I went to the Tri-angular meetup and learned about the mean stack (Mongo-Express-Angular-Node). This was held at Ignite Social Media hosted by Darrough West and Keith Morgan.
There is mean.io and meanjs.org . It was suggested its easy to obtain it and get it built just using the node package manager (npm install). The io one is better choice as it has an SLA, but they are both pretty similar. However, it is rapidly changing and it does not have a released version.
Passportjs is baked in.
They host their projects on Heroku with MongoHQ.
Koa was mentioned as the "next" express.
Angular and node each have their own routing, but Angular routing invokes the Node routing.
Angular boiler plate was mentioned.
Suggestions with angular:
Try not overload scope, Template cache helpful
Html5 polyfill, respond.js for dealing with ie8
Do not put JQuery in controllers
Promises built in
Factories for http calls
Providers are fancy plugins
No need for undersore, but people like the map/reduce functions
lo-dash a underscre alternative
meteor use on sockets
mention of mongoose