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EDIT: Never mind -- I figured it out. It's under MY CHOW, and SETTINGS.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Outrageous Hyperbole

Amen, ipse. One problem, though, is that mods will often allow the original provocative post stand while erasing the replies. I realize they're trying to defuse things, but all that does is piss me off more.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Outrageous Hyperbole

Thanks for the flame, lol.

Seriously, though, shouldn't members of a community like Chowhound stand up for its values? It's like the "broken windows" theory of policing. If no one condemns the act, it tacitly encourages more outrageous hyperbole. I'm sure we know certain other sites where such discourse is the norm. Do you really want Chowhound to become like them?

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Food Truck Sound-Off

Yep, south side of the street, closer to the intersection with Stewart. A bunch of picnic tables underneath an overhang. There are also some machines. I think it's something that belongs to SMC, but there's always plenty of room.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Food Truck Sound-Off

Also, there's a little picnic area on Pennsylvania toward the east end.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

Dude, she called the panchan "terrible, especially the kimchee." She then said the waitress admitted the kimchi "wasn't very good" and that "the people coming here didn't care about stuff like that." She then called out everyone who has expressed a positive opinion of the restaurant, which she concluded was a "great place to take white people that are just getting comfortable with the idea of wontons."

How is any of that remotely ambiguous? It was a racist hatchet job from start to finish.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

I dunno, southernitalian, I feel like your "cougar" comment isn't quite the same thing as saying your boss deliberately cheats customers. I should add that I've been to the place in question more than once. Not only are the ingredients top notch, the service is very professional. Perhaps I'm allowing my knowledge of this establishment color my skepticism, but it just boggles my mind to think a server would admit such a thing.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

What kind of stuff? And has he ever admitted that these owners are deliberately serving an inferior product? I've had servers apologize if ingredients aren't up to usual snuff, but this amounts to a charge that Park's is deliberately exploiting its customers' ignorance to cheat them.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Outrageous Hyperbole

Question to my fellow Chowhounds: what's the best way to deal with outrageous hyperbole? I'm talking about when people go out of their way to make provocative claims like the following:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7005...

What's the right way to respond to people who claim that a place you love is "[a] great place to take white people that are just getting comfortable with the idea of wontons"? That's a particularly egregious example, but it also sets my blood boiling when people claim that someplace I know is great is actually "terrible" based on a single visit and won't acknowledge the possibility of an off night. I think these posts represent the worst side of Chowhound, and they are quite common, unfortunately. How do I restrain my overwhelming impulse to flame these posters?

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

You just don't get it, do you? It's not about cliqueishness, bullying, or defending a Chowhound favorite. It's about putting absurd hyperbole in its place. I don't care if you're a noob or Chowhound veteran. If you come onto this site and make patently absurd claims (e.g., your waitress ADMITTED that Park's is DELIBERATELY sources low quality ingredients because customers don't care) people are going to hammer you. The same thing happens when "serious old school chowhounds" try the same crap. I'm not going to stand for it because that's not what Chowhound is about, imo.

As far as I'm concerned, the post you've linked it libelous. The fact that the person who posted (no shrinking violet, judging from her post) hasn't come back to defend herself should tell you something. But hey, if you want to defend absurd hyperbole (e.g., there is no good Mexican food in NYC) be my guest. I'm sure Chowhound will be a better place for it.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

You didn't have a similar experience. You had an owner apologize for poor quality ingredients. NOT THE SAME THING.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

No one accused anyone of being anything. I simply said I didn't believe the restaurant server had said they deliberately source poor quality ingredients because customers don't care. That's not raising suspicion, it's libel.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Disturbing example of CH insider-ism and why it might discourage new members

What a crock. This wasn't a Chowhound clique other ganging up on a Newb. It was someone with no prior posts making outlandish claims -- and justifying them by reference to her ethnicity. I and another poster chimed in and of that same ethnicity chimed in to challenge her outlandish claims.

You know as well as I do that there are plenty of socks this site. When people with NO BACKGROUND come on and post outlandish criticisms, others are going to call them out. AND THAT'S AS IT SHOULD BE. Stop making this about cliquishness -- it's not. It's about people making patently absurd claims like: "they deliberately source low quality ingredients because customers don't care.

PS: It disgusts me that you've used your pull with the moderators to get my comments deleted. I don't believe this is the first time, either.

May 18, 2010
a_and_w in Site Talk

Total Carnage! Gourmet Burger Battle – 26 Beach vs. Umami vs. Father’s Office vs. Golden State vs. Morton’s vs. Anisette vs. Lucky Devils vs. 25 Degrees vs. 8 oz vs. Rustic Canyon! [Review] w/ Pics!

I think the goat cheese is overpowering on the Billy. My favorite is still the 26er, which I actually prefer to the SoCal burger at Umami, my other favorite burger place.

May 17, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

MOST OUTSTANDING BURRITOS IN LOS ANGELES AREA

Chipotle is a cruel parody of a Mission burrito. No wonder you're confused.

May 16, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Fava beans

Yeah, I'm seeing favas everywhere at the Farmer's Market. My favorite prepared version is at Sham, which sautees them with garlic and cilantro. Interestingly, they get their favas from somewhere in the Valley, not the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.

May 15, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

MOST OUTSTANDING BURRITOS IN LOS ANGELES AREA

I respect your burrito recs, Burger Boy, just not Gold's. Apologies if that wasn't clear.

May 15, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Papalote Mexican Grill, SF - go or avoid?

Go. Order a super chicken with whole black beans. It's really the best burrito in the Mission right now, imo, and I'm pretty obsessive about burritos. I can't vouch for anything else on the menu, but that super chicken burrito is the bomb.

May 14, 2010
a_and_w in San Francisco Bay Area

Need interesting place to take someone from SF

These are excellent suggestions. SF definitely lags behind WLA when it comes to Oaxacan food. And Thai food in SF seems to lag behind LA generally.

May 13, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Berkeley Dog opening in O.C.

Oops, I meant differently from Top Dog. Brats and onions is obviously a classic pairing.

May 13, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

MOST OUTSTANDING BURRITOS IN LOS ANGELES AREA

Jonathan Gold is probably the least credible source when it comes to burritos. I've been really disappointed by his blatant propagandizing on the subject. I would take anything he says with a huge grain of salt.

May 13, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Berkeley Dog opening in O.C.

Actually, I disagree with that rec. If Top Dog is any indication, the best stuff at Berkeley Dog should be sausages besides the frankfurters. Does anyone know if they have a Calabrese?

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Berkeley Dog
25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

May 13, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Berkeley Dog opening in O.C.

Brat plus onions? As in grilled? Looks like Berkeley Dog does things a little differently.

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Berkeley Dog
25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

May 13, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

MOST OUTSTANDING BURRITOS IN LOS ANGELES AREA

Thanks for sharing. Any recommendations for burritos in LA?

May 13, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Papalote Mexican Grill, SF - go or avoid?

I've noticed the stale chips at Papalote, but I actually love putting the orange salsa on the burritos, too. I actually think they marinate the chicken in that salsa. BTW, have you tried the burrito with whole beans? I prefer it that way.

May 12, 2010
a_and_w in San Francisco Bay Area

Alcazar Express in Westwood

I'm just finishing some leftover Hummus Alcazar for breakfast... delicious!

May 11, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Park's Korean: Rec's and Prices

Good advice. I'd only add that I prefer the "marinated" versions of the meats to the non-marinated.

May 11, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area

Challenge: impressing a non-seafoodie Chicagoan with SF fare (on a budget)

Check out Gregoire in Berkeley for lunch. It's a little counter on the North Side. I crave the lamb sandwich and potato puffs.

May 11, 2010
a_and_w in San Francisco Bay Area

The best San Francisco sourdough?

Oh, wow, that dark sourdough brings back some memories! Count me in the Acme camp, too.

May 11, 2010
a_and_w in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresser's hot pastrami truck is going away

I don't think it was artisanal pride that led to delays. There were many times that I would get my sandwich in less than 5 minutes. I think, as has been reported, the owner had trouble finding competent workers.

May 10, 2010
a_and_w in Los Angeles Area