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Wednesday, August 20, 2003  

There is a Place for People Like Me!
And it is called Chowhound. Chowhound is an on-line community for people interested in restaurants, specifically the best in local out-of-the-way places. As the site proclaims: "Chowhounds are iconoclasts who spurn trends and established opinion and sniff out secret deliciousness on their own." One of the things about the whole LA move that excites me the most is discovering new places to eat, new favorite dishes, and new haunts. I must get this drive to discover the "spots" from my dad. My dad is a salesman, one who has been working in Southern California for like 400 years. His office has always been his car, and his customers far flung across the southland. In his decades of making calls he has developed an astounding mental database of places to eat. Places that you would NEVER, in a million years, just drop into expecting the best tamales. But he has spend untold afternoons asking his last customer before lunch, "Hey, what's good to eat around here?" My dad is better than google for figuring out where to grab lunch. Seriously, I can give him a major intersection ANYWHERE in LA or OC and he'll have the name of some hole-in-the-wall with some to-die-for dish. I want to start building MY chowhound map. I'm sure there will be a few strike-outs, and plenty of antacids consumed in my quest, but it will be worth it! And evidently it is the new hip thing to do...

posted by JMV | 8/20/2003 02:27:00 PM
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