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Monday, August 21, 2006

L.A. meet-up this Friday?

I'll be in LA this weekend. Are any of you interested in meeting up this Friday night? Maybe somewhere Pasadena-ish?

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be there, Pasadena is right in my back yard!

Cheers,
Tim.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Ananda said...

I used to live in Pasadena, through high school. Nice place.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

This seems like the right time to stop lurking...

Pasadena Critical Mass is Friday evening. We meet at Wild Oats on the SW corner of Lake & California before 6:30. If you want to join you can ride on the platform of my xtracycle. Or if you prefer, you can pedal and I'll ride. This would be sure to impress everybody that makes fun of me for having a 50-pound bike.

The final destination for PCM is typically a drinking establishment. If you're not enthused by Critical Mass I could join the party afterward, if that's cool.

jaustin <at> post <dot> harvard <dot> edu

6:48 PM  
Blogger Ananda said...

Good God, is Wild Oats still there? Amazing. I went there a few times in senior year of high school. The fried mozzarella squares were wonderful but the baked goods made me thing it wasn't long for the world.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

I live a bit too far away to frequent Wild Oats, so I can't comment on the baking. From parking-lot observation, it appears that enough people shop there to keep the lights on. I think it fits in pretty well with the whole South Lake scene.

Pasadena would have been a nice place to grow up.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Ananda said...

Oh, wait, I'm confused. Wild Oats is the crunchy/yuppie grocery store that replaced that other similar store before. I was thinking of Wild Thyme, which is a restaurant on Los Robles(?).

Yes, I'm a big Wild Oats fan. You can get Just Crisps there! Even Wegmans doesn't have those, to my knowledge.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Pretty sure Wild Thyme is still there.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

By "there" I mean "in existence."

10:40 AM  
Blogger Sweet Coalminer said...

Hey! Visit! Are you going to be anywhere besides Pasadena?

3:52 PM  
Blogger srchngformystry said...

wild thyme IS still there, on fair oaks ave and hope street. i go there frequently.

where in pas?

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Bad timing! Miss Betsy and I won't be in LA until the end of NEXT month.

Rats.

Steve

10:09 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I don't know where. Jess, do you know where Critical Mass will end up? We could meet there and you could find us.

Or does anyone else have a suggestion for somewhere we could eat and chat?

Coalminer, can I call you after 9ish tonight?

CreativeSoul, I thought you were in Sac?

11:01 AM  
Blogger srchngformystry said...

no, megan, my sons father is in sac. i went to school at state, but left after i graduated and had the baby here in la. thirteen years ago.

i love pas. a really lax place is corner bakery on the corner of lake ave and del mar ave. theres a trader joes upstairs and a borders up the block. theres also a cute little bar called magnolia that looks interesting.

or burger continental has a good vibe. its further up on lake. but i wouldnt eat there...cockroaches.

let me know.

6:30 PM  
Blogger NL said...

You should drink at Lucky Baldwin's.

Or, if you're eager to spot Caltech grad students, hit Amigo's on Colorado & Wilson.

Walk around Caltech if you get a chance-- it's a really pretty campus.

(sad to be leaving after six years of grad school...)

Burger Continental food is subpar.

Magnolia is yuppie hell, and the purgatory of the San Marino richies too lazy to go further.

Wish I could meet you, M, but my farewell dinner is that night...

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I'm going to say that we'll probably end up at Old Towne Pub, which is hidden underneath the Container Store but entered from the backside, from Holly between Fair Oaks and Raymond, unless you take the secret bike entrance from Union. I doubt that this bar gets any walk-in business from people who haven't been there before, but it's cool. I don't think they have food though. Lucky Baldwin's is also good, and McMurphy's is tolerable early but gets sketchy late. If you want yuppie, the place to go is probably Yard House up the hill in Paseo Colorado. Of course the default for latenight eating and drinking is Wokcano, but it's good anytime. It's on Fair Oaks south of Colorado. If drinking is less important Pasadena has a bunch of restaurants.

Hope this helps.

2:18 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Yeah, Lucky Baldwin's is nice. I've never been to the Old Town Pub...

Amigos is definitely the place to see the Caltech grad students. It's pretty dive-y (relative to the bars in Old Town), though.

And Amigos gets sketchy, late, too.

11:02 AM  
Blogger NL said...

Amigos only gets sketchy if the Caltech rugby team wins a game.

1:47 PM  

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