Meet up on Saturday 10th at 12.30

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Meet up on Saturday 10th at 12.30

Postby PatsyMFagan » February 10th, 2018, 12:03 pm

I love Lebanese cuisine. We haven't had a Christmas/New Year meet yet .......


I copied this from the tv programme about Nigel Slater's current series ...It seems some of us would love to try a Lebanese restaurant (again ;) )

I think Stokey and Pepper are up for it and both have recommended a restaurant - we now need a date and a list of attendees ?
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Postby Zosherooney » February 10th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Sounds like a plan... Good on you Patsy :tu: Going from past meets, Sat lunchtimes seem to be most in favour unless anyone's any other suggestions ? Preferably the restaurant not taking a deposit but a guaranteed number turning up... :tu:
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Postby PatsyMFagan » February 10th, 2018, 12:26 pm

#1 Al Waha, Westbourne Grove. A "proper" restaurant, family run, slightly old-fashioned in a good way.

#2 Le Comptoir Libanais, now a chain, several possible branches, probably Wigmore St is good, sort of Beiruti cafe (like a trattoria perhaps?)
http://www.comptoirlibanais.com

#3 Yalla Yalla more canteen like, street food, two branches, one either side of Oxford St, seems PP and I have been to different branches and both have been good
http://www.yalla-yalla.co.uk

the above were the 3 suggested ... I think we settled on #1 and #3 ?
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Postby PatsyMFagan » February 10th, 2018, 12:28 pm

Any Saturday good for me apart from 24th Feb as my sister has bought me a ticket to see Lá Bohéme at the High Wycombe Swan theatre that night ...
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Postby suffolk » February 10th, 2018, 12:28 pm

Lovely idea ... however afraid we'll not be making the journey this year ... jobseeking for OH plus the fact that trains between here and London turn into buses at weekends at the moment means we'll only be with you in spirit ... but hope you have a fantastic time :wave:
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Postby Herbidacious » February 10th, 2018, 1:18 pm

I'd be interested.
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Postby StokeySue » February 10th, 2018, 1:38 pm

I am keen, and around most Saturdays and many other lunch times, in fact I think 24th is also a bit doubtful for me

I agree that #1 or #3 is probably what we are looking at, depends on preference for style, and of course also cost. I'd put Yalla Yalla int the informal and inexpensive category like Dishoom, but Al Waha would be pricier
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Postby miss mouse » February 10th, 2018, 1:49 pm

Another possible.
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 10th, 2018, 1:50 pm

I'm not at all sure Yalla Yalla would let you book for a large meet. Someone needs to check. They used to have a no booking policy and I know one of my other groups tried to book for 8 once and they wouldn't do it.
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Postby StokeySue » February 10th, 2018, 1:54 pm

I think the Fitzrovia (north of Oxford Street) one will let you have the sort of group size we are likely to muster, I did check booking was available for all before I made the list

Al Waha isn't huge, but I've been there with 8 I think but probably no more
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Postby TeresaFoodie » February 10th, 2018, 2:06 pm

I am sadly going to have to join Suffolk and her OH and join you in spirit only, which is just typical as this is the first opportunity that's come up where it doesn't matter a hoot what's on the menu. Next time!
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Re: Meeting up ???

Postby suffolk » February 10th, 2018, 3:08 pm

We'll have an 'online party' Tezza ;) :tu:
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Re: Meeting up ???

Postby aero280 » February 10th, 2018, 4:30 pm

I'm sure that we would be happy to come along, if free that weekend. But our priority is with the family, especially granddaughter, at the moment.

At the moment, the weekends in March are looking busy - 10th, 17th, 24th. But only the 17th Feb is booked this month.
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Postby earthmaiden » February 10th, 2018, 4:33 pm

I'm interested if it falls on a date I can do. I'm happy to go anywhere but think Al Waha would be my first choice.

I could do Sat Feb 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 31st and April 7th.
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 10th, 2018, 4:56 pm

Mine too EM. I haven't been for years.

I am free most Saturdays, the only proviso being that if Chris was having a bad day I'd need to make sure there was cover here.
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Postby Zosherooney » February 10th, 2018, 7:08 pm

If I had to choose I would pick AW, it looks authentic. :chops:
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Postby TeresaFoodie » February 10th, 2018, 8:21 pm

suffolk wrote:We'll have an 'online party' Tezza ;) :tu:


You're on! :tu: :cocktail:
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Postby suffolk » February 10th, 2018, 8:51 pm

:D :hi5: :cocktail: :cocktail:
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Postby scullion » February 10th, 2018, 11:05 pm

i think i'll be joining you two, too.
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 11th, 2018, 2:32 pm

So far then:

Patsy
PP
EM
Zosh + Mr Zosh
Stokey Sue
Herbi
Miss Mouse
Aero + Mrs Aero

Who else?
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Postby Seatallan » February 11th, 2018, 6:04 pm

Can't this time but hope you all have a super one. :luv: :wave:
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Postby Kavey » February 12th, 2018, 7:37 pm

I'm afraid I won't be able to commit until much nearer the time so if I'm able to join (and they are able to increase table size at that late juncture) may I let you know?
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Postby earthmaiden » February 12th, 2018, 9:58 pm

Of course Kavey!

I can't do 3rd March any more. Work :evil: .
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Postby karadekoolaid » February 13th, 2018, 2:28 am

Shame it´s not 10th March. I might even possibly be able to make it, as I´ll be in the UK from 28th Feb until 12th March :(
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Postby earthmaiden » February 13th, 2018, 7:09 am

Would you be free on March 3rd karadekoolaid? It's only me who's said they couldn't come on that date so far so it could work.
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Postby Zosherooney » February 13th, 2018, 7:13 am

Come on Kool, grace us with your royal presence !!!!! It seems an opportune time......
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Postby StokeySue » February 13th, 2018, 10:04 am

We could do that!
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Postby aero280 » February 13th, 2018, 10:22 am

The two of us are OK for 3rd March.
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Postby Zosherooney » February 13th, 2018, 3:48 pm

3rd March is fine by us... :tu:
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Postby karadekoolaid » February 14th, 2018, 3:08 am

I´m arriving in the UK on Feb 28th, flying from Caracas, to ISTANBUL , then to London. Only flight available :shock:
The first weekend, I`ve got to see my family - my mum is now 90, and my dad´s 86, and both down in the dumps - so I don´t want to move from Maidstone that weekend.
The second weekend, however, (10th?) I´ll be in London because I´m going to visit a long-lost friend I haven`t seen for 20 years.
Let´s see what happens the first weekend, anyway. If there´s a sudden change of plans, I could possibly gatecrash the Wildfood Lunch!!
I don´t mind standing, as long as someone puts a pint in my hands. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby earthmaiden » February 14th, 2018, 10:56 pm

I think those who can go would love to meet up with karadekoolaid on 10th March even if it means two separate meet ups :).

What do people think?
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Postby aero280 » February 14th, 2018, 11:08 pm

Two meets seems a good idea. I can't make a lunchtime meeting on 10th, I will be in Royston. But I could be in a pub on Saturday evening. :)
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Postby karadekoolaid » February 15th, 2018, 2:22 am

Saturday 10th will have to be a lunchtime thing - I must get back by late afternoon.
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Postby Zosherooney » February 15th, 2018, 7:12 am

We are available 10th too. Would probably only do the one date... fuel, parking and all that.... What do you all think ?
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Postby TeresaFoodie » February 15th, 2018, 7:13 am

I think this meet up is quite exciting and since I have a bus pass now I could possibly be able to put it to good use on the travel front cost. I'll keep my eye on plans! Sort of semi count me in?
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Postby PatsyMFagan » February 15th, 2018, 11:00 am

I can make both 3rd and 10th March .. :tu:
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Postby Zosherooney » February 15th, 2018, 11:05 am

So, is that about a dozen for the 10th March at the Al Waha at 12.00 ???? I don't mind calling them and I'll do my best to book a table?
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Postby Herbidacious » February 15th, 2018, 11:27 am

10th March is ok for me. I hope I'll be better by then :shock:
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Postby earthmaiden » February 15th, 2018, 11:48 am

10th is ok for me. Maybe we can have another meet to catch up with Mr & Mrs Aero before too long.

Someone had better make a new list and check it.
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Postby PatsyMFagan » February 15th, 2018, 12:03 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:So far then:

Patsy
PP
EM
Zosh + Mr Zosh
Stokey Sue
Herbi
Miss Mouse
KK
(Kavey ?)


Who else?
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Postby scullion » February 15th, 2018, 12:29 pm

shame it isn't that midweek. i'll be up for ecobuild then.
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Postby StokeySue » February 15th, 2018, 12:49 pm

List sounds right
They may ask us to have the set mezze which is imho the best option anyway, just need to specify that we have two veggies, I usually go with a veggie, it works
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Postby Zosherooney » February 15th, 2018, 12:57 pm

Mmmm ! I lurve Mezze. Tezza is a possible.... so far 10/11.... Any other takers ?
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Postby earthmaiden » February 15th, 2018, 1:02 pm

These appear to be the set menus. http://www.alwaharestaurant.com/setmenu.htm

Whilst I like the lamb dishes I would be quite happy to stick to the veggie option (not least because Sambousek with Cheese are one of my favourite foods in the whole world and you are guaranteed at least one then :lol: )
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Postby Badger's mate » February 15th, 2018, 1:25 pm

I'd happily meet up but we're busy at the weekends for the next few weeks.

Another time...
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Postby PatsyMFagan » February 15th, 2018, 2:24 pm

earthmaiden wrote:These appear to be the set menus. http://www.alwaharestaurant.com/setmenu.htm

Whilst I like the lamb dishes I would be quite happy to stick to the veggie option (not least because Sambousek with Cheese are one of my favourite foods in the whole world and you are guaranteed at least one then :lol: )


:chops: :chef: :hungry: I'll eat any of these choices :tu: :bounce:
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 15th, 2018, 6:30 pm

I loathe chickpeas and falafel. Sorry. :oops:
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Postby karadekoolaid » February 15th, 2018, 7:46 pm

PP - so go for babaganoush, labne, shanklish (cheese) , lamb or chicken kebabs, those wonderful baked pastries with chard inside, dolmades, etc. I´m not a big meat eater and Middle Eastern restaurants ALWAYS make me happy!
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Postby suffolk » February 15th, 2018, 7:53 pm

karadekoolaid wrote:those wonderful baked pastries with chard inside


Oh yum ... I love those :chops: ... I could eat them all day :oops:
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Postby Pepper Pig » February 15th, 2018, 8:17 pm

karadekoolaid wrote:PP - so go for babaganoush, labne, shanklish (cheese) , lamb or chicken kebabs, those wonderful baked pastries with chard inside, dolmades, etc. I´m not a big meat eater and Middle Eastern restaurants ALWAYS make me happy!


I was referring to the vegetarian meal quoted and why I didn’t want to subscribe. Sorry if I wasn’t clear.
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