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DC: Would welcome comments/suggestions on my tentative iten

Had a good experience with a group at Overwood a while back. Actually, I had asked about it on CH at the time so I just checked and it was almost five years ago! And it also looks like I didn't report back how it went, which I could have sworn I did.

If memory serves -- they seated us in a separate room with a large table, handled some food restrictions in the group well, there was something for everybody, and the service was very good.

(ETA: had a pretty bad experience at Restaurant Eve, even longer ago than that. But it might have been a one-off and was a long time ago, so probably not a useful data point.)

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #12 – 01/21/15 (spoilers)

Could you (or anyone who wants) elaborate on what made Mei's more innovative than Melissa's? I didn't get that from the judges (especially considering Gail's comments on Melissa's) but I'm not really knowledgeable enough to be able to tell, myself.

Agree Mei seemed really smart and strategic in the Dufresne QF.

Jan 23, 2015
mselectra in Food Media & News

DC weekend - Italian + ?

I might at least consider Dino's Grotto.

Any genuinely good Tex-Mex in DC/Arlington?

Thanks for those links, Lydia -- I do know that he's active on Rockwell (I'm not as good as I mean to be about checking in there, though, I have trouble keeping track of threads there.)

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

Oh boy, now you've got to tell what she made! Just between this thread and the lamppost.

Isn't being an aunt wonderful.
Glad your dad got to spend the birthday with the little one.

Any genuinely good Tex-Mex in DC/Arlington?

I appreciate when these old threads with Joe H pop up, though. Wish he'd chime in again on this one (or any one!) even after twelve years.

Not Tex-Mex, but this thread reminded me that I was grateful to whomever suggested Taqueria Poblano for "L.A. style" crispy tacos. That's a comfort food for me, was glad to learn available in these parts.

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Thought I'd bump again. There's lots of discussion about this over on Site Talk, fwiw.

Tracking

Dennis S -- The instructions about how to change back to the older, much better, setting was posted on the DC/Baltimore board, but only bumped up once or twice. It's incredibly irritating, but you can go back to the old way. The fact that you're just now getting to Site Talk to ask about it, and missed all the other discussions of it, is further evidence that it's a mess.

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads (Part 2)

The pagination isn't the problem -- there probably would have been complaints, but I'm guessing most would have just been mildly annoyed and then gotten used to it. And it does make sense as a helpful feature for those on mobile devices.

The problem is the read posts no longer being collapsed. That's just a crazy change that undermines the essence of what makes CH what it is, the type of discussion that happens here, often over long periods of time, where users can periodically drop in on an ongoing conversation.
And I imagine even more problematic on mobile devices, to have to scroll through all of that to find new posts.

And people do keep finding their way to Site Talk to ask about the read-posts-showing-as-unread, which shows that users assume it's a glitch or bug, and also aren't seeing the now many explanations about it. For each that asks, how many have not asked and are just confused and annoyed?

Dec 27, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk
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Jewish Christmas

What restaurant in DC is that, cresyd?

Dec 24, 2014
mselectra in General Topics

Christmas Day Chinese/Asian restaurants

I did find myself at Eden Center a few years ago on Dec 25, and lots of places were open.

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Just thought I'd bump this up, in case it's still helpful to anyone.

Take-out (prferable) or eat-in, Christmas night, DuPont Circle/Logan Circle

You might check out Great Wall for Szechuan food, I expect they'd deliver to the house, too. Wonderful ma po tofu. You'll find some discussion of them on here for more recs. http://washingtondc.menupages.com/res...

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bumping it

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Bumping up...

No such thing as stickies any more, according to the Chowhound Team over on the Site Talk discussion of this.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

curry powder in Ottolonghi & Tamimi's Jerusalem

Thanks Gio -- Yes, I mentioned in the op that I'd seen the COTM thread. I'm trying to keep my hands off the book, myself, since it was a gift *from* me, but I have bookmarked those discussions.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Lizard -- I think it didn't need to be such a big deal, if they'd communicated the change clearly. But seems like a lot of people thought something was wrong with their computers or that there was a CH glitch that should be fixed, and then wasted time trying to figure it out or just stopped using CH. When they came on Site Talk, they still couldn't figure out what was going on.

Like, as annoying as, say, facebook is, they do make big announcements about changes, don't they.

Slightly slow loading time for a page is a mild inconvenience. This ended up being more of a pain than it needed to be.

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Yes, found it, thanks. Actually, the "i" for info is pretty standard. I guess I never figured I needed info on CH since I'd been using it long enough so never hovered over it. Surprised to see how much is there -- on home cooking at least.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk

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up it goes.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking
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curry powder in Ottolonghi & Tamimi's Jerusalem

Thanks chefj -- Yes, we have raisins at the ready as back up. Almost was the rare recipe where we would actually have all the exact right ingredients without any substitutions, but not quite. I was only the shopper for this one. Hoping I'll be eating it tonight for dinner, though.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Yes, indeed. Which I guess they don't care about; or decided the trade-off for more page clicks or whatever was worth it; or just don't actually use CH themselves, so don't realize how fundamentally it changes the site; or...?

My feeling all along was that they wanted to keep you "power users" who provide a lot of content and page views -- but figured they would, since they kept the option for the old view. But didn't care so much about keeping more casual users like me, or whoever wouldn't bother to figure out how to switch back. Can't imagine making this change and expecting to keep casual users.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk
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A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I have read reference to this almost invisible "i" -- but I don't see it....

My question was what happened to the ability to pin a post to the top of a board.

See, most of these changes I've barely registered. Point I had wanted to make the other day, to the Team, is that I'm a user who does NOT usually get riled up or even necessarily notice, but this one was so fundamental, I sure did.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

I'm still guessing the assumption was that the most passionate and invested users would take the trouble to figure out how to switch the settings back (to what should be the default), and then continue participating as normal as the furor dies down.

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk
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A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

The strangest thing I've heard yet, here. I guess haven't seen a sticky in a while, now that I think about it. Having the info on each board and basic CH protocols at the top -- wasn't that standard for quite a while? And stuff like COTM, didn't that used to be pinned at top?

What happened to this function, Team?

Dec 20, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

C'est vrai! I've found this whole thing so upsetting -- and I'm definitely not a "power user" like you. I usually just dip in and out, and I'm not much bothered. But, it's the dipping in and out users that this change seems designed to drive away.

So, you know what I'm going to do now? Watch the latest Top Chef On-Demand, so I can check out your recap and lurk on that discussion. And try to avoid Site Talk for a while.

curry powder in Ottolonghi & Tamimi's Jerusalem

Thanks lilham and Harters. I figured there was a standard Anglo type curry powder -- and also that it was kind of an obvious/silly question, so appreciate you taking the time to respond.
I'm used to choosing from few different versions of curry powder mixes.

Just back from shopping where there was a standard "curry powder" in bulk, so I was able to get just enough. The ingredient list is only slightly different than the one Harters posted (I don't remember the star anise). It sure smells good, and will definitely be better than the garam masala in this recipe (although there's some ingredient overlap). I actually probably could have mixed it myself, from spices we already have -- only missing fenugreek, I believe.

Well, maybe this will be a useful thread for somebody else in the future.

What I didn't find in the shops in my neighborhood were the currants...

Dec 19, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

They put up their own official instructions, instead. That's fine (and about time) -- but why oh why won't they pin them to the top? The Home Cooking one is already just about buried.

Well, then again, why oh why won't they reverse to the old default, for that matter....

curry powder in Ottolonghi & Tamimi's Jerusalem

Just got Jerusalem as a gift for my partner -- what a beautiful book! -- who is planning to start with the basmati & wild rice with chickpeas, currants & herbs recipe. I see it went over well here -- I saw the discussion of it on the long thread back when it was COTM (I believe).

Perhaps a silly question, but the recipe calls for curry powder, and I'm wondering if there's a particular curry mix they are assuming -- or that you all would suggest. I've got some Penzey's garam masala, so will probably go with that. I expect anything would be good, but thought I'd ask.

PS: Googling brought up this thread on garam masala vs. curry powder http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/279884 ;)

Dec 19, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Marssy -- I for one appreciate the apology. I still think some of this could be salvaged by doing something now to communicate clearly and more widely what's going on -- as in putting stickies on every board.

I would also suggest an apology on the announcement thread -- or even better as a separate thread -- along with some direct responses to issues raised there by users. I realize you may well be drafting those responses now!

Dec 19, 2014
mselectra in Site Talk
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Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Thanks -- Here's the link to how I did it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9995...

I had waited a couple days, hoping an official member of the CH team would step up. My regional board has been really quiet, but that might be typical for mid-week, mid-December.