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Ever been recognized on the street by a fellow Chowhound you never met before?

Today a fellow Chowhound introduced themselves to me in an Asian market (H-Mart), saying they recognized my photo from my avatar photo here on CH. We had a nice conversation and then went about our shopping, then ran into each other again at the food court and shared lunch together.

A few years ago in New Orleans at the Tales of the Cocktail conference a fellow Chowhound asked if I was JMF and we talked booze and cocktails for awhile.

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    1. Never. Ever tell somebody you don't know that " I post messages on Chowhound ". See how their eyes cross with that puzzled look on their face." WTF is that ", they ask.

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      1. re: emglow101

        >>Ever tell somebody you don't know that " I post messages on Chowhound ". See how their eyes cross with that puzzled look on their face." WTF is that ", they ask.<<

        That is my experience in the world at large. In the world of US foodies, food writers, and food pros, it's more like "Oh, yes, I've heard of that. Sort of."

            1. re: treb

              Me neither, but my cat has.

          1. Not another Hound, but years ago when I had a pic of me in my profile, I was recognized by our server at a restaurant.

            1. Not from this site but from a sports message board that I’ve belonged to for a about 10 years or so. Most of the posters there have been on for at least that long, some dating back to 2001. Lots of the posters there are into food and the subject comes up a lot, especially barbecue and Mexican food. I’d posted about a Mexican place a couple times, other posters had too. I walked in one Saturday morning, ordered 3 or 4 tacos and the guy at the table next to me points at me and says, “You’re chileheadmike”. My avatar is not my picture there, I have no idea how he knew. When asked he just said he knew it was me. Good guy, and not at all like I’d imagined him from his avatar and online persona. Crazy experience.