Slideshow: Photos from International Serious Eats Day

The L.A. ScEne
The L.A. ScEne
Los Angeles–area SE'rs met at The Prince CafĂ©, a super-photogenic Korean restaurant. From left: Charmie (charmie777), Don, Damon Gambuto, Peter (jamesmarvista), Liane (ell.victor), Kelly (vegetarianfoodie), Karl, Tina, and Sara.

[Photograph: Kelly Bone/The Vegetarian Foodie]

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Oh, This Looks Good
Oh, This Looks Good
It was interesting to see the range of venues chosen. I initially thought that bars with good snack menus would be ideal, but good sit-down places with shareable dishes seemed to work, too. The SE'rs in L.A. had a number of such options, including this kimchi fried rice, which is making me hungry just looking at it.

[Photograph: Kelly Bone/The Vegetarian Foodie]

San Diego
San Diego
SD contributor Erin Jackson met up for burgers at Nicky Rottens with James (an occasional Slice photographer) and Richard (darklighter). Even though it was just the three of them (she blames the low turnout on the chilly weather!) they had fun swapping stories and favorite local burger and joints.
Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
Donna Currie (aka dbcurrie) organized the Denver-area gathering in Longmont at Mike O'Shay's Restaurant & Ale House. Front to back: "Liz the Lurker" (who Donna says may have to finally delurk on SE), foodiemama, and Donna. In the jar is "George," one of Donna's starters. (Shameless plug: Learn how to make your own starter here!)

[Photograph: Donna Currie/Cookistry]

Rocky Mountain Pie
Rocky Mountain Pie
Shepherd's pie, that is. Looks like the SE'rs here had a good menu to choose from at Mike O'Shay's.

[Photograph: Donna Currie/Cookistry]

Waffles and Beer
Waffles and Beer
Not a bad combo. Hmw0029 says she took lots more food photos but didn't want to clog up the slideshow with them. Maybe she'll post them to her Flickr.

[Photograph: hmw0029]

Baltimore
Baltimore
Charm City SE'rs hit up Charmington's (hey, great name for a place in Bawlmor!).
Toronto
Toronto
Thank goodness for the good folks in Toronto, who made sure we were not liars when we called this International Serious Eats Day. SE'r Salanth snapped this photo of some of the food she and three other Torontonians had at Caplansky's Deli. On their plates for the day, gefilte fish, pickles, fries, meatloaf, fried chicken, beef brisket. Sounds like a feast.

[Photograph: Salanth]

Beantown
Beantown
Boston-area SE'rs gathered at The Lower Depths in Kenmore Square, led by BostonZest publisher Penny, who's also an SE contributor. Clockwise from upper left: Ed, with Marc from Saucy & Bossy; Laura and Matt from Taking Back My Twenties; Kris (left) and SE contributor Sydney Oland (Eating Nose to Tail); wow, big crowd here! For more, see Penny's post on BostonZest.

[Photograph: Penny/BostonZest]

I Saw the Sign
I Saw the Sign
Yes! Penny even made a kick-ass sign incorporating the sorta-kinda-official International Serious Eats Day mascot!

[Photograph: Penny/BostonZest]

Hot Diggety Dog!
Hot Diggety Dog!
Says Penny, "In addition to the Serious Eats community members, chef Gregg Gale from Speed's Hot Dogs [wearing blue shirt] came by and had some fun with some of his fans without tongs in his hands."

[Photograph: Penny/BostonZest]

And the Other Side of the Table!
And the Other Side of the Table!
SE'rs Jen B., her husband, Joe again, and Mrs. Homebrewing (Joe's wife Sarah!).
Revolution Brewery
Revolution Brewery
The Chicago crew met at the beer-lover's destination Revolution. According to SE'r Tovah, the Triple Fist beer was AWESOME. (Direct quote.)
Crowded Haus
Crowded Haus
The NYC contingent met up at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This was taken at the height of the afternoon, and we're basically taking up the entire right half of the hall and the aisle between tables in the middle. We're estimating between 125 and 150 SE'rs at this point. Ausgezeichnet!

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

Ed Really Is a Different Man When He's Been Drinking
Ed Really Is a Different Man When He's Been Drinking
Alcohol really can change a person. Serious Eats founder Ed Levine is a noted teetotaler, but look what happens to him when he hoists a mug....

Just kidding. That's SE contributor James Boo (of The Eaten Path), one of many folks to have donned an Ed Levine name tag for the day. Hmmph.

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

The Real Ed Levine
The Real Ed Levine
Here's the real Ed Levine, making the rounds, talking to Josh Levin (Goodeater.org).

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

More Pics from the NYC Event
More Pics from the NYC Event
We were as surprised as anyone that a New York media outlet dropped by to cover ISED NYC. For an impressive roundup of photos, visit Metromix New York's 46-picture slideshow by Gabi Porter. (But not before you finish our slideshow. You'll want to, because the last slide features a dumbass thing I did.)

[Photograph: Gabi Porter/Metromix New York]

Faux Paw
Faux Paw
These ladies were sitting at the end of one of the Serious Eats communal tables. Trying to be an affable host, I sat down across from them and started pawing their sealed container. "What's in here?!?"

"Cupcakes," said the one on the left, pointing to the other. "It's her birthday."

"Where are they from?"

"I made them. ... Um, do you want to see them?"

"Sure!" At which point she opens the box, and I start taking pictures.

About a half an hour later, SENY editor Carey Jones and her boyfriend, who had witnessed this exchange, tell me, "Um, those women with the cupcakes? They were not part of our meetup! You kinda freaked them out." Thankfully, Carey's BF says he explained the situation. Happy birthday, Birthday Girl! My gift to you was a goofy story you could tell your friends later that night.

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]