March 27, 2007

Well, it’s not every day you wake up and find yourself mentioned in an article “above the fold” on the front page of the Sunday Chronicle. Dag, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the quote they decided to use, and especially since it was taken a bit out of context. I’m not the first person this has ever happened to, I know. Sam over at Becks & Posh isn’t too stoked with her quote either. In sum: sound bites can bite. CHOW tossed the piece into “The Grinder”, literally.

The writers missed the day boat by not mentioning the importance of the intimate communities that have formed in these “online food societies” amongst the bloggers (both the pro and non-media bloggers), Yelpers, Tribe-ers, Chowhounds, and tablehoppers. Not many people depend solely upon one source for information about where to eat these days, and tend to like to balance the credentials of the pros against the “real world thoughts” and impressions of other kinds of posters. I slog through a slew of media outlets, from print to online. Some I give more credence to than others, but I take it all with a grain of (Maldon) salt, and I think most others do too.

The piece painted a mostly negative portrait of what I find to be an interesting and often inspiring group of people who write about their dining experiences in this city, professional or not, qualified or not, first impressions or third impressions, glowing or critical. There’s room for everyone.

I’d like to welcome all the new folks who subscribed to tablehopper in spite of the fact I sounded like a total brat in the piece—welcome aboard.

And now, let’s get crack-a-lackin’.