Mefiversary - Los Angeles
posted June 30, 2014 7:52 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun July 20 at 2:00 PM, Sophie1's home
400 North Catalina Street, Burbank, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
I know we're practically bursting with plans, but shall we do something to celebrate the big 15 here the weekend of Sat July 19-Sun 20?
I am open to suggestions - we're still very new in town - but I had two possible thoughts: an afternoon picnic-type gathering in some of our lovely nature, or I would be happy to host a Saturday night festive gathering at our home in Northridge if that is not unspeakably difficult to get to on a weekend evening. We have a lot of indoor and outdoor space, though for a group of >15 it might be Bring Your Own Chair If Possible. You must be able to tolerate big dogs who are very nice but love people to a sort of embarrassing extent.

I'm happy to take lead on organizing, but I'd like to hear suggestions and ideas.
posted by Lyn Never to Meetup (67 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Random thoughts...

Do we know what other groups are doing?

Thank you so much for volunteering your space -- if we were to do that, or someplace else, we could could google-doc a spreadsheet of dishes for potlucking.

Griffith Park might be another idea. Or a brewery/restaurant/gastronomical spot, letting someone else take care of the washing up. ;)

Dogs are awesome, especially big ones that love people.

Saturday the 19th evening I have a prior engagement, but would Sunday be doable? Or earlier in the day on Saturday.
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:34 AM on July 1, 2014

I'm just about to enter an ATT dead zone for a while but there's a MeTa with anniversary meet-up talk.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:44 PM on July 1, 2014

MoMu15! yeah! As a random Chicagoan who won't make it to your meetup, I'd not worry to much about what the rest of metafilter is doing -- you guys do you!

We just had our 2nd picnic-y meetup in a few days, and they were both a lot of fun.
posted by garlic at 9:21 PM on July 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wow, that's a very generous offer, thanks!

I checked all the options and there's really no way I could get there without a ride. That's my problem, though, and I totally understand if that's what everyone else wants to do. Other than that, I'm basically up for anything I can get to. However, I will have to insist that you post photos of your pups :-)

That weekend is busy but flexible for me so right now anything works. I'm not sure if drinking at parks is cool, but I'm not really a drinker so an outdoor thing would be my first choice. (I'd love an excuse to make something for a potluck.) I've been craving barbeque SO HARD so if we do go to a park I'm voting for one with BBQs.

Indoor idea: Dim Sum!
posted by Room 641-A at 12:47 PM on July 2, 2014

I would very much like for this to happen. I am perfectly happy to offer my home in Burbank as well, which may be more central than Northridge (no offense!). Please let's make this happen!!
posted by Sophie1 at 8:13 AM on July 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also, my offer in the MeTa thread of a MeFi cake stands!
posted by Sophie1 at 10:47 AM on July 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

OK - Lyn Never and I chatted and how's this for the meetup

Sunday, July 20th in Burbank, 11 a.m. brunch potluck? What do you all think?
posted by Sophie1 at 10:34 AM on July 9, 2014 [3 favorites]

Someone said cake?
posted by carsonb at 11:32 AM on July 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yay!! I think sounds awesome, thank you. There's only one metrolink train out to Northridge on Sundays; thank you for offering your place Lyn Never but I'm glad I'll be able to come for the anniversary.

I'm happy to cook or bake but I can also bring stuff like drinks or napkins.

Sophie1, a MeFi cake would be fantastic! Now the easy part: figuring out what everyone can eat :-D

I have no dietary restrictions and I'm more than happy to have a meatless menu. I can make anything vegetarian, and have access to tons of vegan options I could bring from a "guaranteed" vegan restaurant or bakery.

If someone is doing an alcohol count, I won't be drinking.

posted by Room 641-A at 11:37 AM on July 9, 2014

Yeah, Burbank is significantly easier for pretty much anyone, so that's a much better option.

I can also make/eat/bring anything.
posted by Lyn Never at 12:02 PM on July 9, 2014

Woo! OK - Lyn Never - can you change the posting to the date and time?

My address is 400 N. Catalina St., Burbank 91505.

We need someone to volunteer to make a sign-up sheet or we can just bring whatever. Up to y'all.
posted by Sophie1 at 12:06 PM on July 9, 2014

Done - I picked 2pm for now, and can change that when we figure out that part.
posted by Lyn Never at 12:10 PM on July 9, 2014

Thanks to everybody for their help getting this going! Should be a blast!
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:29 PM on July 9, 2014

I could make one or two of these pizzas, maybe one without cheese? The last time I sliced it lengthwise and then into "fingers" and they made great appetizer/side dish pizza. I could also make a pile of pita or bageles. I'm kind of blanking on anything else at the moment but if anyone has any ideas I can probably make it.

I'm just wary of anything that needs to stay very cold without a car.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:46 PM on July 9, 2014

Ohohoh. If they have them at the farmers market I'm going to bring the worlds greatest olives for sure.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:01 PM on July 9, 2014

I've got a vegetarian (not vegan) quinoa salad that is good for parties, also I make butter toffee. Please let me know if anyone has allergies to pecans or almonds.
posted by ApathyGirl at 2:47 PM on July 9, 2014

Ok. You are all in for a treat. At least I think so as I have a micro-mini farm and I can a lot of jam. Also fresh eggs. From my chickens. Their names are Marsala, Potpie, Noodle and Super, just in case you needed that information.
posted by Sophie1 at 3:46 PM on July 9, 2014 [4 favorites]

Yes, but are they lap chickens?
posted by ApathyGirl at 4:51 PM on July 9, 2014

Sophie1, you should feel free to add things to the sign-up spreadsheet that you think you'll need. That way folks can sign up to bring plates and napkins and chairs and anything else you think you might need.
posted by carsonb at 4:57 PM on July 9, 2014

Potpie is a lap chicken. The rest, not so much. I'll add stuff to the list tonight.
posted by Sophie1 at 5:34 PM on July 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

Hey, how do people feel about Brussels sprouts?
posted by Room 641-A at 6:06 PM on July 9, 2014

Mostly with my teeth, but sometimes I don't even bother to chew them.
posted by carsonb at 6:54 PM on July 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

Sophie1, did you need bagels or you bringing bagels?
posted by Room 641-A at 7:29 AM on July 10, 2014

Also Sophie1 is that a tree-nuts and pea-nuts allergy?
posted by carsonb at 10:31 AM on July 10, 2014

Or are you allergic to ALL THE TREES?
posted by carsonb at 10:31 AM on July 10, 2014

(I don't think you need to be bringing anything since you are hosting, btw. Except a lap chicken.)
posted by Room 641-A at 10:49 AM on July 10, 2014

1. Love brussels sprouts.
2. I would bring bagels, but if someone else wants to bring them, that is awesome.
3. I am allergic to peanuts and treenuts. Not all the trees.
4. I am not bringing anything, I am showcasing my talents.
posted by Sophie1 at 11:49 AM on July 10, 2014

Okay, I'm down for bagels and fixins. (And olives just because olive you guys.)
posted by Room 641-A at 1:33 PM on July 10, 2014

Hey sophie1, I noticed you have cake on the list (well, "caaaake") -- I was thinking of making my famous Chocolate Lava Muffins to bring, but would that be too much dessert?
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:34 PM on July 10, 2014

I understand much of this the English, but what is the "too much dessert" please?
posted by carsonb at 3:25 PM on July 10, 2014 [3 favorites]

You know when I first tried to type that phrase, my fingers went all weird and acted like I was pushing two magnets of the same polarity together.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:58 PM on July 10, 2014 [2 favorites]

It looks like we're going to need some fat and protein to offset an appropriate amount of dessert, so I will make sundried tomato and (nut-free) pesto cream cheese torta. And crackers, though it would also be good on bagel.
posted by Lyn Never at 9:00 PM on July 10, 2014 [2 favorites]

Moar dessert. Yes.
posted by Sophie1 at 9:55 PM on July 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Hey Sophie: Do ya'll have juicer? Cause our lemon tree is exploding with lemons and I could make fresh lemonade if you have a juicer.
posted by ApathyGirl at 1:16 AM on July 12, 2014

I do have a juicer! Bring it on!
posted by Sophie1 at 4:26 PM on July 12, 2014 [2 favorites]

This sounds like a blast. I'll do some brainstorming on what might work for a long travel down in a car - or what I can mix up fast there (I have been on an egg custard kick lately, and a broccoli salad kick). Is there a general idea of what gaps there might be? I could bake bread. I actually bake a pretty mean challah. I also make pretty awesome English Pancakes, but I'd need to cook there. I could try for stained glass jello, but the prep is up there. I do have a freezer bag and a big plastic bag of ice in my fridge.

Yes, this is stream of consciousness; it's been that sort of week and weekend.

Also, stained glass jello is awesome. I may have to make it just because of that.

I have no allergies, and am general omnivore. I like meat. I drink, but not to excess because, you know, driving. I can bring al-key-hol and mix a few tasty drinks; in fact, I could bring fixings for my favorite if enough people like milky cocktails.
posted by Deoridhe at 11:02 PM on July 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

Everything sounds great Deoridhe! Anything you want!
posted by Sophie1 at 2:36 PM on July 15, 2014

Can we get a count of who is coming? It says we have 5, but I have a feeling there are more of us than that!
posted by Sophie1 at 6:54 PM on July 16, 2014

I'm in for sure.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:13 PM on July 16, 2014

Sorry, I didn't add myself - fixed. Sophie1, is the 2pm start time still correct?
posted by Lyn Never at 8:42 AM on July 17, 2014

2 p.m. seems to be good for everyone, so 2 p.m. it is.
posted by Sophie1 at 10:26 AM on July 17, 2014

I'm still in but fresh lemonade is out. The tree has been harvested and pruned when I wasn't looking.
posted by ApathyGirl at 11:34 AM on July 17, 2014

I have solid plans for what I'm cooking and am beginning prep, so I'm pretty certain. Stained Glass Jello for EVERYONE!!! 8D 8D 8D 8D 8D
posted by Deoridhe at 5:05 PM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

Sorry to be a holdout-- we're still waiting for our movers to get here (with things like the kitchen, knives, and bowls), but I think we can come. If I can manage to throw together spicy sesame soba noodles, I could try to do that, but if not, I can grab a selection of hummus and cheese from Trader Joe's/The Farmer's Market? Or anything else to fill the gaps?
posted by jetlagaddict at 11:40 PM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

We could definitely use some liquid refreshments - don't worry about making anything if your kitchen's not up and running yet! No stress!
posted by Sophie1 at 8:40 AM on July 18, 2014

jetlagaddict, don't worry, I'm not bringing anything homemade, either. I just realized that I forgot to buy malt syrup so I'm definitely not making bagels now.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:25 PM on July 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I now have two containers of olives. I mention this so I will bring two containers of olives. (I'll pick up fresh bagels and stuff in the AM.)
posted by Room 641-A at 12:12 PM on July 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm in for at least part of the day, and I'll see if I can round up some tamales to acompany me.
posted by chicainthecity at 2:54 PM on July 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

I bought a bottle each of red and white, but I also have all the makings of a batch of white sangria and can bring a jug of that if anyone will drink it. It's peachy.

I think I have 2l bottles of Coke and ginger ale unused from my last party, I can bring those as well.
posted by Lyn Never at 6:37 PM on July 19, 2014

I woke up with horrible hives or something. So far the Benedryl hasnt helped but I'll see what happens.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:07 AM on July 20, 2014

Sorry for the last minute rsvp, but my plans for today kept changing. What should I bring? It looks like you're set for drinks.
posted by betweenthebars at 9:58 AM on July 20, 2014

Betweenthebars - ice is always good.

R641A hope you can make it! Take care.

Yay tamales!
posted by Sophie1 at 10:24 AM on July 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

I got a 2L each of Coke and Diet Coke as well as a couple of San Pelligrinos to bring. Got all my muffin ingredients and realized I don't have a mixer anymore - d'oh! Deciding whether to do the manual thing or be lazy and pick up some from the local bakery. Either way, see y'all later!
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:00 AM on July 20, 2014

R641A, hope you're feeling better!! (I can also pick up bagels if you're not feeling up for it?)
posted by jetlagaddict at 11:29 AM on July 20, 2014

Jetlagaddict - that would be awesome.
posted by Sophie1 at 11:34 AM on July 20, 2014

I'm really sorry but I won't make it. Thanks for offering to get bagels, jetlagaddict. I think I'm having a reaction to a new hair dye :(
posted by Room 641-A at 12:02 PM on July 20, 2014

Aw, Room 641-A, we'll miss you. Feel better.
posted by chicainthecity at 12:09 PM on July 20, 2014

Oh no! Hope to meet you irl soon.
posted by Sophie1 at 12:55 PM on July 20, 2014

I'm not going to make it either. :( Working crazy hours this past week and today's my day off. Was hoping I could motivate myself to get moving but I have too many other things to do around the house.

Hope you all have fun, and looking forward to seeing the gang next time!
posted by Alterscape at 2:02 PM on July 20, 2014

Running a smidge late - be there soon!
posted by ApathyGirl at 2:25 PM on July 20, 2014

That was really lovely (though we forgot to take a group photo, which should have featured Potpie front and center). I would routinely spend Sunday afternoons eating and drinking and chatting with you fine folks.

Sophie1, please thank your housemates for putting up with our invasion. They were lovely and charming as well.
posted by Lyn Never at 8:22 PM on July 20, 2014

Thanks for the great time and great food everyone -- had a blast! Hope to see y'all at our next shindig.

And especial thanks to Sophie1's household for a perfect gathering spot.
posted by Celsius1414 at 7:59 AM on July 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

Aww, wish I could have made it. I'm looking forward to the Getty or whatever is happening not on the 8th!
posted by Room 641-A at 10:06 AM on July 21, 2014

Sorry I couldn't make it. Knew I had a lot on my plate this past weekend (which is why I stayed a 'maybe' and never confirmed), and it wound up being too much.
posted by carsonb at 2:16 PM on July 21, 2014

Just wanted to chime in with our thanks, too-- the food was delicious, the chickens delightful, and the company great.
posted by jetlagaddict at 3:55 PM on July 22, 2014

I'm so sorry I couldn't make it -- Sunday turned out to be One of Those Proverbial Days. Hope to make it to another meetup soon, though!
posted by scody at 4:07 PM on July 22, 2014

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