Bad news: relative just died and I have to spend next week in a couple of smaller towns north of LA.
Good News: the new search engine makes it MUCH easier to pinpoint high quality posts about restaurants in those towns. (Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura, FYI). I just spent a very productive half hour stiching together places to eat in the five days I have scheduled there.
I am really enjoying all the complaints about the new site, which were inevitible. I have a couple of quibbles but so far see many enormous improvements. And, BTW, I never had major complaints about the old system.
I think Jim Leff and CNET deserve big applause.