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Sep 17, 2008 02:09 PM

What have you learned from CH?

After reading a very interesting post on table settings. I realized that I have learned so much about history, customs, and etiquette. Until reading these boards, I never knew that cappuccino was a morning thing, and cheese and fish are not usually put together, the proper way to tip (or not tip) outside the US, and how to properly hold chopsticks (although I still stink at it). I was just wondering what others have learned from reading the CH boards.

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  1. i've learned how many thing i never thought would bother anyone really seem to get to a lot of people

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    1. re: thew

      Me, too. They should have a service-hound website. Astonishing what gets under some people's skin.

      1. re: iluvtennis

        And I, conversely, and among many other more useful things, have learned how many people don't agree with or follow conventions that, until the last couple of years, I had assumed to be generally accepted practices.

        Edit: I sure sound like an old fuddy duddy and didn't mean to - what I wrote is true, but a bit tongue in cheek, though I'm probably a young-ish fuddy duddy.

      2. re: thew

        Unfortunately, this is the #1 thing I take away from this site as well.

        1. re: thew

          But remember that the postings are rather skewed...especially in "not about food". The vast majority of folks read it (if even) and don't have a strong feeling about it and never post. Those with passionate feelings for the subject post, sometimes repeatedly! It's a lot of noise, but just from a relatively small segment.
          Once you start mixing pet peeves with manners, diverse culture/age/socio-economic backgrounds it can get pretty opinionated...

          1. re: meatn3

            It would be interesting if they had a counter of how many times a thread had been looked at.

            1. re: yayadave

              I agree...I always find that feature interesting!

        2. chowhound steers me to good places to eat/drink in europe, asia and north america.

          lots of smart posters out there. pretty entertaining, too.

          1. This is kind of embarrassing, but i learned what sweetbread was by stalking chowhound.

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            1. re: iluvtennis

              Well there's nothing wrong with that... unless you mean literally stalking a chowhounder!

              1. I have learned different pronounciations for the same word, that people eat in different orders around the world (salad course for example). Got some good recipes and menu suggestions and restaurant reviews.