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Our first anniversary as a group. Somewhat incomplete, alas, because the conversation was so involving, but we've made it though a year and we have a nice group of people who show up almost every month. Alas, no group picture either, because we forgot, but some serious food pr0n, because isn't that part of the point? So I give you the grilled vegetable sandwich with fennel and avocado, which would have been a vegan dish were it not for the (irresistible) shavings of parmigiano reggiano on the accompanying salad. That's my camera on the table next to it, so I'm at fault too.

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Much more below the great orange fruitbasket.

Another restaurant we've been to before, just two blocks south of the North Hollywood Red Line Station. Pitfire Pizza has the advantage of avoiding the end-of-meal-counting-the-cash ceremony as well, because you order at a central counter and they give you a numbered flag to leave at your pace setting so the runners from the kitchen can easily see where the dishes they are carrying are supposed to go.

So, forthwith, more food:

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The Grilled Steak Salad: Romaine / Arugula / Cherry Tomato / Avocado / Crumbled Blue
Cheese / Grilled Red Onion / Candied Walnut

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The Pitfire Steak Panini: Hanger Steak / Grilled Onion / Tomatillo Salsa / Roasted Red Peppers / Avocado / Arugula / Mozzarella

Artisan pizza, locavore sensiblities. I keep forgetting I should take myself to lunch there more frequently.

And the people. Our apologies to Joe Bacon, whose departure I think alerted us to the fact we really needed to TAKE the pictures, to flowingone, who arrived after the pictures were taken, and to Gay CA Democrat, because we're apparently fallible.

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Ducktape and your diarist.

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joemarkowitz and Shockwave.

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gmats and mr. gmats.

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susans, her friend Kathy, otoelbc, A GENUINE lurker (real name Roman, no screen name), and gmats. I tried, but I couldn't penetrate the "too busy to comment" defense, and I know susans had a conversation with him at the end of the event.

and our illustrious photographer, SanFernandoValleyMom.

Our next event will be February 15 in Hollywood, 2 PM as always, venue TBD and we have a good lead near the Vermont/Sunset Red Line station. I hope to announce the venue midweek next week.

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