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    Post #1 - May 22nd, 2014, 4:25 pm
    Post #1 - May 22nd, 2014, 4:25 pm Post #1 - May 22nd, 2014, 4:25 pm
    This will be the 4th year of these beach potlucks and I'm really excited to get started again!
    I have decided to write up a FAQ. The post following this one will contain the proposed schedule and themes will be updated as we decide on them. Feel free to comment with theme ideas!

    FAQ:

    Q: Is there a bathroom nearby?
    A: EDIT: At least for now there is a porta potty right by our location, and it didn't really stink all that bad.
    Previous answer: We moved locations to be nearer better parking, and a more private secluded location. The closest bathrooms are a 10-15 minute walk or a 2 minute car drive. The ones north of us at the Foster beach are the cleaner bathrooms. For the adventurous there are many trees nearby.

    Q: Will I be able to find a place to park?
    A: Parking along Simonds Drive is free and just steps from our location. During previous years, my success rate at parking right at our location has been 100%. Typically the parking area is empty when I arrive, usually at or before 11a.m.

    Q: What if a BBQ happens to coincide with a special event at the beach? What about parking then?
    A: I have made it an attempt to look up the Montrose Beach schedule of events to avoid the busier days. In the past, on busier days some people who arrive later in the afternoon end up parking the the pay lot, which is only 0.3 miles away. If you wish to avoid parking hassles I would recommend you arrive earlier in the day. The lawrence and montrose busses also run into the park.

    Q: What food should I bring?
    A: Each week will have a theme posted on the event pages. I encourage everyone to post what they would like to make as soon as possible so that others may bring dishes to fill in the holes. This technique works really well as long as everyone posts what they plan to bring, so please do!

    Q: How much food/drink should I bring?
    A: Last year there were between 10 to 30 people each week. We will have a facebook event page and and LTH event page with a head count, use your best judgement, and the golden rule.

    Q: What other non-food items should I bring?
    A: Bring anything you may need for your own personal comfort such as: chairs, table, blanket, drinking water. If you are feeling especially generous you can offer to bring a case of water or bag of charcoal. Please announce ahead of time on the LTH thread and/or the facebook page.

    Q: Will there be a grill there that I can throw food on?
    A: In previous years I brought the smoker and large grill, but unfortunately this year I have no car so I will only be able to bring a very small portable grill. My sister will be there most of the days and will be able to bring a medium size grill with her. If need be, we can coordinate on the thread to make available whatever grilling equipment is needed.

    Q: What time should I show up?
    A: I like to try to get there around 11am. Don’t feel as if you need me there if you want to get a smoker or grill started ahead of time. Sometimes I may be late. Don’t panic. I will notify the facebook event and LTH event page with any cancellations.

    Q: Where is the location?
    A: Our idyllic setting is just north of the north tip of the dog beach. Come into the park on Lawrence Ave. Turn north on Simonds Drive (the road closest to the lake). When you see a blue playground to your left (West) park your car. We will be to the right (East) of Simonds near the lake. This link works for most people, http://goo.gl/maps/2isQ8. Also here is a handy dandy map to help you find us.
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    Q: What if the weather sucks?
    A: If the weather forecast doesn’t look good, keep an eye on both event pages. I will let LTH and Facebook know about cancellations as soon as possible.

    Q: What about babies and dogs?
    A: Both are more than welcome. This is a family friendly location and event. The dog beach is right nearby.

    Q: Can I invite other friends?
    A: Please do! I don’t feel any sort of ownership over these events, I would like everyone to feel as much part of these events as me. The more the merrier!

    Q: Can we bring alcohol?
    A: Technically speaking, it is not supposed to be allowed in the park. On the other hand, there has been beer or mixed drinks at every one of these events so far, and nobody has experienced any trouble. It is my thought that as long as nobody is acting like an idiot, the cops will not bother us. Many times the police ride by on bikes while we have beer cans or bottles in plain view, they have always kept on riding by. Even though drinking seems to be overlooked so far, it is technically a ticketable offense. Drink at your own risk. If you are worried, keep your drinking discreet.
    Last edited by laikom on May 18th, 2015, 10:22 pm, edited 8 times in total.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #2 - May 22nd, 2014, 4:27 pm
    Post #2 - May 22nd, 2014, 4:27 pm Post #2 - May 22nd, 2014, 4:27 pm
    Proposed Schedule 2014

    May 25th (sun) - American Home Cookin'[/url[url]]
    June 8th (sun) - Skewers - All things must be cooked and/or served on sticks.
    June 21st (sat) - You really eat that? Food yo’ mama, significant other, or best friend wouldn’t eat.
    July 13th (sun) - Street food - Replica of your favorite street food!
    July 27th (sun) - Luau - Hawaiian party food
    Aug 9th (sat) - Balls - Everything must be in the shape of a ball - all other shapes will be disqualified.
    Aug 24th (sun) - Reinvented Junk food/Fast food - Your favorite junk food or fast food reinvented.
    Last edited by laikom on May 18th, 2015, 10:22 pm, edited 13 times in total.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #3 - May 22nd, 2014, 5:16 pm
    Post #3 - May 22nd, 2014, 5:16 pm Post #3 - May 22nd, 2014, 5:16 pm
    Hi,

    I am glad to see Sundays on the schedule. I hope to finally join in for a few of these potlucks.

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #4 - May 23rd, 2014, 6:37 am
    Post #4 - May 23rd, 2014, 6:37 am Post #4 - May 23rd, 2014, 6:37 am
    Glad these are back, little short notice for me this week but i'll definitely be making a few.
  • Post #5 - May 26th, 2014, 12:29 am
    Post #5 - May 26th, 2014, 12:29 am Post #5 - May 26th, 2014, 12:29 am
    I would like to start filling in the calendar with ideas. Please chime in on this thread with theme ideas!

    I would like to do some stuff more creative than what we did in previous years. They may have seemed like we were simply picking a cuisine out of a hat (really we did put a lot more thought into it).

    I’d like to do some more unique ideas this summer. Some ideas I came up with are:
    -Skewers.
    -Balls.
    -Street food.
    -Bar food.
    -Guess the secret ingredients.
    -recreate your favorite fast food

    The obvious oddball is “balls”. Though this may seem wacky, I’m really excited about it. Think of the potential. Meatballs, takoyaki, doughnut holes, truffels, various animal testicles, breadstuffs, Buñuelo (ala mekato’s), cheese balls, fish balls, etc etc. Could be really fun! I would like to have a more strict time deadline for this one so we could line all of the balls up on the table to get a really surreal picture of all of the ball shaped foods in a big lineup.

    Anyone have a crazy idea? No idea is stupid, start sharing your crazy food party ideas.
    Last edited by laikom on May 26th, 2014, 12:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #6 - May 26th, 2014, 12:38 am
    Post #6 - May 26th, 2014, 12:38 am Post #6 - May 26th, 2014, 12:38 am
    melon balls,
    blue berries,
    salmon roe,
    isan sausage....
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #7 - May 26th, 2014, 12:45 am
    Post #7 - May 26th, 2014, 12:45 am Post #7 - May 26th, 2014, 12:45 am
    Eyeballs!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #8 - May 26th, 2014, 9:10 am
    Post #8 - May 26th, 2014, 9:10 am Post #8 - May 26th, 2014, 9:10 am
    Rocky Mountain Oysters...
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #9 - May 26th, 2014, 9:25 am
    Post #9 - May 26th, 2014, 9:25 am Post #9 - May 26th, 2014, 9:25 am
    a few more (kind of out there) theme ideas:

    Cuisine "swap"--typical preparations of one cuisine's dish using another cuisine's typical ingredients (such as Italian dishes prepared with typically Thai ingredients--think spaghetti and meatballs with Rice noodles, issan sausage balls and gravy with fish sauce and lemongrass...)

    One dish wonders--food prepared using only one dish

    "Raw" food--only dishes prepared without a manmade heat source. Can ferment, "cook" in acid, sun cook, fridge pickle, etc. but no BBQ (not sure I like this one but maybe :) )

    And a few not so out there ideas:

    East coast clam bake
    Gulf Coast /NOLA (maybe you did NOLA already? Couldn't remember)
    Deep South (not sure if we did this one or just talked about it)
    Hawaiian Luau (pig roast and poi anyone?)

    I love all the ideas above as well!! Looking forward to seeing what we end up doing.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #10 - May 26th, 2014, 9:51 am
    Post #10 - May 26th, 2014, 9:51 am Post #10 - May 26th, 2014, 9:51 am
    Wisconsin Fish Boil
    Smokin' Good Food (Foods that have been smoked)
    ABC - Bring an item that begins with the first letter of your first or last name
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #11 - May 26th, 2014, 10:03 am
    Post #11 - May 26th, 2014, 10:03 am Post #11 - May 26th, 2014, 10:03 am
    Favorite foods your significant other won't eat.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #12 - May 26th, 2014, 10:07 am
    Post #12 - May 26th, 2014, 10:07 am Post #12 - May 26th, 2014, 10:07 am
    stevez wrote:Favorite foods your significant other won't eat.


    kinda anti-single, no? :wink:
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #13 - May 26th, 2014, 10:13 am
    Post #13 - May 26th, 2014, 10:13 am Post #13 - May 26th, 2014, 10:13 am
    Your best (favorite) dish?
    Childhood favorites? (NOT the Next version--the real version :) )
    Junk food reimagined
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #14 - May 26th, 2014, 10:37 am
    Post #14 - May 26th, 2014, 10:37 am Post #14 - May 26th, 2014, 10:37 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    stevez wrote:Favorite foods your significant other won't eat.


    kinda anti-single, no? :wink:

    Okay then, favorite food your significant other or mom wouldn't eat.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #15 - May 26th, 2014, 11:55 am
    Post #15 - May 26th, 2014, 11:55 am Post #15 - May 26th, 2014, 11:55 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    stevez wrote:Favorite foods your significant other won't eat.


    kinda anti-single, no? :wink:


    Ok then. Make it favorite food your significant other/best friend or yo' mama won't eat. :lol:
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #16 - May 26th, 2014, 1:14 pm
    Post #16 - May 26th, 2014, 1:14 pm Post #16 - May 26th, 2014, 1:14 pm
    laikom wrote:Proposed Schedule

    May 25th (sun) - American Home Cookin'
    June 8th (sun) - Skewers - All things must be cooked and/or served on sticks.
    June 21st (sat) - You really eat that? Food yo’ mama, significant other, or best friend wouldn’t eat.
    July 13th (sun) - Street food - Replica of your favorite street food!
    July 26th (sat) - Luau - Hawaiian party food
    Aug 9th (sat) - Balls - Everything must be in the shape of a ball - all other shapes will be disqualified.
    Aug 24th (sun) - Reinvented Junk food/Fast food - Your favorite junk food or fast food reinvented.


    Here is what I came up with based on the ideas. Themes can be shifted around. If you want some shifted to suit the themes you're most excited about, just let me know via PM.
    Last edited by laikom on May 26th, 2014, 7:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #17 - May 26th, 2014, 6:13 pm
    Post #17 - May 26th, 2014, 6:13 pm Post #17 - May 26th, 2014, 6:13 pm
    Another bathroom option: Margate Park Fieldhouse at Marine Drive and Ainslie. It is across Lake Shore Drive from the picnic location. If I am not mistaken, there is a pedestrian underpass that goes from Margate Park, under Lake Shore Drive, about a block north of the picnic site. It might be a bit closer than walking to Foster Beach.
  • Post #18 - May 26th, 2014, 6:29 pm
    Post #18 - May 26th, 2014, 6:29 pm Post #18 - May 26th, 2014, 6:29 pm
    There was a blue porta-potty at the blue park.
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #19 - May 26th, 2014, 7:38 pm
    Post #19 - May 26th, 2014, 7:38 pm Post #19 - May 26th, 2014, 7:38 pm
    Ms. Ingie wrote:There was a blue porta-potty at the blue park.


    Yep, I updated the FAQ with that info, but forgot to post a reminder too. Thanks!
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #20 - July 6th, 2014, 7:56 pm
    Post #20 - July 6th, 2014, 7:56 pm Post #20 - July 6th, 2014, 7:56 pm
    laikom wrote:Proposed Schedule

    ...July 13th (sun) - Street food - Replica of your favorite street food!


    July 13th is also the final match of the World Cup! Brazilian Street Food?
  • Post #21 - July 6th, 2014, 8:54 pm
    Post #21 - July 6th, 2014, 8:54 pm Post #21 - July 6th, 2014, 8:54 pm
    mrsm wrote:July 13th is also the final match of the World Cup! Brazilian Street Food?

    Great idea! If anyone tries their hand at one of those, it looks like we will eat better than those actually attending the game.
    The meal isn't over when I'm full; the meal is over when I hate myself. - Louis C.K.

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