Some Dim Sum
posted August 11, 2017 10:20 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat September 16 at 11:00 AM, Hei La Moon
88 Beach St, Boston, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
New Location! Hei La Moon Dim Sum! 11:00, Saturday, September 16. All the dim sum you can eat, as long as Bondcliff doesn't eat it first!
Join me and a bunch of other mefites eating delicious dim sum at Hei La Moon, since Empire Garden is on vacation.


I can't make it out to Cambridge for trivia on Thursdays, but I'd love to see everyone all the same. Dinner? Drinks? Picnic on the esplanade? Picnic at the arboretum? Fancy ice cream? I'm in JP, but I don't really know where people gather here or elsewhere, so perhaps I'll let someone else suggest a good location?
posted by ChuraChura to Meetup (69 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

I would very much be up for a meetup in Boston proper, especially on a weeknight when I can just stay in the city.

I'm pretty busy traveling (eclipse and Maine) the next couple of weeks but I'll attend if I can. I'd love to have dinner and a beer with some MeFites.

Since I live in the 'burbs, I'll let someone else suggest a location.

Also, Yay! Welcome. I hope you brought a monkey or two.
posted by bondcliff at 6:43 PM on August 11, 2017 [2 favorites]

Ditto for waiting until after the eclipse. And I will research the ice cream.
posted by maryr at 2:17 AM on August 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm busy for the next week, but I'll come from Providence if I can. Saturday afternoons are usually best, but we shall see.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:42 AM on August 12, 2017 [2 favorites]

Welcome to Boston, ChuraChura!

Hey, been way too long since I've been at a MeFi meetup (except for randomly bumping into Bondcliff on the train, hello friend!) Would love to attend if possible--and think that maybe after Labor Day will be less crazy.

Happy to brainstorm about venue, though. I think picnics are officially forbidden at the Arboretum, except on Mother's Day. Do you have a car or are you a public transit user? That's usually question number 1 about venue options...
posted by Sublimity at 7:54 AM on August 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm public transportation only. I'd be happy to postpone until after Labor Day. Would a Saturday afternoon in Boston proper in early September be good?
posted by ChuraChura at 8:25 AM on August 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

Wait... everybody is waiting for things until after the eclipse? Is that a Cabal Koolaid sanctioned event?
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:51 AM on August 12, 2017

Wooooo! I'm basically up for coming in to Boston on any weekend. Weeknights are tough. Another thing we've done a few times, though not recently, was a dim sum meetup on a weekend morning (like 11ish). But I like ice cream too!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 8:51 AM on August 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I would add, depending on how much space you have - having a I moved to Boston meet up at IKEA may be a neat great way to get free help moving things... and Sweedish meatballs.
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:55 AM on August 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm out of town until the 23rd, but would love to attend if it's after that. I'm also in JP.
posted by Cogito at 9:23 AM on August 12, 2017

bondcliff, where are you going to see the eclipse?
posted by thefool at 3:10 PM on August 12, 2017

posted by bondcliff at 3:35 PM on August 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I would be in for dim sum brunch, oh man.
posted by woodvine at 4:13 PM on August 12, 2017

Yeah, I would totally be up for dim sum. I'm gone the next two weekends, but probably mostly free after that.
posted by bondcliff at 4:24 PM on August 12, 2017

I'd suggest the meetup be in the Downtown area, since it'd be accessible by T the easiest from both Catabrigians et al., and JP'ers – people never cross the Charles to visit each other because there's no easy way to take the T from JP to Cambridge, thus splitting the cabal into two factions: Red vs Blue (I am talking about Koolaid flavors here). Wait, I mean there is no cabal. Not that anyone's ever mentioned in secret to me anyway. And if there were, I would tell you. NOT tell you, I mean. Not telling. No cabal. Please disregard this email. Please unsubscribe.

Here's me just spitballin' ideas – Friday nights the Children's Museum is $1 from 5p-9p.; that's downtown on the Channel near South Station. Similarly, the MFA is free on Wednesday nights from 4p-10p – that's closer to JP, on the Green Line E-train. Both places have copious places to meet within, and a wide variety of places to eat afterward (and the MFA has its own Café). And both places are easily T-ridable from either side of the river.

JP and Cambridge are like matter and antimatter, but these could be places where they don't cancel each other out. Otherwise, we're leaving the universe to consist mostly of Cambridge or JP. Or, a hipster implosion could end the universe entirely. Physicists at Harvard and the SMFA are working on this problem; MIT sat this one out cause bridging the JP/Cambridge rift doesn't have any real-world applications except in rare instances like this. (Also they insisted upon measuring all distances in "smoots" which isn't recognized as an international standard unit.)
posted by not_on_display at 9:39 PM on August 12, 2017 [9 favorites]

Welcome to Boston! I'd love to come to a meetup, agree after Labor day is easier. Weeknights are harder for me, but go with whatever is easiest for the majority
posted by darsh at 8:31 AM on August 13, 2017

Alright! It seems like a Saturday or Sunday dim sum in Chinatown would be popular. How is the weekend of September 9/10?
posted by ChuraChura at 11:55 AM on August 13, 2017

(Also, don't tell, but I totally had my own personal picnic on the arboretum this afternoon)
posted by ChuraChura at 11:56 AM on August 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Congratulations! You clearly embody the Massachusetts spirit of rule-adherence. Also it was a lovely day for a picnic.

Dim Sum is super groovy and I can make it--perhaps even with my teens in tow.
posted by Sublimity at 1:58 PM on August 13, 2017

Yummmmm, dim sum. I'd love to meet up with a newly local mefite though I can't do the weekend of the 9th and 10th. Is another weekend in September ok?
posted by pickles_have_souls at 5:04 PM on August 13, 2017

I like the sound of a dim sum meet-up. That weekend works for me, and other weekends probably would, too.
posted by daisyace at 6:44 AM on August 14, 2017

I am all over a meetup going to the MFA, or the Children's Museum. Or other museums, maybe I'll suggest a separate meetup for Salem...
posted by Melismata at 11:35 AM on August 14, 2017

Yay! Welcome!
posted by ignignokt at 12:49 PM on August 15, 2017

Somebody needs to hit not_on_display's reset button.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 7:07 PM on August 15, 2017

    **** COMMODORE 64 BASIC V2 ****



posted by not_on_display at 11:54 PM on August 15, 2017 [6 favorites]

OK! How does September 16 or 17 sound for dim sum?

I am going to see Alsarah and the Nubatones at the MFA on August 23, a Wednesday. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come before or during or after!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:46 AM on August 16, 2017

Sept 9/10 and 16/17 are good for me, with a preference toward Saturdays for their better train service.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:48 PM on August 16, 2017

Sure, I'm in. How do i set up notification when the date is set?
posted by Coventry at 11:23 PM on August 16, 2017

When ChuraChura edits this post to change the status to confirmed, there should be a is a tick box she can check to notify everyone of the change.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:57 AM on August 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

Also as the person who raised the dim sum idea I'm going to put in a suggestion for my favorite place, Empire (sometimes also called Emperor's) Garden. The place is HUUUUGE and we should have no trouble getting a table. They're also very close to the Chinatown stop, and very walkable from Downtown Crossing and the green line.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:00 AM on August 17, 2017 [2 favorites]

I should be free on any of the suggested dates.

My only issue with dim sum is that I will most likely eat ALL THE DIM SUM and then you guys won't get any dim sum. Apologies in advance.
posted by bondcliff at 10:01 AM on August 17, 2017

I will eat the waitstaff and any remaining patrons once bondcliff finishes the dim sum off. Apologies in advance.
posted by not_on_display at 10:49 AM on August 17, 2017

Just save a plate of chicken feet for me, 'kay?
posted by Sublimity at 11:14 AM on August 17, 2017

what pray tell will i pick my teeth with afterward
posted by not_on_display at 10:15 PM on August 17, 2017

You can floss with your beard.
posted by maryr at 6:10 AM on August 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

Can... um... someone else sit next to not_on_display? I think I'll go sit at another table.
posted by bondcliff at 7:19 AM on August 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

Ooh! I love Empire Garden. If I'm not doing a day-trip to the cape that day I'd love to partake. (I won't know for sure until that morning, though.)
posted by rmd1023 at 1:15 PM on August 18, 2017

Empire Garden is great. I'll be there for sure.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:13 PM on August 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

Darn, I would like to meet some Metafilter people, but I will be doing Reach the Beach during the Dim Sum. I'll look for the next Boston-area event.
posted by jason6 at 8:42 AM on September 1, 2017 [1 favorite]

Woo! Good luck with the race.

Turns out I've got a family event that day, so I won't be able to make it. Sorry! Enjoy dim sum.

trivia: that building Empire Garden is in used to be a porno theater
posted by rmd1023 at 12:41 PM on September 1, 2017

I'm going to be taking a ballet class with one of my ballet heroes in Newton until 10:30 - I strongly suspect I will not get to Empire Garden until after 11. So you will all have to hold down the fort and make sure that SOMEONE hasn't eaten all the sesame red bean paste buns.
posted by ChuraChura at 9:44 AM on September 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

No worries, if we've eaten all the sesame donuts we'll go to the bakery bythe gate afterwards and buy more, because I'm gonna need coconut buns anyway.
posted by maryr at 8:02 PM on September 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

Working on trying to get there. Childcare, yard work, and laundry presenting themselves as daunting tasks, as well as some construction projects underway. I think I'd like to eat food.
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:28 AM on September 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

And I'm in.
posted by Nanukthedog at 2:53 PM on September 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we just walked by the restaurant and it's "closed for vacation". The whole place is empty right now, it doesn't look likely that it will be open next week.
posted by backseatpilot at 8:12 AM on September 10, 2017

Aah, no! Anny ideas for backups?
posted by ChuraChura at 12:00 PM on September 10, 2017

Shangri-La in Belmont? (73 Bus, 7 mins from Harvard Square; even my snotty NYC friends have been amazed at the quality.)
posted by not_on_display at 5:56 PM on September 10, 2017

Hei La Moon was pretty good last time and not far from Empire Gardens.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:13 PM on September 10, 2017 [2 favorites]

Let's go with Hei La Moon.
posted by ChuraChura at 6:29 AM on September 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

It turns out our friend/pig supplier has decided to cull his chickens on Saturday, so I won't be able to attend. I'll wring a chicken's neck in everyone's honor. (???)
posted by backseatpilot at 6:51 AM on September 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

I've eaten dim sum at Hei La Moon and it was very good.
posted by rmd1023 at 7:03 AM on September 11, 2017 [2 favorites]

Hey, it looks like it there is going to be a big turnout. Yay! It's be fun putting faces to names, er, aliases.

Would it be too geeky/weird to bring "my name is" tags? I have a really hard time remembering peoples' names when I meet 'em in a big group, and it's exponentially worse when everyone has a name *and* an online alias.
posted by Sublimity at 6:04 PM on September 13, 2017 [2 favorites]

Nametags and sharpies: yes please.

I am in. Likely will head to the 1pm Save DACA rally at the statehouse to get some protest on.

Does Hei La Moon do reservations? Under 'Jessamyn party of, uhh , 5-20 people who will drop in randomly'?
posted by enfa at 7:21 PM on September 13, 2017 [3 favorites]

I'll can today to make a reservation. I might see if we can get two big tables close together.
posted by ChuraChura at 5:17 AM on September 14, 2017 [2 favorites]

Why are we putting nametags on sharpies? Generally you can tell what they are, but at most - if you can't use a label maker... nametags are better for people.
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:48 PM on September 14, 2017

So you know what's weird...I had friends in town for July 4 and we tried to go to Empire Garden, and they had that "closed for vacation" sign out then, too. not a good sign.

So we also ended up eating at Hei La Moon. They're not as big as Empire Garden but they do have the room downstairs. We did a meetup there once as well.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 6:50 PM on September 14, 2017 [2 favorites]

I made the reservation for tomorrow at 11AM for 20 people, under my name (Erin). There may have been some linguistic misunderstandings, but I'll get there a bit early and try to sort things out. My ballet hero's class was canceled, so I'll see everyone tomorrow morning!
posted by ChuraChura at 11:29 AM on September 15, 2017 [4 favorites]

Turns out I can make it, hope it's not too late to confirm.
posted by Diablevert at 6:39 AM on September 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

Sadly weekend responsibilities have gotten the better of me, and I won't be able to make it. Bon appetit!
posted by solotoro at 6:55 AM on September 16, 2017

Happy to see you, Diablevert! Sad to miss you, solotoro! A la prochaine!
posted by ChuraChura at 7:11 AM on September 16, 2017

Juuuuust missed the red line so I will probably be a few minutes late. Darn it.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 7:32 AM on September 16, 2017

At the restaurant. Tables are on the first floor to the right under the dragons.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:48 AM on September 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

On the green line with surly teenagers--be there in a few minutes. Name tags and sharpies in my purse!
posted by Sublimity at 8:00 AM on September 16, 2017

That was awesome! Thanks so much for organizing, ChuraChura!
posted by woodvine at 9:46 AM on September 16, 2017 [3 favorites]

You are all my favorite people, thanks so much for coming!
posted by ChuraChura at 10:17 AM on September 16, 2017 [4 favorites]

I had a great time! Thanks everyone!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:31 AM on September 16, 2017 [3 favorites]

Yay awesome people and awesome dumplings! Thanks for organizing!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:45 AM on September 16, 2017 [5 favorites]

Hey, that was a lot of fun! Amy and I had a great time. Good to see old friends and make new ones.

Thanks, ChuraChura!
posted by bondcliff at 12:57 PM on September 16, 2017 [2 favorites]

"There's an old Vulcan proverb... 'Only Nixon could go to China'" From the 7th film so not TOS which confused me but definitely Spock.
posted by sammyo at 1:51 PM on September 16, 2017 [2 favorites]

lol, glad to know my father hadn't just made that up out of thin air. Although that would've been pretty funny too.
posted by maryr at 12:53 PM on September 17, 2017

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments