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What was the most memorable CH thread this past year, in your opinion? [moved from the Not about Food board]

freia Dec 29, 2011 11:14 AM

Well, its the end of the year and reflecting on the year past I'm thinking about all the great and not-so-great CH threads I've read since I just recently joined. And this brought to mind the question: To you, what was the most memorable CH thread you read this year and why?
It could be because of the info, it could be because of the content, did it make you shake your head and why, or did you get a good laugh over it....
I don't know if this thread will fly or if there will be alot of responses, but it might be fun to talk about?

  1. Monch Jan 10, 2012 11:52 AM

    I'm suffering from the "recency effect", but my vote goes to the thread that shone a light on the cultural chasm between Galatoire's and the young, hip diners of today.

    Leave the t-shirts, dress well and enjoy.

    1. rockandroller1 Jan 10, 2012 11:07 AM

      Chiming in a bit late, but my fave was the one, I forget who/where, but it was about the CH who does an annual, elaborate Indian food dinner once a year, intimate adults only, invitation says so, etc. And then at the last minute a couple insisted on bringing their children, even though nobody else was allowed. And the kids broke Christmas ornaments, refused the kraft dinner that the CH ran out last minute to buy and prepare since the menu was not typical kid-friendly fare, and then they had to leave early and ASKED FOR TO-GO CONTAINERS. The whole thing was just like "nuh-uh" after "nuh-uh" for me. Wow.

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      1. re: rockandroller1
        viperlush Jan 10, 2012 11:21 AM

        I consider that couple better than Hooch and Mooch. They can join H&M at the top if they show up uninvited for next year's feast (bonus if they bring a dog). And worse than the rib guy who seemed more humorous than harmful.

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          joe777cool Jan 28, 2012 09:57 AM

          link??? sorry i missed that one

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            Servorg Jan 28, 2012 10:26 AM


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              joe777cool Jan 28, 2012 01:20 PM

              My blood pressure just went up 50 points reading that post!

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                freia Jan 28, 2012 04:11 PM

                Ha! I was the OP, think about MY poor BP LOLOLOL

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                  Veggo Jan 28, 2012 04:19 PM

                  freia, you had a tough year eating out. If you were old enough to have been a contestent on an old show called "Queen for a day", you would have won the washer and dryer.

                  1. re: Veggo
                    freia Jan 28, 2012 04:21 PM

                    LOLOLOL Thanks Veggo! But you know, as long as I can take my own Costco cake with blue icing into the restaurant or into a friends home (no cakeage!!!) I'll be fine! LOLOL...I slay me ... *wipes eyes*

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          INDIANRIVERFL Jan 9, 2012 01:18 PM

          Food related disaster dates. My personal favorite.

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            DaisyM Jan 10, 2012 04:51 AM

            The thread about hosting a party and wanting to know if it is okay to ask guests to bring their own plates and silverware. I believe it ended up being closed or removed. Some of the comments were hysterical and really made me laugh.

          2. chowser Jan 1, 2012 06:51 PM

            This recent thread (does it count since it bridges into 2012?) sums up so much about what I like about CH. It starts w/ a simple video of a sushi chef and how he's still trying to perfect his art and develops into discourse on what simple foods are in the US and other countries, how it can be better or isn't,. And, it also covers the fun of CH where it develops into spam musubi and pork rolls and Taylor ham, which I'd never heard of into what meaning of food words have and how much they can evolve and still maintain meaning. And, of course, there's the discussion on sushi, what Americans like, whether Nozawa is genuine or disingenuous, and how many years of experience it takes to become a sushi chef. It appeals to the ADD side of me with all the interesting discussions/breakouts.


            1. lilgi Jan 1, 2012 07:07 AM

              I couldn't find the link, but the one that stood out for me was "Mooch and Hooch". It might be a much older post and if I'm not mistaken it was posted by Janet from Richmond. Thank you Janet, I came back to your thread later that evening with full and undivided attention, a glass of wine and a blanket :)

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                HillJ Jan 1, 2012 07:45 AM

                2009 Mooch and Hooch-hilarious!

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                  lilgi Jan 1, 2012 08:04 AM

                  Ah yes! Thought it had disappeared, thanks so much!

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                    LindaWhit Jan 1, 2012 11:09 AM

                    LOVE the Mooch and Hooch thread...especially Sam Fujisaka's rap poem about them: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589079#4342790

                    and yayadave's rhyme: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5890...

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      HillJ Jan 1, 2012 11:16 AM

                      What's that sketch on SNL....'good times'...

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                        LindaWhit Jan 1, 2012 11:19 AM

                        Annnnnnd now you've just put Jimmy Walker's "DynoMITE!" in my brain. Geez, HillJ. Making me start 2012 off like THAT?

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                          HillJ Jan 1, 2012 11:28 AM

                          LindaW, you make it so darn easy !

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                            LindaWhit Jan 1, 2012 11:42 AM

                            ::::not looking, not looking, not looking:::::

                2. twyst Dec 31, 2011 10:08 PM

                  The most memorable thread for me was the incredibly long "Why is it OK to say whitey but not use the n word" thread that went on for days when people got all butt hurt about the word "whitey" and contacted cbs. And I dont mean memorable in a good way. Some people shouldn't be allowed to use the internet.

                  1. HillJ Dec 31, 2011 10:03 PM


                    Threads like this (and there are many) where a CH generously walks fellow hounds through a cookbook, series of recipes or favorite "x" gets my vote (any year).

                    Home Cooking OP's I believe represent where this food site shines best today and it's no surprise that the HCB is one of the most popular boards on CH.

                    I understand that restaurant reviews and regional boards make up a good portion of the discussions around here but if you haven't I encourage you to spend some time on the Home Cooking board. Just a great deal of sharing, comparing and LEARNING and fun!

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                    1. re: HillJ
                      ratgirlagogo Dec 31, 2011 10:18 PM

                      I agree and although i only started posting here in the last couple of years I have been lurking here since this was very much Jim Leff's personal website, back in the 90's. I spend most of my time here these days in Home Cooking and Cookware ( and sometime in Outer Boroughs) and since you're asking, while it wasn't a big thread, my favorite was one I started about using a kitchen torch to roast peppers - because so many people jumped in to help me.

                      1. re: HillJ
                        lilgi Jan 1, 2012 07:06 AM

                        Thanks HillJ! Looking forward to plowing through a little more during the summer.

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                          HillJ Jan 1, 2012 07:45 AM

                          Looking forward to it, lilgi! Always a pleasure to learn from you.

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                        calliope_nh Dec 31, 2011 08:32 PM

                        Before I opened this post to look my two favorites came to mind. Hot dog water still gives me the giggles, they start sort of serious (maybe?) and get wilder from there.

                        What do you do with hot dog water? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787437

                        Chowhound clichés http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814372

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                        1. re: calliope_nh
                          ratgirlagogo Dec 31, 2011 10:23 PM

                          Actually those two and Leff's thread about the oatmeal cookies would be my top three - but number four would be the dog one, because it caused so much uproar.

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                            HillJ Jan 1, 2012 05:45 AM

                            Incredible Cookies from Lousy Ingredients and Pedestrian Recipe

                            Not sure why but the link above doesn't lead to this thread, so here it is.

                          2. re: calliope_nh
                            linguafood Jan 1, 2012 11:52 AM

                            LOVED the chowhound cliché thread. Poking some lIght-hearted fun at ourselves and others.

                            And it never got nasty, which is astonishing, given how incredibly bitchy threads can get over the simplest freaking things.

                            1. re: linguafood
                              Terrie H. Jan 2, 2012 07:16 PM

                              I loved the cliche thread and the Funniest thing a server said thread gave me plenty of giggles.


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                                buttertart Jan 3, 2012 04:52 PM

                                Those were both a lot of fun.

                          3. pikawicca Dec 31, 2011 06:56 PM

                            Was the "Someone brought unwanted ribs to my cookout" this year, or last? In any event, that one's a classic.

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                              Gio Jan 1, 2012 08:22 AM

                              Ah... The Rib Man as he will forever be known. That was a classic of a few years ago. What a hoot..

                            2. rworange Dec 31, 2011 04:56 PM

                              If you don't subscribe to the free Chow Digest (also at the tab on the top of the page) these were some top 10 threads chosen

                              General Topics Digest: 2011 Top 10


                              Home Cooking Digest: 2011 Top 10


                              Boston Digest: 2011 Top 10


                              Los Angeles Digest: 2011 Top 10


                              New York Digest: 2011 Top 10


                              San Francisco Bay Area Digest: 2011 Top 10


                              Unfortunately when thinking of memorable posts, the negative ones popped to mind first. What I like to call the moderator hostage post being the most memorable and shameful as far as i was concerned. If there was any saving grace in that one it was that maybe the rules, no matter how obscure to some should not be easily tossed aside.

                              On the positive side, this was my favorite post

                              Incredible Cookies from Lousy Ingredients and Pedestrian Recipe


                              Not surprisingly it sumerized everything that was good about the site.

                              It didn't need obscene or eye candy shock headlines. It didn't make fun of people like the poor or fat thinly disguised as something more than that. It wasn't about food celebrities or the hot new food trend. It didn't need or expect back pats from people saying how appreciated they were. It wasn't chatty.

                              It was simply an interesting, informative and fun discussion of food. The kind of post that drew me to this site and in the past had me glued to the screen.

                              It didn't need bells and whistles. I guess you could say it was like its subject ... magic ... that elusive quality that looks at the ordinary and makes you think about what makes greatness.

                              The saddest thing to me is that this year some suprising people seem to have lost sight about the site.

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                              1. re: rworange
                                cowboyardee Dec 31, 2011 06:49 PM

                                "On the positive side, this was my favorite post

                                Incredible Cookies from Lousy Ingredients and Pedestrian Recipe"


                                That was a really cool thread. Even though I didn't contribute, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

                                Curiousity compels me, so I must ask... what was the moderator hostage post?

                                1. re: cowboyardee
                                  rworange Dec 31, 2011 07:05 PM

                                  It would just give that poster another opening. I'll just let a few people think it is them without confirming and starting things up again.

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                                    pikawicca Dec 31, 2011 07:10 PM

                                    Then why mention it in the first place?

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                                      kaleokahu Jan 9, 2012 05:31 PM

                                      Hi, rworagnge:

                                      I for one think that no mention of that thread should be allowed, ever.



                                  2. re: cowboyardee
                                    donovt Jan 9, 2012 06:13 PM

                                    Otherwise known as the whitey thread.

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                                      rworange Jan 9, 2012 06:34 PM

                                      Well, that is just your opinion.

                                      Like I said, some people will think it is them or one thread or another. I don't choose to dredge up the ugly, only the good.

                                      That may be your pick in that category, but it is not necessarily mine.

                                      I was just sad that a number of negative threads were the first ones that came to my mind.

                                      1. re: rworange
                                        donovt Jan 9, 2012 07:20 PM

                                        Wow, I can't think if anything else that would be a moderator hostage thread. Gonna have to think about it.

                                        You referenced some really great threads, got some good reading done looking those over.

                                        1. re: donovt
                                          rworange Jan 9, 2012 07:45 PM

                                          Not refering to the poster of the thread i was thinking of, but i'll just leave anyone who thinks they were the bad ass of the year let's sing 'you're so vain, i bet you think this post is about you ... dontcha, dontcha.

                                          New Years res ... make a joyful noise for the good threads and ignore the rest.

                                        2. re: rworange
                                          chowser Jan 10, 2012 04:39 AM

                                          "I was just sad that a number of negative threads were the first ones that came to my mind."

                                          Were you sad because you attribute that to there being a number of negative threads or sad that your mind went to negatives first? It seems to me that most threads are very positive and helpful, especially on Home Cooking and on my local board. I actually can't remember negative threads on my local board, maybe a few little spats but few and far between.

                                  3. DuchessNukem Dec 29, 2011 02:48 PM

                                    Ah, freia, it'll show up in the "latest posts" area at least.

                                    I enjoyed the "Chicken Stock "Etiquette" Question" thread:
                                    Always interesting to see what lines folks will, or will not, cross.

                                    Any "I left this out all night" thread. Polarizing but always amusing. When I go to Vegas, I like to watch other people gamble also.

                                    Anything about dehydrating. I should have a bumper sticker that says "ASK ME ABOUT MY DEHYDRATOR".

                                    And my fave CH thread ever (from 2002!) but updated this year, "Absolute Best Risotto You Will EVER Eat":
                                    Seriously. Will make milk shoot out of your nose, even if you're lactose-intolerant.

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                                    1. re: DuchessNukem
                                      freia Dec 29, 2011 03:31 PM

                                      Love the thread...OMG too funny and too good and too representative of a segment of CH'ers (not meant negatively, just as a statement)....thanks!

                                      1. re: DuchessNukem
                                        kattyeyes Dec 29, 2011 04:26 PM

                                        <<When I go to Vegas, I like to watch other people gamble also.>> HA HA HA!

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                                        freia Dec 29, 2011 02:18 PM

                                        Not sure why this was moved to Site Talk, because it really isn't to discuss the pros/cons of the site, but like the first response, to let us give a shout out to those posters or threads that were of interest or from which we learned in the past year.
                                        Not at ALL about the site per se.
                                        Oh well, RIP this thread because putting it here certainly isn't going to get the responses that were intended by putting it in the Not About Food area. Chowhounds usually only visit this section of the board when there is a site/computer coding issue, not to talk about food related threads.

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                                          freia Dec 29, 2011 12:55 PM

                                          Love these!

                                          1. kattyeyes Dec 29, 2011 12:47 PM

                                            Because I learned about something WAY beyond the original intent of the thread and eventually got my own pot moose out of the deal:

                                            Not only because it's cool Chef's is now closer to home, but it's also always fun to have some fun with my local board buddies:

                                            From a learning perspective, I finally bought both almond paste AND bitter almond because of this thread! And I made some kickass almond horns, at the risk of blowing my own (horn)!
                                            Still need to make the almond clouds when I'm not surrounded by so much sweetness. :)

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