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Why A. Bourdain is STILL awesome:

I’ll tell you. Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We’re all in the middle of a recession, like we’re all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There’s something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic. I mean I’m not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I’m a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits. I’m suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth. I’m a little reluctant to admit that maybe Americans are too stupid to figure out that the food we’re eating is killing us. But I don’t know if it’s time to send out special squads to close all the McDonald’s. My libertarian side is at odds with my revulsion at what we as a country have done to ourselves physically with what we’ve chosen to eat and our fast food culture. I’m really divided on that issue.

OMG, my sentiments EXACTLY. A few months back we were chillin’ at some “green” festival in DTLA.. low and behold, a group of SlowFood LA folks showed up to give a talk. After sitting through endless DRONE on community-coop farming and the need for organic produce and farmers markets and blah blah blah, I got up. And left. All I wanted to hear was how/where/why to eat good food. Geebus peoples, chillax sometimes.

And why J. Gold is (sometimes) AWESOME:

spend an awful lot of time in my truck looking for new places, and I love browsing through ethnic newspapers, even if I don’t happen to read Tamil. The new mainstream restaurants that open are pretty obvious. I tend to visit restaurants four or five times before I write a review, and far more than that if the cuisine is unfamiliar. (I once went 17 times to a Taiwanese restaurant that I just didn’t get.) People imagine that restaurant critics go out looking for faults, but I am just pathetically grateful when a restaurant does anything good at all, which happens a lot less frequently than you might think—concept-driven restaurants are particularly villainous. Ideally, I would like a restaurant I cover to do at least one thing better than anybody else does.

Wow. Wilbur guessed it was Indian, Commenter Danny said Simbala/Ay-Chung… I’d think it’s Indian. Neither of the latter has enough shit on the menu to sustain a man of J. Gold’s stature… *shrug*

With Leslie B gone from Eater LA, will FoodGPS step up to fill the void?

Why Chowhound will eventually go the way of the dodo

I posted this link on Chowhound trying to hustle more ppl to a rib-a-thon and got the same ol inspirational 1000 word pep talk from CH moderators…


Regarding your post on the 2001 BBQ thread, you might want to consider the following in regard to inviting Chowhounds on your ‘Q crawl:

Hounds on many different boards have organized dinners and other gatherings and they’re always a lot of fun–plus the reports after are great chow tips!

We have a couple of guidelines we ask organizers to follow in order to keep the focus of the boards on chow talk and not on RSVPs and other organizational details. The main guideline is that posts to the boards should be announcements (and followup reports!) only–all discussion, scheduling and RSVPing should happen off the boards.

The way most people handle this is by posting an initial announcement to their local board with an email address for people to contact if they’re interested in getting together for a Chowhound dinner. If you use the ‘report’ link on that announcement, you can ask us to sticky it to the top of the appropriate board so it doesn’t fall off the front page… and on, and on, AND ON

Seriously? like us non-cool kids don’t know how to old an effin party? c’mon man. People are CRAVING the interaction which seemingly hates. It’s why everyone dabbles in Yelp even tho it’s stuffed to the gills with amateurs and idiots.

Finally: DineLA restaurant week starts t’row!

We’re attacking Bazaar @ SLS with a group dozen deep. fun!

DineLA Restaurant Week Link
Bazaar’s (non)menu for Restaurant Week
Kevineats’ Second Visit to Bazaar
Tangbro’s browser-crashing blog entry on Bazaar



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  • Danny

    Good point, I think Indian is probably a better guess.

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