Friday, October 3, 2014

The Best Comments on DSideDish's Article About a Competitor Food Critic Being Refused

I rarely read the comment section on food news websites because they are normally full of Internet trolls, but there is a wide variety of comment gems in the D SideDish article about their competitor, Dallas Morning News' (DMN), Food Critic, Leslie Brenner, having her money refused by restaurant owners who do not want her to write a review about them. The public news of their refusal puts Leslie in a quandary whereby she can no longer write an "anonymous" review of their restaurant, which is what her position requires, according to the news story/commenters.

The article comments have all the elements of a mini-drama, ranging from LOL-humor, to poetry, to real insight and food for thought (pardon the pun). I cut out the trolls for you…

Someone should frame this last phrase and sell it: 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What Qualifies a Person to Critique Food?

In my five years of writing about food online, I have occasionally been asked some variation of the question below, usually in an accusatory tone when someone doesn't like what I wrote, but also by inquisitive people who want to become a food blogger/critic:

Have you ever worked in a restaurant or attended culinary school, so that you are qualified to write about food?

Social media comment boxes are not large enough for me to really answer this question, so I have never fully explained my background or the heart of what I believe qualifies a person to critique food. Here is my answer:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pocket Guide to the Best Tasting 2014 State Fair of Texas Fried Foods

If you're going to take the calorie hit to try several fried foods at the State Fair of Texas, you don't want to waste those calories on something that tastes just okay. You want to be wowed! You also don't want to spend a whole fair coupon sheet on food that tastes too funky to finish (anyone remember Fried Beer?)

Lucky for you (and me), I tasted all eight fried food finalists at the Big Tex Choice Awards official judging event. I photographed, reviewed, and ranked them all into this handy, single-image pocket guide, the "2014 Best Tasting Fried Foods at the 2014 State Fair of Texas":

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vote for the Best Looking Dallas Foodie Photos of All Time

Thanks to all the fans who made suggestions and inspired me to dig up some of my best food photography of all time. Be sure to scroll through all 20 photos before clicking LIKE on Facebook to vote for the BEST LOOKING photos (not your favorite tasting food). The most Liked photos will end up printed on the back of my new square business cards!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Foodie Contest Guessing Game – World's Best Chefs in Dallas

I expect to be posting some of the best food porn you’ve ever seen this Friday because I’ll be tasting food by chefs from one of "The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, according to Restaurant Magazine’s prestigious annual list. They are cooking at private events in Dallas all day Friday, and I feel lucky to be invited.