CNN Discusses The Difficulty Of Anonymity For Restaurant Critics 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 19, 2009

It should be no surprise that this article caught my eye.  Yesterday, CNN posted an article that discusses restaurant critics and their desire to remain anonymous.  Though I’m a blogger, not a critic, I found this an interesting read.  The article talks about the use of fictitious names, costumes, and a slew of other techniques employed to fly under the radar.  The general premise is that these tactics are used so that the critic can have an experience that mimics what others are likely to enjoy (or not enjoy as the case may be).

I think you’ll find the little bit on Frank Bruni and Sam Sifton, the now former and current New York Times restaurant critic respectively, an interesting watch.  When you’re done with that, go have a look at the article.

Maybe one day I’ll elaborate on my thoughts regarding this matter, but in the meantime … feel free to discuss on here.  BTW, Bruni just released a book.  Entitled Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater, I’m not sure if it is any good – but i definitely plan on picking it up.

Sam Sifton Starts His New York Times Tenure With DBGB 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 14, 2009

rypple dinner at DBGB by @MSG.

Chef Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar just received a noteworthy 2-star review [very good] in the NY Times.  The review marks Sam Sifton’s debut as the food critic for the NY mega-paper, a post previously occupied by the well-known and somewhat controversial Frank Bruni.  Sifton has a distinctly different style than Bruni, who kicked off his last stint with a discussion of Mario Batali’s Babbo.  I know there’s a good chance ya’ll won’t care about what’s what in NYC … but I thought it was still worth a mention here.

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