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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 04:24 PM

Taking a cue from the Manhattan board discussion of the same topic. Please keep responses firmly in the positive, or they will be removed.

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  1. wienermobile RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 04:29 PM

    Servorg is a food Einstein…. and Kevin just makes me smile.

    1. emglow101 RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 04:45 PM

      Westsidegal. When I was doing a job in LA a couple years ago. I was turned onto Sergio's cooking. Enough said. I'll be back.

      1. TheOffalo RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 05:13 PM

        TonyC. I appreciate his passion.

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          selfportrait93 RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 05:16 PM

          Chandavkl - he has been to more chinese restaurants than all of us combined ;-)

          Ipsedixit - has recommended places and food that satisfied my curiosity

          J.L.- I just like to read J.L.'s posts

          Exilekiss- didn't we all?

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            ilysla RE: selfportrait93 Jul 9, 2014 06:50 PM

            Oh, I miss exilekiss's posts so much.... ::sigh::

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            budlit RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 05:26 PM

            I tend to agree with westsidegal & Maudie, for the most part

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              maudies5 RE: budlit Jul 9, 2014 08:59 PM

              High praise, indeed. I am flattered. Interesting that I was also just about to mention WSG as one whose posts I always follow and respect.

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                J.L. RE: maudies5 Jul 9, 2014 09:29 PM


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                  westsidegal RE: maudies5 Jul 9, 2014 11:33 PM


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                  perk RE: budlit Jul 10, 2014 01:26 AM

                  i agree. two people i read a lot....

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                  jessejames RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 05:42 PM

                  man we have a great group. just look at the number of posts compared to SF or NY. I really appreciate the fine tips (shunji, for example) and the regular laughs, and the different personalities and different areas of expertise...it's nice to have friends that have something in common, chowing...

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                    paprkutr RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 07:05 PM

                    Mostly like to read all but don't always agree. Just don't always agree with negative verbal bantering. We all don't have to agree. Love to find place all over.

                    1. westsidegal RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 07:49 PM

                      there are so many that i follow.
                      some i follow because we are generally in agreement
                      others i follow because they are "reverse indicators" and i can be pretty sure that if they don't like i a place i will like it.

                      i follow anyone who is thoughtful, posts about westside restaurants, and has a sensitive palate (which doesn't necessarily mean that they agree with me).

                      also, i miss kevin because of his VORACIOUS CURIOSITY about restaurants and food!

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                        Thor123 RE: westsidegal Jul 9, 2014 07:53 PM

                        Kevin is a good guy, he is kein'ing missed. There are other posts that use vulgarity (not my style) but the powers that be seem to have singled him out. Now probably me.

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                          jessejames RE: Thor123 Jul 10, 2014 12:51 PM

                          yeah unclear why he got singled out. bum steer.

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                          J.L. RE: westsidegal Jul 9, 2014 08:33 PM

                          ... as well as his liberal use of the question mark??????????

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                            ilysla RE: J.L. Jul 9, 2014 11:45 PM

                            And for the joie de vivre that came through in his posts.

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                              TheOffalo RE: ilysla Jul 9, 2014 11:55 PM

                              A certain je ne sais quoi.

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                                ilysla RE: TheOffalo Jul 10, 2014 12:21 AM

                                Precisely. ;)

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                            schrutefarms RE: westsidegal Jul 9, 2014 11:55 PM

                            Is Kevin not on here anymore?

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                              happybaker RE: schrutefarms Jul 11, 2014 08:31 PM

                              He is, but he got pulled for a bit. Seems to be back, huzzah : )

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                            ns1 RE: Mr Taster Jul 9, 2014 11:17 PM

                            Anyone who posts photos of the food...because the photos can speak for themselves.

                            eg) JL, ExileKiss, Offalo, ChrisHei

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                              JAB RE: ns1 Jul 10, 2014 06:52 AM

                              Weinermobile as well for his porn shots.

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                                wienermobile RE: JAB Jul 10, 2014 07:44 AM


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                                  JAB RE: wienermobile Jul 10, 2014 07:49 AM

                                  Curses, I'm craving Froot Loops now.

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                                    ns1 RE: wienermobile Jul 10, 2014 07:53 AM

                                    can you put a *NSFW* tag next time? thanks.

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                                      TheOffalo RE: ns1 Jul 10, 2014 07:54 AM

                                      Not safe for waist?

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                                        wienermobile RE: TheOffalo Jul 10, 2014 09:02 AM

                                        NSFW Bonus photo a Langer's Knish...

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                                    spoonlicker RE: JAB Jul 10, 2014 12:32 PM

                                    I'm still laughing on the inside at the over-the-top grilled cheese advert wienermobile posted recently. Demon child + oozing cheese...YES.

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                                      wienermobile RE: spoonlicker Jul 10, 2014 01:04 PM


                                2. BubblyOne RE: Mr Taster Jul 10, 2014 07:12 AM

                                  Maudie mostly. She has similar tastes to mine and if she likes a place, I've either been or want to go.


                                  1. OCAnn RE: Mr Taster Jul 10, 2014 09:47 AM

                                    I'm not naming names since you can check my profile for that. But as a former, long-time CHer just returning after a couple years off CH, I follow those who provide really thoughtful, informative & balanced reviews (whether I agree or not). =)

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                                      spoonlicker RE: OCAnn Jul 10, 2014 12:35 PM

                                      Welcome back! I'm another old-schooler (different nom de net back then) who somewhat recently re-upped. Always nice to see people come back from hiatus.

                                      And I like the thoughtful, informative reviews, too, especially the ones I disagree with -- it encourages me to keep a more open mind.

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                                        OCAnn RE: spoonlicker Jul 10, 2014 01:15 PM

                                        Thank you...and to you as well. Now I'm curious what your old name was. I hope to figure it out after reading some of your input!

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                                      Ogawak RE: Mr Taster Jul 10, 2014 10:09 AM

                                      I like chowhounds LA in general; It's my main source for restaurant reviews and opinions. When a restaurant I visited isn't covered on CH, I'm happy to contribute. Reading all the different posts has given me such an education and perspective on food and restaurants.

                                      I'm just glad there is a place where people like Chandavkl can inform us of new chinese restaurants and give some historical perspective on Chinese food in LA. Or the cantankerous Mr. Taster bringing East Coast perspective on foods like bagels and thin crust pizza. I love our LA versions, but when I hit NYC, I will be sure to try their versions. Or Porthos giving us a world-wide perspective on the sushi world. BigMista and Prof Salt have educated me on the world of BBQ. And so on.

                                      But it's not just them, they're just examples of how great this site is. If I profess an opinion and someone else slams me for it, I could run and hide, or I could learn whether there's better out there, or they're just full of it. Either way, it's an education. I know what I like, but there are "likes" I don't know about yet.

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                                        attran99 RE: Mr Taster Jul 10, 2014 02:45 PM

                                        Ditto to all the lists of great CHs. Thanks for all your helpful recs...because of you, I've eaten very well for the greater part of the last decade.

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                                          spoonlicker RE: attran99 Jul 10, 2014 03:22 PM

                                          I was thinking back to my early days here at CH a decade-plus ago, and I'm now recalling that this place is what hipped me to taco trucks before taco trucks became a "thing."

                                          ...Which sounds terribly taco-hipster-ish ("I knew them way back when, maaaan.") but is really meant to be a thank-you to our taco-fiending pioneer 'hounds.

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                                          yogachik RE: Mr Taster Jul 10, 2014 03:27 PM

                                          I miss Mollyomormom who would go on these all night binges and report, bite for bite. Also, because she's in my hood, her local knowledge helped a lot (she was the first to steer us to the bacon maple scones at Huckleberry, I believe - now difficult to imagine a time when they didn't exist).

                                          And I miss Kevin, not just because he made the place more lively, but because he asked questions I didn't even know I had, like where the best Dive Bars are.

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                                            OCAnn RE: yogachik Jul 10, 2014 03:37 PM

                                            Where did Kevin go?

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                                              Thor123 RE: OCAnn Jul 10, 2014 03:41 PM

                                              He was exiled for using bad words.

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                                                OCAnn RE: Thor123 Jul 10, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                Ah, thanks. When I was on more frequently a few years ago, a few CHers (from other boards) died due to age, illness, etc. This is a nice community and a combination of factors (including those deaths) lead me to take a break.

                                                Anyway, I'm glad he left due to exile instead of the other. Maybe the mods will let him back after a good timeout.

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                                                  Mr Taster RE: OCAnn Jul 10, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                  I think his temp-ban from about a month ago *was* the timeout you're referring to.

                                                  Mr Taster

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                                                    The Chowhound Team RE: Mr Taster Jul 11, 2014 07:29 AM

                                                    We don't normally talk about these things publicly, but since it's come up quite a few times, we wanted to note that Kevin's account is only temporarily suspended and it's up to him when he wants to return.

                                                    Edited to add: this team post kind of dragged this whole thread off-topic into discussing Kevin's situation publicly, which is something we're not all that comfortable with. We've removed the follow-up here, but we'll send some people who had concerns replies by email.

                                                  2. re: OCAnn
                                                    perk RE: OCAnn Jul 10, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                    Anyone know what happened to "diana"? She used to post all the time......

                                                  3. re: Thor123
                                                    mc michael RE: Thor123 Jul 11, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                    What? Did he say Tito's Tacos?

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                                                jesstifer RE: Mr Taster Jul 10, 2014 10:48 PM

                                                Servorg, because Servorg. (Even though tonight, we have issues.)

                                                WildSwede, because we agree about most things. Likewise TonyC.

                                                kevin, though I cringe at his (seriously, gigabytes a day!) wasting of bandwidth with question marks and LMGTFY moments. I wonder, how much bandwidth does each question mark consume?


                                                BTW, "dope" as an adjective went out with the Authentic Cafe. ;-)

                                                But seriously: kevin.

                                                ipsedixit, because while I disagree with him about almost everything gastronomically (de gustibus...), like all evil geniuses, his knowledge is encyclopedic. His posts are Hemingwayesque in their succinctness.

                                                He is this board's Great Foil.

                                                And my new fave? jessejames, because he has good taste (viz. his constant championing of Greenblatt's) and is skilled at toning down a nearly out of control discussion.

                                                Plus, everyone called me "jessejames" in elementary school, and I love that he owns it.

                                                I think that's "firmly in the positive," right? My moral compass has never been very reliable.

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                                                  jessejames RE: jesstifer Jul 11, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                  very nice of you to say. I like the positive mojo. let's keep looking out for the pack!

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                                                    WildSwede RE: jesstifer Jul 11, 2014 05:01 PM

                                                    Thanks jesstifer! :-) I noticed that, too! We will have to meet one of these days (if we haven't yet!).
                                                    I can tell you who I don't like - people who rudely and nastily respond to someone's honest post due to them feeling their taste buds are far superior to everyone else's. THAT pisses me off. What makes one person right and another wrong? Food likes and dislikes are highly subjective and personal. Those people know who they are as I have called them on it.
                                                    Other than that, I am cool with pretty much everyone... even Kevin with his gutter mouth!! In fact, it spices the place up, I think! Come back Kevin!
                                                    Exilekiss had an eloquent way of writing about things and places that everyone already knew about.

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                                                      TheOffalo RE: WildSwede Jul 11, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                      "Those people know who they are as I have called them on it." Sorry...

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                                                        ilysla RE: WildSwede Jul 11, 2014 08:36 PM

                                                        No, not "everyone already knew about" the places exilekiss discussed (I being one of those who wasn't/isn't in the know).

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                                                          jesstifer RE: WildSwede Jul 11, 2014 11:16 PM

                                                          WildSwede, it seems likely that we've met.

                                                          If not in this life...POSSIBLY ANOTHER ???? (punctuation: for kevin)

                                                          And I totally agree about the rest.

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                                                            WildSwede RE: jesstifer Jul 14, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                            Could very well be, jess! ;-) Thanks!

                                                      2. cookie monster RE: Mr Taster Jul 11, 2014 09:07 AM

                                                        I don't actually follow anyone. Why, I don't know, just haven't ever hit that button. But there are a handful or people who either live in my area or spend a lot of time there - westsidegal, wienermobile, Dirtywextraolives, servorg, maudie5 - and I'm always happy to see what they have to say about the new places that are constantly cropping up, or the old favorites.

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                                                          cookie monster RE: cookie monster Jul 11, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                          Edited to add that I finally took the plunge and started following people. It's opening up a whole new world of threads I probably wouldn't have otherwise read . . .

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                                                            jesstifer RE: cookie monster Jul 12, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                            Hey here's a question: I "follow" a few people, but I'm not sure what that means. Am I supposed to get notifications, or is there a place where my followers posts are collected, or ???.

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                                                              TheOffalo RE: jesstifer Jul 12, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                              When you click on your own profile, you can click on "My Reading List" at the top, which I believe shows all the posts that the people you follow have participated in.

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                                                                Mr Taster RE: TheOffalo Jul 12, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                Actually, TheOffalo, when I posted the original question, I was referring to "following" in the non-social media sense.

                                                                Please feel free to mentally replace "Who do you follow" with "Which Chowhounds' opinions do you trust and/or enjoy reading...."

                                                                Mr Taster

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                                                                  TheOffalo RE: Mr Taster Jul 12, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                  I never assumed otherwise. Frankly I doubt the majority of hounds even know about the follow buttons, or, like jesstifer, didn't know what they were for. I was just answering his question.

                                                        2. Chandavkl RE: Mr Taster Jul 11, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                          ipsedixit - besides being the leader of the SGV mafia, he knows his food equally in many other cities, including Manhattan, Phoenix, Washington DC and San Diego.

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                                                            Beach Chick RE: Chandavkl Jul 12, 2014 06:36 AM

                                                            Guess I didn't get the memo that my beloved Ipsy is a guy.

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                                                            Ernie RE: Mr Taster Jul 11, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                            My follow list is on my profile but would like to especially thank Porthos for his thoughtful and insightful posts and photos. I think we have similar tastes in places. I also really like how eloquent Porthos writes without having to resort to profanity or incomprehensible abbreviations to try to sound "cool." Classy, great writing is getting harder to come by these days.

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                                                              Searching4Dunny RE: Ernie Jul 11, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                              I agree with everything Ernie has said about Porthos. I also feel we have similar tastes and have been introduced to some great spots in OC because of him (Ramen Zetton, Kasen, and others). I also check his posts on the France and Italy boards when I plan to travel to those countries. Plus he knows his stuff when it comes to Neapolitan pizza!

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                                                                jesstifer RE: Searching4Dunny Jul 11, 2014 11:48 PM

                                                                Who doesn't love Porthos and Ernie ????

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                                                                Chandavkl RE: Ernie Jul 12, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                +1 for Porthos and his reports from New Orleans, Manhattan and San Francisco, among others.

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                                                                happybaker RE: Mr Taster Jul 11, 2014 08:45 PM

                                                                In LA there are so many who have made me happy. Chowhound is the place where I feel normal,. And where I can commune and question.

                                                                Specifically? I love Ipsedixit as, I am a small semi-jewish woman who loves dim sum and he has never mocked me, just helped me. (I owe him a homemade challah!)

                                                                Mr. Taster - a fab help. Smart and funny and picky - perfect!

                                                                Servorg, Porthos, Wildswede, Tony C - they've all held my hand as I've explored this town.

                                                                Can't forget westsidegal as, I no longer live on the west side, but often travel there to meet friends and she keeps me in the practical know.

                                                                Love weinermobile as his tastes seem to match mine and there's the bonus of an unexpected link to my husband.

                                                                Kevin. He is silly, joyous and naughty. But he truly has such passion for the foods of LA, I can forgive his wording.

                                                                Lastly, to all the hounds I have not listed, but I know have helped me at one time or another. And I hope I have helped back. This is a great community and one I am proud and lucky to be a part of.

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                                                                  maudies5 RE: Mr Taster Jul 11, 2014 09:58 PM

                                                                  I have to mention how much I look forward to reading Ciao Bob's posts.

                                                                  1. Mattapoisett in LA RE: Mr Taster Jul 12, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                    I follow Dommy!

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                                                                      TheOffalo RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jul 12, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                      To the ends of the earth I'm sure. :-)

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                                                                        JAB RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jul 12, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                        Stalker alert!

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                                                                          happybaker RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jul 13, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                                          Oh shoot - how could I forget Dommy!

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                                                                          trvlcrzy RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 12:32 AM


                                                                          1. SIMIHOUND RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 03:27 PM

                                                                            All the people I follow have been mentioned but I have to say that I miss Das Ubergeek, a phenominal Chowhounder. He was the first person who made me stand up and take notice of this board and what it had to offer.

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                                                                              OCAnn RE: SIMIHOUND Jul 13, 2014 03:30 PM

                                                                              I miss him too...where did he go?

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                                                                                JAB RE: OCAnn Jul 13, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                OC Weekly but, he still comes around. I believe that he stated that he was tired of the repetition here.

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                                                                                  OCAnn RE: JAB Jul 13, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                  Good to know, thanks!

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                                                                                Mr Taster RE: SIMIHOUND Jul 13, 2014 08:12 PM

                                                                                And let's not forget Jerome. He was a big inspiration for me in the early days.

                                                                                Mr Taster

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                                                                                  Ciao Bob RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 08:48 PM

                                                                                  me too

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                                                                                    WildSwede RE: Ciao Bob Jul 14, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                    There were actually two Jeromes - the original one (who you are talking about - extremely knowledgeable about Asian food) and the other one who took his handle. It was the OJ (Original Jerome) who pointed out to me that someone else was using his handle.

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                                                                                      Mr Taster RE: WildSwede Jul 14, 2014 04:42 PM

                                                                                      To be fair, Jerome is not exactly a wildly unique handle. (It's no WildSwede!) In the days before Chowhound handles were registered to a specific account, it seems like that could have been a legitimate problem. Still, I never knew about that. This was in the pre-CNET days, right? Or is this person still around? I know Jerome still occasionally posts, so I assume the false prophet is no more.

                                                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                                                Eater15 RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                                                J.L. and anyone from OC esp. Porthos

                                                                                Board's gone way downhill in the last couple years though IMO. Maybe it's just me having moved out of LA. They really need to separate OC from LA. San Diego has its own board... why not us?

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                                                                                  ipsedixit RE: Eater15 Jul 13, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                                                  Have you seen the San Diego Board?

                                                                                  It makes a patient on life support look like she's ready to compete (and complete) the Ironman Triathlon.

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                                                                                    HBGigi RE: Eater15 Jul 14, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                    I too would like an OC board. I think more OC people would speak up about OC restaurants if we had our own board. The way it stands now if someone mentions an OC place someone from LA makes disparaging remarks about food in OC.

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                                                                                    James Cristinian RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                    I live several thousand miles away but I miss Kevin and LA Buckeye fan, Christa. I was following westsidegal and then there was an oral comment and I'm hooked. I don't follow ipsefilet-o-fish because he has too many followers and I don't bandwagon plus he's everywhere. Edit, I like you ipse.

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                                                                                      SIMIHOUND RE: James Cristinian Jul 13, 2014 07:19 PM

                                                                                      What happened to Christa? I met her at FAB HOT DOG a while back.

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                                                                                      vickie2172 RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                      chandavakl, bulavinaka -- because their posts are thoughtful and balanced. Especially bulavinaka, because he may share some of my demographic aspects.

                                                                                      Dommy! -- for her enthusiasm, and her coverage of the hidden gems outside the Westside/ Restaurant Row.

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                                                                                        JudiAU RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 09:17 PM

                                                                                        Many but RIP Chino Wayne.

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                                                                                          WildSwede RE: JudiAU Jul 14, 2014 04:37 PM

                                                                                          Loved Wayne.

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                                                                                            Mr Taster RE: WildSwede Jul 14, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                            And Sam


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                                                                                        2. Local RE: Mr Taster Jul 13, 2014 10:22 PM

                                                                                          Will Owen, bulavinaka, mc michael, ... their geography works for me, ...long time follower of their posts...appreciate their insightful, witty discussion, and always interesting anecdotes.

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                                                                                            WildSwede RE: Local Jul 14, 2014 04:37 PM

                                                                                            Of course, Will Owen!! ;-) Someone here once thought we were the same person! Who was that? I cannot seem to remember!

                                                                                          2. raytamsgv RE: Mr Taster Jul 14, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                            I like a bunch of them, but I like reading ipsedixit's posts. He has quite the talent for unusual and colorful metaphors. I also like chandavkl's posts because he seems to be able to manipulate the space-time continuum such that he's almost always present when a new restaurant opens.

                                                                                            1. J.L. RE: Mr Taster Jul 14, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                                              I miss Rameniac.

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                                                                                                jessejames RE: J.L. Jul 14, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                Yes. Has the ramen craze finally passed its peak?

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                                                                                                  J.L. RE: jessejames Jul 14, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                  I've been enjoying ramen since I was a kid. I suspect I'll be doing so for quite some time to come, fad or no fad.

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                                                                                                    jessejames RE: J.L. Jul 14, 2014 06:36 PM

                                                                                                    Same. But maybe # of spots selling it has peaked. Certainly exploded in 2012 or so.

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                                                                                                    Servorg RE: jessejames Jul 14, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                                    Must have happened. No new ramen threads going viral for quite some time...

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                                                                                                      jessejames RE: Servorg Jul 14, 2014 07:21 PM

                                                                                                      What do U think next craze will be or is?

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                                                                                                        wienermobile RE: jessejames Jul 14, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                                        Frozen TV Dinners.

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                                                                                                          jessejames RE: wienermobile Jul 14, 2014 07:33 PM

                                                                                                          Fond memories

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                                                                                                          TheOffalo RE: jessejames Jul 14, 2014 07:27 PM

                                                                                                          Ramenstrami... Maybe not, sounds too similar to something else.

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                                                                                                            jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jul 14, 2014 07:34 PM

                                                                                                            On deck at oki dog

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                                                                                                              nosh RE: jessejames Jul 14, 2014 10:15 PM

                                                                                                              Much respected Thai House on Gayley in Westwood Village, civilized with good service and carpeting, real glassware, is becoming a ramen place. I don't give it long...

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                                                                                                                chrishei RE: nosh Jul 14, 2014 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                If it weren't for those meddling UCLA kids...

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                                                                                                    BSW6490 RE: Mr Taster Jul 14, 2014 07:45 PM

                                                                                                    To me, Thor gives the most consistent suggestions (Stinking Rose aside). Also, a big fan of Cio Bob and Servorg (and his logo).

                                                                                                    1. lil mikey RE: Mr Taster Jul 15, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                      I miss Thi, Russkar and Das Ubergeek.

                                                                                                      I appreciate servorg.

                                                                                                      I've had repeated discussions offline over whether Exilekiss and ipsedixit are male or female.

                                                                                                      I thought Chandavkl and Bulavinaka were together because of their unusual handles... maybe they are.

                                                                                                      meaculpa aka mcmichael has been a longtime read.

                                                                                                      Chino Wayne's sense of humor kept me literally in tears from laughing so hard. iirc, his car's name was Gert.

                                                                                                      I've been following OCAnn for years... Which means she's probably a drill sergeant at Camp Pendleton or a grandmother with 57 grandkids. There's a story to OCAnn somewhere.

                                                                                                      Will Owen and Ciao Bob have tastes like mine

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                                                                                                      1. re: lil mikey
                                                                                                        Servorg RE: lil mikey Jul 15, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                                        "Chino Wayne's sense of humor kept me literally in tears from laughing so hard. iirc, his car's name was Gert."

                                                                                                        Only one small correction (I know Wayne would have/wants me to chime in here). His car was named Herman. I'm sure many people know that Wayne and I became good friends, all because of CH. We spoke at least once a week by phone and were constantly trading email back and forth. I still miss him terribly. His absence has made this world a much poorer place for me.

                                                                                                        You can read just one of Wayne's many, many classic posts here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5041... and Herman is mentioned.

                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                          lil mikey RE: Servorg Jul 15, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                                                          Ah yes. Herman. And thank you for re-posting this from Chino Wayne. I was laughing again as I read it.

                                                                                                          His writing style is reminiscent of John Kennedy Toole in Confederacy of Dunces.

                                                                                                          1. re: lil mikey
                                                                                                            spoonlicker RE: lil mikey Jul 15, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                            Yes, his writing puts me in mind of the wonderful Toole. Also Bill Bryson.

                                                                                                            Thank you for linking that classic post, Servorg. I somehow missed it the first time around, and am grinning ear to ear as I read it now (weird: I accidentally typed that as "eat" instead of "read". Fitting, though) with my lunch.

                                                                                                        2. re: lil mikey
                                                                                                          OCAnn RE: lil mikey Jul 15, 2014 10:28 AM

                                                                                                          I *think* Thi is on FB, Exilekiss & ipsedixit are both male, and Chandavki & Bulavinaka are not together.

                                                                                                          And yes, feel free to call me Gunny Hartwoman w/56 grandkids w/1 more on the way. ;) There's really no story here.

                                                                                                          And I may be wrong on any of the above. =)

                                                                                                        3. khh1138 RE: Mr Taster Jul 15, 2014 02:33 PM

                                                                                                          I follow WildSwede, who I think lives a parallel life to mine only she is 15 minutes ahead of me and so always has the jump on the best restaurants (we seem to share opinions on so many). ChinoWayne is still in my list (missing you), and exilekiss, who I relied on for Japanese advice. ipsedixit, who I rely on for everything.

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