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SF Dish of the Month (May 2013) - Voting

Here are the candidates for SF Dish of the Month May 2013.

Everyone is welcome to vote once by pressing the recommend button for the dish you'd like to choose. You can vote even if you didn't participate in the voting round, but make sure you only recommend one choice (you can change your mind up until the deadline).

I narrowed the nominations down to the following based on what seemed most popular....but if there's something else you'd like to be on the ballot, you can write it in, and then others can vote using the recommend button. If you write something in, that will be considered your one vote.

Voting will be open until April 30th at 6 PM PST

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  1. KHAO SOI

    1. BREAKFAST SANDWICH

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      1. re: Dave MP

        Looks like Breakfast Sandwich didn't get the top number of votes, but coincidentally, here's a post in SF weekly on top 5 sandwiches:

        http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-05-01/re...

      2. HUMMUS

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        1. re: Dave MP

          And here's WSJ's piece, "Hummus Is Conquering America" for your next run.
          http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

        2. BABA GHANOUSH

          1. JAPANESE PICKLES

            1. BANH XEO

              1. CHAWANMUSHI

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                1. re: Dave MP

                  woops, it looks like someone got excited by two awesome dishes and double voted for chawanmushi and Japanese pickles! You can unvote by clicking the "recommend" button again for the item you want to de-select.

                  1. re: hyperbowler

                    Yep, remember it's just one vote per person (though like hyperbowler says, you can recommend and unrecommend to change your vote). If you vote for more than one dish, your votes will not be counted.

                    Dave MP

                    1. re: hyperbowler

                      I also got excited and tried to vote for two dishes! I unRecomended my other vote and I wholly commit to eating chawanmushi in May and reporting back.

                  2. An observation about past months' DOTM is that the people who vote for an item rarely end up trying the dish during the month. For example, this past month about 10 people cast the majority of votes for won ton noodle soup, yet only two of them have taken part in the project. What's going on with this? Some how it doesn't seem fair that they can outvote those who would actually participate. Wouldn't want to exclude anyone a priori, but maybe those who cast votes should be willing to help the quest if their dish is selected.

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                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      What if in order to have your vote counted, you needed to try the dish and post your review of it? I'm not actually recommending this since it would reduce participation, but it might be interesting to see how that would work. Could be done at the nomination level also.

                      1. re: charliemyboy

                        Novel idea, Charlie, but as you say, it would reduce participation. Also, I'd like voting to be less cumbersome, not more. Or even done away with all together. On the Cheese Board, the majority voted against using voting (wrap your head around that), and developed a different process for picking cheese of the month.
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894473
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894471

                        My suggestion would be to change the blurb that starts off the voting threads to the effect that everyone is welcome to vote on the dish that he/she will take part in exploring/eating during the month. Otherwise it seems like vote for something you'd like to read about, rather than get out and make a contribution.

                        The idea is not to be a passive bystander or rehash old finds, but to make some new discoveries and build collective intelligence when each of us takes one for the team.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          What are others' thoughts?

                          I agree with Melanie's comments about changing the blurb. I'd like to add that, yes, despite the best of intentions, things do come up and not everyone can try a dish during the month in which they voted for it. If that's the case, the threads stay open--- please post your comments when you do have a chance to try that DOTM. Blocking things in a month optimizes community participation, but the threads don't become obsolete on days 29-32.

                          One other suggestion would be to group comments about tips from our prior collective knowledge under a single thread at the top. For example, April's DOTM was full of a generous amount of useful background information. Keeping that as a single thread could maximize its exposure, and at the same time allow us to focus on the new experiences in the rest of the thread. The originator of the thread can start off the thread with a post saying something like, "Please reply to this post if you would like to add background information. Make a new post once you try a new dish around town."

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            Melanie, I appreciate your wish for more involvement.

                            But I'd advocate keeping things more relaxed and relatively un-monitored--long on fun and shy on obligation.

                            One of the things I appreciate about Chowhound is its diversity--and arguably one dimension of that is those who post a lot, those who weigh in occasionally, and those who happily log on to read what others have to say but don't post themselves.

                            We have several people on this Board, who, like bajajohn, don't live in San Francisco but visit periodically and might vote for a DOTM, with the idea of checking it out when next in town.

                            I could see a local voting for a DOTM but not posting about it because she knew little about it and was eager to learn from others who knew more or ate out more regularly.

                            There could be the DOTM voter who loved a dish, but was hammered by the demands of "real life" that month.

                            Or the voter who's new to the Board or just a bit shy, ready to click the "Recommend" button but not to do a full post (I "lurked" for a while before feeling confident enough to add my voice to those who speak with a mantle of authority, to brave debates that can flare with friendly contention!)

                            So my "vote" is not to introduce more structure, but keep things just as they are.

                            1. re: sundeck sue

                              I'm all for not adding more structure as well. The irony of the Cheese Mice voting to do away with voting wasn't lost on me.

                              I'd like to be sure that those who nominate and lose the vote every month don't keep getting discouraged and dropping out because they see that they're outnumbered. Asking everyone to show some self-discipline when they vote could help with that and doesn't impose any additional structure.

                        2. re: Melanie Wong

                          Fully intended to get out and eat wonton noodles last month, but my daughter's nap schedule is super incompatible with getting out to the Richmond and Sunset districts right at lunchtime. Didn't mean to be a deadbeat. :(

                          1. re: possumspice

                            Not a deadbeat! :)

                            Sure, life gets in the way, as noted here,
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8595...

                        3. I voted last month for Won Ton soup because I really like that soup. I live in the Sacramento area and have read the responces. Next time I am in San Francisco I plan on trying some of the resturants. I will write a review then. John

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                          1. re: bajajohn

                            John, that kind of follow-up would be great. I appreciate your explanation. Looking at the voting thread for April's choice though, I don't see your vote unless you used a different alias then.
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896278