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Nov 2, 2009 12:33 PM

What brought you to Chowhound?

One night, after watching a particularly infuriating episode of Top Chef (Season 1), I googled around looking for people who were as outraged as myself.

I stumbled upon Chowhound. For a few days, I avidly read each and every comment regarding Top Chef, sometimes checking the site every hour to see if anyone else had something new to say. After that season, I started searching around the rest of the site and found a huge trove of awesomeness.

So my strange addiction to reality TV really paid off! :o)

So what brought you all here?

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  1. I arrived here looking for restaurants prior to visiting America on holiday.

    I post fairly regularly on a couple of the topical boards here but find my home board (UK & Ireland) pretty useless unless I'm planning to visit the main tourist centre of London, so use another board for my restaurant reviews and exchanges about the rest of the two countries.

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    1. re: Harters

      I find that my home board (Pac NW) is pretty dead so I also find restaurant reviews elsewhere. But the info I do find on these boards is invaluable.

      1. re: soypower

        The wonderful software brought me here. It amazes me daily.

        Seriously, your reply is sad. That you go elsewhere to to find restaurant recommendations.

        This isn't the reason the site started ... to rag on food tv.

        The reason was to seek out delicious food. I can only hopefully suggest you post about where you eat. If more people do then this site would be more useful for all.

        1. re: rworange

          I do post pretty frequently on my local boards, but there are only about 7 different threads a day, so it doesn't lend itself to much 'discussion'. I definitely trust opinions shared on chowhound more than those of other sites, but sometimes those other sites are the only ones with any discussion of our local restaurants.

          I don't find it sad that my search for something so lame (venting about top chef) resulted in finding something so great (you all).

          1. re: soypower

            Nice answer. Nice to know food star madness isn't the only attraction

            I actually found the site thru a need to vent.

            Around 2002 before the proliferation of restaurant websites, I was massively disappointed in a retaurant a local reviewer raved about. I googled to see if there was anyone else out there who thought the place was a dud. I found kindred spirits at Chowhound and kind of hung out.

            Though my second post almost scared me off. I asked where I could buy the best frozen pie crust and got jumped on that they were all swill, I should make my own because it was easy as .... well, pie.

            These days a few aritsan joints sell upscale frozen pie crusts. I was just ahead of my time.

            1. re: rworange

              I lurked for a long time before posting on here for exactly that reason. I had seen a lot of those types of posts - anti-chain restaurant outrage, why would you buy bottled salsa, etc. and proceeded with caution. Luckily there are lots of nice people on here that outweigh the occasional bad apple.

    2. That was so long ago, I don't remember, but for sure it was some sort of Internet search.

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        1. I had seen something on tv about drinking chocolate so I googled where to get it in Toronto. It brought up a thread about it and just started reading from there. Ironically, I never went to get the chocolate but have found hundreds of other great tips on here ever since!

          1. A Facebook friend posts from articles from here so I checked it out. :-)