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Continued Feedback on Moderation Changes, and More Guidance for Bloggers

Several weeks ago, a new poster asked a question on the Florida board, setting up an improbable scenario of conditions and asking how to handle some supposed eating requirements on an upcoming trip to Florida. After some serious Chowhound responses, trying to be helpful and trying to make some sense out of the conditions the new poster specified,a couple of Chowhounds started speaking out loud that this person was just putting us on. Lets have fun at these foodies' expense kind of thing. (That's my paraphrase today- no Chowhound used those words on the thread.) Up the that point, the new OP had never replied to Chowhound suggestions with any "thanks, I could try that," or reply with any clarifications on their original outragious conditions/ requirements. So the suspicion from the rest of us seemed quite justified, IMO. The reply posts that dared call the OP out on the possibility of a phoney premise were pulled from the thread. I think sometimes it is 100% valid to leave the evidence that some posters have a problem with the validity of a post- it just shows we are capable of some critical thinking. Now the surviving thread reads as if we are all a bunch of naive jerks, trying to be helpful, but being taken for a ride. Pulling the reply posts was the wrong decision, Team. btw, this one-time poster has not posted since. I do not think for a minute it is because they got a skeptical reception from others on Chowhound- they initially got a very broad, supportive bunch of responses.

about 18 hours ago
Florida Hound in Site Talk

What I should I serve with the champagne for a wedding toast?

If you had not mentioned it, sunshine, I would have. I am jumping in just to underscore- its not always obvious when planning a wedding- remember those who would prefer non-alcohol. Planning in advance is less awkward for servers and guests.

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

Its been about a week since the Chowhound changes, and the intervening discussion since. Now, without any computer adjustments on this end, I seem to be able to click onto the new discussion prompt with success! I haven't posted a new thread yet, but the "dress rehearsal/ practice run" attempt a few minutes ago seemed to let me in just fine. Thanks for all support and suggestions! Now, what did I want to post about a week ago?

Aug 03, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

Thanks, Mary, but clicking this does nothing.

Jul 30, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

Various advice re: adobetag? Adlock? Ghostery? ??? Foriegn languages for someone who just wants to talk the language of food on a website called Chowhound. The various links do not present a solution of how to start a discussion thread, and this is very discouraging as it has been user friendly for years. Maybe participating is not an option with the changes to the site. That would be too bad. Thanks, Melanie, but "it was on my end, not the site's" may not apply here. Any other suggestions? To the chowhound team- will you be modifying this issue so we can post on this site in the future? Thanks, all

Jul 30, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

Site issues

Nothing happens when I click "discussion."

Jul 30, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

It shouldn't be this hard to participate. . .

I have tried to post a new discussion and can't find anything to click on to start a new thread. The FAQs are no help and they say if you need help, post something on Site Talk... of course, that, too, requires a new thread unless I coat-tail onto yours, breadcrumbs. I've been posting for years and never had this problem. I think my plight overlaps your concerns about some of the new changes.

Jul 29, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

'8 O'clock 100% Columbian' name change??

Gevalia's commercials are so obnoxious, I decided I would be embarrassed to buy their coffee. Does it really compare to what everybody "remembers" as 8 O'Clock Colombian? (I would be in the market for whole bean, not Keurig.)

Jul 14, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Instant Breakfast Cereal

You're getting a lot of encouragement to make it at home and take it with you. I posted an "overnight steel cut oats" recipe some time back. We've also tried it sucessfully with stone-ground grits.

For your consideration:
We do overnight steel cut oats in the crock pot. We read somewhere of turning the crock pot into a type of double boiler by putting an oven-safe bowl in the crock pot, and surrounding the bowl with water. Someone thought there might be a risk of something cracking, so we follow their hint of wadding up some small pieces of aluminum foil under the bowl or putting a small saucer under the bowl. Nothing has cracked yet/ not worried about it.

Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oats

Before you go to bed...

The water in the crockpot should come up to a little more than halfway up the outside of the bowl. Bowl should be able to hold 4 cups of liquid. Make sure the lid still fits on the crockpot. Measure out one cup of steel cup of oats. Pour that into the inner bowl. Now, add 4 cups of water to the inner bowl; stir it in. Maybe yes, maybe no, for a little salt. Put the lid onto the crockpot, set the unit on low (I learned to check that its on 'low' and not 'warm!') Go to bed, and the next morning, its perfect! In the morning, you can stir in a little milk or some dried fruit or raisins or some thawed out frozen blueberries or brown sugar or nothing! [AND spoon it into that thermos, millygirl! You're on your way...]
We do this 1- 2x a month.

A "grits" thread on Chowhound in 2012 also got us experimenting... Crockpot overnight grits recipe. Our liquid of choice was chicken broth and it gave a wonderful flavor. We now make it with less liquid than a recipe might call for because my wife wants a batch that can be scooped like a scoop of ice cream. I added sage to the recipe, since my wife wanted it to remind her of stuffing. We had grits like this in a restaurant overlooking the Nantahala River in North Carolina- a great memory in itself. We're pretty close to replicating the recipe in our own kitchen. Delicious!!!

Florida Hound

Jul 13, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

FLORIDA HELP

Being in the Florida sun for 10- 12 hours presents challenges even beyond what to pack for lunch. The dangers of sun stroke are real, and hydration around here is an absolute consideration. Nothing to drink or cool you down for 12 hours????? That "logic" you mentioned that pops in may be trying to tell you something. Please be careful.

Favorite ways to eat fresh blueberries?

1. Protein powder shakes- smoothies at our house, with the liquid either skim milk or light apple juice. A cup of blueberries, maybe a cup of strawberries, and/ or 1/2 a banana. If I am making the recipe just for myself, I might also include a container of Chobani Greek Yogurt. (The protein powders are either Raw Fit High Protein for Weight Loss, by Garden of Life, W Palm Beach, FL, or True Vitality Vanilla with 8 Billion Probiotic Cells by Green Foods, Oxnard, CA).

2. The 4th of July has just passed... Blueberries and strawberries and whipped cream make a nice presentation as an "American flag" on a sheet cake.

Jul 06, 2014
Florida Hound in Home Cooking

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Great list. Another vote here for the Horn & Hardart Automat(s) as the classic NY eatery in 1950s, early 1960s. As the OP mentioned, "RIP," but the automat still reigns big in my memory banks

Jun 28, 2014
Florida Hound in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Circa late 1960s, I had Belgian waffles several times at a cafe in the theater district- wish I could remember the name of the place! The cafe was either part of a hotel lobby or right next to a hotel. The wait staff in formal white and black, foreign accents, and I thought it was the classiest place in the world. I stopped there for my Belgian waffles several times as a teenager, and one particular server had the people-skills to act like he remembered me from visit to vist. So, many years later, having moved away from metro & suburban NYC, I was back on a visit and could not for the life of me find it. I wandered up and down the neighborhood streets and finally decided that may be a teenage memory that will forever have some mystery elements to it. Anyone else remember a place that sounds like my cafe?

Jun 28, 2014
Florida Hound in Manhattan

do you add anything to your coffee grounds

Another vote for occasionally adding cinnamon. On other occasions, pumpkin pie spice. I was adding salt for a while, then kind of forgot about it until I was reminded by this thread.

Jun 15, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

June 14, 2014. I just got a wonderful tip from a thread that has popped back up from 2008! Maybe some activity in 2010, too. But there was a very useful discussion on Horlick's malt powder, with a lot of related suggestions. I'm going to try to make a not-so-Brooklyn Egg Cream with "Malta" soda as a substitute for the seltzer. I even "replied" to the 2008 OP, whether they will see it or not. A zombie thread, maybe, but I'm please to get a new idea. (Looks like that thread is once again going strong in 2014...)

Jun 14, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

Malt question: Horlick's vs. malt extract vs. Carnation

This "tip" has been lying in wait for me to pick up on it for 5+ years! I make Egg Creams with Mug brand cream soda, when I can find any in Florida- I may have to try an Egg Cream with Malta! Thanks! By the way, we all know that standard Egg Creams use seltzer, not Mug cream soda. And I follow a standard Jim Leff recipe (with the seltzer...) I downloaded in July of 2000.

Jun 14, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Is there a local non chain casual seafood restaurant in the clearwater area. Prefer picnic table on the beach kind of place.

I googled for information and another site which shall remain nameless had a line from someone who tried to go there "2 weeks ago" (Maybe Memorial Day weekend, or so, 2014?) He said they need to re-build- no food, guys. Open for drinks and bait only. (So you'd have to agree- currently very very very casual. But I won't count it on my dining out list for quite a while.)

Jun 14, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

'Raw Fit' protein powder and synthroid

My wife has just started on a protein powder from Garden of Life, called Raw Fit High Protein for Weight Loss. She is also on synthroid medication where her doctor recommends not to take vitamins for 4 hours. Does anyone have personal experience with rx + supplements? (Yes, she will check with her doctor, also!)
Should she treat the supplement/ powder with same rules as vitamins?
Thanks

Jun 08, 2014
Florida Hound in Special Diets

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

Coincidentally, as soon as I finished reading this thread of posts, I accidentally got caught up in a thread just revived from 2009. There was a "Red Velvet Cake" thread on General Topics. I had read about 5 of the posts- all very enlightening- before I noticed they were all from 5 years ago. Someone brought it back, had come 2014 comments to make, insights to offer. I don't need to add to their thread, but it was interesting reading. Works for me.

Jun 08, 2014
Florida Hound in Site Talk

North Conway/ Storyland report

For July- Put May Kelly's on your list. Its too bad DrMag didn't get a chance to go to May Kellys, in North Conway. I wish I could remember what we had there in 2009, but I do "remember" that it was the best stop in our Maine-New Hampshire vacation. At the time, they periodically had an Irish dance group come in throughout the summer. It would be fun for you if they are still doing that.

I Love Dark Burned Toast. How about You?

The bagels I occasionally buy at Publix Supermarket deli/ bakery, or Einsteins Bagels, for example, are no better. They're fine. When Dunkin Donuts get the cream cheese and "burnt" to my liking, they are absolutely great by me. I bet somewhere on Chowhound there have been threads on 'the best bagels in the country' or something. But if someone was looking for a good bagel, I would put them on to Dunkin. Could do a lot worse.

Do you butter your French toast?

Gotta love Chowhound. It never occurred to me that someone would not butter their French toast. I go to a breakfast meeting for an organization in the area, about once a month, and we meet at a small restaurant that serves a very simple buffet. They always have French toast (not the best, maybe), and I will always pile on the slices, then slather on butter and butter and butter, and top it off with sopping amounts of syrup. And a little later, go back for seconds.

May 26, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Best Sandwich in the World

Fresh tomato sandwishes (sopping with mayo) on white bread was the ambrosia of my youth. But you just can't find tomatoes as fresh and tasty as those from my father's garden. The sandwich was an extension of time-with-dad, and out of that context, or with pale tomatoes from some supermarket- it just ain't the same. Haven't had one with just tomatoes in years. (I will do a B-L-T with beef bacon once in a while, though, and list that among my continued favorites.)

May 16, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Dunkin D coffee at home

Update from the Hound:
I got ahold of some of the Dunkin Donuts creamer. Its good, but I am not sure it is the make-or-break difference in a true DD experience. I am alternating between Publix "Coffee Creamer" in the little carton, and the DD Creamer. I've put my Evaporated Milk routine on hold til these supplies run out- I will probably just revert to the Evap. I may make a point to avoid fat-free Evaporated, though. I have also now tried running the hot water through the Mr. Coffee, twice- the first time without the coffee, the second time, over the beans. The second go-round comes closer to the recommended 195-200 degrees for perfectly brewed coffee, and I think it may be making a positive difference. (Thanks again, Grampart.). The coffee in the cup gets better when it cools down a couple of degrees, though.
Thanks everyone.

May 10, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

What to you miss from your neighborhood "old school" Bakery?

It was a special treat when Mom would come home from her job in White Plains (NY) and she had stopped off at the bakery by the bus stop in WP. My favorite was those Linzer Tarts. I also remember a cookie, kind of like the black and white, but it was all pink icing. I can still get a pretty good "almond crescent" pastry in Tarpon Springs (FL)
But what I really miss in an "old school bakery" vs our extensive bakery department at Publix Supermarket(Florida) is the Smell !!! Old fashioned bakery smell would hit you with heaven as soon as you walked in the door. Maybe even on the sidewalk, and you just had to go in!

May 10, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

I tried Hulls last weekend with some friends. I posted my reaction on another thread, but in a nutshell- food very good; but the atmosphere---> the place is small and feels like a "fast food" place, which it really isn't. I expected more of a "nice restaurant" feel. But now that I know what to expect on that level, I would still definitely go back. We are also fans of Down The Hatch.

May 03, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Communal tables at restaurants - your opinion please?

Someone else has mentioned the intentional "home style" or "family style" seating arrangements that draw tourists to a few restaurant in Pennsylvania Dutch country in PA, or The Smith House in Dahlonega, GA, or Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House (have they re-opened since her death several yrs ago?) in Savannah, GA. We have loved all of them. I don't think this is what the OP is talking about, but it really fits as the topic is discussed.
There is a small hole-in-the-wall pub in our area that sometimes has a line of folks waiting for tables. Known for pretty good food. Management will ask 2 people dining at a table for 4 if others can join, and invariably, the answer is yes, because those diners also waited earlier in the evening or on another evening. And so 2 people sit down with 2 strangers, make some small talk and keep it friendly, but not too invasive. Its usually a friendly pub around the room, anyway, so it seems to work out for that place.

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in Not About Food

Chinese in Daytona Beach

I just spent the weekend with some friends in Daytona Beach. One person in the group was hoping to find Daytona's best Chinese restaurant. We asked some local folks, and each drew a blank at that request. So I am asking area Chowhounds for a Daytona Chinese suggestion for future reference. Thanks!

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

Daytona Beach Rec's, PLEASE?

We finally made it to Hulls Seafood Market Restaurant in Ormond Beach this past weekend. I remember 2 of the party had shrimp platters, and Hulls was willing to make it pretty much any way they wanted it, which was a good introduction, and our 2 shrimp eaters gave their meal rave reviews. I had fried clam strips, which were terrific. (I don't recall specifically what our other friend at the table had, but he did mention several times he enjoyed it. ) Everyone wanted to know how I heard about the place and I told them about Chowhound, of course.
I was not expecting:
The drill at Hulls is place your order at the front counter, and then the order is delivered to your table. So that part of restaurant dining took a moment to get used to.
Its small, and the lay out and "feel" is like "fast food," which it is not (the small part- yes!) The front of the restaurant is entirely glass window, looking out on to a busy and pretty dreary Hwy 40, and so that added to the "fast food" ambiance. At times, the line to place your order took over the crowded aisles of the small restaurant, although we happened to time it ourselves with, thankfully, no line and no waiting. Watching the line get longer and longer only convinced me this is a very popular place.
Food came out in plastic baskets- the usual informal seafood place kind of presentation.

The food: IMO, is good quality food. And the seafood market part of the operation sure looks like an incredible "real deal" from what I could catch a glimpse of, although the market was closed (we sat near a glass emergency exit that connected to their market).

Everyone at the table wanted to get back to Hulls soon- all very positive reviews.

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in Florida

best coffee brand, period!

By the way, I'm not much of a steak lover, but I will do an occasional McDonalds burger... That said, what are your coffee recommendations? I started a sep. thread about a month ago asking how to get my favorite Dunkin Donuts restaurant flavor at home, to give you an idea where I am on the coffee continuum. While I am a fan of Dunkin and 8 O'Clock, I periodically try other ChowHound recommendations.

Apr 27, 2014
Florida Hound in General Topics