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Odd ID situation: when is "Valid" considered not valid enough?

I have no idea about the specifics in Minnesota, but it sounds like the owner has taken the position that he wants to be 110+% sure he doesn't serve anyone illegally AND that his staff isn't in the position of judging whether or not to 'card' a guest.

Here in California it is not all that unusual for 100% of guests/customers ordering/buying alcohol to be carded although the state guideline is to card those who do not 'look' to be at least 30. By doing it that way the business removes the judgement call issue for employees. I'd be very surprised if doing what you describe is not legal or legit.

about 9 hours ago
Midlife in Not About Food

BBQ Rib help needed

OK...... If you're going to bake the ribs in foil they will essentially be cooked before you grill them, with the grilling done to caramelize with the sauce. You could keep the baked ribs overnight but they'll be better done right away I think. As to liquid smoke, I never use it, but when it's used I'm certain it's mixed into the sauce. If you're using real smoke that needs to be done during the long cooking process. Doing it just during caramelization won't really do much of anything. Two different methods.

about 9 hours ago
Midlife in Home Cooking
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Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I kinda thought, from your first post here, that you're not aware that there ARE NO REGIONAL BOARDS on the new site. Regional boards are being replaced by tags that can go deeper into what you're concerned about, though it's not yet clear to many of us that the whole tag thing will result in ease of access to that deeper level.

Just to be sure...... since you're a new poster...... are you even fully aware of the Beta Vs old version issues being raised in these topics?

about 12 hours ago
Midlife in Site Talk

Sammy's Roumanian

I was there maybe 30 years ago with a large group of mens apparel sales reps. It was a hoot to watch guys from Mississippi and Oklahoma realize they were holding a dispenser of chicken fat and that chopped liver really was made from LIVER. Of course a bottle of vodka inside a block of ice was universally understood. I don't recall a stage act but there WAS a lot of that vodka, so maybe. I've always wanted to go back, but this topic is changing my mind.

Aug 26, 2015
Midlife in Manhattan

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

According to more than one response from the mods/techs it doesn't work on mobile at all. Sometimes it will take you there by accident, but it's just random. I've asked and been told it's just not possible to do. I go to my followed threads most and it's never worked for me, and techs have never said it varies by operating system on mobile. Just sayin'.

If what JoanN says is now true, that's new. Maybe just in Beta??

Aug 25, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Just to clarify, that function apparently doesn't work on phones.

Aug 25, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk
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Those people at Starbucks who tie up the milk counter fine tuning their drink

Sorry ebchower. For what Starbuck's charges I'm going to make it the way I want it. I try to make room for anyone around, but I'm not leaving with a bad drink because you're too impatient.

Aug 24, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

NGTHIYWD - Not Going To Happen In Your Wildest Dreams.

Aug 24, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk
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Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

At some point the need to have some kind of community identity within the vast sprawl of LA ended up in a dizzying mass of 'neighborhoods', many with acronyms. What, years ago, was good enough at West, East, South, North, and Central is no longer enough.

My son and his wife just came back from New York, where they stayed at a hotel a few blocks SouthWest of the Empire State Building. They said they stayed in NoMad. Took me a while to figure this is 'North of Madison Square Park'. I guess if an area as small as Manhattan can have all the 'neighborhoods it does, then LA still has a long way to go to catch up. Just glad I'm not in the area enough to have to figure it all out.

Aug 24, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area
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Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

Thomas Guide? What's that? ;o]]

Aug 23, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

How do you pronounce SUNDAE ( ice cream sundae)?

Thirteen years later and they still say "Sunduh" in St. Louis? I've known maybe a dozen people from there and non of them pronounced it that way....... either the ice cream OR the day of the week.

Los Angeles Area Abbreviations

So UCLA is NOT in West LA? Really?

Aug 22, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Oh, that one. I remember it (at least what popped up when I clicked) as being really pretty lame. It certainly didn't suggest the kind of remake to come.

Aug 22, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk
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Chowhound Beta Site Part V

What survey?

Aug 21, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

My 2¢?:They're trying to create a site targeting a much larger demographic to increase the size of the user base and, therefor, revenue. That's fine and understandable. I think what's difficult is the decision as to a) what that base wants, and b) what's the most effective way to do that. When the Beta was first revealed it seemed as if there was a lack of belief that the Chowhound part of the site got its draw from the contribution of it's more experienced users. At least it seemed that way because that base was asked not how it used the site, but was presented a largely changed experience and asked to comment. If you read through the 1,000 or so Beta topic posts it seems obvious that functionality is much more important that either TBTB thought it was to those users, OR those users were much less willing to change than TBTB had expected or hoped.

My son has developed two apps in the last 5 years. Every time I visit his offices there are discussions going on about how to improve the user experience. Doing that requires some pretty in-depth understanding of who the user is, what they want, how they want it presented, and how they want the experience to work for them mechanically. At least getting that right seems to be their target. All that is the icing on the cake of the purpose and content of the app, but is nonetheless critical to success.

Seems to me that Chow/Chowhound is very lucky to have an exisiting user base that cares enough to participate in the huge focus group experience that has taken place here in public. I've questioned how much of that exercise took place ahead of the Beta release, but that's beside the point now. For you, though, I'd spend as much time and money as you can afford on your user experience. I've seen too many instances of a user base defecting to somewhere else, or someone starting a better, competitive site in the wake of change to not take that possibility very seriously. People have choices most of the time.

Stepping down from soap box now.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I don't know about you but I'm kind of exhausted from all of this. I'm 90%+ mobile these days so ;o((( . I have to wonder if TPTB just woke up to the reality of their contributing user base or planned to use it this way. It just seems odd that the same base group used in the 'private' Beta testing wouldn't have been extensively polled to see how they actually used the site before all this started.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

Since a fix now let's me sign on to Beta from my older iPhone I've taken a look again. Two things:

1. I'm not seeing any of the colors or boxes you guys are discussing. Should I be?

2. In 'My Followed Discussions", from my profile, I no longer see a box with the # of comments that is clickable. I know it never took me to the newest post on mobile but at least it would take me down somewhere into a long topic and saved me having to scroll all the way. Is that box no longer a feature on mobile?

Aug 21, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Lactose-free yogurt?

Thanks. What keeps it from growing mold? Can you just leave it sealed the way you bought it?

Aug 19, 2015
Midlife in Special Diets

Lactose-free yogurt?

Yogurt is pretty much the only dairy product I eat much of and I'm trying to see if I'm lactose intolerant. The only product I am aware of (in OC, SoCal) is Green Valley Organic which appears to be available at Mothers Market, which is really out of the way for me. Sprouts, close to me, seems only to have Green Valley in individual serving sizes.

Any input on alternatives much appreciated.

Aug 19, 2015
Midlife in Special Diets

Help a beer novice out

Sadistick, you're on a Q&A topic which doesn't allow direct replies to other posts. Thankfully this format is going away with the new board remodel.

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I don't know what you do now, but the thread had to be opened to get to the yellow star so you could click on it to unfollow.

Aug 19, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Disappointing avocados from TJs

Not so in my experience. Most of the time the whole body seems to yield to some pressure or the avocado is not ripe enough to eat.

We just bought a bag at Costco, as we've done countless times in the past, and this bag is not ripening well, even with a banana in the bag. 5 days in and it looks like half of them are a loss. It happens.

Aug 18, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

<<"2. A Chowhound Live Feed
We’ve heard your interest in an ability to view a list of all new posts to Chowhound, mirroring the “Date Started” sort on the current Chowhound homepage.

We are working on this and hope to have a first version available for you to test drive next week.

Some notes:
- The live feed will use a condensed design for posts without comment snippets, just like your profile page
- It will not be personalized like the Beta homepage
- It will include the read state if you have it turned on in your profile settings

We’ll have more info on this page as we work on it. Thanks again for your patience as we continue to make improvements."<<

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We might just get through this after all.

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

I don't disagree, and the signs are everywhere that the 'new' Chowhound will be a different kind of experience. Perhaps what we feel is the 'valuable' content is a Trojan Horse to lure users to the ad-filled content, but someone must believe that the ad-filled content can keep users here after the horse dies. Just sayin'.

Aug 18, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk
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Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Exactly on target. Mods have said all that functionality is still there except for the Community page (which is my second stop after the topics I'm following). It seems that, if it's there, it's not how the site sees it's user base wanting to do things. Ugh!!!

It's been apparent, for some time, that the site has a vision that is at odds with the preferences of the users who, one would have thought, were the basis for what we all thought was the content that is worth coming for. Hopefully all this feedback will result in a site that serves both the 'old' base and the new target audience. Protests abound that they're the same, but the devil seems to be in the details.

What would you do to fix the Food Network?

FWIW, I do know that some of the layoffs were in the marketing area, particularly in their product co-branding group.

Aug 18, 2015
Midlife in Food Media & News

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Good question. For a site that seems to be very much in need of feedback at this point, there is an apparent desire to minimize that type of feedback (or at least compartmentalize it) going forward. I'm sure I could be misreading the intent but it seems pretty obvious that something like 'site talk' is not part of the mind set. I get that it's not substantive to the site's content objective, but boy does the seeming desire to make it more obscure seem ominous.

Aug 18, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Chowhound hates me!!!

So patsully didn't respond to my specific question on this (you'd think you guys are busy or something ;o]) so will you?

"One of my most useful sources here is the 'community' listing of all the posts, on all boards, which I look at to see what's new and of interest on the whole range of subjects covered on Chowhound.

From what I HAVE been able to read it seems that there will no longer be a way to do that.

Would you please let me know if that is true; if not, how can I get the same experience; if not, what's the rationale behind the decision to eliminate that functionality?"

Thank you.

Aug 18, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Declining quality at Costco?

Of course. Our Costco's are almost always that same 30¢+ less than other sources,. Even our Prius enjoys the savings. Here in SoCal most people drive a lot of miles, so it adds up.

Aug 17, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Chowhound hates me!!!

I posted in Part IV yesterday that I am now able to log on in Beta on my iPhone. Whatever your last fix was seems to have taken care of things.

Now all I need is something like the Community list of all recent topics and I'll be getting close to being a happy camper again.

Aug 17, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk