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Earthquake

Broken barrels, open bungs? Or can it settle? Not hearing much from wine reps covering OC.

Glad you're OK.

Aug 28, 2014
Midlife in Wine

Why Phase Out "Chowhound" Brand?

What part's not accurate, Jim?

Aug 25, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Looks like this is a work in progress now. I was pretty exhausted following the 500 or so post topic that exploded when the changes began, but maybe, just maybe, things are being dialed back just a little? Sigh! One can hope.

Aug 23, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Growlers: does anyone use them in LA?

As far as I know, and as of August 2014, California breweries can now refill growlers with beer even if the growler is from a different brewery, BUT retailers and tap rooms are not permitted to fill growlers at all. Dumb ABC rules.

Aug 22, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Billing issue... what would you do?

Probably, but your post doesn't suggest that you used Open Table, so.... ??????

Aug 21, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

Billing issue... what would you do?

From my experience there's also no way they could have contacted you about this unless they had your contact info through a separate source. When a customer forgets a credit card where I work we are unable to contact them as the issuing bank will not provide info or even contact them for us.

About your specific issue, I think the restaurant should honor what the server told you. If they don't, it doesn't speak well of them.

A Personal Announcement

Best of luck..... And possibly the 'really good timing' award too.

Great Pinot Noir under $20 -- Is there such a thing?

I much prefer K-B's Sonoma Coast PN to their RRV. I don't have much experience with their single vineyard PNs, but I'm guessing Sonoma Coast is more like Anderson Valley.

Aug 17, 2014
Midlife in Wine

Weird post layout?

Right. It IS just that poster. Looks really odd on iPhone; not so much on laptop.

Aug 17, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Weird post layout?

Suddenly getting a haiku-like layout of posts on my iPhone. (See pic attached).

Still have very tiny type in 'My Discussions' listings for topic titles, and now also seeing some topics open with all posts expanded briefly, then collapsing. OTOH jumping phenomenon seems to have subsided.

Aug 17, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Why Phase Out "Chowhound" Brand?

I just read something in a Facebook post by a guy who works at Facebook (on iOS messenger). It says a lot about what I think this is all about here, and have said in several posts. Personally I'm getting tired of all this and am settling in to just seeing how it works. It's pretty obvious that recent events have tempered (or at least brought into better focus) some of what looked like rampant chaos. But, in the long run, this ain't our football.

Atish Mehta
14 hrs • San Francisco, CA •
[One of two things he's made himself promise to do]
- be critical of everything i read, even if it happens to align with my world view. a lot of today's media is optimized for page views, not accuracy of content, so they'll post whatever it takes to get you to like and share what they wrote - that's how they stay alive and make money

Aug 12, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Clicking on Reply Count Doesn’t Take Me to First Unread Post

For a while I thought this wasn't working only on my iPhone or because the whole topic hadn't completely downloaded. But It's not working on my iPhone OR on my PC (Windows 7). Clicking on the number of posts almost always just drops me down somewhere in mid-topic, NOT at the first unread post. I can't recall a recent occasion when it worked.

Aug 12, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Hamburgef Hamlet coming back!

I think it's coming back to me. Was it in the site that became Lee's Banh Mi?

Aug 11, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Hamburgef Hamlet coming back!

You sure you're not thinking of the HH on Adams, off Harbor, in Costa Mesa? I'm pretty sure I'd've known if there'd been one in Irvine. ;o) I vaguely remember something near the airport, like around Von Karmann, but it's not resonating.

Aug 11, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Hamburgef Hamlet coming back!

More info there. I searched and did find that topic but the title didn't suggest where it got to down thread. I'm just glad it's happening.

Aug 11, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Hamburgef Hamlet coming back!

Posting here because they're not a chain yet in this incarnation.

http://m.la.eater.com/archives/2014/0...

We have a very long emotional relationship with HH on several levels and would be fcstatuc if it came back in some form similar to what it was in its heyday. The icing would be a South OC location. I can dream.

Aug 11, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area
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Tipping with a credit card

If you go online quickly enough you will usually see the transaction including the 20% because that's the amount sent to the credit card processor for approval, but it is changed to reflect the ACTUAL total when the establishment goes back and adjusts for the actual tip you write in. In some places that happens immediately after you leave, but more usually at the end of a shift or at the end of the day. At least that's how it works with the systems I've used.

Actually, this discussion was about what happens if a guest writes in one amount for the tip but writes in a total that does not reflect what they wrote for the tip. IE- $25.00 bill; guests writes $5 on tip line; guest writes total as $28, not $30. That's a totally different issue as to whether the business has the legal right to change the total the customer has written in.

Aug 11, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

Why Phase Out "Chowhound" Brand?

The attempt to brand this whole thing as "Chow" seems to me to have started a very long time ago. Personally I'm not adverse to that except when it has seemed as if the sub-plot is to deeply dilute the level of information and conversation that keeps me here.

I'm sure you feel the same about that Melanie, and am curious if you see something deeper in the use of the name itself.

Aug 10, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I don't necessarily feel that Jacqui is being disingenuous when she says those posters were found not to be shills. Good PR people know how to make things appear normal, and all the right steps could have been taken to achieve that. Good job by the company. I'm just not buying it.

Aug 10, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Kickstarter board

I was being intentionally sarcastic. I can't shake the feeling that this is all about attracting traffic and isolating groups would seem to work against that goal.

Aug 10, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I guess we disagree about the definition of a shill. I'm pretty certain that a lot of posters here do not believe that all those people just randomly came to the rescue of the company and made their one and only post here for that reason.

Companies, as I'm sure you know, subscribe to services that notify them when their name comes up on the internet and can also distinguish negative content. How hard is it to believe that they can also rally a few dozen 'supporters' to post opposite opinions. I now know that the site does not consider that to be what I would consider in 'bad faith'. People actually believe what they read ib these topics and some if feel an obligation to keep things fair.

I understand that thing are changing here, and don't necessarily pre-judge where it will lead. It just seems to me that, in the past, that topic would probably have been locked as opposed to removing all the posts that pointed out the single first-post 'phenomenon' and leaving most of the 'support' posts up.

Of all the issues to be concerned with over the past weeks this one doesn't rank high. It's just disappointing. One reason I don't rely much on Yelp is because (besides there being no way of 'vetting' posters) that space is so prone to BS posts. It only has value to me if it corroborates other sources if input. I guess CH is now more like that now.

Aug 09, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Kickstarter board

Well..... Good idea, but not if the idea of the existence of the promotions is to maximize site traffic and ad revenue. Quarantining them will largely defeat that purpose.

Aug 09, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I find it interesting if these one-post raves have been deleted. I was just involved in a mass deletion of posts calling out a large number of one-post defenders of a business. We were told that the posters could not be proven to be shills (all 15+ of them). At least that's how I read the mod explanation. Granted... Some of the posters were pretty aggressive in personally charging others as shills. That could have been the difference. Either way, I find it all part of the same changes here.

Aug 09, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Charles Shaw topic from Chains board

I assume this was posted on the Chains board because Charles Shaw is sold at Trader Joe's but it would have been more fun here. The subject article seems to have been deleted, but it was apparently "revealing" the 'oddities' and realities of low-end bulk wine production especially as practiced by Bronco Wine Company.

To paraphrase Zin1953: "Charles Shaw is one of the best $2.50 wines". At least I think that's how he'd put it, if he'd put it at all.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/985088

Aug 09, 2014
Midlife in Wine

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

If I favor New York pizza I'll pay more attention to Yelp reviews (here in SoCal) from people who are from New York or go there often. It's not perfect, but it's something.

Reviewers are only really valuable resources if you have a way to calibrate their tastes with yours. Problematic on a site like Yelp. That's why CH is so much better.

Aug 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Jim Leff's Slog: Chowhound's Coup de Grace

The timing might be off but I'm not imagining all the dialogue here about CNET blending the two in the early years of CNET ownership. They had every right to do that,of course, but it seemed to me that a large portion of CH 'regulars' found CHOW to be of much less value. I certainly also recall people who thought CHOW was great. Personally I never really gave a hoot about CHOW but couldn't totally avoid it because of the CHOW features that appear(ed) on CH pages.

I still think it's all about my quote of your statement. I seriously doubt that CHOW/Chowhound is critical to Les Moonves's overall performance evaluation as CBS's CEO, but it IS critical to whomever is responsible to him for its line on the division/corporate operating statement. Maybe some of us should start writing Moonves and Julie Chen to have mercy on us hounds. ;o))))

Aug 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Jim Leff's Slog: Chowhound's Coup de Grace

CHOW was around BEFORE and it's ownership acquired Chowhound from Leff. The long, long story begins here: http://jimleff.blogspot.com/2008/12/c...

I have no way of knowing for sure, but it seemed to me that CH was supposed to add another, perhaps higher and more personal dimension, to CHOW. It certainly appeared as if 'ownership' kept trying to force CH to become part of CHOW, though many of the core CH posters had little affinity for CHOW, which is a magazine format and not at all the same 'value' to hounds. So I'm thinking CHOW use floundered and CH was healthier BUT not sufficiently profitable.

I posted a quote from Robert Lauriston (above) that I think says it all:

"CBS doesn't understand what they own or recognize that its profitability is inherently limited."

On the contrary, I think they are painfully aware that it's "profitability is limited" and that's why this is all happening. But I keep repeating myself on this and it's not going to change the reality.

Aug 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Great Pinot Noir under $20 -- Is there such a thing?

After 10 years of pouring for people in a 'moderate to better' wine world I really believe that some people's 'good' can be other people's 'great', though Pinot Noir is more of a challenge than most. Do you have some <$20s you would suggest?

Aug 08, 2014
Midlife in Wine

Jim Leff's Slog: Chowhound's Coup de Grace

FB?? Facebook?? Pray where? I still have a few gallons left in the tank on this, though I have to say I'm starting to sputter

Aug 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Jim Leff's Slog: Chowhound's Coup de Grace

Leff has a unique perspective on this issue and I share his concerns about what opening up the boards to people with 'business interests' in the subjects of their posts may mean for the quality of the Chowhound experience. Posting in the midst of this controversy may be a bit awkward but Jim posts in other topics, so I'm supporting his contribution here.

I've yet to see a complete detailed explanation of the methodology by which I, as a participant, will be able to tell if another poster has an interest in a subject that should be disclosed in the interest of fairness (a personal definition obviously). So far it looks as if the mods are letting it be and, I'd hope, assessing how best to handle that. At least the mod posts I've read say there WILL be an ID methodology. Just throwing the site open to whatever flies in would be a mistake, no matter how it boosted site metrics. JMHO of course.

Aug 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk