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Plenty of other sites face the same challenge, patsully, and they don't resort to pop-ups and such, which is why many of us choose to run the Ad Blockers on CH.

Blaming us for choosing to make the site more user-friendly for ourselves, but making it miserable for other users, really doesn't engender goodwill.

I don't understand why your ad team doesn't serve us ads that are actually applicable (GrubHub, Eat24, local grocery stores on the regional boards, cookware and wine / beer / cheese on the topical boards, etc.) to the site. You'd get a lot more clicks that way.

You have a lot of sellable data on us, when we're logged in, looking at our "Favorites" boards and where we're most active. That's where your money can be made.

Jul 03, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Just a follow-up - the vegetarian lasagna was incredible and we'll definitely order it again!

Jun 30, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area
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Choza 96 - Peruvian / Latin American Fusion in Pasadena?

Was looking on Eat24 to see who delivered out this way and Choza 96 came up. A search on this board shows references to a Choza Mama; I'm assuming that was a precursor to this place, which describes itself (on the website) as a "Latin American Fusion Restaurant, Bar & Lounge."

According to the About Us page on the site, and based on the menu, it looks like Peruvian food, of which I know very little - menu descriptions are definitely appealing, though (especially the desserts!).

Any recommendations along the vegetarian / fish / seafood end of things? Or is this a place to stay away from?

http://choza96.com/

Jun 30, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

site forgetting "read" posts

This is still happening. (See attached screen shot.)

Could Engineering or someone please update us on what's being done to resolve the issue, if anything?

Jun 30, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I was tempted by both salads, but love a good Caesar; obviously I should have given into the temptation. And yes, those caramelized onions are ridiculously good!

Jun 28, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

My final contribution to the Pizza DotM thread.

We dithered between Tony's Pizza in San Marino (a regular haunt - very barebones, really good pizza): http://tonyspizzasanmarino.com/ and briefly considered World Pizza Kitchen in Pasadena (http://worldpizzakitchen.com/) before remembering that they're closed on Saturday...and ended up getting take out from Zelo Pizza in Arcadia (http://www.myzelopizza.info/

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We ordered a half "Corn": Fresh Corn ~ Balsamic Marinated Roasted Red Onions ~ Mozzarella ~ Smoked Mozzarella ~ Topped with Fresh Chives
and
half "Veggie": Roasted Eggplant ~ Marinated Green Peppers ~ Sautéed Onions ~ Mushrooms ~ Tomato Sauce ~ Mozzarella

Along with a regular as well as a Cesar salad, some garlic bread, vegetarian lasagna, and two slices of the Zucotto cake: Homemade Zucotto Cake chilled whipped chocolate cake with whipped cream & crushed biscotti layer & ladyfinger crust (order this - it's delicious!).

Verdict:
Pizza was wonderful; slight edge to the flavors in the corn pizza, as the smoked mozzarella really gave it a savory richness that cut some of the natural sweetness of the corn. But would happily order the veggie again, too. Loved the crust (so much cornness!). While they don't look like it, these are dense wedges. We each had one of each and that was good (though we also both ate our respective salads before).

Salads weren't exciting. The green salad was just romaine in a vinaigrette. The Cesar was romaine with some croutons, an oily dressing, and some parmesan cheese - it needed garlic.

Garlic bread wasn't exciting, but will likely forget that and order it again.

Haven't tried the pasta yet (for tonight's dinner).

We split one slice of the Zucotto cake last night. I think we both wanted more, because it was so ridiculously good, but are glad we held back.

My partner enjoyed his food, but said, "This isn't pizza. It's something else, but it's not pizza." And I thought that was interesting. I guess it's more of a variation on pizza than anything else...though I get the feeling if I started a thread on the General Topics board about "What is Pizza?" there would be a rousing debate.

Anyway, lousy photos attached.

nosh, thank you for shepherding these DotM projects - I'm enjoying them!

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

Thank you, patsully, for this. It does alleviate a lot of the concern that I (and others) have had regarding these tags.

I don't understand why this was not initially explained, or addressed when the concerns were raised by site members, but maybe there was misunderstanding.

Anyway, I appreciate that this feature will be incorporated.

Armenian in Glendale

I can't find a Croussel in Glendale, but did find Carousel?

Jun 26, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Please move "view all pages" to top of each result page

Thank you for the response and explanation, DeborahL.

Jun 26, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I don’t know how many here follow the Site Talk board, but there are going to be some changes made to the site and it appears they will affect how the current Los Angeles Area board functions. In fact, as near as I can tell, the LA area board will no longer exist in its current state, though they say all the threads will still be available.

The changes involve a new “tagging” system, where the original poster (OP) will need to add one tag (from a list supplied by CH) to their post (additional tags are also allowed; one is mandatory).

This is a great idea in that it would make finding certain information easier (apparently we’ll be able to follow which tags we’re interested in), but for the regional boards, it means – near as I can tell – we’ll have to hope that the OP uses a tag that we’re following, such as “Los Angeles” (though that could mean the city, county, general area). If someone, though, chose a less general tag (say, “Duarte” or “burgers”) and that’s not one we’re following, it seems like it’s possible we’d not see that post.

In short, it appears they’re doing away with the regional boards in favor of location pages.

It’s rather complex, but highly relevant. You might want to read the announcement, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016592 and then the more detailed explanation, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017210.

And, to keep this on topic...I've loved this DotM!

Please move "view all pages" to top of each result page

The "See All" option does not appear at the top of the page when viewing the site from my Windows phone when not logged in. Is this only an option when logged in or is it something to do with the mobile version?

Jun 25, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

This! This is my concern as well.

When I read the Los Angeles board, it gives me a wide swath of the area - I learn about restaurants (and foods) in new-to-me areas.

If there could be a tag automatically generated (say, when someone uses the "Eagle Rock" or "Glendale" or "SGV" [er, you are going to have a way to deal with the numerous acronyms, right?] tag, there would be a Los Angeles tag auto-generated along with the more specific one, it might work.

I cannot fathom attempting to put in every city / neighborhood into my "tags following" list. And I know the Los Angeles area. What about someone who's planning on a visit? How are they going to be able to find information or know what tags are going to work best?

Personally, I read other regional boards, mainly out of curiosity (and longing). Am I going to need to develop following tags for all those cities, towns, neighborhoods, abbreviations, etc.?

Dipping sauces for steamed artichokes

I'd not thought about the idea of chopped tarragon; sounds delicious!

Jun 24, 2015
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

And if I want to see everything that would (apparently formerly, as it sounds like you're dumping the regional boards and just keeping the topical ones?) have appeared on the Los Angeles board, I have to hope that I've chosen to follow all the possible location tags that might be used and that people are using them?

I'm genuinely confused here: are the regional boards going away, or do they remain, only with the addition of the tags?

Jun 23, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

"And of course, you'll still always be able to view a location tag page directly, to see everything being posted, just as you do with regional boards today."

My local "regional" board covers a whole lot of cities / neighborhoods. If I'm looking for a restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley, will I be looking at needing to search for tags for:
* San Gabriel Valley
* SGV
* Different cities?
Will someone posting about a restaurant in the SGV know that they need to add these tags (in addition to the type of cuisine, etc.) so the post can be found?

Or will there still be a Los Angeles regional board?

Jun 23, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

That's also how I'm reading it.

Jun 23, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

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Would it be possible to have no pop-ups, rather than "fewer" of them?

I recognize that the site needs money, but these ads are frustrating (and one of the reasons I run ABP on my laptop - don't have it on my phone or Kindle, so don't visit the site when using them, which is frustrating when we're out and about and I can't recall the name of a restaurant I'd wanted to try).

Jun 22, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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The Informational "i" on the L.A. Board

Needs to be updated. Mouseover reads:

"Discuss the best restaurants and food in the Greater Los Angeles Area (inc. Orange, Ventura, and SW San Bernardino Counties) 
• Posting Guidelines
• Dish of the Month, Los Angeles -- February 2015 -- Nominations"

Jun 20, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I've had some very good pizzas at Vito's, and some really mediocre ones, too. Not in the area often enough to eat there regularly and see if there's a pattern.

Dipping sauces for steamed artichokes

Growing up, my mother served steamed artichokes with a curry mayonnaise for dipping. (Best Foods + curry powder to taste.)

Jun 20, 2015
ElsieDee in Home Cooking
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‘Just saying hello’

Hello Chicago, and welcome!

Jun 19, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I've only had "traditional" (as I understand it, at least), once - from Hollywood Pies. Thick crust, lots of stuff. Very heavy. Ate a slice and while I liked the flavors, it just seemed like too much of a good thing.

I like Zelo's crust - the crackiliness and the corn flavor.

Thanks for your answer.

Jun 18, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

LA BARBERA'S UPDATE!!!!!!

You can reach him through his email address on his profile.

To get back on topic, is there any chance there will be a vegetarian pie available?

Jun 18, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

tenxtone76 and AlkieGourmand: May I ask why you prefer Zelo's to Masa? I've been to Zelo's and love it, but my understanding is that it's a unique take on deep dish, whereas Masa is more traditional...or am I way off?

Also, has anyone tried Nancy's in Alhambra for their deep dish? http://www.nancyspizza.com/california...

Jun 17, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Coming Soon: Post Tags

Yes, that's what I was thinking, meatn3: it would make it a lot easier to find, say, Reno on the boards. Same with the areas where there's overlap.

Jun 15, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk

Coming Soon: Post Tags

I'd love to be able to tag by town / city.

And I am very thrilled with this project: thank you!

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Along the same lines, there's World Pizza Kitchen in Pasadena, offering (among more basic pizzas):

*Indonesian Rendang Pie - Marinated Chicken and Red Pepper over delicious Rendang sauce
*Asiana Curry Laksa Pie - Marinated Chicken, Fresh Tomatoes, Onion, Cilantro over famous Laksa sauce
*Mayan Chipotle Pollo BBQ - Marinated Chicken, jalapenos, with special sauce
*Banana Pizza

http://www.beyondmenu.com/27926/pasad...

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

I wondered that, too. I was ordering off a menu that didn't have a description and probably should have asked about the toppings. I ended-up having a slice as "faux garlic bread with cheese" with a big salad last night. It worked fine.

Jun 15, 2015
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2015 -- PIZZA

Takeout from Domenico's in Pasadena - http://www.originaldomenicos.com/ - last night.
1. Extra-large Calabrese (oil, parmesan, garlic, and mozzarella): Tasty but oily and in need of blotting. Don't know that we'd order again. Seemed more like bread with melted cheese than a pizza - maybe the addition of tomatoes and onions would have perked it a bit. $20.25

2. Extra-large Vegetarian Special (cheese, onion, mushrooms, black olives, bell pepper, and sliced fresh tomato): Tasty, but extremely watery. For some reason it was cut into squares, rather than pie cut (the Calabrese was pie cut), and this made all the liquid from the veggies soak into the cardboard circle under the pizza, which then disintegrated and "melded" with some of the slices. Then the box disintegrated. $24.55

Also ordered mozzarella sticks (meh) and a quart size of the house salad (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and shredded mozzarella) - note that you should order the dressing on the side, else they dress it for you and, well, they trend toward overdressing, usually.

Total was around $60.00

This is one of our regular places for pasta / sandwiches takeout, but I don't know if we'd ever tried the pizza.

No "POST" button

Nope - on a Windows machine, but running AdBlock Plus. It's been happening to me for months.

Jun 13, 2015
ElsieDee in Site Talk
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