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Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

I wish I knew the answer to your question. I've been here since the late 90's, and it just keeps getting weaker. It has always been my go to for info when traveling, but anymore it just doesn't seem to have the participation to be relevant. A few years ago if you asked for KC BBQ info, you would get 100 post discussing the topic. Now you are lucky to get any. My city, Des Moines,Ia, has nothing to offer anymore. It seems that people no longer want to enter into discussions of food, they prefer to just look at a star rating and believe it. I think it could return to to what it once was if it was properly promoted. CNET needs to contact past contributers and ask why they left. They seem content to survive on the number of hits, not the quality of content.

Apr 02, 2015
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Rudest grocery checker remark

Not rude comments, just messing with them.
"Did you find everything?"
"I can't afford everything, so I just got the stuff I need" and
"Do you want your beer in a bag?"
"No thanks, it's for the drive home"

Popeyes Love

Went to Popeyes for the Red Stick tackle box. 4 chicken strips marinated in tabasco and cayenne pepper, fries and a biscuit for 3.99.
This is a seriously good deal. Chicken strips went a bit over 4 ounces total, and they were not overbreaded. They let me pick my side, red beans and rice of course. Strips take a few seconds to hit, but they are spicy, and damn tasty. If you have a Popeyes near, it's 4 bucks well spent.

Apr 02, 2015
Bobfrmia in Chains
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Arthur Bryant's

Not a lot of people in KC here anymore. Here is a somewhat recent thread on KC BBQ
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9865...

Apr 02, 2015
Bobfrmia in Great Plains
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Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

The Fresh Market is opening 2 stores in Des Moines,Ia. After reading these post I would think there will be 2 new buildings for lease here soon. If they really come in with select grade beef, they should talk to Albertsons about how well that worked here. It's Iowa. We know beef. They are opening one very close to to a locally owned store selling locally sourced beef and produce. I'll take a look, but what I'm hearing doesn't bode well for them.

Mar 24, 2015
Bobfrmia in Chains

Price Chopper Grocery from Missouri

Price Chopper bought Dahls stores in Des Moines, and will be converting them to Price Chopper. How are the deli items? Prices? Customer service? Dahls was an institution here. Just wondering what we have to look forward to.

Mar 20, 2015
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something fun in Des Moines??

I have not been here, but hear good things about it.
http://hoqtable.com/home/our-story/

Mar 17, 2015
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Making Pastrami

Thank You.

Mar 12, 2015
Bobfrmia in Home Cooking

Making Pastrami

I bought a point cut Rueben brand corned beef. I'd like to make Pastrami with it. How would I go about that? I've read a lot of conflicting stuff doing random research. Anyone done this?

Mar 12, 2015
Bobfrmia in Home Cooking

DIrty Family Secrets

" If you fry anything long enough, it taste like french fries." I'm still laughing at that one.

Feb 20, 2015
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Old Posts, CH'ers who are no longer with us

Sadness is part of life. I agree with you that seeing the post of recently deceased people I admired here is sad, but after some time passes, and I come across some of those old post, it makes me happy to remember them, and the knowledge and humor they were so kind to share with us.

Jan 03, 2015
Bobfrmia in Site Talk
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Can we find out when we started here?

I'd been posting here for a long time when I got a message to change my posting name, as the site was getting large enough that "bobr" was going to get lost, or something to that effect. I don't know if that reset my member number or not. I think I started in 1998.

Jan 03, 2015
Bobfrmia in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

I miss the comprehensive reviews. Used to read them about anyplace from anywhere. Felt like I had eaten at a million places i would never be able to go. Reviews are few and far between now. Or maybe I just need to click and scroll a lot more. Not sure I'm ever gonna do that. Maybe a Reviews board would be good. Probably not. I don't know, it's just so regional anymore. Hard to satisfy my "what's the world like outside of where I live" fascination. Glad I don't have to run this place.

Is Chowhound dead?

No, you don't. And I miss that.
On the other hand, I don't either.

Dec 31, 2014
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Old dog.....new trick?

Preheat cast iron skillet on high heat for 10 minutes. Room temp steak seasoned with salt and pepper. 1 inch thick I do for 2.5 minutes a side. Remove and plate. let rest for 5 minutes. Perfect.

Dec 28, 2014
Bobfrmia in Home Cooking

Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

This.
Great to add a splash to a Bloody Mary.

Dec 27, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

Guy was in Des Moines a month or so ago. He did an episode from an old drive in that I've known for decades. It showed the owner slicing and pounding out pork to make pork tenderloin sandwiches. Reality is that they haven't done that for years. They use frozen Sysco loins. Oh, and you won't see car hops on roller skates either. Disappointed that they staged it.

Dec 27, 2014
Bobfrmia in Food Media & News

Forgotten Fast Foods

Back in the 70's I loved Long John Silvers scallops.

Dec 24, 2014
Bobfrmia in Chains

Let's bring back Jim Leff as a Senior Consultant for Chowhound

It has to be run by someone that understands it. That clearly isn't happening. Jim created it, and is likely the only one who can save it. If I was him I would let it die, and recreate it elsewhere.

Dec 20, 2014
Bobfrmia in Site Talk
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Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

We've been here forever. Why don't they get it? Maybe bring Jim back to consult.

Dec 20, 2014
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Vom Fass Recommendations?

haven't tried that many of their products, but I love the beer malt vinegar. Fantastic on fish, or just a sip out of the bottle.

Dec 18, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Who is the best Iron chef ever?

Batali had my favorite line. I don't remember the secret ingredient, but his advice with it was, and this is probably not verbatim, When faced with an unfamiliar ingredient, batter and deep fry it.

Dec 01, 2014
Bobfrmia in Food Media & News

AB InBev to launch Tequila-flavour beer

They can't seem to get that figured out.

Nov 09, 2014
Bobfrmia in Beer

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

It would have to be something fantastic. Not something I would want everyday, but I'll fill in with Gin and Tonics.
That said, Goose Island Lolita. Maybe.

Nov 04, 2014
Bobfrmia in Beer

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

I go with 8 slices to a can. fried golden in the skillet, 4 to a sandwich, which is white bread with a hefty smear of Hellmans.
I have some new ideas, thanks to this thread.
Slightly off topic, have you tried the "new" flavors? I tried the Teriyaki. It was a sin and the person that developed it should be in spam jail. One bite, them into the trash. My dog wouldn't eat it.
Black pepper version was ok. I have a Jalepeno in the cupboard. I look at it and think, Why?

Oct 31, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Your most delicious and uncanny ways to eat Spam?

Caroline1, 1947? that is a well aged can of Spam. How much do you want for it?

Oct 31, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

NE IA recent recommendations Marquette - McGregor - Guttenburg

About ten miles more than your limit, Toppling Goliath brewery in Decorah. Brewing some of the best craft beers in the country. If you like beer, it would be a mistake not to visit beer paradise.

Oct 23, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

If you take Glucosamin with Chondroitin, Consumer Reports test showed Kirkland Sig brand as the highest quality. They say the savings on that product alone pays for a membership. My membership is paid for by the dog food. I also buy the Prime beef. I would belong for that alone. The gas at the Des Moines Ia area Costco is .03 to .05 cents a gallon cheaper. Not enough to make the drive for. I'm curious as to how much cheaper it is elsewhere. There are enough things I buy that I can't get elsewhere, that in my case it is worth it for one.

Oct 13, 2014
Bobfrmia in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

As was already mentioned in this thread, but is always good for new customers to know, prices ending in .97 are closeout prices. The item has not been reordered,has been reduced, and can continue to drop in price depending on how fast it goes. Price tags with an asterisk in the upper right hand corner are not being reordered, so if it something you like, buy a lot of it (hello tasso double stuffed olives). Prices ending in .00 are usually displays, one left items and are deeply discounted. Those items can also be negotiated with the manager.

Sep 25, 2014
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Anything worth trying from Walmart in store Deli and/or bakery?

Ok, I'll admit to occasionally grabing one of the Italian Sub sandwiches. They have a Subway located in the Walmart I go to, and the store made subs are much better. Not a ringing endorsement on its own, but they really are pretty good compared to the sub chains. Huge, respectable amount of meat. Throw away the wilted lettuce and crappy tomatoes, and it's worth the money. Back when I cared about my diet i used to buy the sliced cajun fried turkey from the deli counter. It was pretty damn tasty.

Sep 25, 2014
Bobfrmia in Chains