The L.A. ScEne
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.
To Live and Eat in L.A.
Wow. And this crew sure made short work of it all. Based on photos alone, I am jealous of the grub they had to chose from. You can see more pics on Kelly's Flickr account.
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!)
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.
Meet Me at the Fair
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.
Charm City SE'rs hit up Charmington's (hey, great name for a place in Bawlmor!).
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.
The City of Brotherly Eats
Philly SE'rs met up at Reading Terminal Market. From left: Ben, Aasarah, Rajeev, and Hoi Ning.
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.
I Saw the Sign
Yes! Penny even made a kick-ass sign incorporating the sorta-kinda-official International Serious Eats Day mascot!
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."
The Chicago Crew
And the Other Side of the Table!
SE'rs Jen B., her husband, Joe again, and Mrs. Homebrewing (Joe's wife Sarah!).
The Chicago crew met at the beer-lover's destination Revolution. According to SE'r Tovah, the Triple Fist beer was AWESOME. (Direct quote.)
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!
What's that, Dumpling fans? OK. Don't get jealous. The lil' pup wasn't allowed in, so no one got to see him. That's fair, right?
Ed Really Is a Different Man When He's Been Drinking
The Real Ed Levine
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.)
The Empirical Baker brought in these deliciously rich Robicelli's mini cupcakes. (Thanks!) There's a reason these things won the 2010 Serious Eats New York People's Choice award for Best Cupcake.
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.