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Feb 12, 2013 08:24 AM

Where is everyone?

Just curious, have noticed the number of people on prairie provinces has dropped significantly :(

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    1. re: anonymoose

      Maybe there is just nothing exciting on the food front to talk about?

      1. re: cleopatra999

        I just thought of something we could discuss but it might get moved to another board... lemme give it a shot.

        1. re: anonymoose

          I am as guilty as others because I don't live there anymore. but I still try to check in every week or so, and have been surprised by the lack of activity.

          1. re: cleopatra999

            +1, I still lurk to see what's going on in Calgary but I've also moved away.

      2. re: anonymoose


        I have also noticed the decline. I used to check this page daily, as there were always interesting threads that were active. I find there has been a steady decline in activity which in turn has made my board activity decline. Vicious circle...

        1. re: aasg

          Also still here. I would agree with the vicious circle. I've also participated in threads that have been deleted by the mods, which doesn't exactly inspire more interaction.

      3. Perhaps everyone is recovering from all the 2012 Holiday parties and food.

        Carnival on the other hand just started in Brasil, so not everyone is recovering. Not this one, anyway.

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        1. re: SWISSAIRE

          I actually noticed it last summer, I figured it was just the summer drop off, but it never came back and has been steadily dropping since.

        2. I completely agree cleopatra999. Postings here seem to be few and far between. Has everyone gone over to Urbanspoon? I preferred Chowhound as it is more conversational and spontaneous; I've happily tried many new restaurants as a result. The search function seems to be manifesting problems; I was trying to look up Naina's in Ogden (and others) but no results would come up. I'll do my part and post!

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          1. re: nutellaluvr

            be sure to change the date range when you search, I believe the default is the last 12 months.

            1. re: cleopatra999

              I thought the same thing, but if you search for "Naina's" in the field above incl the past 12 months (or 5 years), all that comes up is THIS thread. If however you use Google, a Chowhound thread comes up where entries are made citing Naina's on Jan 11, 2013 ( Admittedly, the OP is from 2008, but there are several posts from Jan 2013 within. From my perspective, this isn't helping CH.

              1. re: nutellaluvr

                That is strange, might be worth mentioning to the site admin?

          2. Nothing much happening food wise is all, it seems.

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            1. re: Shazam

              I run into new food "things" here every week it seems, but have cut down on posting because the site seems to be unloved lately.

              So, here are a couple (ok three) more things that are new to me recently: Firstly, at the Italian Store in the NE, they now have guanciale for cooks who want to make a few traditional Italian recipes like Bucantini all’Amatriciana, or a real Carbonara. Maybe I'll stop making my own guanciale - but probably not. Secondly, and again at the Italian Store, they have Fregola Sarda, tiny toasted pasta balls, great for soups, stuffed quail, and more. Go there and buy some, I talked them into buying it and it probably isn't a great seller, but it should be. So go buy some. Thirdly, while you are in the area, go buy some fresh cheese at White Gold Cheese Factory,1319-45 Ave NE. Among other cheeses, they make a fantastic fresh ricotta, and a fresh mozarella. And they are nice people to boot!

              1. re: Scary Bill

                We're always reading (or at least I am :), anything anybody posts here is greatly appreciated!

                Also the constant site changes sorta turn me off from coming here more regularly.

                1. re: Scary Bill

                  Thanks for letting us know about the guanciale. I've wanted to give it a try but hadn't come across it in Calgary. Never heard of Fregola Sarda but will check them out when I'm there.

                  I'm a frequent lurker, sometimes poster.

                  Noticed this today

                  I love watching Top Chef so it's great to see that there will be 3 people from Calgary to cheer on.

                  1. re: Beachy1

                    OMG Scary Bill, I am so MAD that you did not tell me about the guanciale earlier!!!! ;)

                    I cannot wait to get back to Calgary to get some!!!

                    1. re: cleopatra999

                      Cleo, just saw it last Saturday for the first time, honest! Also, the store has been reno'd a bit, especially the cafeteria area which has a larger pastry counter, including sfogliatelle from Italy, which they sold out of when I turned around for 30 seconds! They seem to have brought in a fair number of other new products as well, including Italian Mortadella (the kind with little flecks of pig neck fat - if you like that kind of thing). It is worth a stroll around the store.

                      1. re: cleopatra999

                        Acme Meats in #yeg is now selling guanciale !

                2. I have been a steady lurker over the past few years with the occasional post. I have definitely seen the quality and quantity of posts decrease over the last year. I still check this site out every day for new restaurant and random ingredient news. To all the regulars... keep posting... keep the conversation flowing... there are probably a lot more lurkers like me than posters.