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London Board: An Excess of Whine and Dine


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London Board: An Excess of Whine and Dine

AZ | Mar 3, 2002 05:17 PM

I'm not eager to jump into controversy and certainly have no interest in becoming a target of the slings and arrows that certain London Chowhounds are more than capable of discharging, but enough is ...

In preparation for a recent trip to London which includes scouting for a larger party in London this Summer, in addition to my other research I also read I believe every CH London post since 2000.

I had done the same regarding Toronto last year, with fantastic results. I have also been a regular poster for the LA board. It gave me considerable pleasure to give some advice to a visitor to LA from Toronto in January of this year, who had been especially helpful to me. His report on the tasting menu at Spago's in Beverly Hills (where I suggested he go) was extraordinary. I hope you will enjoy his post, linked below. If you follow the many links to it, you can see the kind of reception that this gentleman received from the LA Board. In turn, his comments and experiences in my view enriched the collective knowledge of those fortune enough to read it.

Then we have the London board. It has many very knowledgeable contributors. It also has quite a number of gracious contributors.

But sadly, from my reading it appears uniquely acceptable on the London board to treat visitors in particular with a level of contempt that would be unthinkable to visit upon them in person. "Many Americans would turn up their noses and depart after a cursory examination ..."

It's terrain, my darlings. Soil. What makes us interesting to one another is our common interest in the art of dining. Whether your shoes are muddied on Regent Street or Main Street, and what the color of your passport may be, has no import in my view.

The larger problem seems to me that the ratio of London Chowhounds to London places to eat is quite a small fraction. That small ratio may be frustrating, but it ought not result in a lack of gracious treatment.

So please, I invite you to consider kinder treatment, particularly of visitors. Perhaps some posters have not realized they are baking their bread with too heavy a crust. If you are hoping to see an increase in the number of posters regarding London, you might want to treat new comers in particular with the hospitality that you expect when you go out to wine and dine.

Best regards,


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