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Cheese Blintz and Eggs Benedict Where??

Second that.

Apr 10, 2008
ahr in Manhattan

Toqueville? Anybody been recently?

Concidentally, I had an excellent meal there tonight. Spring has sprung, including the first soft-shelled crabs.

Apr 10, 2008
ahr in Manhattan

86th Street Chinatown?

Long ago and far away, there were three Chinese-American restaurants on the northern side of 86th Street between Bay Parkway and 20th Avenue: Rose Garden, New Parkway, and Canton (in order from east to west); the first two were upstairs and the third on street level. At some point, Canton moved across the street and Polynesianed itself, so it is Canton to which you refer.

More recently, there were two Chef Wongs with separate entrances on the southern side of 86th between Bay Parkway and 21st, one fancier than the other, both now gone. When last I looked, there was an unpretentious Chinatown-style Cantonese place calling itself 86 Wong on the southern side of 86th, just east of Bay Parkway, perhaps the descendant of one of the earlier Wongs. For the intensely curious, it has a web site: http://www.86wong.com/index.aspx

Feb 23, 2008
ahr in Outer Boroughs

Help us fix the slow loading problems

Same here with IE6. Much better now. Thanks, guys.

Jul 11, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Help us fix the slow loading problems

Aha! Perhaps the slow-load problem is more prevalent than we've been led to believe, but some people don't complain (or perhaps even notice it) because they get control--i.e., they can scroll and click--before the page has completed loading.

Jul 11, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Jury Duty Lunch Recommendations

Buy a sandwich at Lassen & Hennig's deli and enjoy it al fresco up on the Promenade, watching the strollers, the joggers, and the Manhattan skyline.

Jul 09, 2007
ahr in Outer Boroughs

Pop-up ad

I get no pop-ups with IE6. I do get slow loading and no Edit > Copy.

Jul 09, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Help us fix the slow loading problems

Based on this and the copy/paste problem, XP SP2 and IE6 may not be their target platform, though it probably still has the largest market share--even with the advent of Vista and IE7.

To be fair, not everyone running IE6 may be having these problems, making it more difficult to debug. Have the developers indicated whether they've been able to replicate them? There have been some changes in the past few days in the way the screen is painted, so something's being done behind the scenes.

Has anyone with IE7 reported in recently? I remember some much earlier changes that hadn't been tested properly with IE7.

Jul 08, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Help us fix the slow loading problems

Uh-oh. Except for the "CO" at the end, that's the same version I'm running, and it's just unusably slow. The thing is, up until last weekend, it ran just fine.

Can she copy text from CH? I cannot. See http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41847....

Jul 08, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Help us fix the slow loading problems

Some *good* news: Although the multi-second (for me) page-load delay remains, the jumping is gone. The screen now jumps neither at the completion of page display nor upon cursor movement. The painting first with the red theme and then overpainting with beige is also gone, except on My Chow, where it still occurs, always.

I take this back, partially: The initial load of a page no longer jumps (that is, the lower portion of a page, which lists a board's threads or displays the text of the posts within an individual thread, now remains stable), even though the Chow logo header still displays in two segments: partially at the very beginning, and then filling in at the end of page load. However, sometimes, but not always, a page *will* jump when recalled using the Back button.

One other recent change in behavior: The multi-second delay at 100% CPU utilization used to occur after the "Opening page..." message had been replaced by "Done" and the progress worm was at maximum length; it now occurs before, instead.

Finally, two tests: 1) Disabling Flash animation in NIS has no effect on page-display times. 2) Disabling script execution makes pages display instantly, albeit with limited capabilities.

I hope this all helps.

Jul 05, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Help us fix the slow loading problems

Interesting. It does *not* happen to me on those sites, or on cnet, bnet, or mysimon. Some of them are fairly large sites that take a while to load the first time, but they do not sit churning the CPU long after all objects have been downloaded the way chow does. Also unlike chow, they all reload immediately when recalled via the Back button.

An old, unrelated problem: After editing this post, only the "Saving..." status message remained on-screen. I had to refresh the page to see the modified post. Note that this does not happen consistently.

Jul 05, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Help us fix the slow loading problems

I'm disinclined to install an unnecessary piece of major software, especially one which extends its tendrils deep into the system like a browser, in order to help debug even a favorite web site. I can report, however, that my system behaves identically to Ruth Lafler's.

In addition, I used my firewall to block all ingoing and outgoing traffic at the point that the status area reported no further downloading of objects and showed "Done" and a full green status worm. The worm remained, CPU utilization remained pinned at 100%, and the page continued to process for about another five seconds, until everything shifted down and display was complete. This observation would seem to eliminate the user's ISP as a potential source of the problem.

I hope that this helps.

My info:Operating System: Windows XP, Service Pack 2
Browser: 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254
Firewall: NIS 2005 (Version 8.5)

Jul 03, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Slow Loading, Page Jumping: User Info

Please post here ONLY IF YOU EXPERIENCE THESE PROBLEMS. In order to help the developers, indicate your operating system, browser, and any other pertinent system information.

I'll start:

Operating System: Windows XP, Service Pack 2
Browser: 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254*
Firewall: NIS 2005 (Version 8.5)

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* From Help > About Internet Explorer

Jul 03, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Loading is VERY Slow; Curser slow; Board moves

Ditto here.

According to Alexa ( http://www.alexa.com/data/details/tra... ), Chowhound page views are down more than 50% over the last few days. Is this merely cyclical, or could there be a connection? Sometimes one has to wonder whether developers, here and elsewhere, test extensively with the most common OS and browser combination (Windows XP, MSIE 6 SP2), or just the latest anything-but-Microsoft.

The jumping, which is almost as annoying as the slow loading, has been present for some time. It's just more visible now.

Jul 03, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

The Bouncing Effect

Hmm. As of this weekend, not only does the page paint visibly and bounce, but it takes about 5 seconds of 100% CPU utilization before it finishes.

Jul 01, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

The Bouncing Effect

Yup, same here. The ongoing bouncing never went away either, at least with MSIE 6.0. A repeat of an earlier description follows:

When a “YOUR UNREAD POSTS FOR [Board Name]” topic list is displayed, at the very end, after the entire page has been painted, two things are visibly added: i) the rounded corners at the top of the light-flesh-colored background behind the CHOWHOUND logo; and ii) the dark-flesh-colored strip between Recipes|Boards|Stories|… and the “YOUR UNREAD POSTS FOR…” header. In addition, all the topic listings “bounce” downward at this point by the height of the dark-flesh-colored strip.

When an individual post is displayed by clicking its link, the same thing happens, except for the downward bounce.

The same is true of “regular” board displays, not just Hot Posts listings.

Jun 24, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

What should I order at Tocqueville?

Tocqueville is to large extent a market-driven restaurant, so I'd go seasonal right now, considering especially carefully the specials of the day.

Jun 19, 2007
ahr in Manhattan

Carolina BBQ

Are we talking about the same place? Depending on what you order, the meats are served on butcher paper on metal trays and/or in cardboard "boats," with sides in boats or styrofoam cups. The utensils are metal, not plastic.

Jun 01, 2007
ahr in Manhattan

The Bouncing Effect

So what's the story on the ongoing bouncing and flashing?

Jacquilynne? Engineering? Chowhound Team? Do any of y'all use (or test with) MSIE 6 and the beige theme?

Even if you don't have time to fix it, an ACK would be appreciated so that I don't have to continue monitoring this thread.

Thanks.

May 20, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

The Bouncing Effect

And, has anyone else noticed that in the beige theme the background is filled in first in red and the beige is painted over it at the end?

This sort of thing doesn't affect the content, but it gets really distracting to look at for too long.

May 08, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

The Bouncing Effect

Page display is still distressingly twitchy.

When a “YOUR UNREAD POSTS FOR [Board Name]” topic list is displayed, at the very end, after the entire page has been painted, two things are visibly added: i) the rounded corners at the top of the light-flesh-colored background behind the CHOWHOUND logo; and ii) the dark-flesh-colored strip between Recipes|Boards|Stories|… and the “YOUR UNREAD POSTS FOR…” header. In addition, all the topic listings “bounce” downward at this point by the height of the dark-flesh-colored strip.

When an individual post is displayed by clicking its link, the same thing happens, except for the downward bounce.

The same is true of “regular” board displays, not just Hot Posts listings.

I’m running WinXP with IE 6.0, fully updated.

May 07, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

The Bouncing Effect

OK here, too.

May 04, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

The Bouncing Effect

This is excruciatingly annoying.

May 03, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Blue Moon Fish- back?

Yesterday.

Apr 26, 2007
ahr in Manhattan

BBQ Catering in NYC

I think that R.U.B. does catering. 212-524-4300, www.rubbbq.net.

Apr 18, 2007
ahr in Manhattan

Confused about New Jersey?

Chowhound was originally NYC-centric. See http://strangemaps.files.wordpress.co... for the New Yorker's perspective.

Apr 11, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Email?

Try Googling their Chowhound user name, so long as it's reasonably distinctive. You may find that they also post on another national or regional web site, possibly not even food-related, which has a built-in e-mail or personal-messaging system. You can even try Googling some key snippet from one of their posts, on the chance that they've posted the same thing on another site or in a personal blog.

Apr 01, 2007
ahr in Site Talk

Carolina BBQ

raji212: "they don't give you plates and utensils"

BackyardChef: "The lack of utensils and plates isn't that uncommon in bbq joints, either"

I'm posting once more, just to avoid any potential misunderstanding based on raji’s assertion and the appearance that you initially confirmed it.

For the record: whenever I've visited RUB, my table was fully set with silverware (stainlessware?) when I sat down. I've even used a fork to eat the pulled pork.

Mar 19, 2007
ahr in Manhattan

Carolina BBQ

When did RUB stop putting out knives and forks?

Mar 16, 2007
ahr in Manhattan

Best Fried Clams/Calamari in Brooklyn?

Absolutely great fried clams at Lundy's--about 30 years ago.

Mar 13, 2007
ahr in Outer Boroughs