In this section, I’ll post random comments, notes, thoughts, etc. to my readers. A special thank you to anyone reading my blog – it means a lot to me, and I invite you to comment or email me if the mood strikes you
Today, I received a comment on my Craigie On Main post from someone that I thought was a very valid question. I want to share that comment and my response for anyone else who might be wondering the same thing. The comment reads:
“I agree that Craigie is excellent- one of the best meals I’ve ever had. However, why is it that you feel you’re qualified to review restaurants? Do you have culinary training? Have you worked in restaurants before?”
My response is as follows:
“It was definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had, at one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. Also, thank you for your question, I’m very happy you asked!
Firstly, my goal has never been (and will never include) to be a definitive source or expert on great restaurants. Trying new food and cooking and basically anything food-related have been passions of mine throughout my life, and that’s why I wanted to start this blog – to provide a narrative of my life through food and encourage others to learn more and try more. Eating and cooking are very personal experiences that differ from person to person, and therefore I don’t think that any ONE person CAN be a definitive source on the subject. In the end, it’s all about experiencing something new and special with the people close to you, whether it’s coming from your own kitchen, the kitchen of your favorite restaurant, a food truck, a backyard garden, etc.
Secondly, because I don’t want to be a definitive source for restaurant reviews, I want this to be a forum for lively discussion. If people find that they agree with my experiences, then great. If not, I encourage them to comment and engage in a friendly discussion about it.
The bottom line is that I’m young and just at the starting line of a journey through food that I hope will take me a lifetime to build. More than anything, I want to encourage people who have an interest in food to take the journey with me and to learn new things while trying these restaurants and recipes for themselves.”
I do hope that, regardless of what I write, you comment about your personal experiences and feel encouraged to try these restaurants and recipes on your own. That’s what enjoying food is all about – reaching your own conclusions with your loved ones and (if you’re like me) a bottle of wine.
I feel that it is a necessity to become intimately acquainted with the maniac from whom you decide to take advice.
And as much as I love food and pretending that I’m Carrie Bradshaw and therefore I have an endless supply of money from a job that would never actually produce said supply of money – I’m not, and I don’t. Let’s face it: food blogging and restaurant reviewing (especially in Boston) are EXPENSIVE. The satisfaction I receive from my meals lasts until I look at my bank account, which subsequently gives me the urge to gouge my eyes out with a hot butter knife. (Mmm…BUTTER.)
The above two explanations are why I feel I must interject restaurant reviews to feed you tidbits about the crazy person you have so graciously chosen to trust (I thank all five of my readers for their support, and continue to hope that at least one of those five is not related to me). I have about five restaurant reviews in the queue to catch up on, and it’s always slow getting them posted because writing those reviews can take HOURS or days to perfect. Gorging and then writing about the experience is tough work, what can I say?
I’d love to hear your feedback. Shoot me an email and tell me what you think!
I realized today that my blog has no static place that advertises my fearless designer. In case you’re wondering, it’s Boston Creative Studio, and they’re absolutely amazing and very fun to work with.
Also, check out CapeCoddah, my designer’s personal blog. It is about all things Cape Cod, and a great accompaniment to Knight at the Restaurant.
Happy New Year, everyone! May yours be filled with love, laughter and great cuisine.
A note about comments
I hope that, eventually, my blog can be a place of lively discussion, and I invite any reader to comment as you wish.
Shameless self-promotion of your own blog is not only ok, but I encourage it fully. However, this is not Facebook, and I will delete posts that are spammy or try to advertise a business or product (unless your name is Caitlin and you are my web designer, in which case advertise away because BOSTON CREATIVE STUDIO IS THE BEST EVER). If you would like to advertise, I will be happy to accept payment, and then write a review of the restaurant on which I choose to spend it :)