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Feb 3, 2007 03:41 PM

NY Times takes a look @ NYC food bloggers

Including Eater, Grub Street, Restaurant Girl, Augie, Snack, Serious Eats, Ed Levine, Midtown Lunch and the guy NY Magazine called “a world-class mooch.”

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  1. I'm front and center in the photo too, and although the reporter talked with us, he decided to focus on gossip in blogs, and we got the cruel end of an editorial snip.

    Fun photoshoot with some really lovely people though.



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    1. re: Nosher

      I was there too, and ditto for my experience w/the reporter. The photo shoot was very fun!

    2. Nosher - humble apologies for omitting you from the line-up above. You are indeed front and center albeit incognito. In fact, your desire to remain anonymous is enormously to your credit IMHO.

      I've been following serious food blogging since it's inception and it is definitely starting to mirror other cults of celebrity - it's no longer about the food, it's all about "me."

      The editorial snip is so severe that after reading it twice I keep wondering why it was written. Oh well, anytime a see a snipe at the AG it's OK w/me.

      Love your blog.

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      1. re: livetotravel

        you're so right. for most bloggers, it's not just passion - it's business.

        and christ, can the Times fact-check maybe? or pay attention? Mr Jennings? (aka Jason Hennings a sentence or two above)

        1. re: livetotravel

          I'm with you about the AG.. I used to love to read him when he was clueless about food and knew it. His wonderment and sense of discovery when he found a new food item, or managed to produce something delicious in his own kitchen were touching. Now, all of a sudden, he knows everything. He's gotten snarky and mean. He asks readers of his blog to buy him things on Amazon, for God's sake! I miss the old Adam, and have stopped reading anything of his.

          1. re: pikawicca

            I feel this way about Restaurant Girl. Not that she had much credibility in my book to begin with, but if anything, at least her reviews were of completely random restaurants. I read her site for fun, knowing full well that it had a very "man [or Jersey girl] on the street" point-of-view. Now she fancies herself a food snob and I for one am certainly not buying it.

            1. re: gingersweetiepie

              she's certainly doing a good job promoting herself. hasn't she posted here? she's asked ppl to read/subscribe to her blog on another food board

            2. re: pikawicca

              Well it looks like the NY food blog world is circling it's wagons - now the editor of Grub Street (NY Mag) is telling the AG that he was only kidding when he called him a mooch! Here's Josh's post on the AG's web page...

              "For what it's worth, Adam, we had our tongue in cheek when we called you a mooch. Although your feats at Le Cirque and Ducasses are truly commendable!"

              Posted by: Josh at Feb 5, 2007 11:13:51 AM

              1. re: livetotravel

                hm, acting just like the mainstream media.

                kiss kiss

                here's the thing that made blogs fun - they were (some still are) DIFFERENT from the mainstream media, often irreverent, but the gap is closing fast. you'll find the same openings, same restaurants reviewed on most blogs, etc.
                why bother? so info gets distributed quicker - if that's all, it's not really enough.

                do we need the breaking news that the first few hours a new chef started serving at the EU the food was hit or miss? esp. since he's taking over a bloody mess of a restaurnat? i mean, hello? is that news to anyone?

                at least Resto Girl didn't rate it. still, the visit was purely to get the scoop first - not curiosity about the food.
                i'm interested in reading someone who has something to say, a unique voice - not necessarily what's the latest.

              2. re: pikawicca

                Same here, I feel the same about AG. It feels a little too snobby now and I don't read his blog anymore.

                I love NYCNosh though! (Living in his neighborhood doesn't hurt either)

            3. I think I've never read a kinder post on Chowhound, livetotravel. Thank you for that.


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              1. re: Nosher

                Nosher, I love your blog and it is one of the few that I read regularly. It is well written, enjoyable, informative, and iy makes my mouth water! But the Times article left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know, it's probably the editorial slant, but it makes something so fun seems so...pretentious.

                1. re: gloriousfood

                  Thanks so much for this, as well. Honestly, I don't want to slam what anyone else does; there's a place and an audience for sites that talk about brand new restaurants, but we don't live and die by that particular sword. And that is, I think, the reason why we got snipped from the article.



              2. Talk about taking the fun out of food. I think we've finally hit foodie overkill judging from that story. God forbid if the prosciutto is American. Just as long as a tiny piece of folded paper is not needed to properly balance the table and there are no flies in my soup (unless advertised) I think I'll be all right.

                1. Why would anyone blog when Chowhound is around? I post a few things to my blog but I'd never write about food for it. It's not worth the effort. Instead, I write about food for Chowhound. And if I've written something particularly good, I repost it in my blog. My blog theoretically has fifteen readers but of course most posts are read by fewer than fifteen people. If I post on Chowhound it might be read by a million.