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I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

The feedback is sensible and solid, but this ain't really your market. Hardcore 'hounds would go to dinner in clown make up, giant shoes and all, if that meant they'd get better eats.

To put it another way, I'd invest in the app, but I'd never use it.

about 18 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

Indeed - As well as anyone who is afraid to ask or be wrong.

about 20 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

I shop for and buy food and/or drink on a near daily basis. My fridge is basically never full (unless you count the shelf on the door packed with hot sauces). I cook a lot - I store and plan very little.

about 21 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News
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I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

Good luck, I hope you find success. Report back someday and let us know how it goes, ok?

about 22 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a food's name in a restaurant

Ahh, the old "horse pill" of pride . . . .

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

7 Things to Pack for the Perfect Picnic

Just remember, many a picnic has been diminished for want of a corkscrew . . . .

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in Features
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‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

"I wonder what his kitchen looks like."

I'd guess, "unused".

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News
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"Google it"

I'm sorry. I wasn't listening.

But, you should definitely look into that. You could probably just Google it.

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

"Google it"

For what it's worth, you cannot copyright single words or phrases.

about 24 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk
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"Google it"

Amen.

I'd be lying, however, if I said I haven't experienced parallels in spoken, face to face discussions.

about 24 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

Ongoing Feedback for New Conversation Types

I think the changes do a very good job of doing what they are designed to do - increase the mass appeal of the Site. More "oooh pretty pictures" posts certainly helps. Anything that might actually get folks to click on links is a great step (next try and figure out how to get 'em to read the linked to material before responding, please?). The Q&A is problematic and limited, but if it helps the Site get a few more bodies to stick around until they've learned something, so be it (although, brining pork is simply wrong - but, that's off topic here).

There is a clearly growing mass of new "foodies" out there. Food television has figured out how to appeal to it, so has Yelp! Darden is doing it. I mean, even small, local papers are. Chow needs its piece to survive. Dumbing things down should be beneficial to that goal (Besides, crusty, old 'hounds with Adblock don't succumb to a lot of outside sales pitches.).

The thing is, the process inevitably leads to a reduction in the number of "experts" available to distinguish this Site from others. Over time, there has been a clear loss of true food-related professionals. Perhaps, that was intended, but those folks also played an important part in the pyramid. There likewise seems to be a reduction in the number of folks who comprehend and articulate effectively. This also leads down a dangerous path - initial attraction is fleeting without some underlying substance.

At bottom, I guess all I'm really saying is don't forget the bird in hand when going after the other two. Truth is, most of us recognize that we need all three. (Oh, and, the heart is still pretty lame!)

2 days ago
MGZ in Site Talk
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What would you do to fix the Food Network

"That does not bode well for foodies who disdain the tastes of [the] hoi polloi."

The hoi polloi are "foodies" now. Just look at the newer ads from the sit down chains - Olive Garden's focus on "real cooking", etc. Look at the "market fresh"-style buzz words multiplying. Consider the number of people who self-identify as "foodies" with pride. Hell, even the most recent changes to this Site are geared toward capitalizing on the massive sophomore class of "foodies".

2 days ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Left Fresh Mozzarella Out Overnight -- Okay?

It never would have even occurred to me to consider the question before eating a piece.

Jul 27, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Help me expand my grilling repertoire

At least in NJ, just about every pizza place will sell you dough they made freshly. Some for only two bucks.

Jul 27, 2014
MGZ in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Introducing New Conversation Types

"[N]o one has come up with an alternative that is acceptable to the site design team and that would allow them to win awards."

Are these awards an in-house thing? Say, the group gets together on a Friday after work and hand out certificates over a couple seasonal beers? Is there one for "triteness in the use of art in the public domain"?

Seriously, there are thousands of images out there presently that could work easily. Hell, here's pretty much the first thing I saw come up: http://dopeurdevie.com/wp-content/upl... Moreover, there tens of thousands of illustrators out there who could produce something easily - some probably already on the payroll. Shit, layout the word "recommend" in a circle and you have a more likable, more award-worthy icon - that's also basically already tried and approved.

Jul 27, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

Come on, Linda. Just try to picture the meeting when the heart was a new idea. It seemed a simple notion. Someone found a nice piece of royalty free clip art to use after a quick Google image search. It had been terribly simple to work into the new design where it first appeared as red. That, however, was deemed "too bold", "too 'lovey'", so it was ghosted a bit and rendered a pink color. After some initial approval, someone took another look and realized that such an icon in that color might alienate some men - who must be encouraged in order to accomplish the ultimate goal of increasing the number of users.

"We could make it blue?"

"Brilliant idea." "Terrific!"

"Great thinking, Timmy. That's enough for today. Now go and get your stuff. Your Mom will be here soon to pick you up."

Jul 27, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk

Misspellings

I think "hear, hear" is "hears".

Jul 27, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Overlapping text

I noticed that happening on a MacBook using Safari. Its the time stamp appearing over the first couple words of text. For what it's worth to the Mods, I do not see it happening on other computers (iMac using Safari and a PC using Chrome).

Jul 27, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

I'm always happy when my post gets a heart on.

Jul 26, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

It's not just a heart, it's the heart.

Jul 26, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

Truth is the whole change is about further dumbing down the Site to increase its appeal to newly minted foodies ("We need the dudes" as they said in the movie.) The heart is emblematic of that, given how silly and childish it looks. Basically, it's just begging to be made the symbol of the resistance.

(Although I could be wrong, but wasn't that the heart that was tattooed on the Starbuck barista's hand that caused such uproar? Perhaps, this new icon is a show of solidarity?)

Jul 26, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

Oh, and just for shits and giggles, I added three up votes to kaleo's post in the past minute. Without leaving my desk or enlisting the help of anyone.

Jul 26, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

Kaleo's absolutely correct. Simple answers are rarely complete and worthwhile answers. (Hell, even I sometimes proffer incomplete responses.)

For example, let's assume the question is where to get the best burger in Anytown within walking distance of my hotel?" Superhound responds, "I think Frank's is the place you're looking for." Otherhound might not be sure how to vote when she really wants to offer something like the following:

Rebuttal: "I love much about Frank's Deli, but the OP would need a car to get there."

Qualification: "You're right the burgers at Franks are great, but the OP should know that much of the rest of the menu is pretty poor - especially the fries."

Clarification: "Frank's, only serves burgers until 3pm."

Correction: "Frank's no longer serves burgers."

Embellishment: "Don't forget to ask for extra pickles."

A new reply, out of time, is lost in the string and has diminished utility to the OP.

(I'd have responded directly to kale, but, umm, you know, I couldn't . . . .)

Jul 26, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

Can't it at least be food-centric? You know, something we'd eat, like a chicken or cow heart.

On the upside, at least we all now know that the guy who came up with the idea for New Coke finally found work again.

Jul 26, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

The heart is dreadful. Was it drawn using a pen with a fuzzy, pink cap? Maybe copied from some tween girl's ankle tattoo?

Jul 25, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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Some kind of beta version of the site keeps appearing and disappearing

Last time I saw a heart like that, it was atop an "i" in a stripper's signature.

Jul 25, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

Closing would be best.

Jul 25, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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"Google it"

"Typing on a computer is NOT conversation."

It's not writing either. It is interactive and can be nearly immediate. It's its own amalgamated form of communication. Most folks are just trying to figure out how best to make it work. I'd bet similar reservations existed about telephone conversations too. New "rules" and etiquettes emerge. The ability to better communicate using the device is developed - by both the "speaker" and the "listener".

Jul 25, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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On the road

To finally come back to the OP on this one . . . .

I'm a closet romantic when it comes to certain things - baseball day games, canned beers swimming in a cooler full of melting ice, sitting at the counter stools in breakfast joints. The road trip is likewise in that category. Nevertheless, like woodworking and mowing one's own lawn, it's falling into the domain of the purists, the nostalgic, and those still comfortable with themselves and the adventure.

Unquestionably, the Eisenhower System, cheap airfare, television, and WalMart have all conspired to destroyed much of small town culture, but its vestiges are still out there to be embraced. Not every kid in America speaks like they're auditioning for the reboot of The Hills; not every dining room table came packed with multilingual instructions and lettered bolts.

I'm pretty certain there will always be guys who use cufflinks and ladies who don't carry purses the size of hockey equipment bags. Likewise, there will always be those of us who see travel as life - it's not just getting from A to B, it's what comes up along the way. It simply doesn't seem wise to want to rush either journey.

Jul 25, 2014
MGZ in Not About Food
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Responsibility

I think "caveat posterior" is what they told Kevin Bacon before filming the initiation scene in Animal House.

For those who've been living under rocks too long:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTafRh...

Jul 25, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk