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We're Famous!


Hat-tip to TonyC for linking to the article on Twitter.

(Not sure if this should go in Food Media & News since it's so L.A. centric...)

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I thought so. It was accurate. From some comments here, I thought it would be a negative article but it wasn't at all. It's someone (anyone know who?) who understands the community and what brings us all together.

      "but mainly I read it in order to understand other people’s obsessions. It’s comforting — it distracts me from my own obsessions. I don’t think I’m alone. "

    2. "Read Chowhound enough, and you realize that the most obsessive posters are not writing about food so much as they are writing about themselves."


      1. It was like looking in the mirror!

        1. It's a relief to know that I am not a dilettante, but rather a dedicated zealot.

          1. Is the LA Board going crazy trying to figure out the name of the secret birrierria?

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              This was quickly moved from the LA Board to this one.

              1. re: JAB

                But discussion of the birrierria wouldn't be.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  It was Birrieria de Don Boni, formerly Birrieria Jalisco. That place is hardly a secret. It's only not mentioned in CH b/c they changed their name back in August to memorialize one of the owners who passed away.

            2. I'm glad this article was moved to FM&N or I might have missed it. Fun read.

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              1. re: HillJ

                I agree. It really captures our sense of community here. We talk about food. We talk about our love of food. We reminisce about our love of food.

                1. re: chowser

                  And about life, really.

                  Great read. Thanks for posting it, PeterCC.

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    No problem. Again, credit to TonyC for posting the link on Twitter.

                2. re: HillJ

                  Agreed. It shows that we're far-flung - whether it's to find the best tapas or northern Indian food in whatever town you're in or to be able to source the best soppressata or heritage pork close to you or online, or how to make the best brisket or rack of ribs.

                  1. So here's a question for all of you, since the author of the article settled on adding -er(s) to the end of the board name for its inhabitants. Do you call yourselves (and others on the board) Chowhounds (or 'hounds) or Chowhounders?

                    I started with the latter and slowly moved to using the former.

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                    1. re: PeterCC

                      Since for the majority of the people on the planet, none of those mean anything :) When pressed I'll just say something like "I'm really into food."

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        If I'm on CH and I'm referring to the global group, I usually call us 'Hounds.

                        Otherwise, with people who don't frequent CH or know about it from my many mentions, I usually just call the site by name but don't refer to the inhabitants as Chowhounds or 'Hounds. Because it's usually not understood.

                          1. re: nickdanger

                            I got over that whole manifesto thing A LONG time ago.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              Yeah, The manifesto decided that "foodies" were all bad and mindlessly followed others and some read that and mindlessly followed the manifesto.

                              1. re: chowser

                                Extremely well said, chowser. Reverse snobbery, if you will.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  So true so true. Proving once again that the minute you label something it begins to lose audience value.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Or as a wise man once told me: "Every label is a libel."

                          2. Jonathan Rich and I had a great discussion about chowhound and other sites. He told me about his birria quest and he sounded like a real hound.

                            While I come off somewhat as a complainer in the article, I liked the article overall. I just wish we had more hounds in my neck of the woods discussing recent finds.

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                            1. re: Dax

                              I feel the same. A dearth of CHs around here also.

                            2. I loved reading this! it brought back some neat memories of posts I had read in the past and what an overall sense of community we have. You guys are the best!