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I need a really good, thick wiener

OK, I'm over it.

Have you looked for Knockwurst? I know that Hebrew National makes them and would think any German deli would have them too. The ones I've had are about 1.25" in diameter. They're pretty much the same taste as a hot dog, but twice as thick as most.

about 9 hours ago
Midlife in Greater Seattle

Beef vs. Pork Ribs - what's the diff?

When I said "butcher" I meant a REAL butcher. Here that would be El Toro Meats, The Meat House, and Marbella Market. I find they have nothing better than the chain super markets, even the 'better' ones, like Gelson's. I've been looking on and off for a couple of years.

about 12 hours ago
Midlife in General Topics

Beef vs. Pork Ribs - what's the diff?

I'd love to be able to buy large beef ribs to cook at home but even the butchers here seem to have only smaller (6" or so), less meaty ones. The ones I get at Claim Jumper are almost twice that size. The butchers have said that the big ones go to restaurants, and that seems to be the case. We live in OC, CA. I suppose I could get them shipped from somewhere, but the price would be prohibitive. So..... Pork it is.

about 15 hours ago
Midlife in General Topics

Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

Is it me or is Rombauer Chard getting very inconsistent vintage to vintage? A couple of years ago I found it really oaky, then not so much last year. That's only natural but I thought they had a 'reputation' to uphold.

about 16 hours ago
Midlife in Wine

Scallions in Italian cooking?

I've seen her use onions, mostly in sauces, but this was the first time I recall scallions. It just jumped out at me.

about 17 hours ago
Midlife in Home Cooking

Scallions in Italian cooking?

Just watched an episode of Lidia Bastianich's Lidia's Kitchen in which she made a penne with mushrooms dish. She added scallions and it struck that I can't recall ever seeing an Italian dish made with them. I'm certainly not an expert on Italian produce, or cooking either, but wondered if scallions are found in Italy as ubiquitously as they are in the US. Plenty of onion varieties I'm sure, but the same type of scallions or green onions we see?

about 21 hours ago
Midlife in Home Cooking

Good sopes South of Tustin?

The title pretty much says it. I found a place in Tustin, Hole Mole, that serves them and, of course, there must be many others in Santa Ana. But I work late in South OC and it would be great to find some closer to Mission Viejo. This can be a real food wasteland, but sometimes you get lucky. Help?

about 21 hours ago
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

What Is Chowhound Now

I thought that was what I was saying. I've never assumed that people here OR at FN didn't know the impact of what they were doing. It's all about increasing shareholder value. Too bad sometimes, but it is.

Jan 23, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk
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Ad at bottom of page... Annoying

I haven't been able to find an ad blocker that will work on my iPhone but, until today, the ads I get have been tolerable. This morning I started getting an ad that appears at the bottom of the screen and is so small that touching the X on it only opens it. I suppose that zooming the screen might make it bigger but that is not something I'd be wanting to do.

I get that clicking on ads is the desired intent but this is a new wrinkle I haven't seen before. I know it's for Ragu, so this just seems intrusive.

Jan 23, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

What Is Chowhound Now

Hill, having spent most of my adult life in corporate positions (most with public companies) I am very much aware of the point in the first part of your post. I'm not sure, though, what you mean by your forest/trees point. IMHO, what's going on here is partly a dumbing down to achieve a larger audience, which is what I think FN has been doing as well. It doesn't seem to be working for them but the changes here are different and more subtle I think.

Jan 22, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

What Is Chowhound Now

IMHO, unfortunately what's happening with Chowhound is something of a parallel with what's happening with the Food Network. Economic reality caused changes which management believed would increase revenue. The earlier audience could not sustain, or achieve, the profitability required by the company, so steps were taken to improve profitability.

From what I've heard, the Food Network (which Hounds mostly mourn these days) is facing hard times now ......... this AFTER dumbing it down to increase audience size. So what is the future of Chowhound? I see it being dumbed down, but maybe not as obviously or as far as FN. It's anybody's guess really. But as I know at least some would agree..... It's their football.

Jan 22, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

In OC - Where did B. Wallenbeck go....?

A bit of Googling found this link on the Facebook page off someone with the same name who appears to be a chef.

https://m.facebook.com/napoleonandjos...

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

It's also illegal here for the house to deduct service fees and interest on credit card charges from servers' charged tips. What about Canada?

Jan 20, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

House charge? You mean the server kicks back a % to the business??? Hmmmm. I think that would be illegal here in California.

Oops. Just realized I'm asking a poster who posted 4+ years ago. :-(

Jan 20, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

What is this tree? Pics attached

bb, if you're in OC take a small branch and the 'fruit' (or pic) to gary@lagunahillsnursery.com or email him. We've been customers for 30 years and he's never been unwilling or unable to help. His latest location is on N. Tustin, just off the 55 at 17th St. In Santa Ana.

Jan 20, 2015
Midlife in Gardening

Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

Unfortunately my subscription to the CIA data base for logos has lapsed. I would have guessed that you can't give the name here due to rules, but the rules seem to be in flux right now, so perhaps a cork with something Googleable on it?

Jan 16, 2015
Midlife in Wine

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Have his shows ever been seen on TV in the US? I watch a LOT of cooking shows (have for MANY years) and I've never heard the name before.

Jan 14, 2015
Midlife in Food Media & News

Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

Hmmmm. YMMV I guess. for me it allows for maintaining completely vertical lift all the way through by switching from the shorter to the longer piece. The one I use most has an auger length of 2.25".

Jan 13, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

This is why I've come to favor two-step waiter's friends. Unless you can't manage to get the worm in reasonably straight I find them pretty much foolproof for corks of all kinds. And, when I serve, they fit nicely in a pocket.

Jan 13, 2015
Midlife in Wine
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How Would YOU Revive Chowhound?

And also new posters (now encouraged more by site intent) and drive-bys are less aware of the age of topics and less likely to check that before posting.

Jan 13, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

As noted above CA law now allows breweries to refill growlers that originated at other breweries. That's new.

Is Chowhound dead?

Back to the question of whether people are eating out: >> "Yes, $50pp is reasonable." <<. Really? I'd have to say that for most people that is extravangant to say the least. If that's what people you see around you are spending several nights a week they are far above average. I don't see how one could make broad generalizations with that as the basis.

Jan 12, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

Sorry. I misspoke. If they're a brewery (brewpub) they can, but only with their own beer. Taprooms that don't brew can't. And a brewpub that might tap beer from other breweries can't put those in growlers. IE- BJs Brewery could only fill with their own. At least that's how I understand it.

Corkage fee at retail shop/winebar

I've never encountered that. I know what my answer would be, but then I check online lists ahead of time and hope I don't run into it.

Jan 12, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

As corrected above, only establishments that actually brew can fill growlers in CA. Taprooms can't.

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

AFAIK it's against the law for anyone other than a brewery to refill a growler. Until I recently it had to be their own growler too, but that's changed. Brewpubs can't do it.

Is Chowhound dead?

Wow! I'm with Mr. T. Spam never crossed my mind when I read that, though the term "Official Post" is different, the word "sightings" told me what it was.

Jan 12, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Corkage fee at retail shop/winebar

I get it Zin, but would you consider it to be good customer relations? I've never had the specific experience but had always assumed the 'not on their list' thing was an etiquette issue more than one that might carry such a 'penalty'.

Jan 12, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Is Chowhound dead?

We'll, since Harters is hopefully just waking up, I'll help by pointing out that the board that requires English is NOT this board but "another" board.... as he states.

Jan 11, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

How Would YOU Revive Chowhound?

I share much of what debinqueens has said. My first thought upon reading the name of this topic was that regular/frequent particpants would want to know what the true mission of this site is at this point. I'm afraid there is a fear, mong many, that what they thought that was may no longer be the case.

Overall, I think that one can still contribute here and glean valuable information but maybe not as much at the "passionate" level that used to be apparent in many areas. That has many people disappointed but it may be the price of financial viability for those who pay the bills. There's a reason things like the Food Network get 'dumbed down'. Larger audiences don't mix well with niche material.

I've had enough recent interaction here to dispel earlier thoughts that there's some dark plot afoot to destroy it, but enough to be pretty sure that generating more users (= revenue) is driving the changes. It will go in whatever direction responds to that need best.

So, again, I'd like to know if there is a 'mission' that can be expressed before I'd make suggestions. Every successful business I've been a part if, or observed, has known what it wants to accomplish and can express that rather succinctly. Otherwise I'd be concerned we'd just be spinning our wheels.

Jan 11, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk