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itryalot Aug 31, 2007 08:52 AM

As a fairly newbie to Chowhound, I often wonder about the originals who have been posting for years and what I have missed all of these years. I have spent hours searching and reading links to postings but it is like looking for a needle in a haystack especially when you don't know what you are looking for.

What is your favorite thread? It can be humorous, inspirational, informative or controversial. I stumbled upon this one while looking at risotto postings and I must admit, I read it often! I actually laugh out loud every time. It inspired a few other threads.

Absolute Best Risotto You Will EVER Eat: Toasted Pistachio Gorgonzola Dolce http://www.chowhound.com/topics/288918

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/291101 (funny description of how she made the recipe

  1. yayadave Aug 31, 2007 09:54 AM

    A thread that got the most action recently was about the New York Times article by Mark Bittman about the Jim Lehey Sullivan Street Bakery recipe for no-knead bread. The original article was printed in the NY Times 6 Nov 06

    This may be the first thread:
    Or maybe these:

    But there have been a lot of other threads about this topic. If you want to find them, search Mark Bittman, no-knead bread, Sullivan Street Bakery, Jim Lehey, and Father Kitchen. You’ll get enough threads to fill a book. And that’s if you only search on Chowhound. If you do a web search on Google, you’ll have a library.

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    1. re: yayadave
      itryalot Aug 31, 2007 10:53 AM

      That one never seems to die, does it?

    2. Veggo Aug 31, 2007 10:10 AM

      I think the unfinished (and may never be) rime of the Rib Man will survive the test of time....

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      1. re: Veggo
        bubbles4me Aug 31, 2007 10:11 AM

        2nd here for Rude Rib Dude.

        1. re: Veggo
          thinks too much Aug 31, 2007 10:30 AM

          I'll cast my vote for Rib man too!

          1. re: Veggo
            itryalot Aug 31, 2007 10:52 AM

            Is there a link?

            1. re: itryalot
              Veggo Aug 31, 2007 11:44 AM

              I'm not very nimble with links, but you'll find it by searching 'sjhound'. 327 posts by 128 hounds. Pretty funny.

              1. re: itryalot
                yayadave Aug 31, 2007 12:14 PM

                I think they mean this one. It got a lot of action for a while, but I think it might be officially dead since the op left town. It's lively reading.

                Guest insists on bringing a dish... rude??

              2. re: Veggo
                lupaglupa Aug 31, 2007 12:11 PM

                The sad saga os San Jose Hound and her rude guest certainly came to my mind first - whatever happened!?! Here's the link:


                1. re: lupaglupa
                  bubbles4me Aug 31, 2007 12:14 PM

                  Some of the threads about Apple Pan (Los Angeles) are pretty classic Chow Hound too.

                2. re: Veggo
                  vvvindaloo Sep 5, 2007 10:42 PM

                  I still wonder about this thread (the rib guy), and I'm still miffed that we never got to hear the resolution! I know, I should just get over it.

                  1. re: vvvindaloo
                    lupaglupa Sep 6, 2007 01:05 PM

                    I feel there should be a board where people post "what happened" after a long series of posts. There are others threads that I've gotten caught up in and they just end without knowing what happened.

                    1. re: lupaglupa
                      yayadave Sep 6, 2007 02:26 PM

                      I think a lot of people just don't "report back" about how things worked out. But In this case I suspect some hurt feelings and/or embarrassment occurred, so the OP just let it die a slow death.

                      1. re: yayadave
                        vvvindaloo Sep 6, 2007 04:13 PM

                        The issue definitely did incite much passionate debate, and some heated exchanges. I guess the OP may have been a little overwhelmed by it, but they also took part in the beginning, posting several comments as I recall. And they were never seen or heard from again!

                  2. re: Veggo
                    mcgeary Sep 24, 2007 11:08 AM

                    BREAKING NEWS!


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                    aurora50 Aug 31, 2007 10:47 AM

                    I've enjoyed the threads about kitchen/cooking disasters -

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                      Hue Aug 31, 2007 01:45 PM

                      I loved the Seinfeld food references thread


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                      1. re: Hue
                        coney with everything Sep 9, 2007 08:20 AM

                        I think you've resurrected this one! Love the Sein.

                      2. yayadave Aug 31, 2007 06:01 PM

                        A couple of topics that always produce more heat than light are any by, for, or about servers and any about tips.

                        Then there was the string about "Do you have a reservation?' It wasn't even a thread, just a string with-in a thread. I think it got vaporized.

                        On another tack, Melanie Wong's posts are entertaining and knowlegable. She did a series from France last year. I could only find two threads. I thought there were more.

                        Languedoc: Turned Away at Restaurant Emile in Toulouse

                        2005 Bordeaux En Primeur

                        1. limster Aug 31, 2007 06:18 PM

                          This thread may seem unassuming, but it's as chowhoundish as its gets:

                          Definitely a classic in my book.

                          1. The Dairy Queen Aug 31, 2007 09:51 PM

                            I like this one, about the discovery of a tiny sandwich shop in a nearly-vacant strip mall in West St. Paul, which is actually a suburb of St. Paul, MN: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359398 The thread meanders a bit to talk about a bakery, a Greek deli, a Lebanese restaurant, a taqueria, but always comes back to celebrate the glorious sandwiches.


                            1. Gio Sep 1, 2007 04:50 AM

                              This is great. Now I know what I'm doing today.

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                                itryalot Sep 5, 2007 06:09 PM

                                I am so glad you people responded. I have enjoyed catching up; great posts. I hope there are more. Printed out the rib and Seinfeld ones and passed them out to fellow chows at work.

                                1. Sam Fujisaka Sep 6, 2007 06:31 PM

                                  "So, whudduyadoferaliving?" was and is great in a community-building way.

                                  Good fun has been had with ruderibrube, various threads on tipping, picky eaters, pride in dishes based on store-bought prepped goods, fear of eating x, best cities, and more.

                                  Personally, I love the, "We had a terrible experience at Bobo's Bistro last night" threads. Pervert that I am, read them all.

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                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                    mcgeary Sep 8, 2007 10:53 AM

                                    I read all of the "bad experience" posts, too! Even the ones that aren't on my home board, when I spot them in "Latest Posts!" I loved the long thread about how horrible Sweet Lady Jane's bakery is (in W. Hollywood, CA). Thank you for confessing your proclivities, Sam; I feel less alone now.

                                    your fellow perv,


                                    1. re: mcgeary
                                      Sam Fujisaka Sep 8, 2007 04:27 PM

                                      mcqeary, you have to check out today's "Wo Hop -- worst meal of my life" by Brian S. Great, hilarious writing!

                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                        Brian S Sep 9, 2007 08:01 AM

                                        Thank you Sam! Especially since, if I had to nominate a classic thread, it would probably have your writing in it. You bring in whole new dimensions of history, agrarian knowledge, etc.

                                        The Wo Hop post is here:

                                        But please, for some perspective (since Wo Hop is the one bad restaurant in Chinatown) read this too:

                                        1. re: Brian S
                                          Sam Fujisaka Sep 9, 2007 08:19 AM

                                          Great post. Finding a good read is as you describe finding Chinese restaurants in Manhattan: one has to go beyond "one's own" familiar board to find good ones.

                                      2. re: mcgeary
                                        Hooda_Guest Sep 9, 2007 12:57 PM

                                        I'm with you on this one. For some reason, I really enjoy reading the posts where things have gone wrong or service has been less than stellar. Perhaps it makes me feel better about the times it has happened to me! I went back and searched for the thread on Sweet Lady Jane's Bakery and read every post. I even read the linked blog story-unbelievable.

                                        1. re: mcgeary
                                          JasmineG Sep 9, 2007 09:30 PM

                                          I read that whole Sweet Lady Jane's thread too!

                                      3. missclaudy Sep 8, 2007 11:15 AM

                                        I don't mean to show off (since I responded with all of my heart and soul) to the thread someone posted about the ever whacky and delish bacon brittle around Christmas time last year. It got funnier and funnier as folks made their own brittle and reported back.Several recipes are included. http:// www.chowhound.com/topics/348661

                                        1. Brian S Sep 9, 2007 06:11 PM

                                          I posted this exact same question a few months ago and you might want to check out some of the replies I got. You got more replies, though.


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                                          1. re: Brian S
                                            missclaudy Sep 10, 2007 05:01 PM

                                            Beautiful thread Brian,so glad you pointed it out! I've always loved Niki Rothman's posts and remember them fondly from the OLD DAYS of chowhound.

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                                            itryalot Sep 19, 2007 05:00 PM

                                            There are so many good ones; my husband runs into the den because he can hear me laughing hysterically.

                                            1. Caitlin McGrath Sep 19, 2007 06:00 PM

                                              I've always particularly admired this thread from way back in 2000, "The importance of wine?" http://www.chowhound.com/topics/286402 It's chock-full of interesting and cogent argument. It taught me a great deal at the time, and does so again each time I revisit it:

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                                                itryalot Nov 11, 2007 04:49 PM

                                                I have read this recent one several times already. I am sercretly hoping Marcella or Giulio Hazan write in! ;)

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                                                  kkak97 Nov 11, 2007 05:05 PM

                                                  Good threads. This was a fun read.

                                                  1. ElsieDee Nov 16, 2007 01:32 AM

                                                    This thread, to me, is what Chowhound is all about: excellent food, a quest for knowledge, sharing personal things - I want to hug everyone who is posting on it, they all feel so warm and ... family-ish?


                                                    1. DanaB Nov 16, 2007 03:39 PM

                                                      I have so many favorites!

                                                      Here are a couple of classics from Thi of LA Board fame:

                                                      Thi on Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles:


                                                      Thi on Langer's Pastrami:


                                                      On the home cooking board (I think it was still the general board back in those days), we used to get a LOT of great posts from Mrs. Smith. One of my favorites was Mrs. Smith on the recipe for a perfect neopolitan pizza crust:


                                                      Then there's that classic, an "Excremental Encounter" by Burke & Wells, who used to post often on this site:


                                                      Finally, one of my all-time favorites was also posted by Joe H. (who was the author of the perfect gorganzola risotto post cited above), called "The 5,000 Mile Hamburger," about the joys of a long-distance In 'N Out Burger :-)


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                                                      1. re: DanaB
                                                        itryalot Jan 1, 2008 05:23 AM

                                                        Love the pizza posting and excremental encounter was excellent too! I am now a huge fan of Joe Heflin.

                                                      2. MMRuth Feb 27, 2008 09:09 AM

                                                        I am adding this thread - incredibly funny and impressive. Great photos at the end w/ the report.

                                                        Gas Station Gourmet Valentine's Day:


                                                        1. Cheese Boy Feb 27, 2008 09:29 PM

                                                          Call it silly humor, call it what you want, I think this thread can get a laugh out of most people. Many of the threads I've read here on CH are *not* very humorous, so I guess that's why this one stands out for me.

                                                          L. I. T. ---> http://www.chowhound.com/topics/448149

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