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Apr 10, 2012 10:25 PM

Los Angeles "Digest" Editor

Is Thi Nguyen on vacation?

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  1. What did the digest not come out today?

    Hmm ?

    No clue. Maybe the other hounds will chime in shortly.

    1. Not sure when this went up, but it looks as if Sarah Perry (Gen Topics) filled in this week ... Maybe Thi's on a juice fast, or just ate something that disagreed with him :)

      1. My digestive system is perfectly fine, darlins'. I'm charmed anybody noticed.

        I asked Sarah to fill in for me for a few weeks. Due to the collisions of various schedules and the difficulties of teaching at multiple institutions and a curious overlap between the quarter and semester system, I seem to be teaching 6 courses right now.

        On the other hand, during a lecture on the consequences of disagreement in my aesthetics course, I did fire up the computer projector and project a particularly nasty thread from Chowhound on the board and asked my students to analyze it.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Thi N.

          Oh. Which Chowhound thread did you show to your aesthetics class?

          1. re: Thi N.

            Hi Thi, thanks for checking in!

            I'll confess to not being a regular reader of the LA edition as my visits are few and far between, and who needs the pain of drooling over the unobtainable. But I'll be passing through in the near future, and last night I started getting in a LA state of mind by scanning the most recent Digest entries off the LA roll. As you know, that view does not display the author. A few went by and it quickly dawned on me, "this is not Thi's lede, this is not Thi's voice". And sure enough, when I opened up those posts, not written by you.

            After posting this query, googling turned up your seminar held last saturday. My other "aha' moment, I hadn't kept track of your graduation and transition to teaching. A few years late, I'm sure, but congratulations. Pleased to hear that our community can illuminate your classroom. You have certainly lit up our chow lives for many years with your observations.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Hey Thi,

              I'm in San Francisco and was surfing CH for ideas on where to eat when I came across this post. It brought back lots of memories about my "hyperactive days" on the L.A. board in the early days of CH, and also memories of how much I enjoyed and appreciated your contributions to that board. I'm now inspired to check out the L.A. digest from time to time. Anyway, I just thought i'd pass along a "howdy" to you. I'm living in Seattle now, and am a sometime, but pretty infrequent, poster on CH -- certainly infrequent when compared to my prodigious output on the L.A. board.

          2. Has there been a changing of the guard?

            15 Replies
              1. re: kevin

                Nothing dramatic. Yesterday's's twitter feed said,
                "People in LA! Follow Chelsee Lowe, our new local editor . . ."

                Checking the blogs, I find that she's been filing since Sept 4 and as recently as today.

                And searching for Thi's pieces turns up his last filing was Sept 15. Also that he has churned out a remarkable 2,059 stories since 2006 (and there were more before that).

                So, naturally I wondered if they are working in tandem or what the set up is. After that announcement on twitter, I thought something would actually be said about this here on the site.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I wonder if things have changed "professionally" for Thi since the LA Crimes added J. Gold to their restaurant reviewer rolls? It's always hard when the new guy shows up lugging his Pullet Surprise and plops it on to the corner of his desk in the bullpen...

                2. re: kevin

                  Hi everyone,

                  Like Melanie says, it's nothing dramatic. Thi has decided to move on (since he has actually moved away from LA, and has also started a new job). As Melanie notes, he's done some amazing work over the past several years, and we're sorry to see him go.

                  Chelsee Lowe is taking over the reigns, and is doing a great job so far! So we're very excited to have her on board.

                  On a related topic, I am no longer going to be writing the Boston Digest/Best of Chowhound, since we are no longer doing regular stories about Boston. For more info about this, see here:

                  Thanks everyone for reading!

                  Dave MP

                  1. re: Dave MP

                    Hi guys, nice to "meet" you.

                    As Dave MP said, I'm taking over for Thi and am excited to join the LA Chowhound board and team. I've lived in LA for 12 years, love it here, and especially love to talk about where and what people are eating around town. Can't wait to see what recs you all have in the coming months, and I'll share any new finds I stumble upon on twitter. Feel free to follow!


                    1. re: CLowe

                      Am I Reading This Correctly? The new LA Digest editor will be posting “any new finds I stumble upon on twitter”? So we should follow her on Twitter and not on Chowhound? Am I missing something here.

                      1. re: JoanN

                        I'll be participating on the Chow boards, writing for the BOC digest, and yes, occasionally tweeting about food finds on twitter. Most likely the tweets will be focused on places you all suggest on the boards! I've been here awhile but there are always new spots to try and gems I seem to have missed.

                        Happy eating,

                      2. re: CLowe

                        Welcome aboard, Chels.

                        You may not be aware that there is a "follow" function here on Chowhound/ If you click on your name or up in the upper right corner "view profile", you'll land on your profile page and you can see who is following you here.

                        It's great to tweet to alert folks to interesting threads and to attract casual readers. But the heart of Chowhound food discussion happens on the message boards where members of the community can dig in and get some back and forth going about new finds. I hope that you will be adding to the discussion here, asking good questions, etc., and not siphoning it off to another media.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          "It's great to tweet to alert folks to interesting threads and to attract casual readers."
                          Agreed. That's pretty much all I'll be doing on twitter, no worries. Apologies if my comments above caused confusion. My job is to know the Chow boards well, so that's my main aim.

                          Thanks for the welcome! And yes, am planning to participate as much as possible on the boards. I've already tried some great dishes the past few weeks based on hound recommendations; I'll do my best to bring some great ideas to the table, too. :)

                      3. re: Dave MP

                        Do you guys get paid for writing on the Digest/Best of Chowhound ?


                        I'd love to write for the LA version.

                        1. re: Dave MP

                          Never met Thi in person but our online interaction goes back to 2001 or thereabouts. All the best to him in his chosen profession.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            Such is the strangeness of online interactions, especially long-standing ones like Chowhound fosters. People who you've "known" and trusted (in the culinary sense) for years (and for nearly a decade, in the case of Thi) simply vanish into the ether. I know it's none of my business really, since Thi was a stranger to me. But it feels strange nonetheless.

                            I'm still wondering what happened to ExileKiss, who was a prolific poster (and blogger) before completely vanishing from the LA food scene.

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              Some of us, like me for instance, move. I'm now living in Seattle. Another reason may be dwindling interest, given the huge number of food websites and posters and the crowded blogisphere, Unless you think you have something truly unique or new to contribute, why add just another voice to such a huge chorus. I think this is probably why I don't post nearly as prolifically on the Seatlle Board (and occasionally on other boards for places I've recently visited) as I used to in the heyday of my posting on the LA Board in the late 1990s and early 2000s..

                              1. re: Tom Armitage

                                I think I might have remembered you from your postings in your heyday. If I'm not mistaken, you along with a couple others tipped me of to Shibucho, the old one, in the old Yaohan plaza, if I'm not mistaken. My apologies if I'm mistaken. It does feel like there are still some frequent posters from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

                                As for me, I guess I'm stubborn in my ways and continue to use and post on on chowhound despite a myriad of other options, and I'm quite cantakerous and set in my ways.

                                I loved those old threads on one page, very low tech and yet refreshingly awesome at the time.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  You've got a great memory. Yes, I posted a lot on the subject of sushi, and specifically Shibucho in its Yaohan Plaza days and its master itamae, Shibutani-san. At one point in the early 2000s, out of curiosity, I counted the number of my posts on Chowhound, and it was well over 2,000. Although I miss those early days of Chowhound and the small number of very knowledgeable posters it attracted (including Jonathan Gold), I still regard Chowhound as the best of the bulletin-board style food websites, and when I do decide to post, Chowhound is still my option of choice.