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Jillsifer's picture

Photos? (post #56715)

Did I miss the photos of MeanieFest? (Naaaaaaaahhhh . . . ) Were we bad, and so we don't get to see them? Or is it all just a big tease???

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

plantlust's picture

(post #56715, reply #1 of 205)

Mean just started a thread and then left us hanging.


All these salacious teasers, it's totally unfair.  I'm waiting for him to flaunt his bubblegum pink capris with the cardinal red bra.  (shaking head in disbelief) Where he gets his fashion sense, I'll never know.


This jobless recovery has done more to promote the consumption of exquisite chocolate than the finest chocolatier.  Cost be damned.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56715, reply #2 of 205)

I don't know where the pictures are - I didn't take any.  Peter, MM, tracy, Michael and biscuit all did and probably some others.


Maybe they were unflattering.

PeterDurand's picture

(post #56715, reply #3 of 205)

I did take some, unfortunately I am the worst photographer in the world. I will get around to sending copies of some to those so pictured for their permission to post. It might take some time. Sorry about that.

Cheers,

Peter

I am at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table  -  Rodney Dangerfield

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #56715, reply #4 of 205)

I haven't gotten my film developed yet, though the TSA may have ruined it. we'll see.


I don't need to see any pictures of me to approve before posting - post away.
I'm eight months pregnant, so who cares?


Unless MadMom took shots of me while I was showering, and that would just plain frighten everyone.


~RuthAnn

~RuthAnn

Wolvie's picture

(post #56715, reply #5 of 205)

your photos were fine last year - I'm sure they are fine this time too! :-)

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time - Abe Lincoln.

 

ashleyd's picture

(post #56715, reply #6 of 205)

You and I are definitely going to have to go next year if only to ensure that pictures are taken and at least some are posted.


By the way how did the sale go?


"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
Voltaire

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

SallyBR's picture

(post #56715, reply #7 of 205)

Next year we'll be going. And that is that.


..."when you fall in love, price is no object"

 

Biscuits's picture

(post #56715, reply #8 of 205)

My film isn't even at the processor yet.  Someday.  Besides, I didn't take any exciting photos anyway, unless you count the photo of RA sleeping in a chair.  She looked adorable!


I will most likely NOT be making Meanfest next year, whereever we have it.  I do vote that everyone think of having it somewhere else.  Give Mean a break from having to do all the planning.


 


 


wtf    - Biscuit

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ashleyd's picture

(post #56715, reply #9 of 205)

I think Mean deserves a break (so long as he wants to take one) but then the problem arises of where to go. So what are the criteria? A simple starter list.



  • It has to be a "walking" town, that is you can get around the main attractions on foot.

  • It has to have a host or hostess who is familiar with the town and its food scene prepared to make the necessary arrangements for dining, transport etc.

  • It has to have a decent range of foodie attractions - markets, cookware shops, bookstores.

  • It should have non-foodie attractions too, somewhere you might want to visit even without the CT folk.

  • It has to have a range of interesting restaurants, all of which are prepared to cater for us, especially the "taster menu"

  • It has to have a range of reasonably priced hotel accommodation

  • It has to be reasonably easy to reach by air, both from the number and cheapness of flights and the closeness of the airport to town.

  • In an ideal world there would be a fair number of CTers with driving distance.

Based on those Vancouver is an obvious choice (MM's cards would go further!) assuming a host/ess volunteered, but there must be others. Any suggestions?


 


"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
Voltaire

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56715, reply #10 of 205)

Vancouver is always a possibility, but since we've already "done" Vancouver (albeit on a smaller scale than Seattle), and since it's so close, both geographically and culturally, to Seattle, I think we need someplace completely different. How about San Francisco, or New Orleans? New York or Boston would appeal to me, as would Washington DC, or even Toronto or Montreal.


"That's the spirit, George. If nothing else works, then a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through."
-- General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett, 'Blackadder Goes Forth'

ashleyd's picture

(post #56715, reply #13 of 205)

All of those are good suggestions, although NY might just be too pricey, I think the first criterion is getting a host/ess, MC has done a terrific job these past two years and although he's probably too modest to admit it, a lot of knowledge and skill has gone into making it the relaxed affair that it seemed to the participants. So what we need is a volunteer, any offers?

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
Voltaire

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #56715, reply #14 of 205)

how about Napa (if APon KP is willing)?
Might be out the reach of some budgets, though, including mine!

~RuthAnn

~RuthAnn

APonKP's picture

(post #56715, reply #82 of 205)

Hi.  You know, DC is not a bad idea.  The underground is clean and a pleasure to ride.  It doesn't go into Georgetown (unless things have changed since I was last there), but walking is not bad there.  Walking in groups would help the safety factor if the neighborhood was borderline.  The museums are fantastic and free.  The National Gallery and the East Wing are worth a trip on their own.

Of course I love San Francisco with a passion. (It is not as clean as it used to be, but it is still gorgeous in many parts of the City.)  I can't get past the idea of needing a car to get to many of my favorite spots, but that's a frustration of mine that is probably irrelevant considering people will only have 2 or 3 days anyway.  If I lived somewhere alse, SF might be tops on my list, along with St. Helena and New Orleans.  I just went into the new Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  It is beautiful and world class.  The Museum of Modern Art is a stunning building and fun to go to, and  on and on.  


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

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

(post #56715, reply #11 of 205)

I don't know enough about the restaurant/food scene, but what about Charleston, SC? Santa Fe?

"Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides."
-James Quinn

Adele's picture

(post #56715, reply #12 of 205)

Charleston is at least on the East Coast, giving those of us who live on/near the East Coast a chance to go, since the airfare won't be so high.

New Orleans has wonderful food too. I'm sure airfare to Canada would be as pricey as Seattle.


But, but, its SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

APonKP's picture

(post #56715, reply #83 of 205)

Santa Fe is the beautiful home of wonderful restaurants.  I love it!   The weather is good too.

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

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

(post #56715, reply #84 of 205)

Good - Santa Fe, San Francisco, New Orleans, Vancouver, Charlotte


Not so good: Chicago (unless we find the 2 good weather days), NYC,  Philly, Boston, anywhere in Texas.


Ambivalent: Napa, DC

PeterDurand's picture

(post #56715, reply #86 of 205)

Second that.

I am at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table  -  Rodney Dangerfield

RuthWells's picture

(post #56715, reply #93 of 205)

Not so good: Chicago (unless we find the 2 good weather days), NYC,  Philly, Boston, anywhere in Texas.


: - P"""""""!  How come, just because the FBI bugs our Mayor's office during campaign season?!


 


Ruth Wells


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PeterDurand's picture

(post #56715, reply #85 of 205)

That sounds interesting. I have had many great comments from folks that have visited there. What is the airline service like? Or is flying to the nearest hub, Phoenix, and roading (rental/van/bus etc) a more practical idea?

For me, this would turn into a week to 10 day vacation. It has been years since I have traveled in the desert and I miss it.

Cheers,

Peter

I am at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table  -  Rodney Dangerfield

APonKP's picture

(post #56715, reply #87 of 205)

Fly to that "A" city south of there.  Lol, can't think how to spell it.  Rent car and drive north.  Not a bad drive.  It is a long way from Phoenix.

You are ambivilent about St. Helena?  The town of Napa would only be for a cheap hotel.

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

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

(post #56715, reply #92 of 205)

It looks like Santa Fe fails the accessibility test too, if you've got to rent a car in Albuquerque and drive it's too much hassle, for the easiest gatherings the airport has to have cheap, quick and easy transport into town. Napa fails the same test even more convincingly.


From my limited experience for the Fest idea to work really well the hotel(s) have to be within easy reach, i.e. walk, of downtown (and each other) with decent public transport links to any attractions (retail, cultural, gastronomic). As mine host in Seattle will tell you, trying to get a bunch of CTers organised is like herding cats, much better to have the ambience where you can all kinda "drift" in approximately the same direction at more or less the same time. Anything which requires everybody to be in the same place at the same time with suitable transport available (with drivers/navigators) does not seem to be easy and generally adds to the stress levels.


This is not to say Santa Fe and St Helena are not great places to visit, just not really suitable for a CT Fest. My 2 bits, FWIW.


"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
Voltaire

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56715, reply #15 of 205)

Although I don't live there, I could put together something in Calgary, which really is a decent food town. In fact, I was planning on trying to get a prairiefest together in the Spring anyway. If there's enough interest, we could turn it into next year's fest. As for non-food attractions, it's very close to the Rocky Mountains, and Banf in particular.

I agree that New York would be terrific, but there's no such thing as reasonable hotel rates there.

Even though Vancouver has been done before, I'm all for going there again. Or Napa, assuming its affordable. Or Chicago. Chicago is a great food town.


Edited 10/12/2003 6:49:36 PM ET by COOKIM0NSTER

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56715, reply #16 of 205)

I would do Vancouverfest-2 in a minute.  I love Vancouver.  It is also cheap.

Edited 10/12/2003 6:52:04 PM ET by MEAN CHEF


Edited 10/12/2003 7:09:17 PM ET by MEAN CHEF

MadMom's picture

(post #56715, reply #17 of 205)

Another vote for Vancouver!  I also think New Orleans would be fun, and I would volunteer to be an absentee hostess and make arrangements.  At least it's in the middle of the country...although Chicago is also a good idea.  Dallas is definitely NOT a walking town, so it's out!


Okay, now for some pictures...first, we have Sandra showing the innocents the "Love Swing" available at the local Seattle sex shop.  Astrid (Assibams) is trying to pretend she does not know the rest of them.  I am behind the camera, shocked and appalled.


Next, we have Sandra, then Mean (with a pregnant Kitchen Witch sitting on his lap) and Cookimonster and Tracy K looking on in amazement.  I continue to be behind the camera, shocked and appalled.


Then there's Peter, Astrid, and Pomona...why is that man always surrounding himself with beautiful women?



Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin


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MadMom's picture

(post #56715, reply #18 of 205)

More pics.  First, we have Biscuit accosting the poor pastry chef at the Hyatt to discover the secret to moist, delicious, candied orange peel.  Next to Biscuit is Pomona, and in the mirror you can see KitchenWitch and Assibams.


Then we have Tracy K, Aussie, and Assibams, sitting on the sofa.  This was before I was shocked and appalled to see Tracy demonstrate tying a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue (no wonder she got herself a viola man!)


Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

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MadMom's picture

(post #56715, reply #19 of 205)

And finally, pictures from the tasting dinner...


First, we have Michael, Astrid, Glenys' Sailor, Glenys, and Aussie.


Next, there's Mean, Mrs. Mean, Biscuit, and the nice couple from 'Zaar, Troy and Gay.


Finally, there's Li, Tracy K, KitchenWitch, and Pomona (in all kindness, I cropped Sandra and Peter from this picture!  You owe me one!!)


Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

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Jean's picture

(post #56715, reply #20 of 205)

Hey thanks, MM! You all look in fine fettle, but I want to see the new madone that has lost a 2/3 Sally! Why did I think your group was larger this year??

Along the way take time to smell the flowers.

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Biscuits's picture

(post #56715, reply #21 of 205)

Shocked and appalled my TUCKUS!!!!


YOU were the one who pointed out the sex swing to the rest of us!!!


You are not getting away with trying to play innocent, Miss! (G)


 


 


wtf    - Biscuit

Ancora Imparo -

Adele's picture

(post #56715, reply #22 of 205)

Thanks so much for posting the pics- it's so nice to see what everyone looks like.

(And I second a pic of you- we've all been hearing about the loss of Sally, now lets see it!) TracyK- Wooo Hooo Chickie Baby- looking good!

But, but, its SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!