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When did you first discover Chowhound ?

Also how ? Freind, browsing the web,recipes,etc.....

Knowing I would be working in Culver City for five weeks. I needed places to eat.

I stumbled upon Chowhound in 2009 browsing the web for restaurants in Los Angeles.I signed up and I think my first post was, looking for Spanish food and chefs who suffer for their food.

W.S.G got me started with Sergio and his food.I was hooked and ate there many times.Thanks for that info Every night was a new adventure of trying new places.

The rest is history.

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  1. When I was researching how to enhance the flavor of a ramen powder packet. I stumbled on a ramen thread discussing add ins for packaged ramen soup. My culinary knowledge has been expanded several times over from what I read on this site. :)

    1. When I bought my ROKU to stream Netflix onto the big plasma there is a bunch of freebie channels available. One was CHOW and I fell in love with James Norton supertaster and through his suggestions to his fans to access him and CHOW online I found Chowhound. STILL grieving over James though:( He was the business that guy!

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      1. re: MamasCooking

        Yesterday, I posted an interview James Norton recently gave. It's posted on the Food Media board.

      2. Back in 2006 I was on leave and drove up to NYC to hook up with a newly retired Army buddy. Not being the type to go unprepared, I decided to spend a few days looking for someplace fun to grab a bite to eat at.

        So I Googled up some reviews for Chinese restaurants in NYC, and came across a bunch of suggestions on the old Chowhound forum.

        Unfortunately we never had a chance to eat where I wanted to, due to rather strident objections from his soon-to-be former girlfriend.

        However the next time we linked up, we went to Chinatown and ate at Amazing 66. Then over the next few nights we hit the Golden Monkey, just a few blocks away from where he lived, off of Leavitt and Carlton in Flushing.

        Now he, like every fifth person in NYC, lives down here in Florida.

        1. My husband joined the site way before I did. He was working in NYC and found Jim Leff's food reviews refreshing and curious. We tried a few recommendations and enjoyed the food adventure these places turned out to be. Once the site was purchased by CNET my dh felt too much would be lost and rarely visits with any frequency anymore. But all of my children, relatives and colleagues are members. A few of my neighbors joined last year and I've been here reading and writing since I believe 2004. Anyway, CH has taken the place of some of the non fiction book reading I use to do and food blogs also keep me entertained. But mostly I'm glad to have 'discovered' the site because of the sheer joy all of you find in sharing your food discoveries with people like me.

          It's an interesting community; different every day.

          1. I used to participate on usenet groups. General food groups, recipe groups and LA area restaurants. Someone mentioned CH and I went looking for it. Been here ever since.

            1. I think I found it through googling for a recipe, although I don't remember what recipe that was. Just started poking around and found the message boards.

              1. It was quite some time ago -- don't remember when but it was when Jim Leff ran it on a shoestring budget. I was on Steven Shaw's fat guy website and Chowhound was one of the links. I did some lurking before my first post. But I guess I posted many years ago as I was quoted in Jim Leff's Eclectic Guide to NYC which came out in the 90s. I feel so old now!

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                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Miss Needle.shhhhh, not old; experienced!

                2. My man read about it and thought it was right down my alley. He knows me well '-)


                  1. Browsing the Internet, initially for restaurant recommendations in Manhattan circa 2008

                    1. Several years ago but I used the site mostly to find nearby casual food restaurants like great hot dogs, pizza and whole belly clams. Does CH have roots in CT? There seems to be a lot of information about my state.

                      1. Someone posted a link to Chowhound on an old listserv group email thingie in 97 or 98. I've been reading and/or posting ever since.

                        1. I wanted to add 2012 to my previous post.

                          1. 2006. Moved to Toronto, spent a lot of time Googling to find my way around the city. Kept landing on CH threads...eventually became a lurker to keep track of what I was reading...and one day got up the nerve to write my first post. It has been downhill ever since. ;)

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                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                Of course, the true "there goes the neighborhood" moment was a couple of years later, when I worked up the nerve to go to my first CH picnic. ;)

                                1. re: Wahooty

                                  Followed by game night...and thus was a legend born.

                            1. I was trying to figure this out, but I'm not actually sure. It was during the old Jim Leff site. I feel like it was during husband #1, which would make it 1998 maybe? But I don't know if CH had a Toronto board so far back. So it's possible it was during the early 2000s.

                              Either way, I'm grateful for Chowhound for opening the door to so many wonderful eats...better yet, to so many wonderful real-life friendships.

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                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                TJ, here's the Wayback Machine to 1998 on CH:


                                It was *very* NYC-centric when it started out, obviously.

                                Toronto was included in "International" board at the time (first query seems to have been by Dave Feldman on 12/21/97):


                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Oh fun! I'll have to dig around. I was just plain ol' "Jo" back then.

                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                    And my hair had a LOT less gray back in 2001 when I first started posting on CH. ;-)

                              2. 1998 or so, through a friend who was friendly with Jim Leff, then something of a neighbor of mine. His stamp was all over the site at the time, which I appreciated because I liked his aesthetic. As it evolved, I came around less, stopping altogether for a while. But there are still mxny many good things to be had, I find

                                1. November, 2001 is when I first posted (as Linda W.) I think I lurked for some time before that, however, just absorbing how the place worked. I knew I wasn't as knowledgeable as so many on the Boston board, but I finally jumped in.

                                  I think I posted a response a few days earlier on someone's catering question, but my first query requesting help on the Boston board was on 11/14/01. I was looking for a "nice place" that my then boss could take his senior staff members to for a Christmas lunch. No idea what I Googled, but Chowhound's message boards came up again, so I figured I'd jump in and ask my question and got several responses.

                                  It was all downhill from there for me on Chowhound. ;-)

                                  1. I had a "rule of three" situation. I had seen mention of CH a few times in close succession in the print media. I think the third mention was from Calvin Trillin. That time I made a note of the site and started checking it out - which was very slow going. So '98.

                                    I didn't have a computer for some time so I would lurk sporadically. Stopped lurking and began participating in '07 iirc.

                                    1. My first post around 2001

                                      1. It was during a break at work. I was surfing the internet for some information about a long-defunct restaurant. I think that was around 2002 or 2003. If I recall correctly, I joined in 2006.