We'd purchased chowhound a little while ago and began rebuilding the software (and updating the UI). It just re-launched over the weekend. Although it's built with the latest ajax and ruby on rails, the site is designed to appeal to people passionate about food, not code.
The members of the site are *very* passionate treasure hunters - who share their finds and opinions on restaurants and food around the world - for example, one of my favorite members is melanie wong . To give you a flavor of the site, Melanie just posted that proscuitto de parma is on sale for $9.99 per half pound.
Prosciutto di Parma ($9.99/half-pound) at Traverso's
Friday afternoon I stopped at Traverso's
in downtown Santa Rosa to buy something cold to drink and found a
prosciutto di parma sale in progress. Genuine prosciutto di parma is
reduced from $32/lb. to $9.99/half-lb. until Wednesday.
counter people know how to slice here, giving me a sample to make sure
it was as thin as I wanted. It was almost gossamer, thin enough to see
through but still holding together. I got six slices for a pre-dinner
snack for two bucks. The prosciutto is quite delicate with a sweet and
faintly salty flavor. I'm pretty sure that it was Fratelli Beretta but
not entirely positive."
I love that we can build global neighborhoods around stuff like this. Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of the new companion food site Chow.