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How about a June Bay Area lunch date?

Marie0507's picture

Now that I'm done [she says with crossed fingers] with my frenzied project of the last few months, I should easily be able to take a whole afternoon off. Anyone want to get together for lunch / a hike / a food shopping adventure?

One East Bay idea that might be kind of fun is Vik's Chat House (Indian small plates.) Totally funky atmosphere, incredibly cheap, and crowded for lunch, but it has great food and is right off University. Right in between the Berkeley Bowl and the Monterey Market. We could also go on the Scharfenberger (sp.) factory tour (it's a few blocks away.)

Nutcakes, Aussie, Mer, Mangia, AP-what about some ideas in your necks of the wood?

PS Any Bay Area lurkers / semi-lurkers-you are welcome, too. Speak up!

PeterDurand's picture

(post #56636, reply #1 of 55)

Damn! And I was in SFO (we stay in the Fishermans Warf area) fron noon yesterday to this morning.

Cheers,

Peter

MadMom's picture

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Hey, Peter, when are you coming back to DFW???

Insist on the real MadMom - accept no substitutes!

Marie0507's picture

(post #56636, reply #3 of 55)

Well, NOW you tell me, LOL. I am rarely in town on the weekends, next time you are around during the week, let us know. I'm usually off on Wednesdays.

PS Nutcakes, my office is a block from a BART station. Wherever we go, I'm happy to give you a ride.

MER02's picture

(post #56636, reply #4 of 55)

If anyone is interested in authentic chinese or indian, we all could meet in the south bay this time. :)

nutcakes's picture

(post #56636, reply #14 of 55)

I'm in for whatever, pretty flexible this month.  I am just dashing off and will return Tues.  Thanks for the ride offer. 

Jangomango's picture

(post #56636, reply #15 of 55)

So are we any nearer to a date or place yet? How about we start with a day.

Next Friday 14 June.

Or Tuesday 18 June.

Marie0507's picture

(post #56636, reply #17 of 55)

I have meetings both those days. All next week is bad, actually. How about Friday, June 21 or Monday, June 24?

Jangomango's picture

(post #56636, reply #18 of 55)

Marie - I can't do either of those. How about Thursday June 27 or Friday June 28?

And (god this can't be true) the first week of July is totally white /blank /unmarked on the calendar.

Marie0507's picture

(post #56636, reply #19 of 55)

Thursday 27th would work for me; I have a meeting until 11:30 on June 28th. I'm going out of town Tuesday, July 2, but Monday, July 1 would also work for me.

Jeez, at the rate we're going, maybe we should start picking a date for when Ashley is in town, LOL.

Jangomango's picture

(post #56636, reply #20 of 55)

Yes, takes a while.    And that was just two of us!   


Can anyone else make it on the 27th?  (we could do this by phone - would go heaps faster).

APonKP's picture

(post #56636, reply #22 of 55)

I might be able to make it on the 27th.  Are we still talking about Berkeley, or South bay or here?

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
knittermom's picture

(post #56636, reply #23 of 55)

The 27th of June works for me, either Berkeley, Napa, or South Bay. Pathetically enough, just about all the aforementioned dates worked for me, geez!

Kris

Jangomango's picture

(post #56636, reply #24 of 55)

Excellent  - we didn't get around to places yet.  I have a preference for your neck of the vines.


Knitter -  great - keep it open.

APonKP's picture

(post #56636, reply #25 of 55)

I'll stay tuned. 

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
MER02's picture

(post #56636, reply #26 of 55)

Are we still getting together on the 27th? The date works for me. I don't know much about the Napa/St. Helena area but I am sure that with AP as a tour guide, it would be a party that I wouldn't want to miss.

I am most interested in the Point Reyes cheese production. Love their cheese.

APonKP's picture

(post #56636, reply #27 of 55)

The 27th is still ok for me, too.  I would love to see you all come up here for the first of many visits.


I was in my favorite food capital (Berk. of course) yesterday, with a friend from up here, and we had such a good time.  A latte at Petes on Vine, two new pairs of shoes at the Walk Shop for my friend, the Cheeseboard for Ruschetta and other favorite cheeses, some shopping for clothes on 4th St., Vics for lunch and a duck into the Indian Mkt., Berkeley Bowl, and the best of all, a stop at Tokyo Fish.  We got there about 11 and were home by 6.  And that was with 2 accidents on 80 east.


It was pretty cold down there, since the fog was in, but it was nice for shopping.  Up here, it was sunny, with some cooling breeze from the fog on the coast.


Would it be impossible to settle on a date and wait to pick the place until it becomes clear what the weather will be?  M-L is right about it sometimes getting so hot up here that it is no fun dragging around outside.  On one of those days, a trip to Pt. Reyes would be heaven-on-earth.   (One of the cheeses we tried at the Cheeseboard was Cowgirl Creamery's Red Hawk.  DELICIOUS!)  We could get together a yummy picnic to take down to the beach, or have something in town for lunch. 


Too many good choices!!!!!!


 


 

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
Jangomango's picture

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So 27th it is somewhere in Napa Valley, and weather to be decided?

Sounds good to me.

APonKP's picture

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weather to be decided    


Hey, if you've got that kind of pull, can we leave it up to you? 


p.s.    I'd appreciate no more days over 80 or under 65.  Nights must be cooler unless there's a party outdoors.


Edited 6/13/2002 4:39:57 PM ET by AP on KP

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
APonKP's picture

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BTW, if our minifest is in Napa, are you interested in one of those $10 one hour demos at Greystone?  They can be kind of fun, but I would like to know (from the CIA) what the subject would be.  I can't find anything on the web and the phone only has a message.  I might stop in and pick up a printed schedule if you are interested.  The campus store is a fun place to duck into, and we could do that, minus the class, if you'd rather.


Also, how about winery visits?  Small wineries?  Appointment-only places or duck-ins?


Lunch could be fast but good, and relatively inexpensive, at Taylor's Refresher or the Cantinetta, or a moderate place like Mustard's or Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, or endless other choices.  More expensive but getting rave reviews, is the Martini House.  That would probably be best left for a leisurely day when lunch is the focus.


How many are up for this 27th date?  And who wants to go where?  I am counting Aussie, Mer, and knittermom so far.  Nutcakes?  M-L, did you say you could go somewhere other than Berk. if it is the 27th?  Mangia, are you out there?  Isn't  KarenP in the Bay Area?


 


Edited 6/13/2002 5:18:30 PM ET by AP on KP

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
KarenP's picture

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  Wow, I thought I'd replied to this a while ago..Yes, we're in the east bay. I will be in Minnesota and unable to join you.  We had lunch at Greystone CIA last time we were up that direction, I don't know which I enjoyed more, watching the work at each cooking station or eating it.  I would of loved this afternoon, do enjoy!!

APonKP's picture

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Sorry, Karen.  I'm sure you did.  I am memory-challenged.  We'll miss seeing you. 

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
KarenP's picture

(post #56636, reply #33 of 55)

There will be a next time, I'll look forward to that.

Marie0507's picture

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Yes, I've blocked off the 27th so I can go anywhere. I think waiting for the weather is a good idea. Napa is so beautiful most of the year but the heat up there can be brutal when it's already hot here.

Mer, there's not much to see at the Cowgirl Creamery but that wouldn't stop us from buying a bunch of cheese and going on a picnic at the beach. There is a fabulous bakery around the corner for bead and a grocery store for organic fruits and veggies. And if we still have room, we could dash up to Hog Island for some oysters.

AP-a class at GreyStone sounds like fun.

Another idea for a clear day is San Francisco. One of my favorite lunchtime pairings is Ton Kiang (?sp) for dim sum -it's out in the avenues-and then a walk at Crissy Field. We could swing by Artisan Cheese and God knows what else in between!

Anyone else want to go on a Scarfenburger tour?

Maybe we should just pick a "standing meeting" date for CT get-togethers. We have enough ideas for a year or two!


Edited 6/13/2002 10:20:58 PM ET by Marie-Louise

knittermom's picture

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I'm game for anything, especially since I haven't actually been to Cowgirl Creamery yet. One question, I can easily keep my boys home with my mom, but is this definitely adults-only? If anyone else brings their children, I might bring the boys, they like driving and checking out new places. Otherwise, no problem, it isn't like I get a day off very often from being "mama"!!

Kris

Jangomango's picture

(post #56636, reply #37 of 55)

Definitely take a day off.    There would be no other kids as far as I know.


 

KarenP's picture

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"Anyone else want to go on a Scarfenburger tour? "

Yes, I've been wanting to do this. I had been thinking about taking the sur la table class that Alice Medrich is doing which combines the tour with a chocolate class.

APonKP's picture

(post #56636, reply #40 of 55)

SF would be great too!  If it looks like it is going to be hot, we'll have to meet just to decide where to go!  I'd vote for Pt. Reyes first, Berkeley with a Sharffenberger tour or without, SF next.  But I could be happy with any.  I sure hope the weatherman is
aware how important an accurate forcast is, and the sooner, the better!

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
TessaK's picture

(post #56636, reply #44 of 55)

"that wouldn't stop us from buying a bunch of cheese and going on a picnic at the beach. There is a fabulous bakery around the corner for bead and a grocery store for organic fruits and veggies. And if we still have room, we could dash up to Hog Island for some oysters"


I don't know why I've been reading this entire thread, but I want to move to the westcoast now... You guys are so lucky!


Edited 6/18/2002 8:41:49 PM ET by Tessa

APonKP's picture

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Believe me Tessa, there is not a day that goes by that I don't feel thankful to be here.  The quality of life is amazing.  Especially for rabid foodies, and visual people  who thrive on beautiful scenery and incredible light.   Like me.  :)

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
Marie0507's picture

(post #56636, reply #46 of 55)

Yep, I never take it for granted, either. I love how you can be driving down the street and all of the sudden, you are at the crest of some hill and there's the Golden Gate Bridge or Mt. Tam or some other beautiful vista. I've never gotten over the magic of it and I've lived in the Bay Area for more than 30 years.

Plus the food!