Every day for years, before checking email, before checking Facebook, I am on Chowhound. First to Northern New England board, which I am on the edge of, then Southern, then NYC, my old stomping grounds, Then onto an area I am soon to visit (now it's Philadelphia) And then on to CHOW. After which onto an area I dream of visiting. For the limited traveling I can afford it has always been an incredible trove of useful information, especially for those of us on a budget. Also, many times I have used the topical boards to answer questions I can't seem to find anywhere else.
But, I feel a yolk slipping into the frothy whites, deflating the meringue. More and more I am seeing posts which are arguing about 15 vs 21 courses at the newest gastro-porn restaurant. More and more, instead of finding the best authentic kilbasa or diner hash browns, I am hearing the disgust of a patron seeing someone in sneakers at the latest top-chef masturbation parlor.
I have always made a distinction between foodies and chowhounds, the latter being far more interested in culinary culture and less with "the newest thing" At $150 for the tasting menu ($200 with wine parings) I am feeling I am in a club more for the 1% instead of a place for all food nerds.
Discuss amongst yourselves!