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Jun 12, 2013 08:28 AM

SD Dish of the Month

So.... do we attempt to resurrect this dismal failure?

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  1. My viewpoint: I think it failed because some voted upon items were specific (chile relleno) rather than general (soup).

    Items that can be found in multiple ethnicities or preparations (strawberries can be found in salads, different desserts or a house made breakfast jam or sauce) would probably have more people able/willing to participate, as would items that could be varied in preparation and enjoyed by carnivores or vegetarians.
    In December, Honkman said an 'ingredient of the month' may work better and I agree.

    In summary: I think we need some sort of rules for the nomination process. After that, there should be no rules about posting on the decided upon item. (I recall that chile relleno burritos were 'not allowed', and we were to post only plated chile relleno)

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    1. re: Cathy

      I think that this is also a group that much prefers to talk than to act...and lest anyone wish to point it out, I am as guilty of this as every other poster.

      If you take a quick look through most of our threads, they aren't devoted to the food we've actually eaten at restaurants, and we rarely even post very much about the places or meals that we have eaten. We spend most of our time dissecting each others comments and aren't focusing on the food.

      For example...Fish Public, or Public Fish, or whatever the heck the name is of the new incarnation of the Ken Grill just opened. Anyone go? How was it? What's the menu like? Is it the same old, same old retreads? Are they focusing on local and/or sustainable fish and seafood choices? Between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, we've got some interesting options and habitats, are they going down that road, or something different. I'd much rather see a discussion of that than rehashing yet again the merits (or lack thereof) of the Gaslamp or SD dining scene in general.

      I think Dish of the Month failed for lack of interest in actually *doing* anything about it other than talking. It's easy to sit at a computer screen and post comments all day, but it takes some energy, action and engagement to actually go and seek out the dish of the month.

      You've heard of arm chair quarterbacks? This topic had a lot of armchair diners but no players.

      1. re: DiningDiva


        I hate chili rellenos and made the effort to try some, photograph some and report back.

        Please edit and add < (except for Fake Name) > on all those attacks.

        I'm offended. Offended, I tell you!

        EDIT : < (except for Mr. Fake Name) >

        1. re: Fake Name

          Yes, you did make an effort. You were one of the few and that thought did cross my mind as I was typing my missive this morning. So consider it edited to say except for Mr. FN

          And for the record, I think I saw chile relleno was a bad idea too...but maybe that was after the fact.

          There are a TON (a ton I tell you) of lurkers out there that need to speak up and join in.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I don't think Chile relleno was a bad idea at all..it was voted on and it got people like our beloved Fakey, to make a valiant effort to try them and confirm what he had known before this started..he still dislikes them but we applaud him for making the huge effort!

          2. re: Fake Name

            I did reviews on CR and soup, but I admit I completely failed on pie. (And I love pie).

            1. re: Dagney

              We all failed on pie. I love it too, in fact my prefered birthday cake is a lemon merigune pie :-)

              Frankly, I was surprised the both pie and Carne Asada Burrito didn't fly. I mean, come on, the CAB is a San Diego institution, people have cravings for them. But as the Dish of the Month is landed pretty flat :-(

        1. Sledge...did I miss your Chile relleno pics and reviews?

          Kettle meet Pot Stirrer

          1. Just to add my two cents:

            I was really impressed with the SD Dish of the Month, because it was the only one I didn't directly help start. It was completely started by members of the San Diego Chowhound community, and completely community managed. So, I definitely hope it can continue, because I think it's a great project to bring the community together.

            Ultimately though, I think DiningDiva makes a valid point about Dish of the Month really being about eating, not just talking.

            The fun in participating is that I'll have an assignment in my mind (it's Breakfast Sandwich this month in SF), so in the spirit of a Chowhound adventure, I go out of my way to try breakfast sandwiches, where otherwise I might not. It's like an excuse to try a new food, which is something I love doing anyway.

            You don't need many participants to make Dish of the Month work. It's essentially just a conglomeration of current reports on the same food. So, even a thread that includes current reports on 2 different udon places is a mini-DOTM, and a single user could put this together herself. But when you know there's someone else out there who is also sampling lots of udon, the project becomes more fun!

            Anyway, I'd love to see the SD Dish of the Month continue, but it will definitely require some serious eaters. If there's anything I can do to help, let me know, but I think the strong San Diego CH community will be able to keep things afloat if they want! It only takes a few hungry people.

            Dave MP

            1. Alright, I've read the chatter, so let's make this process simple. Step 1; A 'yes' or 'no' vote to try the SD Dish of the Month again. No other comments please.

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