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Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

Currently our avatars are, well, sort-a small.
Would you guys u/l a larger pic and maybe tell the story of yours? I'll start.

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  1. My avatar is the character for "faith" in Mandarin, in simplified Chinese, with a circle around it, in traditional red.

    1. My avatar has a double meaning. It not only expresses my disdain for the famous pressed and canned meat(???), but also for those who use internet discussion threads to advertise their worthless crap.

      1. Here's mine. Gypsy, our Airedale Terrier, that we rescued about five years ago. Sweetest dog ever.

        1. Mine is just a filler until we get our larger avatars back. It's round... it's an eyeball. My old Spoonbridge and Cherry is an iconic sculpture in Minneapolis and food related. Sadly in tiny form, it's tough to make out.

          1. My formative years personified, and what a long, strange trip its been...

            1. Rustic plum tart with almond crust.

              1. Thanks for this thread. With the tiny avatars and precipitous (and hopefully temporary) diminished eyesight I had no idea what these were. I hope people keep sharing!

                1. Mine is Yukon Cornelius, from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. There was a discussion from last season's Top Chef where we realized that one of the contestants looked just like him, so I added him to my profile. It looks nothing like me (I'm a lovely lady) but I don't want to change it for some reason. I like it.

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                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                    Ha, I thought your avatar was a cartoon airplane seen from the front, Nonnie! Thanks for the bigger shot.

                    Mine is a version of the classic Beware of Dog sign, spotted in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver. It says Chat lunatique, because I love cats (though not to eat) and I am un peu crazy.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      My parents have a Chien lunatique sign on their front gate on account of the crazy dachshunds within.

                  2. I am unsure how to put a photo in the body of a post, so I'm attaching, too.

                    Dean Martin, from the "Italian Love Songs" album cover. My parents liked him, and my dad used to sing me some of the songs covered on the album when I was a little girl. Mom and Dad were my first, and best, teachers about "good stuff" in general, including food.

                    1. I'm a Singaporean who proudly hails from Malacca, a 1,000-year-old city 4 hours' drive to the north of my current home.
                      My avatar is one of Malacca's more recognizable landmarks - the Dutch Christ Church, built in 1753. I have mixed feelings about it actually, my family's descended from the Portuguese who ruled Malacca in the 16th & 17th century, before the Dutch defeated the Portuguese and took over the city. Of course, Malacca was ceded to the British in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty in 1824. Together with the other two British colonies, Penang and Singapore, Malacca became one of the Straits Settlements. Until today, the cuisine of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, and our love of food, are still renowned in this region. Visitors still come to our cities to eat.

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                      1. re: M_Gomez

                        I've seen this church in person back in 2001. Malaysia is one of the countries I want to return just to eat.

                        I also love the country of your descendants!

                      2. Mine is a loaf of Schlesierbrot. Because it amuses me that there is a bread with my last name. Sadly, I don't actually like the bread.

                        1. How do you describe my profile picture? It pretty much speaks for itself; it is of two very dear things to me, Stoli Vodka and of course me! Ironically, I'm probably full of stoli vodka at the time this picture was taken at Monmouth Park sometime last year. It was also taken by one of my favorite people, my daughter.

                          ***Edit to add

                          I just wanted to say to the ladies you have my permission to download and frame my picture for your nightstand etc. For $2.99 you can email me and I will send you a signed copy.

                          ***Edit to add add

                          I don't want to come across as sexist or homophobic etc. so guys if you want to print, frame my photo that is fine as well.

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                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            Worth the price of admission, there.
                            Take that $3 in Hanukkah gelt? EBT? Payday bar?

                            1. re: Kris in Beijing

                              Payday bar? Really Kris? You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on Jr. I'll take nothing less than a $100,000. bar.

                              (do they still make those? I use to love them, rice crispy's and caramel.......yummmmm)

                            2. re: jrvedivici

                              I recognize everything in that Avatar except for that weedy thing you're holding. Is that a garnish for your vodka?

                              1. re: Gio

                                It looks like some kind of triffid sneaking up behind JR. He had a close call there....

                                1. re: Gio

                                  As drongo semi-accurately portrayed it is some plant they had next to the banner. The plant photo bombed me!

                              2. I joined Chowhound not too long before they eliminated the generic knife and fork avatar that anyone who did not upload their own avatar got. When I saw the single letter instead of the knife and fork, I uploaded the old knife and fork as my avatar. Unbeknownst to me, Duchess Nukem had already done the same, so I used a variety of avatars until I settled on the Red Owl.

                                Those of you of a certain age who grew up in Minnesota and surrounding states will certainly recognize my avatar. There was a chain of Red Owl grocery stores across the upper Midwest. There is just one Red Owl store left, about a mile NE of Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

                                I use the Red Owl as my avatar as sort of an inside family joke. Back in the 70s, my father and his best friend invested a lot of money with their other friend who was a grocer. They bought a Red Owl store that was what would now be described as a 'supercenter'. It had groceries, sporting goods, and general merchandise. They were about 20 years ahead of their time. Anyway, the grocer decided it was more important to have an extramarital affair instead of actually running the store. My dad and his best friend lost close to six figures, in 1970s dollars. Whenever these now 80 somethings get together, they frequently lament their misfortune from so long ago. I like to tell them that if they had invested in Intel stock instead, they would each have 40 million dollars.

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                                1. re: John E.

                                  And they like to hit you with their walkers?

                                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                    Naw, my dad is in good shape. Three weeks ago he was splitting and stack firewood with his grandsons at our cabin. His friend is not in such good shape. He is on dialysis three days a week.

                                2. This is one of my rescued racing greyhounds, a 2005 victim of bone cancer. Several people with long experience in greyhound rescus say they've never seen a prettier greyhound. I used to call him my dumb blond. He flunked out of racing since although he was fast, he had no interest in chasing a lure. He developed epilepsy while living as a pet in a home where the husband beat the wife repeatedly, while the dog hid in a closet. He was returned to the shelter, in need of an owner who could cope with a special needs dog. Over the years, Puma went from scaredy-cat to happy, dare I say gregarious? - as long as he had another greyhound companion. I realized he was not stupid, just thought for himself. He quickly realized that when the phone rang after dinner, he could sneak into the kitchen and perform a pre-rinse cycle on the plate of canned cat food on the counter before I knew what he was up to. He once accessed and ate, in just a few minutes, a 2# loaf of whole wheat bread, fresh from a good bakery, that I left atop the microwave on the counter, while I brought something upstairs from the garage. All that remained was his head, buried deep in the plastic bag he'd taken onto the sofa. A true chowhound. He also became a hero - his story is here but on my computer, the type is too dark and only legible if you highlight it: http://julieklam.wordpress.com/2010/0...

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                                  1. re: greygarious

                                    What a touching story; but so sad to read your update.

                                    1. re: greygarious

                                      Great story. Do you currently have any greyhounds?

                                      1. re: John E.

                                        Sadly, no. The last one died last year. I have some chronic health problems that make it unwise to have a large dog, and I don't want a small breed. I continue contributing to breed rescue, though.

                                        1. re: greygarious

                                          We have neighbors who are very into the greyhound rescue movement. Not sure of their names, but their permanent hound is Giorgio :) When they come to our house to sell us girl scout or school fundraiser stuff, Giorgio likes to saunter in to see if the cats will say hello. He's a very friendly, mellow dude.

                                          They also foster other hounds waiting for adoption, so Giorgio often has a buddy to take his 10 walks a day. (Really, this family walks that dog constantly.)

                                          1. re: gaffk

                                            They really don't need a lot of walking. Their druthers would be to run for a minute and sleep for the rest of the day. Most folks without fenced yards do one long and several short walks a day. But if they are fostering they are probably trying to housebreak the temporaries, which accounts for multiple walks.

                                            1. re: greygarious

                                              I have an italian Greyhound and my vet call them the world's fastest couch potatoes :)

                                              1. re: enbell

                                                My niece had an Italian Greyhound and my brother called him "Skidmark" because he chased cars.

                                      2. re: greygarious

                                        Touching story and kudos to you for taking the dog(s) in. If you don't mind me asking do you support dog racing?

                                        Also were you implying in your story the trauma of seeing the abuse in the previous owners house was responsible (either wholly or partially) for the Puma developing epilepsy? Stress induced?

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          Having seen the condition of greyhounds when they arrive at the shelter from the track kennels, I oppose dog racing and am gratified to have been part of the effort that eventually banned it in Massachusetts.

                                          Canine epilepsy is a strange thing, definitely influenced by stress. Puma eventually stopped needing medication. This coincided with his increasing self-confidence. But whenever something "traumatic" happened thereafter - minor frights/stresses qualified - he'd seize within 12 hours. There is no known correlation of anabolic steroids and epilepsy, but the shelter manager was convinced of a link. Puma was one of a group of 6 hounds that came from the same racing kennel in Texas. Their records showed that all had been dosed with Winstrol (attempt to increase their will to chase the lure), and all developed epilepsy.

                                      3. Bacon sandwich. A British classic. Made sure I found an image of it with white bread and any unnecessary additions.

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                                        1. re: Paprikaboy

                                          Called a "bap", no? Or is that a generic term for sandwich?

                                          1. re: greygarious

                                            no, a bap is a floury, rough-textured bun. I love them.

                                            That one is an industrial one; homemade are best, of course.

                                            Once in a while somebody tries to sneak in what you and I would call a hamburger bun, but the floury baps are awesome, especially when used to hold copious quantities of good English bacon and a healthy dribble of HP sauce. Was my preferred lunch when I worked in the UK.

                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              Copious amounts of bacon and HP. I knew you had excellent taste Sunshine!

                                            2. re: greygarious

                                              I've heard bacon sandwiches called butties in England, which always brings out my inner-12-year-old.

                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                Oh, that's what I was misremembering, butties! Seen on one of the Two Fat Ladies shows.

                                          2. I love fresh plums in all their colors and flavors

                                            (thanks to mcconnors over at morguefile)

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                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              I always thought those were different colored olives.

                                            2. Well... this is moi. Because, you know, I like to hang out at The Plaza with a Beefeater martini on ice and a lime twist.

                                                1. I’ve lost the original picture that I used, but have attached something similar.

                                                  I use “drongo” because I’m a birder (birdwatcher to the non-initiated!) and the drongo was my favorite common local bird when I was a child – and the connection with “chowhound” is that drongos are very clever feeders, as can be seen in this article (from the Daily Mail, sorry) - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetec...

                                                  Coincidentally, it turns out that Australians use the word “drongo” for someone who is a dumbass or idiot (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define... ) and that’s probably quite accurate also!

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                                                  1. re: drongo

                                                    It's also an anagram for Gordon, which is neither here nor there but makes me chuckle.

                                                  2. My single favorite food. It's not the best picture, but the good ones were impossible to see as icons. With this, maybe some can make out the tiny type.

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                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                        Really? I can. Here it is again, though.

                                                        1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                          It does look like a fortune cookie, doesn't it?

                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                            Hmmm....now you have me thinking about a fusion between a fortune cookie and a parmesan tuile.

                                                            Don't ask me what language the fortunes will be in -- I haven't gotten that far.

                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                              Well, they'd have to be English! {b/c of course we alll know...]

                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                google says Martha tried it:

                                                                it's a video, and MS is quite a bit younger

                                                        2. It's a lambda. My name is actually a (bad) joke on lambda calculus.

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                                                          1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                                                            Yours I got, based upon your name.
                                                            However, it does make me think about Watson and Crick.

                                                          2. I grow Orchids and this one here is Gongora horichiana. Gongora blooms have a lot "humanoid" character to make them useful as Avatars, don't you think? :-)

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                                                            1. re: RUK

                                                              I thought yours was a cartoon Moose, looking right. Not Rocky/ Bullwinkle, but maybe animatronic.
                                                              Even as large sized, it sort of looks like hands pulling apart a massive wishbone.

                                                              1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                See, to me the enlarged pic begs the question, "Who would put peanut butter on an orchid?"

                                                                1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                  Oh now this is getting funny!! :-)
                                                                  Here are some more Gongoras…(or you could just image - google), these are really neat. That dark brown one is Gongora Pterodactyl and smells really strongly of Cloves and Cinnamon.

                                                            2. Oink oink... it is me!

                                                              It's a beer I had on tap in Franconia. I laughed when I saw the beer crates in the supermarket. (http://tinyurl.com/m3nbsor


                                                              ETA: 'Keiler' means a male pig in German.

                                                              1. Engineering and MODs-- PLEASE!!

                                                                These are so great!

                                                                Can the Avatar at least be bigger on the profile page!?!

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                                                                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                  Yeah, but if the avatars were easy to interpret, you wouldn't have been able to create such a great thread!

                                                                  1. re: drongo

                                                                    But... do you have any idea how many CHs don't care?

                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                      Dare you insinuate everyone isn't interested in what a handsome SOB I am?

                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                        I am. I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And from what I could tell, you are :)

                                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                          If you have to tell us, what can I say?

                                                                  2. I got a kick out of this thread, but sadly, it has led me to discover that I appear to have lost the .jpg I modified to be my avatar. I'll put it up if I find it, but it's simply a photoshop filtered image of a guy tipping his cap. The gesture is the message. Wiki defines it: "A hat tip is an act of tipping or (especially in British English) doffing one's hat as a cultural expression of recognition, respect, gratitude, greeting, or simple salutation and acknowledgement between two persons." It's a gesture that, when warranted, I am also prone to employ in person.

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                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                      I've always liked that gesture, not least because you don't have to actually be wearing a hat to do a "virtual" tip that seems to be pretty well understood out there in realityville...

                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                        I thought it was John McCain waiving on the campaign trail.

                                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                          Wouldn't that be a deletable offense?? :)

                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                            Seeeeee, this is where the small screen gets ya.
                                                                            I thought it was a pic of the elderly, seated Nelson Mandela.

                                                                            1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                                              And I thought it was a spotted Great Dane. So, there ya go. Now I look closely I see the hat tip.

                                                                              1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                Ha!!! Great Dane!?!?! This is better than a Rorschach test!

                                                                            2. re: MGZ

                                                                              I don't know where my avatar picture is either. I believe I just randomly downloaded it because I thought the guinea pig with pigtail was cute. I do not look like a guinea pig nor do I especially love them.

                                                                              Perhaps I need to find something else to put out there to the world.

                                                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                                                  Avatar is defined as: "an icon or figure representing a particular person." So, I would suggest if a guinea pig doesn't define you as a person find another one. I will add though that it's sometimes a caricature.

                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                    However not a bad avatar for someone that feels like they've become part of an experiment in which they are the test subject...

                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                        Well, as everyone who knows me would agree: I'm as sensitive (and nutritious) as a raw egg '-D

                                                                                        So obvious, too!

                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          IOW, you're a completely balanced nutritional package, however some may be allergic to you. I'll buy that.

                                                                                  2. Unless and until the avatars are enlarged, this thread is a cautionary tale about beta-testing your avatar. Have someone else look at it; if they can't tell what it is, replace it.
                                                                                    God knows WHAT suppositions about your character readers of your posts may be making!

                                                                                    1. Few bucks, not too exciting. Probably a few years old. Was flipping through pics one day and thought it was a good pic to use here instead of just an "E".

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                                                                                      1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                        Well, since y'all are so entertained by my "visions," here's another one. I thought this was a can of beer. Wad o' cash makes much more sense!

                                                                                      2. Mine is just me doing what I do. Teach, create and make drinks, and make people happy.

                                                                                        This is at the New York International Bar Show, teaching a seminar called, "When the Bar Meets the Kitchen" all about having the bar and restaurant kitchen communicate and share ingredients.

                                                                                        (Oh, and I still am amazed that a fellow Chowhound recognized me in the produce area of an H-Mart, based on the tiny avatar photo, a few months ago. We ended up sharing a very nice lunch at their restaurant that day.)

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                                                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                                                          Well look at you, you handsome dashing SOB ! To be perfectly honest all I could see of your tiny icon was the purple shirt, the red buckets, I thought it was the Grimace from Mc Donalds. Sorry!

                                                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                            First time I was ever thought to look like Grimace...

                                                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                                                              No offense intended. Just the red buckets look like Mc Donalds fries, or happy meals. Then there is just a purple image to the side, it was the first thing that came to mind. Sorry!

                                                                                                1. re: JMF

                                                                                                  Whenever I wear purple I always secretly feel like Grimace. Or Grape Ape.

                                                                                            2. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                              I think I like the "what I saw" part of this thread almost as much as the "this is my avatar" part!!

                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                        And yet as I post this both your hearts are empty, (-0-) I will truly heart you both.

                                                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                              That Sir is why you are the man!!

                                                                                            3. My avatar is the four-legged chowhound who resides with me, Pokey.

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                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                My two have a pal at the dog park who looks *exactly* like your Pokey.

                                                                                                Mine don't qualify as chowhounds as much as they do vacuum cleaners...