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Apr 6, 2011 01:09 AM

annoying food bloggers

as much as I LOVE following my local food blogs...recently I've found myself increasingly annoyed. Having worked in hospitality for about ten years..I am constantly appalled at how quickly food bloggers make assessments without any real knowledge about food..itself! The most irksome thing is when they complain about the service, or how something is not done to their liking but is anyone supposed to rectify the situation if the service staff is never made aware?? Furthermore..if I read ONE more blog about some blogger who makes a huge fuss and leaves a LESS than acceptable tip (we're talking 10%ish) I WILL SCREAM. Thoughts?

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  1. Absolutely. Creating a scene is just obnoxious. There are plenty of respectful ways to give feedback without making someone else's life harder than it has to be.

    1. I had a food blog for 2 years or so, and was increasingly loathe to "review" a restaurant. In fact, I don't think I every really did, I just reported on the restaurant itself; atmosphere, what I ate, maybe some pics.
      But, if I had less than a good experience, I never wrote about it. Why? I'm not a food critic, who, if they are going to give a place a less than attractive review, have gone several times. At least that's the standard. My budget does not allow me to go 3+ visits (in a relatively short period of time which would reflect a restaurant in situ), so how can I report anything bad?
      It's just not fair or even reporting to put something in print/web, with an n=1, especially if you have not tried to gain some sort of satisfaction by reporting your disappointment so that the place has a chance to rectify the situation and please you.
      Unfortunately, in the internet age, satisfaction comes in the form of the instant gratification of pounding away on a keyboard.

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      1. re: monavano

        +1, excellent points discussed

        1. re: monavano

          I do not write about places that I find have no redeeming quality. If I order something that isn't to my liking I either won't mention it or just mention that I didn't care for the other items. What I like not all others do and what I don't some may.


          1. re: monavano

            Monavano and Davwud, that's exactly how I feel. I go to places that I plan to enjoy, and post about my experience if its an enjoyable one.

            If it's bad - I may offer private feedback, but there are too many variables that can cause something to be "off", and I have too much respect for the amount of work that goes into a restaurant to be overly-negative.

            ...unless they really deserve it :p

          2. Those aren't blogs, they're vengeance logs.

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            1. re: Isolda

              I ask because recently, I had something blogged about me! Somewhere along the lines of the service wasn't great because the server recommended a sake...and brought us a more expensive sake than the one we liked...
              my question is a) why didn't you tell me which sake you like?
              b) why didn't you tell me this was NOT the one you liked?
              c) why did you drink it all...

              these are all valid questions don't you think? the passive aggressive-ness of her response was rather irksome.

              1. re: yuyu

                Did you respond directly to her on her blog?

                1. re: chezwhitey

                  ...because not doing so directly to the food blogger you are irked at can be just as passive agressive by taking it to CH instead.

                  Bloggers forget and so do readers that blogging is a personal past time and for the most part meant for getting a journal of thoughts down on virtual paper. Since it's not against the law to write about your experiences, as you perceive them, there isn't much to stop a blogger from blogging. The best way to deal with a blogger you don't agree with or don't enjoy is not to visit their blog.

                  And, it requires a bit of researching to find that your name, your business is appearing on someone's blog. It's a free-speech argument for many and you can ask to have your name removed but unless their is some legal recourse for insisting, you may not have your inquiry responded to.

                  Way too many annoying food bloggers have become infamous thanks to readers who get a kick out of other people's nonsense. How in the world are you going to stop it.....

                  I'm sorry this happened to you, but it happens.

                  1. re: chezwhitey

                    I couldn't actually. I found her comment on another bloggers site with no link. I guess, although most of the public doesn't view it as such, considered legitimate journalism...but the internet definitely allows more room to be anonymous. My only real irk about this particular posting is the fact that the problems with her experience could have so easily been rectified. I suppose that is a bit of professional naivety on my part...wanting every guest who walks through the door to have an enjoyable experience.

              2. Can you point to more than 1 blog post where a huge fuss was made and they left a 10% tip?

                By "making a big fuss" do you mean letting staff know things aren't to their liking?

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                1. re: tommy

                  No not at all..there is nothing WORSE than keeping silent when something is wrong. We are in the business to please..that's what we can we do that if you tell us everything is ok when it's not?? if you don't speak out if something is seriously wrong with your food, or even if it's not what you expected...I think it is unfair that you rate anything as poor...especially the men...are by no means mind readers. (Mind you..if you order sth completely against a server's recommendation or a filet steak extra well done and complain that it's tough..wellll....restaurants don't work miracles either....) all these blogs I'm referring to are local..(i.e. vancouver british columbia) and most are done by younger, inexperienced bloggers which, I give much thought to reading anyways...however..I have heard through the grapevine that certain very popular food blogs in this city tip somewhere in the 10-12% range consistently...and I'm fairly certain they get taken care of.....

                2. I eat out to enjoy time with the company, the food, and (maybe) the atmosphere. I agree with the comment that too many people that talk about food, really don't know food. Often, instead of saying what was good and why it was good, they'll talk about things that are completely irrelevant, mostly things to show off how much food "knowledge" they have.

                  With service, I'll be very clear - I don't give a damn about the server's livelihood. I don't care if everyone in your life that you looked up to passed away and you're in a situation where you have to work multiple jobs in order to take care of your younger siblings/relatives. Because, like I said, I eat out to have a good time, not to be a saint.

                  For the time that I'm in an establishment (From Taco Bell to a triple digit place), I'll be respectful towards the staff. I'll speak softly, smile and be sure to thank you. If I enjoyed my time and feel that the staff contributed, I'll happily leave a tip. But, if that was not the case... Tip? I don't think so.

                  I can think of two recent examples. Both were low-level places (Full service, dishes around $10 with the high being around $30). I actually picked out both places for certain unique charms. The first place got three strikes. One: There was a special not on the board and while the party newly seated next to me was told of this, I was not. Two: Another party near me asked for their check and got it... And it was picked up 30 minutes later. Three: I went to the restroom. After I exited, a group of servers were chatting away and BLOCKING me. I politely said, "excuse me." No response. I actually had to gently tap one on the shoulders. Second place had both counter and full service. I sat. I was ignored. I went to the counter and ordered. I chatted with one of the staff members. I went to the counter again and ordered. Still ignored. I ordered through one of the staff members (non-server) I was chatting with. The whole time I was ignored by the server.

                  You are not entitled to a tip. However, I, as the customer, am entitled to not only service, but good service. If you would like a big tip, please pamper me (Well, okay, not that far, but at least treat me with respect). If not, don't expect anything, because you didn't earn anything. That's my way of telling you that I was not happy with the service.

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                  1. re: ediblover

                    First of all, I'm good at my job. I know that, people who aren't do not sustain themselves in this industry because really, the eight dollars an hour isn't going to justify me ignoring the other career options I have which come with my degree. That being said, I'm fairly certain if a server knows they are serving a table of food bloggers they will bend over backwards because let's face it, no one likes to be made an a** on the WWW.