Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ON FOOD ~ Chowhound...


Edition #20

Thirteen Things about THE BUMBLES -
and our favorite food website...

Have you heard about the website Chowhound? It is the perfect place for everything food. Here are 13 reasons why this site could be useful to you...

1. This is a website devoted to food. How to make it, where to find it, when to eat it, why you should try it. There are Boards set up for regions across the U.S., Canada and beyond.

2. Say you are planning a trip, or are away on business, and need to know a good place to eat. Go to the Board for the region you are visiting to get recommendations from the locals.

3. You can read through the categories of posts in the Board if you aren't sure what you are in the mood for specifically. You can search generically for restaurants by anything from type of cuisine, cost, location, service, atmosphere, etc. Or you can post a question - "looking for cheap Italian with family setting near downtown train station" - and watch the suggestions come in.

4. It is also handy for finding new places to visit within your hometown. Tired of the same old Chinese? Go looking for Sushi recommendations in your area. Or maybe there is a great hole in the wall with terrific Sunday Brunch that the Chowhound locals in your area could introduce you to on your local Board.

5. Staying locally, you can get the inside scoop on chef or ownership changes to your favorite spot - or find out about new places opening soon.

6. Find the perfect bar to meet that special someone after work that has just the right quiet spaces for conversation but some fun pool tables for when you are ready to be more adventurous. Or you need to know where to find a cigar bar to avoid standing in the cold being shunned by the rest of the world.

7. Return the favor and share your own experiences by posting a review of local hidden jewels or places on the road. The site is only as good as it's contributors after all!

8. Find the best sources for fresh produce at groceries and markets to perfect that dish you want to serve for guests.

9. Find and share great recipes to serve at dinner parties or to make in a pinch when there is no time for a proper meal. Videos will even show you how to do it.

10. Look for stories on how to put on that perfect party for everything from casual sports viewing to fancy meet and greet.

11. Find places to host that special event - a Mother's Day Brunch, a Wedding Reception, a Shower or Birthday, Corporate Award Dinners or Holiday bashes. Unique spots for a tea party or a chocolate brunch are the types of finds you could come across.

12. Read blog posts about finding the perfect wine, tips on eating healthy or buying green.

13. Meet other foodies and chat with them to your heart's content - or at least until your stomach starts rumbling and you need to log off and go put all this new knowledge into action!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. What do you do? Write Thirteen things about yourself, summarize your week in one entry, make it easy for other bloggers to get to know you on a weekly basis. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is not only encouraged, it is part of being a Thursday Thirteener! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun!

18 comments:

Adelle Laudan said...

I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up. Happy T13!

Kristen said...

I haven't been there before, but you have convinced me to check it out.

Alice Audrey said...

Yep, it sounds pretty cool.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

YUMM my second favorite topic next to photography

anthonynorth said...

Sounds lik an enjoyable site. Thanks for that.

My T-13

Hootin' Anni said...

After I post this comment, I'm going to go check out Chowhound. Sounds like it's a good place since I LOVE to eat...and eat out.

My thirteen is posted. Come visit and view some of my favorite personal photos I took of them....Clydesdales that is. Happy Thursday.

Carmen Shirkey said...

Never heard of it! I'll have to make my way over there.

Coffee Break said...

#14 - Chowhound sends me significant amounts of traffic every month from people who want to know how to froth their milk for cappuccino without a steam wand! Great TT about a great site.

Brenda ND said...

I'ven never heard of Chowhound. I'll check it out. Thanks.

Janet said...

I love Chowhound!

Paige Tyler said...

Great website! I'm adding it to my favorites!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

On a limb with Claudia said...

Gosh, I've never seen that website before! How helpful! Thanks so much!

All Rileyed Up said...

Cool site. Thanks for the tip!

thornesworld said...

Yummay!
Happy TT, lovely Bumbles!
My TTs (each different) are up at both The Eclectic Witch TT and Thorne's World TT Search terms

Carrie said...

We have friends visiting us here in Seattle, and I was just thinking earlier today that I wish I knew of a cool little local restaurant to take them to tomorrow. Now I know where to look! :)

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Great site. Pleased to see it even covers my neck of the woods (which is useful, since after reading your post, I find myself feeling really hungry all of a sudden).

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Chowhound sounds like a neat site. I'll give it a boo shortly!

Bethany said...

So cool! I've never heard of it, but I'm interested now!