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Andrea Strong losing credibility

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I can look past her openly discussed failed relationships in her reviews but when she suggests that Guinness is an English beer and that Klee, a new restaurant to open on 9th Avenue is "charming" - yet there was no way of knowing that a month ago (when she wrote the piece) because just this past week they were still setting up the drywall.

All I'm saying is if you want to take her word as true...be careful.
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  1. Good to know.

    1. She clearly doesn't want to insult anyone...ever.

      Which do you think are the best ny food blogs out there these days?

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      1. re: harrison

        She's not always nice.
        Maybe I look the other way because I find her kind of hot, but I believe she's savaged the occasional restaurant (and powerful restaurateur), most memorably Morimoto. I don't see her as entirely gutless.

      2. I really like NYC Nosh. They do a great job. Obviously Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini. Not a blog, but Josh Ozersky is doing a good job over at Grub Street. Augieland has the best (food) budget of anyone I know, and really knows how to have a good time, takes good pics of the food and gets it live online quickly...but his writing isn't 100% my style - not to mention the too-silly "star rating" he includes. It's weird.

        I like Adam, but the Amateur Gourmet is, well, too amateur. I'm a bit jealous too I guess...being that I'd love to get a free truffle tasting dinner at Alain Ducasse...though I'd have the wherewithall to wear a jacket and tie. It's the Rachel Ray of blogs...sort of. You can't help but love it/hate it. And, as is the name, it's an amateur's take on food (i.e., no training/culinary school, nary a job in a restaurant as far as I can tell)

        For LA, I like The Delicious Life. Sarah's really cool. And a Full Belly is also very good for a take on the San Francisco/NYC scene.

        Anything Adam Kuban writes is usually worth reading and I think Frank Bruni is doing a terrific job as well.

        My blog, which doesn't do much lately (bigapplediningguide.com) is more of a journal for myself these days. Perhaps too straightforward to be a worthy blog to visit, but I like it. Of course, it doesn't even come close to any of the one's I mention above...even the one's I criticize.

        There are others I like too (Mona's Apple, Eat Girl Drink Woman, and a bunch of others I apologize in advance for not including).

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        1. re: dkstar1

          Second NYC Nosh, which is a great resource.

          1. re: dkstar1

            I love Mona's Apple, too....and Snack, The Food Section, and Clean Plate Club along with many of the others mentioned...and many more.

            1. re: BackyardChef

              This thread should be renamed "best ny food blogs." thanks! knew about many of these, but some other great stuff here for me to explore.

            2. re: dkstar1

              http://oad.typepad.com/ Is my favorite global blog. This guy has loads of resources and time.

            3. Agree with much of the above. I also do like eater.com for restaurant related gossip (not food).

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              1. re: skigirl

                absolutely. Eater.com and Laren Spirer's coverage at Gothamist are also excellent.

                1. re: dkstar1

                  Aww, thanks!

              2. A follow up...

                I emailed Andrea and told her about the Guinness post. Her response was that she agreed...but that that's what the menu said.

                Then why didn't she report on that? That, to me, is news. A restaurant calling itself the European Union shouldn't list what might be the most famous beer anywhere/ever - an IRISH stout at that, as an ENGLISH beer.

                If I reviewed a restaurant where Budweiser was listed accidentally as a Canadian beer on the menu, I'd make a note of it - or at least not ignore it as if it wasn't wrong in my review.

                Important? Am I going overboard? Is it poor journalism? Perhaps all of the above. I don't know.

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                1. re: dkstar1

                  Where is the Guinness sold in the U.S. actually brewed these days?

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Probably the US -- I'm pretty sure it's licensed for brewing internationally. Tastes different than the stuff I tried during a factory tour in Dublin (though that may be a function of setting, etc. influencing taste).

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      apparently...

                      Guinness is now also brewed in 35 countries around the world, but all these overseas brews must contain a flavoured extract brewed here at St. James's Gate. So the very special brewing skills of Arthur's brewery, remain at the heart of every one of the 10 million glasses of Guinness enjoyed every day across the world.

                    2. re: dkstar1

                      It IS important. She's supposed to be a food journalist and not a restaurant or product publicist.

                    3. Except that remember, since it's a blog she's doing, she's essentially a self-appointed journalist, without any editorial oversight or, in this case, editorial standards to uphold. I've found her style and tone to be really cloying, and I don't see her as trustworthy since she loves everything.

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                      1. re: dixieday2

                        bloggers, like any other writer, can choose to be keep enough distance from their subjects to stay objective - Andrea Strong has been tight in their with the chefs and restauranteurs since day 1. Her priority has never been truth telling. what a waste.

                      2. I guess cookbook deals pay the bills...

                        1. one of my favorite nyc-centered food blogs is edlevineeats.com. i used to watch ed on tv all the time and he was probably the one food critic who inspired me to be food-obsessed because he was always going to some random city/neighborhood to find the best food. his blog is great too (although based on his recommendation i tried the del posto enoteca and i was not as impressed as he was). plus he's got a post about how he ordered every donut at the donutplant. that's awesome!

                          1. I don't usually use Andrea Strong for the reviews of restaurants, more as a current events of what's opening, etc. Similar to the Off the Menu second page of the NY Times Dining Out section. Half the time I don't even read her long review at the bottom since i find it hard to believe that almost every item on every menu is orgasm inspiring.

                            1. I find her reviews dull. I also happen to have met her personally and she is a social climbing dolt, but that's beside the point I suppose.

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