This afternoon, I had the pleasure of having lunch at Pho Vietnam with Alicublog commenters Derelict (who is anything but), gocart mozart (who needs to update his Weather Chart more often, and mds (who works on the campus of the Prestigious Bastion of Prestige that I attended). I love putting the faces and the names to the 'nyms, and having an opportunity to hang out with three of the smartest snarkers of one of the smartest snarkpits on the intert00bz was an absolute joy.
Oh, and the pho was delicious as well, a nice fragrant broth fortified with noodles and beef (I got the variety with the tripe and tendons, because I'm a "rooter to tooter" diner) and flavored with a handful of basil, cilantro, and bean sprouts. The service was impeccable, and we weren't rushed out of the place after our lunch- we did linger for some excellent Vietnamese coffee (I had the iced coffee, and gcmz had a hot cup of coffee, brewed to order using a cup-top filter that I now covet- I love coffee paraphernalia, and one of these cute little filters would be a great companion for my French press, espresso pot, and mundane American coffee maker.
Thanks to Derelict for putting together this little get-together, I enjoyed it immensely. If any readers are ever in the general vicinity of New York City, please mention it. I love these sort of meetings.