Great Menuism article about Chandavkl’s journey as a “Celebrity Diner”. He reached this status without even trying.
his 10000000 line excel file begs to differ.
I’m really jealous of @chandavkl 's metabolism
What a lovely article!
Informative yet also gentle and humble - I suspect like the man himself!
You gotta wonder too - did the notes first get recorded on a spiral bound notebook or tablet, then floppies, then…
I addressed this in the ABC News interview (which kind of garbled the timeline)
"Since the early 1980s, Chan said he has recorded all restaurants he has eaten at on a spreadsheet organized by name, street and year visited. He’s also kept the thousands of business cards, menus and credit card receipts from the restaurants.
Then he got his first home computer with a database program. “I went back and tried to recreate where I had been,” said Chan. “I went through the credit cards slips, business cards, went to the public library and phone books to see where I had been and started filling it out thoroughly.”
I just know that my life is forever richer for having known (and known about) David.
An inspiration to all Chowhounds, past and future!