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Dec 29, 2007 01:21 PM

How/Why did you pick your screen name?

I've noticed some pretty unique screen names on this site. I'm interested to know how my fellow chowhounders came to pick the screen name they did. Mine is the name of one of my cats.

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  1. While I love all food,I particularly enjoy learning about and experiencing regional specialties when I travel. I chose my "name" since it readily identifies a distinct & increasingly hard to find genre from the area in which I have the strongest roots.
    P.S. I hope this thread is discovered by lots of people! I see many intriguing names & have wondered too...

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    1. re: meatn3

      Thanks for replying meatn3. You are a poster whose screen name I have wondered about in the past. I am also hoping this thread is discovered by lots of people, but the CHT moved the post from 'Not About Food' to 'Site Talk' AKA the no man's land of CH. Probably more appropriate placement, but not optimal for feedback :)

      1. re: diablo

        your fears are entirely unfounded, this weighing in at #389. My kids; probably the oldest trick in the book.

      2. re: meatn3

        Okay, I'm gonna play dumb here..
        What's a Meat n Three?

        And as for my screen name, nothing interesting here. It's our family name, and there are four of us. Woo-hoo.

        Happy to oblige by pushing this post to the top!!

        1. re: bards4

          Meat & three refers to your menu options at home-style restaurants, located primarily in the US S.E. The menu generally varies daily, but there is usually a set price for the meat & three option. You choose your meat (often 3-5 options) and then get to choose 3 side dishes from a lengthier list. Sometimes a dessert, such as banana pudding, is a side option. Similar in spirit to a blue plate special but with more choices. Tend to find this for lunch more than for dinner. Frequently a 5 side "vegetarian" option is available. But being the South, vegetarian in this context is a very loose term. BTW, blue plate special was my first CH name choice, but someone had already claimed it!

          1. re: meatn3

            Of you choice of meat, one or both is meatloaf or fried chicken. Fried catfish on Fridays. In the south anyway.


              1. re: Xiao Yang

                Perhaps due to inflation! But yes, once in awhile I have seen it as two, but only within the last 10 years. Prior to that I had only seen it with 3 sides. It is enough of a tradition that it has become a genre - for instance, it is a specific category at

        2. Hi Diablo and meatn3,
          I always thought "Diablo" was because you were some kinda devilish person...hmm.
          Meatn3, I fell in love with Meat n Threes when I was in KY an TN and while driving back to LA (solo x country trip) I sought them out along I-40...pretty scary for a small gal in a small car with CA plates...always the intersting person with the cigarette danglin' while eating and sipping coffee...that's a talent I can live without but I am so fascinated do they do that!?!
          As for my name...I think the name says it all:

          TATER TOTS ROCK!!!
          I love 'em!!!
          but, don't tell anyone.

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          1. re: tatertotsrock

            LOL TTR! Some would say that is true, but I'm really an angel of mercy. I rescued Diablo from the pound.........he earned the name ;)

            1. re: tatertotsrock

              I named my chinchilla tater tot because I love tater tots too and used her name as my screen name.

              1. re: tatertot

                I am so jealous you have a chinchilla. I love them and I want one.

                My user name is lame, it's in reference to the book like water for chocolate. esperanza is the narrator's mother. It means hope.

                1. re: esperanza

                  That's not lame!

                  Hope is always good.

                  I love that book. The recipes for each chapter were amazing! The movie was really well done too.

                  1. re: meatn3

                    I love the book and the movie was beautiful. I'm actually writing my thesis on it and other food related works. I'd be fascinated to know people's thoughts, actually...

                    1. re: esperanza

                      I taught Like Water fo Chocolate in a high school Latin American lit class. As a project,the kids, in groups prepared the recipes from the book at wrote about how the ingredients reflected emotions.

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        What a great idea for a class! How did the kids respond to the project? Was the relationship between food and emotion an "aha" moment for many?

                        1. re: meatn3

                          Yes! I was leery about a course in Latin Am. Lit., but the kids loved it, even One Hundred Years of Solitude and especially works by Isabella Allende. Also taught a soc. stud. class in food migration, used 1000 Tables and other works. All at a small quaisi-public, progressive school, Liberty School. It's now done dead and gone.. The school director taught a mini-course on bagel making.
                          ps I've slogged through Like Water... twice in Spanish.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            The school sounds like a gem - fortunate for you and the students to have the chance to explore subjects with a little more latitude.

                            A little off topic, but you have mentioned 1000 Tables in a few posts. Could you post the author or editor - my searches are not cooperating!

                  2. re: esperanza

                    esperanza, not at all lame. That would be my name in real life, but not in Spanish. ;) That is a wonderful, wonderful book. I haven't read it in a long time--long enough it would be a great time to revisit.

                    And tatertot, your chinchilla is very, very cute.

              2. I'd love to have some really cool response, but mine is just short for "Taylor"..

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                1. re: Tay

                  I'm more boring. I'm Veggo, with nothing to hide.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Veggo! I remember you from the 'tuna melt' exchange on the "menu items that should be disconitinued" thread! That's your real name? I thought you were a vegetarian :)

                    1. re: diablo

                      I'm just playing the hand I was dealt, and I eat a lot of cattle and pigs and sheep and goats and pheasants and quail and ducks and fish. I'm a little frustrated sometimes that vegetarians have hijacked my Danish name.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        mine is similar...i am not a huge believer in in the power of soy products, my korean name just begins with SOY and therefore, most of my friends shorten it to that...i resisted this nickname growing up, but i got to the point where i figured i should just embrace it. :o)

                        1. re: soypower

                          i was wondering about your name! at first glance i assumed you were a veggie...then i saw one of your posts about meat :)

                          i'm pretty boring as well. mine is the name of the company i'm currently launching...and my avatar is a cropping of my logo.

                    2. re: Veggo

                      I guess I'm Camp Boring too. Gio is short for Giovanna, my given name. (Pronounced Joe.)

                    3. re: Tay

                      Tay, I always notice you, not just for your posts (which I enjoy), but for the rhyme of our appellations. Funny how that works.

                    4. Years ago a buddy hung the nick name Davwud on me.

                      I have a few other nom de plumes I use from time to time. One is my name on my profile.

                      Had I to do it all over again, I'd use the name Hal LePino.


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                      1. re: Davwud

                        I'm guessing not too many have wondered about my name...pretty clear. I am a Champagne buyer for a wine store, (also buy French wine) so it is always....bubbles 4 me!

                        1. re: bubbles4me

                          at least now we know who to ask for recs :)

                        2. re: Davwud

                          How is it pronounced? Dave-wood? Dav-wood? Day-vwud?

                            1. re: Davwud

                              Thanks--dumb thing to wonder but when I read it, it crosses my mind.

                        3. Jiyo means " to live" . Jiyo is also used as a blessing to wish someone a good & long life .
                          I want to wish everyone on CH a happy life
                          If kare_raisu is hanging in here, whats your story?

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                          1. re: JiyoHappy

                            I wondered if someone would ask. :) "KAH-ray rai-su" is how the Japanese pronounce curry rice which is one of the most popular homestyle dishes in Japan. It is also one of my favorite things to eat.

                            This is an actual picture of me....yeah right!

                            1. re: kare_raisu

                              curry rice ...yummm
                              I've actually had japanese style curry rice but could never pronounce it right in japanese , in a single attempt
                              I luv curry and one of my fav is to explore the various versions of curry ( and curry powder ) in different cultures of the world.
                              Cool pic , thanx

                              1. re: kare_raisu

                                Kare raisu that explanation totally cracks me up since you are on this mission with regards to Mexican eateries. I love the Mexican/Japanese convergence.

                                1. re: Enorah

                                  Its crazy, I know! Its actually a strange story - it was while working at a Japanese restaurant when I became friends with a Oaxacan cook who turned me on to that 'other kind of' Mexican food.

                                  1. re: kare_raisu

                                    So we have an American working in a Japanese kitchen run by a Korean owner with a Mexican chef, who picks a handle which is the English spelling of the Japanese pronunciation of the English name of an Indian-derived dish that's a Japanese specialty. I'm dizzy, but it makes perfect sense, given that you're real name is Tapatio.

                                    I think I'm going to regret posting to this thread, because it's going to live forever. Oh well.

                                2. re: kare_raisu

                                  "Vermont Curry" ; what an odd choice for a brand name

                                  1. re: Lemon Curry

                                    Right there with "New England Coffee"

                                  1. re: kare_raisu

                                    Jiyo is Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, that part of the world

                                  2. re: JiyoHappy

                                    hey jiyo, jiyo actually is the command saying "Live" in the familiar form (use with tum)! It is either Coke or Pepsi that has the commercial (in Hindi) that says Piyo aur Jiyo! (Drink and Live!) :-)