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JoanneB17's picture

As I work (don't tell my employer) I'm listening to WNYC radio. It's their fund drive and they just had a real character of a guy who has a website called http://www.chowhound.com. It's a hoot! Look at it and go to the review that talks about the largest package food store IN THE WORLD (or so he thinks). In Lodi, NJ.


Interesting site. I've barely looked at it, but there are mentions of "chowhound-style" places to eat all over the country, with a bit of a bias towards the Northeast.

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #1 of 26)

I read that review after nutcakes mentioned the site. Emailed the article to my friend in New Jersey and sent her off to see what it's like. Strange site isn't it?

JoanneB17's picture

(post #26000, reply #2 of 26)

I figured someone had mentioned it at some point, but I'm feeling too lazy to search! This guy is very funny on the radio. I'll have to check out that store. Its description sounds like a wacky and huge store near Cincinnati called Jungle Jim's. Cool place.

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #26000, reply #3 of 26)

I'm familiar with chowhound. I know Ashley is too. Maybe he'll weigh in as well.

I've been reading it on and off for a couple of years. As is true everywhere, the advice on their boards is only as good as the people who post it. Some of it is excellent, some of it is definitely not.

APonKP's picture

(post #26000, reply #4 of 26)

I found chowhound about a year ago and use it for a resource for eating out a lot. I'm not sure about the rest of the country, but I think it is great for the Bay Area. True, it depends on the poster, but you fairly quickly learn whose posts you value most. It's a whole lot better than Zagat or local restaurant reviewers, IMO.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
RheaS's picture

(post #26000, reply #5 of 26)

I also read chowhound although it usually just makes me miss decent dining out experiences. Jim Leff (the guy on the radio) is hilarious. He was a guest judge on the Ainsley version of Ready Set Cook and came on with a dog mask.


As for the posts, I had good success with New Orleans suggestions and pretty good for Vancouver also. One of the Vancouver posters loves Guu (original one around Thurlow and Robson and a 2nd location nearby).  I went to the original one last time I went home and one of my brothers chose that place. He and his twentysomething friends go there after hitting the bars and clubs. Anyway, the food was certainly interesting and some was quite good. It's a Japanese version of a tapas bar -- a variety of little portions although not much in the way of sushi. It's more like Japanese fast food aimed for the Japanese genX -- e.g. kabocha squash dumpling covered with bottled thousand island dressing (yuck!), beef carpaccio (pretty good), salty squid (raw squid in gray anchovy paste, double yuck!). It's a great place to go for adventurous eaters on a budget and there really are some tasty items; you just have to stumble through the menu to find them.

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #6 of 26)

I was amused by the postings on Vancouver as well. Actually ate at Lumière last night in the new lounge area. Was indeed superb and reasonably priced, although I was pining for the tasting menu in the restaurant.

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #7 of 26)

I had dinner at Tojo's on Tuesday night - excellent, I love his place.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #8 of 26)

I'm so glad I found you! I can't open my message notifications now so I could see the thread number but had no idea where it was from.

Lumìère was great last night. The Weenie (or should that be a small w?) was in top form and good humour.

Can you come to our evening of Great Dames, Great Grapes to launch this year's International Wine Festival?

nutcakes's picture

(post #26000, reply #9 of 26)

I can't stay away from chowhound, though it is a love/hate relationship.  I don't post under a consistent name there. 


 


I am shocked to find that Jim Leff is so funny.  On the board he comes off as a big blowhard.


 

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #10 of 26)

I'm not an internet player, but I found it really dull. Slow and dull.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #26000, reply #12 of 26)

I just went to check it out.  Any site where people sing the praises of Kathy Casey is not for me.  She's a total fraud.

 

JoanneB17's picture

(post #26000, reply #13 of 26)

Who is Kathy Casey?

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #26000, reply #14 of 26)

She's a cooking bimbo from Seattle.  Clogs the local pbs airwaves.

 

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #16 of 26)

Boy, that's an understatement and a half - she drives me nuts, having to listen to her cackle has turned me off watching quite a few of their shows.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #23 of 26)

You know I still haven't met her but that will change in June. The Dames chapter from Seattle is coming up here for a couple days.

Of all the places to eat in Seattle, I found it odd they suggested her venue for a "special" meal.

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #26 of 26)

Well, I'm curious to find out if she's as annoying in person as she is on TV.  I've made a note of it so hopefully we'll be able to hear your thoughts on her.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague


Edited 3/22/2002 1:32:51 PM ET by tuck

JoanneB17's picture

(post #26000, reply #11 of 26)

Nutcakes, I heard him during the pledge drive for about 10 minutes. He was very funny, but not at all subtle. The kind of person who would drive you nuts after about 10 minutes. He has found his schtick, however.

RheaS's picture

(post #26000, reply #15 of 26)

I've been really curious: why does Feenie have the weenie nickname? You can email me the answer if it's something you could get in trouble for. When I left Vancouver, Feenie was just getting big, so I never heard bad press; mostly just glowing reviews for Lumiere.

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #17 of 26)

Oh Rhea_S, don't spoil all the fun, let her do it public like!  His food is good I have to admit and everything I've made out of his cookbook has turned out well - except for that passionfruit tart, didn't care for it as much as MC's recipe - but hey, that's just my taste.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #24 of 26)

Rhea, you can just about take any interpretation you'd like and it works! He can be a bad boy but when he's good, he's pretty darn good.

One thing I will say, he has a small but highly talented brigade in his kitchen and the place doesn't miss a beat when he's not there. My former teaching assistant is garde manger and desserts right now. Talented young kitchen.

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #18 of 26)

When is it Glenys, I'd love to come.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #26000, reply #19 of 26)

I'd love to come


 


Why didn't the censor catch that?


 

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #20 of 26)

either they like me - or they've gone home for the night.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague


Edited 3/22/2002 12:19:38 AM ET by tuck

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #21 of 26)

Okay, found the date, are you selling tickets or do I have to get 'em from ticketmasters or the Playhouse Theatre? 


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague


Edited 3/22/2002 12:45:46 AM ET by tuck

Glenys's picture

(post #26000, reply #22 of 26)

Good morning! Had to take a wee break to avoid utter meltdown. Ticketmaster is one way but here's the blurb from the Dames minutes:

Tickets (250) are on sale at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, Tools and Techniques, Lesley Stowe Fine Foods, Gourmet Warehouse, Dubrulle Culinary School and at Ticket Master. The event runs from 5pm-8pm. The focus is on education, food and wine. Here's some of the info; it's in the rough but it gives you an idea of the grazing potential.

Tools and Techniques - Cindy Evetts - Wine products

The Gourmet Warehouse with Fabulous Foods -

Caren McSherry and Susan Meister

Vahlrona Chocolate

Beringer Wines, Founders Estate Pinot Noir

Beringer, North Coast Zinfandel

Columbia Crest Merlot Cabernet

Bonterra, Viognier, 2000

Chateau de Tariquet, Cote de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc, 2000

Chateau Ste. Michele, Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc, 2000

Pillitteri Estates, Merlot Family Reserve, 1999

Pillitteri Estates, Vidal Icewine, 1999

Taylor Fladgate, Late Bottle Vintage Port

Chef Andrea Jefferson- Cooking Demo Dubrulle with Wine Instructor Barb

Phillips or DJ Kearney

Lesley Stowe Fine Foods

Karen Barnaby - Fishhouse in Stanley Park

Mary McKay - Terra Breads

Sue Alexander- Various Restaurants, Various Chefs

Sandra Chalmers and Gita Sutherland - Poplar Grove

Sue Ross - Original Cakerie

Barbara-jo Macintosh - Books to Cooks

Debra Lykkemark - Culinary Capers

Rolling Pin Magazine - Cornelia Valino

Memory Walsh - Wine Writer

Diane Clement - MC & Book Author

Erika Durlacher - Durlacher Hof

Janet McGuire - Beach Side Café

Michele Geris - Piccolo Mondo or Wine Rhapsody

Nicky Major - Major the Gourmet

Karen Cakebread- Cakebread Cellars (I think Delores is her mom)

Sandra Oldfield - Tinhorn Creek (winemaker for Tinhorn)

Dana Harris - Hawthorn Mountain, Sumac Ridge

Domaine de Chaberton

Tuck's picture

(post #26000, reply #25 of 26)

Thanks Glenys, looking forward to it.


~tuck The CT'er formerly known as cam14
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague