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Jan 22, 2013 04:09 PM

Los Angeles Dish of the Month (Feb 2013) - Nominations

It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for Los Angeles for February 2013

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the LA area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions!

This is the nomination thread for February 2013…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on January 28), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until January 28th.

LA Chowhound ipsedixit has volunteered to take on the coordinator role for Dish of the Month. So, be on the lookout for his posts about the voting and reporting here forward.

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussion for LA:

Pork Chop:
BBQ Brisket:
Roast Chicken:

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  1. How about something that isn't meat!?!

    Some ideas:





        1. FARRO
          SHORT RIBS

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          1. Hope Ipse lays down the law and bans votes from those who voted the month before yet didn't participate :)

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            1. re: Porthos

              Seriously?! Why, so only the four or five of you can participate? Don't you guys have your own little Totoraku club anyway? What's the point of not letting the rest of the community participate?

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                Snap! And to think, I've been asking everyone I know to get the Totoraku invite and there were cardholders lurking here all along...

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives


                  The point is to get people to actually participate and not just talk about dishes they've had before.

                  As in actually go out and try dish of the month that month.

                  Why vote if you're not going to go and make the effort to try it? Especially if your dish actually ends up being dish of the month?

                  1. re: Porthos

                    I understand the point of the thread. I have participated before. I don't believe my nominations have made it to be dish of the month. Ether way, that wouldn't prevent me from attempting to try.

                    But how do you know whether I will make the effort or not?! Do you know more about my schedule than I do?? There are some of us with young kids we're raising, and busy school & volunteer schedules, and we don't dine out on an expense account. Whether or not we are able to get out and try a particular dish, one of which may even be something we don't eat regularly, is not what the thread is about, and it seems rather presumptive & arrogant on your part to stipulate that those of us who may not make it out that month should not be allowed to participate.

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      Hi Dirtywextraolives,

                      I think Porthos was only joking, but as you can see in my response below, any effort to participate will be greatly appreciated. Even if you only post one Dish of the Month review over an entire year, that's still a great contribution.

                      And to any people reading this who don't regularly post, I encourage you to nominate some dishes, take part in the voting, and start reporting back and what you eat during the month of February. It can be really fun to have a month-long eating project like this....I know I've been enjoying it in San Francisco.

                      Dave MP

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        The reality is that only 2-4 people actually participate and the other 4-5 just make absolute statements about past experiences: "X has the best Y ever!" That's no different than all the other threads out there.

                        Forgive me for my "tough love" approach in an attempt to get more active participation on what has been pretty dismal attendance the past few months. It's a cool concept. I wish more people would be active and not just be content with throwing out interesting dishes. Not sure why SF can get out and eat but we can't. Maybe we're all just so much busier with work and volunteer activities here in LA than the hounds in SF...

                        1. re: Porthos

                          Maybe you should give it some more time to build up to a participation level you find acceptable. But to outright start assuming who should be able to participate and who shouldn't is arrogant and discriminatory - hardly a tolerant attitude at all.

                          And posters should know that they can revisit the thread and post a comment or discovery even after that month is over, to inform other readers as to what they found about that specific dish. It is ultimately meant to serve as a resource for those who want to search for a stellar version of a particular dish or food.

                  2. re: Porthos

                    I think you were only joking here, Porthos, but please make sure you're not telling people how to post. Nobody is going to be banned from voting! :)

                    It can be frustrating to feel like you're one of few people participating in a project like Dish of the Month, but sometimes it takes time to build up participation, and to find the right dishes that attract that participation. In the meantime, I hope everyone participating can lead by positive example. Porthos, you've been doing a great job with this, so keep it up!

                    1. re: Dave MP

                      The smiley face was supposed to signify joke. Maybe I should have done a larger winky face. My bad :)

                      Maybe the mods can look into adding emoticons? There are a few boards out there with graphic and moving gif emoticons that make posting more fun and clear. Especially with the tongue in cheek stuff.