LA Dish of the Month (June 2013) - Voting
Here are the candidates for LA Dish of the Month for June 2013.
I narrowed the nominations down to the following:
PANCAKES (including WAFFLES)
Here's a link to the nomination thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902860
Everyone is welcome to vote once by writing your choice in ALL CAPS. If your vote is not submitted in ALL CAPS it will not be tabulated.
You can vote even if you didn't participate in the nomination round.
Voting will be open until 11:59 PDT on May 31th.
Thanks again for everyone's participation. Looking forward to the results.
Seems to me that shellfish, in forms of crustacean, mollusks & gastropods got more votes than Cephalopods......
A5KOBE - shrimp
DWEO - shellfish + lobster rolls
PeterCC - gastropods, mollusks + crustaceans + raw bar
Bula - invertebrates of the sea
Bula - squid
MissBubbles - squid
PeterCC - squid
Am I mistaken?
Thanks for having our back Dweo! Shellfish lovers unite! :-)
I would love for squid to be expanded, if not to other non-fish seafood, at least to other cephalopods. Octopus is quite hot these days and would love to get people's take on that too.
Official Vote: SQUID with hope for expansion.
The problem with shellfish is that it was not nominated as one such unitary category -- instead the nominees were dispersed into the different types of shellfish, as you aptly noted.
It would be like if there were different nominations for Chocolate Cake, Mooncakes, Ice Cream Cake, Pound Cake, and Cheesecake and the voting category was unitized as "Cake" which I don't think really captures the spirit of the nominations.
For example, in this case, would a voting slot for shellfish really capture the spirit of "raw bar" or "lobster rolls" per the nominations?
It's a fine line in deciding whether to aggregate the different species into a genus, and I think sometimes it's ok to do it esp. if the nominations steer that way, but in this case I just don't think shellfish really captured the quiddity of the various "species-specific" nominations -- at least not enough to aggregate into a unitary categoary.
And, no, your query was not being ignored. Been traveling and this is the first that I've checked the thread. You're much too important in my life to ignore.
Okay, I'll make one last plea for a minor expansion of squid to encompass all cephalopods. I just looked at the nom thread, and "strawberries" was nominated twice, by bulavinkaka and Dirtywextraolives, and was selected, but "cephalopods" (the actual word) was nominated three times, by bulavinaka and MissBubbles (both together with "squid"), and by me (without explicitly nominating squid), but was not selected. So squid actually got one less nom than cephalopods...
I want to get this clarified before voting closes since as of right now squid is actually winning, surprisingly.
Edit: Oops, with Maudie5's vote, pancakes and squid are tied. If pancakes win, I'm gonna find some ika okonomiyaki or haemul pajeon to kill two birds with one stone. :-)
I think cephalopods is too broad a category, which is why I think squid is a good compromise between those who voted for squid and those who wanted the entire Cephalopoda sub-class of Mollusks.
There is, I think, a bit too much diversity from a culinary point of view between, for example, squids and octopus (and esp. cuttlefish).
I would personally not include octopus and squid as shellfish. I think of shellfish as having exoskeletons, and so would encompass probably all crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, etc.) and some mollusks like bivalves (clams, mussels, etc.) and gastropods (snails, conch, etc.). Cephalopods (squid, octopus, etc.) are mollusks, but they do not have exoskeletons.