockey and sat in his bed reading until 1:30- drugs and kids don't mix.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 11:20 AM
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94: Ben, dear, there is a lovely Elderflower cocktail at Hearth here in NYC called a "Pliny the Elder."

That does me no good!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 03-31-08 11:35 AM
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