Dinner at Green Papaya Thai

Hi fellow plant munchers, Our dinner at Maoz Vegetarian in Berkeley was a success. Diners I talked to liked the food. One said it was not quite as good as Chick-O-Peas, while another said it was better. Try both and decide for yourself. This month, I was hoping to bring our group to Saturn. It's a veg*n diner that's been open in Santa Cruz for years, but they're opening a Downtown Berkeley location that was supposed to be open last week. When I asked a construction crew member yesterday, he said it would be another couple weeks or so. So maybe we can visit in August. In last month's RSVP, I asked attendees where they'd like to go next. Three of you said Green Papaya, more than any other restaurant, so that's where we're going this month. We were last there in January. It's a vegan Thai restaurant (no fish sauce!) that opened recently and has garnered great reviews. It's on Shattuck in Berkeley just south of University, very close to Downtown BART. Hey, our group has grown to over 500 members! I'm proud, and happy to see so much interest in veg*n dining. Fewer animals eaten is not only good for them, but also for people and our shared planet. As always, please be considerate of your fellow plant eaters and RSVP yes only if you have every reason to think you will be able to make it. And thanks to those who change their RSVPs well in advance so people on the waiting list can make plans to attend. I pay Meetup $180 per year to organize this group. If people chip in a couple bucks at dinner, it will reimburse me. You can do it here on the website or in person at the event. It's in addition to dinner and much appreciated. Thanks a bunch! See you at dinner, John

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  • Paula

    Amazing atmosphere and great people to talk to. Great fun all around :)

    July 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    We found everyone who was within talking distance to be interesting, and enjoyed all our conversations. Wished we could have had a chance to talk to the people at the other end of the table. As at the last place, it got kind of hard to talk & be heard finally, due restaurant acoustics. Name tags are a great help.

    July 24, 2010

  • Sara A.

    John did a great job organizing! Loved the name tags!

    July 24, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup and I really appreciated the welcoming nature of all those in attendance. Sharing a vegan meal with so many was a great opportunity to try several different meals in one sitting. The table set up allowed me to talk to many of the people that were there.

    July 24, 2010

  • Vasu M.

    Green Papaya could be called a small "hole in the wall" restaurant -- a label once given to Breads of India, also in Berkeley. Green Papaya is inexpensive compared to Breads. All the food is vegan and delicious. My only complaint is the lack of mock-meat dishes. I realize some veg*ns don't care for mock-meat dishes, but I think mock-meats will win over the flesh-eaters: they can continue to enjoy all their favorite dishes...just without the cruelty! No bloodshed or slaughter.

    July 24, 2010

  • Vasu M.

    The food was fantastic, the people talkative and friendly, and the conversation was -- for the most part -- lighthearted. Someone came up with the idea of passing around labels and a pen; i.e., having us all wear name tags. This was brilliant, as even among those of us seated closely together, it was hard remembering everyone's name.

    RSVPs had to be taken early, as there was just enough room for twenty patrons. Even this proved problematic, as we were all seated at a long table, and it was impossible to meet or even exchange a few kind words with everyone attending.

    July 24, 2010

  • John

    The food was good, as always, and so was the conversation. Again, I'm sorry for being late. How did I get 7:30 stuck in my head?

    July 23, 2010

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