|My son, Jack Thomas (c) NYCFG 2012|
Reflecting on my foodie experiences this year, it's been a mixed bag. Some of the adventures I've had were exceptional, others were humorous, confusing and downright appalling.
I feel fortunate that I have this blog that I can write down my own thoughts and opinions as I see fit. I don't have an editor telling me what can and cannot be published. I don't owe anyone anything, nor do I want to make a habit out of writing content that is strictly positive. I get bored with that.
So, with that in mind... I wanted to highlight some of the crap that I faced this past year. Maybe you'll find it funny (like I do, now -but at the time, believe me, it was infuriating).
First, there was the Yelp review that I posted about a local restaurant, Rafina, that rips people off... They "say" they have fresh fish. They don't. I've seen the freezer - and guess where they keep that bass? On ice. The only "fresh" is that is their menu items are "freshly thawed." I am just waiting for that crap shack to close, and for a decent diner to take their place in my neighborhood. They would do everyone a favor to close their overly priced doors. (If you want, the original review is here.)
Then there were the numerous invites extended to me by PR, marketing and others that wanted me to review their new place, try out a different menu or get a tasting of their restaurant's best dishes. 9 times out of 10, they messed up the invite. While I made every attempt to make sure that I would pay the proper portion and a generous tip, no one was EVER aware of the arrangements.... so it created "awkward blogger moments" for me and the front of the house when the bill arrived. I know, I know... the sad life of a food blogger, right? Woe is me. Not!
I just think that good restaurants would know how to communicate within their own organization and/or with their PR consultants. Apparently, this is not true. For 2013, I have made it a POINT to attend editorial events or ensure that the inviter is AT the establishment when I arrive -otherwise, it's just a trip down Embarrassment Avenue that I'd rather not take. Ever. Again.
This year also had a few events that I've attended where I've witnessed other food bloggers being incredibly rude and wanted everything packed up for them "to go" - seriously. If you're invited to a media event, and you graciously accept, don't arrive with a diva attitude! OMG. The people that show up at events thinking they are the sh!t is stupid. Just because you have a blog and can maybe put two sentences together does not give anyone the right to demand anything other than an ass-kicking for your idiotic behavior. I hope for 2013 I meet other like-minded bloggers that critique other restaurants because they enjoy it and genuinely want to share their findings. The culinary Liza's and Mariah's can stay at home and eat their bon-bons with cheap champagne.
My year is ending with lessons learned. I hope my blog gets better, the invites are real and the writing is meaningful to others.
I'm going to start in on a glass of Chateau-neuf-du-Pape now, as I need to drink away the sorrows early.
Here's to happy 2013!