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May 31, 2010 05:07 PM

Van Mag 2010 Restaurant Awards [split from BC]

(Note: this thread was split from the BC board at: -- The Chowhound Team)

The target audience is definitely not the people who read Chowhound. The Van Mag awards have stagnated....maybe it is a reflection on the restaurant biz here in general. The list of nominees did not surprise me - it is almost the same list as last year....and the year before.

Most of the ethnic categories were OK...a couple of eyebrow raisers, but nothing too egregious. There were a few nice reminders too - places I haven't been to in years (Ashiana Tandoori, Cafe Kathmandu, etc.)

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  1. More confirmation of the continuing irrelevance of traditional media...

    1. I gotta admit, just seeing Cafe Kathmandu on the list was a surprise (to me)..

      Ashiana deserves more publicity than it gets. It's right up there (IMHO) with Rubina and Da Tandoor.

      Cafe Kathmandu
      2779 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N4C5, CA

      Da Tandoor Restaurant
      237 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y6L2, CA

      1. I guess it surprises me that given what I perceive is to be an expanding diversity in food choices, they continue to fall upon the same old stand bys year after year. They are restaurant industry folk doing the judging yet they do not appear to move beyond a certain realm in their explorations of food, surprising to me but perhaps I am being naive about things.

        And I suppose it surprises me that the local media has not caught onto this website as a good source of informative media on local eating as have other locales. Of course, that is a double edged sword whereby your favourite secret becomes more busy and popular (and possibly brings about a decline in quality) but also helps to keep your favourite secret in business so you can keep enjoying.

        And that was my 2 cents...

        7 Replies
        1. re: bdachow

          Excellent points, the SF Chronicle's weekly food section has had a column dedicated to Chowhound for some time now.

          1. re: PolarBear

            I think the folks from the local traditional media do read these boards (... I know this anecdotally.)

            Chowhound is more influential in the bigger urban centers (SF, LA, NYC, TO, etc.) where traditional media often reports on what is being discussed on the boards. This board has much less traffic than those boards.

            1. re: fmed

              Didn't a travel writer from the NY Times literally crib chowhound (this board) tips recently?

          2. re: bdachow

            I think there are maybe 20 judges for the VanMag awards, whereas I only see 6 or maybe 10 different posters that absolutely flood these boards. Are there even 20 regular posters, not a chance. I have tried to count them, but the same old little group are the only ones that have comments on absolutely everything. Do these few posters really have better insight than VanMag? hmmmm.
            Certainly in their opinions.

            2 more cents

            1. re: Did you really say that

              Did you really say that? No, but I certainly thought something else: there's so much repetition in those awards, year after year, that either something is terribly wrong with the city or it's just getting too easy for the judges, 20 odd or not. If pointing that out seems like a nebulous thing for a small group to say, well, I guess this Chowhound thing ain't worth my 2 cents (or yours) at all.

              1. re: Did you really say that

                Not a "better" insight - it is a "different" insight. I fully understand that being jury for these types of awards is a thankless task. I respect the opinions of (and personally know) a number of them.

                >>"Are there even 20 regular posters, not a chance. I have tried to count them, but the same old little group are the only ones that have comments on absolutely everything."

                I count perhaps a dozen regular posters. There are quite a number of lurkers/infrequent yourself, for example.

                1. re: fmed

                  Personally I'm glad to see traditional media taking a beating-they've done me no favours over the decades.

                  Their chronic insularity and noisome sense of entitlement have come around and bit them in the azz and who do they have to blame but themselves?

                  Of course that doesn't mean they won't sneak onto sites like this-often late @ night when they're well into their cups-and commence to slag all and sundry
                  seen it many a time.