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How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

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I mean, what year did you get your start on here ?

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  1. My first recorded post is from mid-'06.
    Probably I was lurking for a few months before that.

      1. Oct 13, 2000 was my first post on the Manhattan board.

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        1. re: Porthos

          Wow, 2000.

          So far we have a winner.

            1. re: PeterCC

              Shoot. I believe since either '98 or '99

              i think '98 though.

              1. re: kevin

                I thought it was something like that. So you're the winner so far... ;-)

                1. re: PeterCC

                  well, i asked the question. so i guess i wouldn't be able to include myself as part of the query ?

        2. A lowly year and a few months, though I had always checked CH for years when looking for food recommendations...

          1. only 1 year

            though i've been lurking on n off for a few years because of google searches

            1. December 31, 2008, and like Liu, I lurked for awhile before I posted.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Maybe a day or two to read your posts on 308 pages since 2006....:)

                  2. reading & lurking since 2005 (back when it was an ugly but very useful list), only posting for the last year or so.....

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                      1. re: kevin

                        me too actually. even though i wasn't posting then---it felt like some sort of small secret club. i got so many great tips on places to try out and it was a great source of information---it still is, but has a different feel to the whole thing.

                        1. 2006. Wow, it doesn't seem like it's been that long.

                          1. Another attempt at data-mining. I must resist.

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                              1. re: Ernie

                                Me too; the current site shows my posts back as far as August 2001, but it occurs to me that that may have been the conversion from the old "looked like it was printed on a Mimeograph" board.

                                1. re: Ernie

                                  ....and I still have my purchased copy of Leff's guide to Tokyo, (2004?) stored on my computer, and used the "scavenger-hunt" like directions with my son to get to his favorite yakitori joint, "Boruga". Here's the intro:

                                  "B" JAPAN
                                  In eating around Tokyo, I frequently recalled Richard Pryor's description of traveling to Africa, where he was astonished that everyone was black. Not just the characters he associated with black culture in America, but every part of society. The black parts of town are black, and also the white parts.

                                  The opposite class issue struck me about the cuisine in Tokyo. In America, Japanese food has usually fallen into a narrow genre - refined, gracefully stylized items served in a tranquil and self-consciously "Japanesey" atmosphere. Such fare is found easily enough in Japan, but also so much more. There's lusty pub grub (spuds 'n bacon!), soulful family cooking (stews, fried pumpkin, homey omelettes), wry personal takes on myriad cuisines, trendy yuppie chow, snacky noshes, cookies...an entire gastronomic spectrum of such breadth that you'll feel as if you've had blinders removed. It's not all chic shiny bundles and "Zen-like" hushed minimalism. In Japan, to return to Richard Pryor's point, you can find plenty of what we think of as "Japanese food", but all the other food's Japanese, too.

                                2. 02 or 03? It was still the old clunky threaded interface

                                  1. I'm not sure how to find that info. I'd guess between 10 and 12 years.

                                    1. When did Chowhound begin recording each Hound's posts?

                                      To answer the OP here, I merely went to the date on my first post on this current Chowhound iteration, but I remember the days of Jim Leff as Ernie mentioned here. Perhaps I was Hounding before mid-'06 if the posts were not recorded on site until 2006. Does anyone know?

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                                      1. re: liu

                                        I found my first post on google. That's how I found the date of my first :-)

                                        1. re: liu

                                          I think most older posts were removed, and thus all of us veterans can go only go back to 2006, but I know I was posting way before that, as Jim would delete many a Carterism. I am guessing mine was around 2002 or 2003.

                                          1. re: carter

                                            Simple enough to find your first post, especially if you have always used the same handle. Go to the advanced search function and put in your user name and check the "all years" box. For instance I find what I'm sure was you, carter back in the day posting for the first time in 2001 at the very bottom of this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/48105

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              thanks ill do just that myself.

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                Thanks, Servorg! After you do this, hit "oldest first" and you will have your answer.

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  Thanks, Servorg! That was very helpful!

                                                  Now I am back to 2003!

                                                  Before that I was using a different online handle, but I can not remember what it was. So, now I know that I go back to at least '02 or '01 because I remember many of you Hounds who were posting at that time.

                                                  Nice post, kevin, because it really doesn't seem like we have been eating together for this many years!

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    Hmmm, I can't find the advanced search function!

                                                    1. re: whatsfordinner

                                                      Click first on "Search" and then "Advanced Search" should appear.

                                                      1. re: liu

                                                        Thanks, liu! My first post was in April 2007, but I lurked for a long time.

                                                  2. re: carter

                                                    i just posted saying my records go back to 06' but i swear it's been since 03' now i think about it. that was the yr i left my no good boyfriend in mid wilshire and moved to w. hollywood all by my lonesome. CH was my new replacement

                                                    1. re: trolley

                                                      it was your new replacement boyfriend ?


                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        yes, sad but true. came home from work and sat with chowhound or the TV for the first few months of being newly single. and even sadder now is that i'm "leaving" the LA board in a few weeks for snoozer of a board, Mountain States. I know I can't technically move boards but i'm moving out os state :..( sob! this is one of the best regional boards on CH.

                                                2. Summer of 2000. I was actually doing research on Los Angeles Chinatown and stumbled onto this site.

                                                  1. '02-ish, I think. Different handle though.

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                                                      1. 2004. Different handle.

                                                        1. 2003 and lurking for awhile before then

                                                          1. July 2006 for me (at least that's when the first post happened)

                                                              1. The search says my first post was August 29, 2002. (Kevin was in that thread too!) And I still have copies of email correspondence with Mr. Leff Himself from September of that year.

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                                                                  1. re: PayOrPlay

                                                                    I remember a guy from back in the day that intro'd me to some good sushi at the time, Tom Armitage, but I don't believe he postes here any longer.

                                                                    And I do remember russkar from the earlier days but it seems like he hasn't posted here in years.

                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                      Russ and I are still friends. We even had a foodie rendezvous in Hawaii, where he moved to about three years back. He is still a king chower, just in another locale.
                                                                      I think some of the over-zealous monitoring took a toll on him, as it did to me, so he posts elsewhere.

                                                                      1. re: john gonzales

                                                                        john gonzales, I am glad to hear that Russ is still around and still as much of a Hound as ever!

                                                                        He directed us to some good places. Please let him know that we remember him!

                                                                        1. re: john gonzales

                                                                          Any know what happened to Pepper? Outstanding poster. Knew both coasts high end and low end.

                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                            Pepper ?

                                                                            That sounds very familiar.

                                                                            But that must have been from the late 1990s to very very very 00s

                                                                            1. re: Porthos

                                                                              I recall prior Pepper searches. Just when he was thought to have gone, he'd reappear to assure us he was still at it.

                                                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                                                Does anyone know what happened to Diana? I used to get a kick out of her posts.

                                                                                1. re: whatsfordinner

                                                                                  Whats - I think she moved to Texas or somewhere in the midwest.

                                                                                2. re: Porthos

                                                                                  I'm Pepper. Or at least I was Pepper. Not around here much any more. Glad to be remembered - I think I did most of my posting from 1998-2002 or so.

                                                                                  1. re: condiment

                                                                                    From pepper to condiment. You're moving...up? in the world. :-)

                                                                              2. re: kevin

                                                                                Kevin, I remember both of them, too...great memory!

                                                                                Both "Tom" and "Russkar" were solid posters and I usually found their reviews to be in line with my tastes.

                                                                                I think you are correct; neither seems to be around here anymore.

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  He knew a lot about Thai food (Armitage, that is). Russkar, I'm pretty sure, decamped to Hawaii.

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                      But Poet Kitty and exile kiss have cleary disappeared..

                                                                                        1. re: liu

                                                                                          I love his (her?) blog. It was what first made me want to try higher quality sushi.

                                                                                          1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                            PeterCC, are you referring to "exile kiss?"
                                                                                            Is he/she currently blogging?
                                                                                            I vaguely remember, now that you have associated "exile kiss" with sushi. That is probably why I remember "exile kiss." I was always looking for the next, best, greatest sushi place!

                                                                                            1. re: liu

                                                                                              Yes, I was referring to exilekiss. Blog was last update 2.333... years ago (http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/) and last post on CH was two weeks after that (http://www.chow.com/profile/113442/ac...).

                                                                                              1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                What sushi bar did he or she introduce you to, Pete ?

                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                  It wasn't that s/he (anyone know exilekiss's gender so we don't have to keep he-or-she-ing?) introduced me to any specific bar, but more of the concepts of kaiseki and omakase. kevinEats gets co-credit for that too. From those two blogs I was exposed to Asanebo, Mori, Sasabune, Urasawa, Zo, etc.

                                                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                    Besides Mori, which of those have you been to ?

                                                                                                    You might be behind schedule. You can keep just going to the duo of Kiriko and Shunji.

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      Besides Mori, none of the others I mentioned above. No burning desire to go to Sasabune or Zo, though I would like to try each at least once. Very much want to try Asanebo (the house that Shunji built), and of course Urasawa is the Holy Grail... :-)

                                                                                                      1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                        I noticed (and I'm sure someone else probably already posted about this) that Sasabune moved into the much smaller space where Seeds Restaurant used to be right where Aramcost tees into Wilshire on the N side of the street.

                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                          Wow, really ? That's news to me.

                                                                                                          I haven't been to the huge and I mean pretty fucking huge space on Wilshired, just a tadbit east of Bundy. (I believe a Todai location used to be in that ginormous space).

                                                                                                          That may be a good sign that it's in a smaller space now.

                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                            It's right where I spill out onto Wilshire (climbing up from Santa Monica Blvd) on my early AM bike rides...so it's right in front of me as I gasp like a fish on a boat deck, striving for air...er, water?

                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                              It was in a smaller space on Sawtelle before and it was no good then either.

                                                                                                              My first anti-Sasabune rant in 2004.

                                                                                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                And before that, Porthos, Chef Nobi was, for a very long time, out in Woodland Hills near Fallbrook on Ventura Boulevard at his place called Edo Sushi. 30+ years ago it was very good and he was a talented sushi chef when no one else, except his teacher, Nozawa, was doing it. It is where I groomed my kidlets to enjoy sushi as they do now! He was very accommodating in those days and would cater to the children at the sushi bar with rice rolls and such.

                                                                                                                Then, when he left Edo, he changed...and the rest is well-known history.

                                                                                                              2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                I saw it the other day. Good sign. Also opened another smaller venue on Olympic near Doheny. The best was the Sawtelle dive.

                                                                                                              3. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                Ahem. Seed Bistro, actually. I only know this b/c my partner and I went there once, greatly enjoyed the food, thought it seemed to be doing decent business on a Friday night, and were rather surprised when it disappeared.... =(

                                                                                                                1. re: ilysla

                                                                                                                  They seem to be looking for another spot according to the website http://www.seedkitchen.com/ of their other location (Seed Kitchen) in Venice.

                                                                                                                2. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                  Well, now they have two main frame locations including the one in Beverly Hills. Perhaps they want to compete with Bar Nozawa or is Nozawa bar in Beverly Hills.


                                                                                                                  And additionally they have a bunch of Sushi Don Sasabunes that are semi-fast food versions of Sushi Sasabune (similar to the extensive chain of SugarFishies and Sushi Nozawa).

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    I spoke with the chef at the BH location. They just do omakasi. I think it is less than Bar Nozawa. A different experience though. Bar N seems to be trying to be a fancier, expedited Yamakasi and from what I hear misses.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                      That's right.

                                                                                                                      Yeah, BH location from the help reviews is more of a $75 starting omakase.

                                                                                                                      You're right. Bar Nozawa at a minimum starts at $130 per person.

                                                                                                        2. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                          exile kiss!! i hope s/he is ok...:(

                                                                                                    2. re: liu

                                                                                                      Exilekiss was just last year!! I think it was a "he". At least I remember seeing something with that name and a pic of an Asian male.

                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                        "Exilekiss was just last year!!"

                                                                                                        Yes, a he. But just last year? I can only find 2010 as his latest posts (at least here on the LA CH board).

                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                          This is like a trip down memory lane and who knew that Tuck's Point was quite prescient of what was to come over a decade later:


                                                                                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                              That's closer, but not last year. Any later x-kiss posts than this one?

                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                Nope. That's the most recent one. That's why I linked to it. :-) I said several comments up that he stopped posting to both his blog and CH within two weeks of each other 2.333... years ago.

                                                                                                            2. re: Servorg

                                                                                                              Servorg, time must be moving faster than I think it is!!

                                                                                                        2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                          Another dearly departed and sorely missed - modernist - funny guy, good 'hound, deep knowledge base, well traveled.

                                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                            I remember the name "modernist."
                                                                                                            How impressive! How are you retrieving all these names when I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning?

                                                                                                            And some of you Hounds are connecting these posters from long ago with specific information. That is truly remarkable!

                                                                                                      2. re: kevin

                                                                                                        Wasn't there also a guy named something like Steve Doggie Dog that was an LA hot dog aficionado? Or am I thinking of another site?

                                                                                                        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                                                          "Steve Doggie-Dogg" last posted in 2005 and he always signed off

                                                                                                          "See ya

                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                            Yeah, he was on here too.

                                                                                                            He introduced me to quite a few great dogs around town too.

                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                              He was great. I took him to Cupid's for the first time. Posted about hot dogs. Nice guy. Wish I knew what happened to him.

                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                  Thanks for that Kevin. Probably missed it since they moved it FROM the LA board. I am glad to hear he is still around!

                                                                                                    3. Having chowhound dementia (too much spicy food?), I can't really recall when, I just know why. There was a Calvin Trillin article in the New Yorker about Chowhound and the Arepa Lady. In response to that, using some pitiful dialup connection I believe I posted under the name Michael at some distant point. Because there was more than one Michael on the board, I underwent a name change, first to michael (mea culpa), then to the current moniker (basically to save key strokes, but also related to the fact I used to do some off-topic posting about music). There have been lots of changes over the years (stay on topic, kids!), but it's still good.

                                                                                                      1. According to my profile, 2006, but lurking for a bit before that. Still don't post much — mostly I lurk.

                                                                                                        1. Since March of 2007. I commented about Pioneer Chicken being disgusting.

                                                                                                          1. I think since 2011? But I had been lurking since 2010 (and possibly since 2009).

                                                                                                            1. On and off since 2000 (under different names, and in different cities. We moved to LA in 2005). I had a profile page in the original Chowhound guide to New York.

                                                                                                              1. April 17th 2005. I wouldn't have believed it if I didnt see it myself.

                                                                                                                1. i've been posting since 2006 according to this. but memory recalls since 2004 or 05'. before it turned into this format.

                                                                                                                  1. Looks like only April 2012 for me - I'm very new.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                      What!? Same amount of time as me?

                                                                                                                    2. Apparently, this was my first post on the LA board. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/47415
                                                                                                                      A year or so earlier if I count the NY boards. I lurked during Chowhound's infancy, but I was living in Boston then, and there were maybe 2 or 3 posts a month back then.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                        Go Carps! Any good grub at Zoom Zoom?

                                                                                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                          Funny you should ask. I was there a couple days ago. At the new Mazda Zoom Zoom stadium, it's the usual ballpark/festival type food you can find in many places in Japan. I haven't explored enough because, if you look at the photo, you'll see prominently behind center field that there's a Costco right there. When I'm near the stadium, it's an excuse to get an American style hot dog or slice of pizza. I guess I associate those foods with baseball rather than yakitori or udon (I've seen lots of people eating that around me at the ballpark). In the family sections in the outfield stands, there's a section with seating at tables with yakiniku BBQ grills, which I'm told is lots of fun.

                                                                                                                          1. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                            Is that near the big Costco in Kawasaki? I was amazed at how it was identical to the ones in the US, right down to the hot dogs and pizza

                                                                                                                            1. re: Ernie

                                                                                                                              This one's in Hiroshima - okonomiyaki capital of the world!

                                                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                Ah yes, that makes sense since Mazda HQ is there

                                                                                                                            2. re: E Eto

                                                                                                                              Yakiniku grills? Too cool. What's a slice or a hot dog cost at Hiroshima Costco?

                                                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                180¥ for a hot dog with unlimited fountain drink. 250¥ for a slice of pizza. Seems on par for what you get at Costcos in the US.

                                                                                                                          1. My first post is April 07, probably lurked a bit before that.

                                                                                                                            1. May 2002 (first few posts under a different screen name).

                                                                                                                                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                                                                                                                  Gotta love the static web architecture of old. You can still navigate around and read old posts, they've all been archived. Awesome!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                    That brings back old memories. Nostalgia is such a fucking kick.

                                                                                                                                    I remember the old-fashionied threads. And your comments were not saved, so you had to drag through the almost, singular continuous thread to find what you needed.

                                                                                                                                    Now it is much more efficient and less time-consuming.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                                                                                                                    I believe it is.
                                                                                                                                    Nowadays he "hides" here under the name _______

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                      ...J.L.? Is that why he's so secretive? ;-)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                          Or is it YOU, kevin? *dun dun DUN*

                                                                                                                                          1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                            *dun dun DUNKIN*

                                                                                                                                            I always figured it was JudiAU

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                              That would be a somewhat obvious yet clever pseudonym.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                Did someone just mention Dunkin Donuts ?

                                                                                                                                                I could really go for two raised glazed donuts sandwiching a hand-formed, half pound patty of prime ground chuck with a couple slices of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, a sliced avocado, and some remoulade sauce.

                                                                                                                                                And of course a couple chocolate cake donuts with sprinkles on the side for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                  Don't worry, kev...I'll say nice things at your memorial service...(g)

                                                                                                                                          2. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                            Or is it just mere coincidence that Jim Leff's initals are... ?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                              You guys have the same initials. That's pretty cool.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                                                                                                                          Yeah, he used to post here, before that drunken beer Pulitzer pic ruined his anonymity :)

                                                                                                                                          Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                            I thought he was drinking a huge goblet of wine ?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                              In the end, aren't we all drinking a huge goblet of wine? If not, why not?

                                                                                                                                        3. Golly, going on at least 10 years now (posting originally under a different nom de net).

                                                                                                                                          Anyone here remember an early Gathering of the Hounds, featuring a pig cooked in la caja china in the backyard of a very gracious 'hound? Possibly circa 2004?

                                                                                                                                          Edit: Just did some digging. My first post was in December 2001 under my original username. Holy smokes!

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                            That (the Caja China pig roast) was a CH fund raiser hosted by David Kahn, an attorney, chowhound and long time supporter of the site when the whole place was teetering on the brink of going dark. You can read all about it here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6012... and the aftermath thread is here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/61281 In those days I was posting as WLA and am on this thread being my usual smart ass self...

                                                                                                                                            The event you recall raised $1,796.85 and helped keep the CH lights on. David also did things like matching other hounds, dollar for dollar up to some maximum (which he did for me). Really good guy, a friend to Jim and Bob and a great pig roast host from all reports (I couldn't make it).

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                              Shit, you were WLA, then you have gone way back on this site.

                                                                                                                                              btw, we should set up another one of these events, but may a little veggies on the side for the veggimites.

                                                                                                                                              who's down ?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                Ah, thank you for digging up those links.

                                                                                                                                                It was a really great event. David went above and beyond. And the pig was deeelish.

                                                                                                                                                Oh, I'd forgotten it was a fundraiser. Hey, does that make us OG hounds who kicked in some money "angel investors" or something? :-)

                                                                                                                                              2. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                                I remember that event! Sure wish I attended!!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I think David Khahn hosted us. We had a great time.

                                                                                                                                                  My post history goes back to 2005 but I know my I posted regularly much earlier.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                                                                                    And, for the record, are you now or have you ever been, Jonathan Au?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                            Thank you, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise!

                                                                                                                                                    1. Aug 2003 for me.
                                                                                                                                                      And my first post was about Guelaguetza...and I still haven't been there!

                                                                                                                                                      1. As long as we are searching for old time posters, is Max Zook still around?

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                                                                                                                                                        1. My post history goes back to 2006, but my guess is 2005.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Looks like my first post was back in 2003.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                  Oldest based on the user name search is November of 2001.

                                                                                                                                                                  Found this really moving thread on his passing here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890929

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                                                                    Obviously I am not the only one with fond memories.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Nov 27, 2001 08:35 AM