Meetup at the LA Arboretum and dumplings!
posted June 16, 2013 1:59 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun July 14 at 10:00 AM, Din Tai Fung
1108 South Baldwin Avenue, El Monte, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
I was kicking around an idea in chat about a meetup at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden along with noms at Din Tai Fung. Who would be interested?
Din Tai Fung ( is consistently rated one of the best xiao long bao restaurants in the world(!) and I actually prefer this location to the original one in Taipei.

After filling our stomach with delicious dumplings, those of us interested can check out the Arboretum (, for a fill of nature and peacock sightings.

UPDATE (6/17/13): Seems most would be available in mid July. So I'm setting the date for July 14th.
posted by xtine to Meetup (23 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I can do 6/23. 6/30 might be rough because I'll be travelling the week before that, not entirely sure that I won't be exhausted. After that sounds good, though, if it's better for people.
posted by Alterscape at 2:21 PM on June 16, 2013

That's a great idea. Next Sunday works for me.
posted by ljshapiro at 4:09 PM on June 16, 2013

I'm always down for DTF, but won't that be be quite a wait on a Sunday afternoon?
posted by carsonb at 9:09 PM on June 16, 2013

I thought about the long, long wait for DTF. However I don't know a better option for timing.
posted by xtine at 10:27 PM on June 16, 2013

The 23rd works for me. I'll put myself down as a maybe until we get an actual date.
posted by bswinburn at 10:34 PM on June 16, 2013

What about flip-flopping the order - food first, nature second? Din Tai Fung opens at 10. Would that help the wait?
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:20 AM on June 17, 2013

Or maybe 10:30, the page is a little confusing.
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:25 AM on June 17, 2013

It helps a little. Whenever I eat there (usually Sundays...) I try to make it as close to ten as possible. There's usually still a wait. But, you know, if the point is to hang out together we can still do that while waiting. There's an arcade next door with a bunch of silly claw games in it that's good for wasting 20 minutes or so.

Might be nice to stuff ourselves full of dumplings then stroll around the arboretum after.
posted by carsonb at 10:42 AM on June 17, 2013

I've never been to DTF, and it sounds amazing.
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:46 AM on June 17, 2013

Food then nature sounds like a great idea. Ah yes, and I forgot that there are like two locations practically next to each other. Perhaps we should meet up at the first Arcadia location (1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007) at 10AM?
posted by xtine at 12:11 PM on June 17, 2013

Sounds good to me.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:48 PM on June 17, 2013

Ciclavia is this weekend in mid-wilshire. I was thinking of posting a meetup in the beer garden of the Korean BBQ festival along the route. Any chance we can do this in a few weeks?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 2:55 PM on June 17, 2013

DTF is awesome! Too bad I probably won't be able to make it...
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:50 PM on June 17, 2013

mandymanwasregistered I would go for Korean BBQ this weekend and dumplings/Arboretum in a few weeks.
posted by ljshapiro at 6:07 PM on June 17, 2013

Oh yeah! Contingent on my bike being functional I'll be doing CicLAvia. DTF is there every Sunday!
posted by carsonb at 6:18 PM on June 17, 2013

In the interest of not hijacking this, here's an irl post for this Sunday.

I'm totally DTDTF (down to Din Tai Fung), but I wouldn't be able to go until mid-July.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:36 PM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

How's July 13 or 14?
posted by xtine at 8:45 PM on June 17, 2013

July 13th would probably work for me. But my schedule is subject to uncertainty so I shouldn't really get a vote...
posted by Hairy Lobster at 12:33 PM on June 19, 2013

Oooh, this will be testing my "can get up in the morning" skills.
posted by Deoridhe at 5:10 PM on June 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

July 14 works for me! So DTDTF!
posted by carsonb at 7:12 PM on July 1, 2013

Just saw this! I'm from Arcadia and will be back home for the weekend. I'll try to come, it'd be great to do a MeFi meetup so close to home.

Just wanted to note that the map shows El Monte, but it's actually Arcadia.
posted by so much modern time at 1:28 AM on July 9, 2013

Am coming to DTF - will be late though.
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:16 AM on July 14, 2013

Just got here. Wearing a blue Bosstones shirt.
posted by xtine at 9:54 AM on July 14, 2013

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