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    Post #1 - March 31st, 2007, 11:55 pm
    Post #1 - March 31st, 2007, 11:55 pm Post #1 - March 31st, 2007, 11:55 pm
    Now you don't have to be in front of a computer to get great restaurant tips from LTHForum-- they're as close as your phone.

    We're pleased to be one of a select group of culinary sites participating in a new venture called MealStar, which brings you the best content from the Web where you need it most-- in your car, on the go, or wherever you happen to be.

    When you need a great idea for a place to eat, you just call LTHForum MealStar and enter the type of food you're looking for and your location. A trained culinary counselor will guide you through possible choices to find you the best options, including specific recommended items to order and more.

    Best of all, this personalized service starts at just $9.95* per month. How does it work? See for yourself-- go to the LTHForum MealStar homepage and play the demo to hear an actual live recording of an LTHForum MealStar call.

    LTHForum MealStar-- just one more way LTHForum helps you connect with the best food in Chicago-- and all around the world.

    Click here to listen to the demo and learn more.

    * Restrictions apply. $9.95 per month charge requires 12-month service contract. Does not include $19.95 activation fee. Activation fee not applicable in IA, KY, NH, OR. Penalties for early termination.
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  • Post #2 - April 1st, 2007, 6:49 am
    Post #2 - April 1st, 2007, 6:49 am Post #2 - April 1st, 2007, 6:49 am
    What a wonderful service! The demo call really demonstrates the viability of the business model. Sign me up!
  • Post #3 - April 1st, 2007, 7:54 am
    Post #3 - April 1st, 2007, 7:54 am Post #3 - April 1st, 2007, 7:54 am
    Wow, great job guys! I signed up already for the family plan so we all can have this whether eating together or apart. And I think the integrated GPS option that downloads the directions straight to my car really makes it unbeatable :!:

    So easy to always eat well now.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #4 - April 1st, 2007, 8:08 am
    Post #4 - April 1st, 2007, 8:08 am Post #4 - April 1st, 2007, 8:08 am
    The sad part of this whole thing is that despite this ground breaking new service, the press still won't write/talk about it. LTH gets no respect. You would think that it might have rated at least a passing mention in Time Out Chicago.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #5 - April 1st, 2007, 8:12 am
    Post #5 - April 1st, 2007, 8:12 am Post #5 - April 1st, 2007, 8:12 am
    stevez wrote:The sad part of this whole thinhg is that despite this ground breaking new service, the press still won't write/talk about it. LTH gets no respect. You would think that it might have rated at least a passing mention in Time Out Chicago.


    That is exactly why it is so important just to go around them straight to the people, our peeps.

    But, really, at this moment of great achievement for the LTH crew, I would prefer to focus on the positive. No hating, just celebrating :).
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #6 - April 1st, 2007, 8:26 am
    Post #6 - April 1st, 2007, 8:26 am Post #6 - April 1st, 2007, 8:26 am
    Is American Express or Discover accepted?
  • Post #7 - April 1st, 2007, 8:34 am
    Post #7 - April 1st, 2007, 8:34 am Post #7 - April 1st, 2007, 8:34 am
    Sorry to be a hater, but I find this "service" to be a huge RIP OFF. Metromix's version is $4.95 (first 3 months free) and when you call you don't have some truculent guy yell at you about what real barbecue is. Instead, you get a helpful recommendation for a restaurant, given by the restaurant's owner.
  • Post #8 - April 1st, 2007, 8:35 am
    Post #8 - April 1st, 2007, 8:35 am Post #8 - April 1st, 2007, 8:35 am
    "Perhaps the most brilliant navigational device since the invention of the map, the most helpful food-related tool since the creation of the spoon, and the most innovative use of the telephone since 1-800-Sex-Talk. MealStar will change the way we eat...forever, probably." David Hammond
    “Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”
  • Post #9 - April 1st, 2007, 9:08 am
    Post #9 - April 1st, 2007, 9:08 am Post #9 - April 1st, 2007, 9:08 am
    funny.
  • Post #10 - April 1st, 2007, 9:22 am
    Post #10 - April 1st, 2007, 9:22 am Post #10 - April 1st, 2007, 9:22 am
    David Hammond wrote:"Perhaps the most brilliant navigational device since the invention of the map, the most helpful food-related tool since the creation of the spoon, and the most innovative use of the telephone since 1-800-Sex-Talk. MealStar will change the way we eat...forever, probably." David Hammond


    Utilitarian that I am, I never considered the entertainment aspect - just calling in for the pure pleasure of speaking to an operator.

    Comparing it to Metromix is like comparing the complete dining and entertainment experience of Ed Debevic's to the excellent service and impeccable food of McDonald's - sure McDonald's is great and does a great job, but I just need a little attitude and atmosphere on the side to make it a complete dining experience. Go Ed (Debevic), Gwiv and Cathy.

    Brilliant. :idea:
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #11 - April 1st, 2007, 9:52 am
    Post #11 - April 1st, 2007, 9:52 am Post #11 - April 1st, 2007, 9:52 am
    TonyC... smirk... :wink:
  • Post #12 - April 1st, 2007, 9:54 am
    Post #12 - April 1st, 2007, 9:54 am Post #12 - April 1st, 2007, 9:54 am
    great job, but what if you were looking for meat jello?
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #13 - April 1st, 2007, 10:32 am
    Post #13 - April 1st, 2007, 10:32 am Post #13 - April 1st, 2007, 10:32 am
    It is a wonderful day - look at the new Google service: Google TISP.

    Great stuff.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #14 - April 1st, 2007, 10:36 am
    Post #14 - April 1st, 2007, 10:36 am Post #14 - April 1st, 2007, 10:36 am
    aschie30 wrote:Is American Express or Discover accepted?


    What about Diner's Club?
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #15 - April 1st, 2007, 10:42 am
    Post #15 - April 1st, 2007, 10:42 am Post #15 - April 1st, 2007, 10:42 am
    I hope it can tell me where I can order Trilobite.
    Writing about craft beer at GuysDrinkingBeer.com
    "You don't realize it, but we're at dinner right now." ~Ebert
  • Post #16 - April 1st, 2007, 10:48 am
    Post #16 - April 1st, 2007, 10:48 am Post #16 - April 1st, 2007, 10:48 am
    Vision of Seinfeld's Kramer as the Moviephone guy:

    Kramer: If you know the name of the movie you'd like to see,
    press 1.

    ELAINE: Kramer, is that you?

    KRAMER: Elaine?

    ELAINE: Uh, what time does Chow Fun start?

    KRAMER: I don't know.

    :roll:
  • Post #17 - April 1st, 2007, 10:55 am
    Post #17 - April 1st, 2007, 10:55 am Post #17 - April 1st, 2007, 10:55 am
    Looking more closely at the Google TISP FAQs, I am even more excited by potential tie-ins, to wit:

    To offset the cost of providing the TiSP service, we use information gathered by discreet DNA sequencing of your personal bodily output to display online ads that are contextually relevant to your culinary preferences, current health status and likelihood of developing particular medical conditions going forward.


    We need to be there.

    The TonyC reference was inspired.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #18 - April 1st, 2007, 11:27 am
    Post #18 - April 1st, 2007, 11:27 am Post #18 - April 1st, 2007, 11:27 am
    :lol:
  • Post #19 - April 1st, 2007, 12:18 pm
    Post #19 - April 1st, 2007, 12:18 pm Post #19 - April 1st, 2007, 12:18 pm
    Unlike Sunshine Cafe, at least I'm reassured that LTH MenuStar isn't an April Fools Day joke, because I heard the actual phone call.
  • Post #20 - April 1st, 2007, 12:49 pm
    Post #20 - April 1st, 2007, 12:49 pm Post #20 - April 1st, 2007, 12:49 pm
    Love it!

    Suzy
    " There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
    - Frank Zappa
  • Post #21 - April 1st, 2007, 2:22 pm
    Post #21 - April 1st, 2007, 2:22 pm Post #21 - April 1st, 2007, 2:22 pm
    Here's a list of more 2007 April Fools pranks than any one person has time to read.

    None that I looked at were near as good as the one right here.

    -ramon
  • Post #22 - April 1st, 2007, 5:53 pm
    Post #22 - April 1st, 2007, 5:53 pm Post #22 - April 1st, 2007, 5:53 pm
    Must we use our phones, or can we get it installed as a one-touch system in our cars?? :D :D :D :D :D
  • Post #23 - April 1st, 2007, 6:07 pm
    Post #23 - April 1st, 2007, 6:07 pm Post #23 - April 1st, 2007, 6:07 pm
    Apparently the staff at Mealstar™ must be overwhelmed. When I tried to register I received this canned message:

    Today, only people whose names start A-L can purchase. The rest of you try tomorrow.


    I've recently had the same problem purchasing a list of foreclosed property.

    -ramon
  • Post #24 - April 15th, 2007, 3:13 pm
    Post #24 - April 15th, 2007, 3:13 pm Post #24 - April 15th, 2007, 3:13 pm
    I know this is very old news by now, I've been outta town (report to follow) and mostly outta touch, but I just wanted to thank Deb Doetzer, who did the voice of the MealStar system voice, as well as Cathy2 and GWiv for playing their parts so well as well. More of Deb, whose professional voice you've undoubtedly heard on commercials and promos whether you know it or not, can be heard at www.voicesunlimited.com
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