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Apr 5, 2007 06:55 PM

the full comp -- new boston industry-insider hilariawesomeness

this has got to be the funniest, most informative and scandalous thing ive ever seen:

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  1. guess you haven't seen this:

    (Boston kids seem to be adopting Ms. Diaz's style, btw, cleaning it up a bit)

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    1. re: nuxvomica

      Wow - that's an irritating site to have to read with the left/right scrolling.

      And I have to say The Full Comp is more interesting - at least to me living in Boston. :-)

    2. Dang, that's juicy!

      This could become a great resource for Boston industry types if the authors can: a) cover their tracks well enough to keep from getting sued (or worse) into oblivion; b) do a good job of weeding out cranks, shills, and insane ax-grinders from their anonymous sources; and c) avoid being absolutely corrupted by the power they will amass if they stick around long enough. Fascinating reading.

      1. Let me know when there's an English translation available, I might read it then.

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          The house style is a bit precious and thick, but it's not that impenetrable, no harder to parse than, say, Zoom's Ubbi Dubbi. I suspect it might be more trouble than it's worth to get at a bunch of Boston industry gossip if you're not from here.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I loved it. Have heard bits and pieces of the story and it rings true with the versions I trust. (There are many differing theories on what happened to the money.) Will be interesting to watch this one unfold more.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              that izzle nonsense is annoying as hell to read. maybe i'm just an old fuddy-duddy. as somebody who's in the industry, it didn't tell me anything i don't already know. i'm always hoping for a bit more from those sites.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                The style is a PITA but maybe just another layer of anonymity-protecting misdirection. Not being an insider I find the content entertaining/interesting enough. Strictly for locals, though.

            2. update as of today. blog writer received a complaint from a person of color who found the pseudo-ebonics offensive and will be revamping the style of prose. thank goodness. hopefully it will be readable now rather than ridiculous.

                1. re: ponyboy

                  There was some brutal posting going on there yesterday.

                  1. re: ponyboy

                    Kids say the darndest things.

                    Boy, I'm just flat out disappointed on so many levels. If I was fullcomp I'd feel like I had one too many, said the wrong thing and felt like I had to break it off to save face, I'm sure I'm not the only one on here who's been there. I wish they'd pull or heavily redact the smoking gun, give their mea culpa and keep up the good work. It's a blog and there's room for poor judgement but the writing and the idea(l)s for the most part were too good for that and to give up.

                    1. re: sailormouth

                      I just had a gut feeling it was done after the latest ES post. Too bad...

                      1. re: sailormouth

                        There's a lot of back story here. The Full Comp didn't make a mistake and say the wrong thing; the Full Comp finally revealed its true mission. All the initial stuff? Just getting us all reading. That's the *real* disappointment.

                        1. re: Mayzie LaBird

                          I suppose this means that the party is off...................?

                        2. re: sailormouth

                          i thought the writing was pretty poor, and the vindictiveness was ugly and petty. s***-stirring for its own sake is really bad form.

                          good riddance.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Can we talk about what this whole thing was? I am not in the industry, though I am a serious amateur cook and very interested in learning about and from restaurants. I also have a kid who is headed for culinary school in the fall. So, I was drawn to the Full Comp because I thought it had something to teach me about where my son might be headed, if nothing else. I agree, hotoynoodle.....the writing drove me nuts, but since I thought I was learning something important about the reality of the food industry, I kept reading. MC Slim came on, and that lent further credibility. And then things started to take a very nasty turn. Seemed like a vendetta. Do we think, as Mayzie LaBird seems to be implying, that the writer (s) had it in for Garrett all along, and we were just pawns in a very evil play?

                            1. re: onefineleo

                              The blog's been erased and is starting from scratch again as of a few hours ago.

                              1. re: Whisker

                                Under the same blog URL? That comes up Page Not Found.

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Interesting. It was there earlier today, with a new post saying they were getting back to what the blog was supposed to be about from the very beginning, and the entire history from the last few weeks had been wiped out. Maybe they decided to throw in the towel on the whole thing? Like Hotoynoodle, I'm not sure I have any interest in reading it again after the mud slinging they threw up there earlier. That was stomach churning to witness.

                              2. re: onefineleo

                                "the writing drove me nuts, but since I thought I was learning something important about the reality of the food industry, I kept reading. MC Slim came on, and that lent further credibility. And then things started to take a very nasty turn. Seemed like a vendetta."

                                unfortunately what was on display to be learned was the base pettiness to which some people will stoop.

                                no offense, but i was quite surprised to see mcslim enter the fray, since imho the thing had already gotten so ugly. is he a lawyer by trade? he was giving legal advice, which also surprised me.

                                this is a very small town and it's a very incestuous industry. the blog writers may not have begun with malicious intent but that's where things went. spreading nasty rumors and cruelly flogging people in a one-sided public forum is totally unwarranted. what was to be gained by manufacturing a soap opera?

                                esk is one of my favorite restaurants. it's also quite possibly the busiest place in the city. i have good friends that work there. it's a godzilla of a place, then they had to deal with all this nonsense too.

                                nasty business. their heady instant power trip was sickening to watch. the blog writers really should be ashamed of themselves.

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  I think MC Slim was just trusting in their seeming original motive, as many of us were--to be a voice and a helping hand for the little guys. It's true that the speed with which the bloggers turned from the heroic geeks into the feared Mean Girls was alarming.

                                  1. re: tatamagouche

                                    Agreed; I was on board, amused, and a little addicted for a few weeks. That crazy and malicious post the other day set off major warning signals that something was amiss. Looking back, there were other warning signals that I ignored because I was having so much fun reading. It seems to be no secret who the "creative" force was behind the blog, and what their true intentions were all along. I think MC Slim chimed in with the noblest of intentions; none of us had any idea that the blog would get so freaky, mean, and spiteful so suddenly.