The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends!

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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 11:17:05 (permalink)
Would next sunday (Jan 31) be substantially better for for the many folks who are nos?
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 11:29:05 (permalink)
Jan 31st is THIS Sunday - the Sunday we're talking about.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 11:38:47 (permalink)
We won't make this Sunday, sounds like a great time.  Enjoy the company and be sure to share the food visuals.

Now about that Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing ...
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 15:14:01 (permalink)
Tastytoo

A definate no for us this time. But hopefully soon. Did I mention Poochie's?

Sorry you can't join us this time around.  And yup, you mentioned Poochie's.  I think most of us have visited Poochie's and like it just fine.  It was even part of a chicagostyledog arranged tour a couple years ago that also included Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston, fRedhots in Glenview, Portillo's in Skokie, and Stash's n Highland Park.

While most of our get togethers take the form of tours, driving from place to place, often with a central theme, the point of this Eat & Greet is to stay in one place, share a lovely meal, enjoy some good conversation, and generally act like grown-ups.  We love Poochie's but I don't think the atmosphere there will lend itself to our desired goals this time around.

Again, sorry you can't make it.  Keep your eyes peeled for future events.  As I stated on the previous page, I'm planning a tour for sometime in the late spring/early summer, and I'm sure someone out there will get a bug in their ear to arrange something before then.

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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 18:06:34 (permalink)
So, did we decided on a time?
Buddy - are you going to make the call?

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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 18:43:30 (permalink)
"Act like grown-ups"??? Gee whiz, Buddy, now you've gone and ruined all of our fun!!
post edited by nocarolina - 2010/01/29 18:45:53
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 19:28:00 (permalink)
X1

So, did we decided on a time?
Buddy - are you going to make the call?


Sounds like earlier is better than later.  I saw one bid for 4:30pm.  How does that work for everyone?

Buddy
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/29 19:38:36 (permalink)
Great
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/30 08:27:42 (permalink)
4:30 is fine for me, too
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/30 08:36:38 (permalink)
ChiTownDiner is in for one and checking with sub-contingent members for additional riff-raff!
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/30 08:51:51 (permalink)
4:30 works for me.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/30 14:43:05 (permalink)
I'll make a reservation at Mykonos for 10 people at 4:30pm unless I hear otherwise from the interested parties.

Everyone know where it is and how to get there?

Buddy
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 00:04:09 (permalink)
Sure do.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 07:10:36 (permalink)
I'm already craving Saganaki...Greek Salad...Souvlakia...Ryzogalo...keftethes...tiropita and spanakopita...a dozen other things....
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 10:03:54 (permalink)
Can ya get a cheeseburger....
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 13:24:47 (permalink)
I sure hope so. That's what I'm planning to order....
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 15:28:37 (permalink)
Now Bob, I know for a fact that you can be a more adventurous eater when you want to be.  You went forkful for forkful with me when we went to that Korean street festival last summer.  You ate things that even I wasn't sure about.  Granted, you didn't eat too much of some of the stranger items, but you at least got up the gumption to try everything at least once (frankly, some of it wasn't worth having a second bite).

Trust me buddy, there will be a wide variety of things to try today.  You are bound to find something that will make you happy that isn't made from a ground up cow.

Buddy
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 16:51:31 (permalink)
some of the good things are made from a ground up cow...

moussaka
pastichio

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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 19:28:18 (permalink)
DARN I missed it! I didn't see this thread until now and it is too late Would have loved to join you guys today. Still only one Contingent outing under my belt. Oh well, my fault, I have GOT to check this forum more often.

Besides, I'm making a pretty good dinner myself - Jalapeno & cheese stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon and a jicama sunchoke salad with honey-mustard dressing and lots of veggies. That will make me feel better! Hee Hee.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 19:36:49 (permalink)
As far as the Late Winter/Early Spring outing, the only time I am unavailable that I know of is the week of Feb 21st. I'll be out of town.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 21:33:49 (permalink)
What a wonderful evening...ten brave souls (Mr & Mrs Buddy Roadhouse, Mr & Mrs irisarbor, Big Ugly and Big Beautiful Michigan, X1, ChuckL, nocarolina and the ChiTownDiner)and food for an army!  I'll let nocarolina add the photos, but we started with lots of appetizers, GREAT bread and some wine.  The apps included....

Saganaki (2 orders), Kolokythakia - lightly battered and fried zuchini with a garlic spread (fantastic and my favorite of the night), Taramosalataa - a creamy fish roe spread, Skordalia - a creamy garlic spread, Baby Octopus marinated in vinigarette.  With the crusty seasame covered bread, all were winners.

Dinner included - Spanakotiropite - a classic spinach filled puff, Loukanika - a greek sausage served with feta and tomatoes, Beef Kabobs, Moussaka - eggplant, ground beef, potatoes and cheese baked in a casserole with a Bechamel Sauce, Pastitio - baked macaroni with Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops ala Mykonos which combined the shellfish with tomatoes, onions, feta and peppers and then was baked.

Lots of sharing....lots of laughing...great to be with friends!

post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2010/01/31 21:37:36
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 22:47:44 (permalink)
It was great seeing everyone! Our meal was fantastic. I don't think there was one clinker in the bunch. Everything was really, really good. 

CTD - You've never looked better - you need to change your FB profile pic to reflect "the new you".  



Some of us also had Avgolemono - a creamy egg lemon soup with rice.

I also ordered dessert to go for my nieces - 2 orders of Ryzogalo - rice pudding, and 2 orders of Galaktaboureco - a creamy custardy Phyllo dough and honey concoction. 

The evening was finished off with a stop at Village Creamery, a great little ice cream place with unusual flavors. I had Ube - Purple Yam, and Maiz - sweet corn.

I also took home a wide variety of flavors (they sell dry ice), and I'm pleased to report all made it home with no melting and are now safely tucked into my freezer.




post edited by X1 - 2010/01/31 22:49:34
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/01/31 23:01:11 (permalink)
In case anyone's wondering, I did not order a cheeseburger at Mykonos ( I'm not that much of a barbarian. )  
post edited by nocarolina - 2010/02/01 09:54:57
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 00:51:45 (permalink)
Yup, it was a great evening for one and all.  Excellent food served in abundance, great conversation with wonderful friends, and a coupon for 15% off the total bill at the end!  But the best part was seeing my good friend ChiTownDiner and barely recognizing him at first because he looked so dang healthy!

Gregg, you are an inspiration to all.  First a victim to throat cancer, then a positive, strong willed fighter of same, next a survivor, and now my friend, rebounding hard and looking better than ever!

Oh yeah, there was some food too.  The list is up above and here's my overall assessment.  One of the reasons I love Greek food is because of the intense flavors.  The Greeks make no apologies for their powerful use of garlic, lemons, and rosemary.  There is no sweeter tomato sauce than a Greek tomato sauce, no more tender, succulent lamb than one prepared in the Greek method; slow cooked and well seasoned.  The Greeks cook with the same enthusiasm they show for life in general and there is nothing they love more than to share it with an appreciative crowd.

Tonight, members of The Contingent were the beneficiaries of that gusto, and by golly we had a good time!

Apologies to those who were unable to make tonight because of short notice.  This was so successful, I promise you we will do it again and take a little more time to make sure all who wish to be are involved.

Buddy

P.S. BTW, I am planning a Chicago tour that will take place in the warmer months ahead.  This IS NOT the thread officially announcing that tour or where we will make our plans for same.  As we approach that time, and when I am darn good and ready, I will start a new thread to keep everyone in the loop and included in the proceedings.  Until then, if anyone else wants to use this thread to plan another, earlier tour, please feel free to do so.

B.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 03:29:41 (permalink)
hey Buddy,

Thanks for summing this up. Wish I could have been there. As a former Chicagoan I do miss the food!  Mykonos is a gem. I used to schedule layovers at Ohare just to ho there. two questions. One is how do you compare Mykonos to the Parthenon? two, any chance of the summer excursion being early in June. I will be in Chicago to speak at panels at the Chicago Blues Festival and at a blues conference at Dominican University right before it and would love to meet everyone and share a meal. I will keep an eye out for a thread.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 04:43:27 (permalink)
Sounds like a great time. Yeah, I wish I could've gone, but couldn't shuffle plans around. I'm craving Greek food, too, so I hope to try it someday soon. I'm glad to hear good news about CTD; I hope to see you all soon!
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 09:26:15 (permalink)
It was a lot of fun, and the Village Creamery was quite a discovery and only 5 min away from work from me!
I had Boku Pandan, made from pandan leaf, with shreds of young coconut-
it was bright green, and had sort of a citrusy green tea sweet taste- very good-
The other thing I tasted that was a real knockout was ChuckL's blood orange sorbet-really intense and completely delicious,
and X1's Maiz was sweet, and light, and very surprising...
I know I'm in for a return visit.

It was so nice to sit and visit with all my RF foods- very relaxing to do a two-fer instead of a tour- a great change of pace.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 13:32:04 (permalink)
CTD, I would post the photos that I took last night, except that my $&%@# computer is acting up again; I haven't been able to post pictures since I moved a couple of months ago. I thought that switching from AT&T to Comcast as my high-speed provider would take care of the problem, but no such luck. After I get back from the Glee Club gathering in Charleston, I guess I'll have to spend some $$$ and get the blasted thing fixed so that I can do another of my infamous super-sized trip reports. BTW, I had a really good time last night; the food was great and the company was even better.
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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 17:53:12 (permalink)
Darn...Just seen this thread.  Too bad I missed it.  Sunday is the only day I close early so it would of been fun to go out and eat and talk and catch up.

Next time.

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Re:The Contingent's Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Outing- Tell Your Friends! 2010/02/01 23:26:01 (permalink)
Gus, we were short quite a few Contingent members on this meet up.  On the one hand, there is no reason for anyone to miss these activities; between the folks who follow the announcements here on Roadfood, and those who read Facebook, we should be reaching everyone who might be interested.  On the other hand, this was such short notice it's understandable that not everyone could make it.

Obviously, we don't want to exclude any Contingent members from any of our Eat  & Greets.  We'll try to give a little more advance notice in the future.  Plus, I'm adding more names to my contact list (including yours' Gus, cjucoder, and Big Ugly Mich) for more PMs whenever we plan an event.

See ya next time!

Buddy
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