A Midsummer Meetup!
posted June 27, 2013 3:49 AM   RSS

Tragically, we don't have a Runes visit to celebrate or anything special like that, but why should we let that stop us? Let's get together and catch up and celebrate things!
Our last meetup featured beer and pizza, so why not take another swing at that, with a different venue?

I'd like to nominate the Baird Brewery Nakameguro Taproom! They're big (way bigger than Devilcraft), have a completely different (Newhaven) style of pizza, and an extremely admirable selection of brews! Their menu's a weeeeeee bit more spartan than Devilcraft, but what they have is done amazingly well, and unless I'm mistaken, they're a bit more affordable (for both pizza and beer). Another benefit is that non-pizza and non-beer options are also available. And they have at least one vegetarian pie as well.

Howsabout the 20th of July?
posted by GoingToShopping to Proposed (34 comments total)

Oddly enough, I'll be working virtually in your part of the world on that day though unfortunately not physically. Bummer! Y'all are definitely my favorite "hey, I'm in your town, lets get together!" bunch of people.
posted by Runes at 7:34 AM on June 27, 2013 [1 favorite]

For anyone who hasn't been (like me) the website is here. I don't know if I can go, but I will say their Kurofune Porter is pretty tasty, and I've got a bottle of their Angry Boy Brown Ale waiting at home in the fridge.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:12 AM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm hardy active, and haven't been for years, but the siren song of pizza in the Tokyo area calls me from afar.
posted by fidelity at 6:19 AM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'll be playing at the Sengawa Jazz Festival that night...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:01 PM on June 28, 2013

I need to check on a few things this week but I think I can make it.
posted by 23 at 6:30 PM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Hey, if 23 can make it then at least you two can relive this golden moment.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:48 PM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Sorry, won't be around that time :(
posted by gen at 9:51 AM on July 1, 2013

Ah nooo, I have something on that day already :(
posted by monocot at 5:18 AM on July 2, 2013

Since this is still "tentative," and pretty much nobody can make that day, does anyone have a better one to replace it with?
posted by GoingToShopping at 9:58 AM on July 2, 2013

I could make something in early August!
posted by armage at 11:13 PM on July 6, 2013

Yup, August is pretty open for me.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:42 PM on July 6, 2013

August... in Chiba... if we pin down a day, and manage to get a decent number (I'm going to set the bar at 12-15), I'm just sayin'

posted by Ghidorah at 6:10 PM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

Weekend of 3-4 or 17-18 works for me.
posted by 23 at 7:38 PM on July 7, 2013

Weekend of 3-4 or 17-18 works for me.

Moi aussi.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:20 PM on July 7, 2013

3-4 is no good for me. Ichikawa Fireworks. 17-18 could be possible.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:26 PM on July 7, 2013

It's narrowing down...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:28 PM on July 7, 2013

Oh god, ANYTHING but a BBQ. The rainy season hasn't even technically ended yet, and I almost died walking around Machida in the sun yesterday. I vote we maintain an event inside a restaurant, with decent AC, and plenty of cold beer/hot food.
Chiba's fine for me, but I don't think it's convenient for anyone other than you, Ghi.
Also, August works for me. The 24th is a no go/could go but I'll probably already be buzzed from D&D. For spectacularly mysterious reasons, I suspect that 23 would also be similarly dissuaded from the 24th.

Sounds like the 17-18th is the best bet? Monocot and Armage? Anyone seen Dubitable around?
posted by GoingToShopping at 10:26 PM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

GoingToShopping, I'm not sure you understand, I was volunteering my house (which has air conditioning) to be the site of the meetup, and to cook for everyone. The reason I said Chiba is that's where I live, and that's where I keep my grills, comfy chairs, ice cold beer, and air conditioning. As for convenient, standing next to a grill all day while other people cavort and drink? It's not the most convenient thing for me.
posted by Ghidorah at 10:59 PM on July 7, 2013

I'd be delighted to (after at least one failed attempt) have the next meetup at Ghidorah's place. I am dying, yes DYING to eat summa that man't grilled specialties, y'hear? HOT DAMN!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:40 AM on July 8, 2013

17-18 maybe. 24th will be away. Would really like to make it.
posted by Gotanda at 3:37 AM on July 8, 2013

I'm good for most of August, but the sooner we can pin down a date the better. I would be pleased as punch to spend the day at Maison Ghidorah.
posted by armage at 1:53 AM on July 9, 2013

That sounds WONDERFUL, Ghidorah. You are correct, I did not understand! You have my vote, sir.
posted by GoingToShopping at 10:07 PM on July 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

Hope this happens! So... howsabout you other Tokyoites? Any more of you out there wanna make this a reality?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:46 PM on July 10, 2013

Well, on the off chance that there are people who would have to work on the 19th, maybe the 17th would be best? That way people don't have to worry about getting up quite so early the next day.

Usually, when I do a BBQ, I supply the food and ask people to bring the drinks, but if anyone wants to bring something to eat, feel free. Family and such are more than welcome. As a warning if you're allergic, we've got cats (which will be hidding upstairs). If we are going to do it, like I said, we'll need a decent crowd (pulled pork is a little much for three people), so lets aim for about 15?
posted by Ghidorah at 12:07 AM on July 11, 2013

15 or more, is what I meant to say. I've had nearly forty people at the house before*, so a decent size crowd isn't impossible.

*it was more than a bit snug, and hopefully not to be repeated, but doneable
posted by Ghidorah at 1:03 AM on July 11, 2013

So, what should we do? New IRL to alert people who've stopped paying attention? Go with the BBQ as the main plan, with the Nakameguro Taproom as the fallback in case of not enough members?
posted by Ghidorah at 11:11 PM on July 11, 2013

Sounds like a plan to me, Ghidorah.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:07 AM on July 12, 2013


Ah, this sounds really good. But I'm, erm, actually leaving Tokyo for good at the end of July (going back to new job in HK) so I definitely won't be able to make it in August. I hope you guys have a blast - I really wanted to try Ghidorah-cooked sausages too!

posted by monocot at 6:35 AM on July 12, 2013

Damn, I'm sorry you'll be leaving us. On the other hand, congrats on the new job. I enjoyed meeting you, an I hope you manage to have some meetups in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong? My jealousy rages. Have a great time.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:50 AM on July 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

Are you perhaps talking to Monocot, Ghidorah? I don't think she's posted anything about a new job in Hong Kong on this thread, though the extrapolation is an easy one to make.
posted by GoingToShopping at 3:38 AM on July 16, 2013

going back to new job in HK

nope. just reading what's there.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:36 AM on July 16, 2013

Who wants to make that new event page?
posted by GoingToShopping at 1:51 AM on July 17, 2013

I'll get to it. Been a bit busy.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:57 AM on July 17, 2013

Am I missing some obvious option to delete this thread? Like how I missed Monocot's obvious post?
posted by GoingToShopping at 7:22 AM on July 17, 2013

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