Chef Tyler Florence recently proposed a question to his Twitter followers that I can't stop thinking about. He asked: what's more important to you, a local restaurant critic's review or Yelp? While I've never been much of a Yelper, I've always read the San Francisco Chronicle's restaurant reviews. However, I prefer to make my own judgment about an eatery. I guess neither the critic or the Yelper has much an influence over me. How about you?
The food world is abuzz with the news that the LA Times restaurant critic, S. Irene Virbila, has been outed. A photo of the long-time critic has been circulating the web, and if LA chefs and restaurateurs didn't know what she looks like, they sure do now. But in a time when virtually anyone's image can be found by doing a simple search on Google, does a critic's anonymity really matter? How do you feel about it?
- The finale of Top Chef Vegas was recently filmed in Napa Valley.
- The finale of Top Chef Vegas was recently filmed in Napa Valley. — Eater
- The New Yorker get to know Los Angeles restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. — Grub Street NY
- Ubuntu, Napa's vegetarian darling of a restaurant, may start serving meat. — SF Foodie
- Thirteen individuals who are making waves in the food industry. — Chow
- One Houston restaurant critic has dropped his anonymity. — Eat Me Daily
- What your beer says about you. — Serious Eats
- Spanish chorizo adds a richness and flavor to everything it touches. — The Epi-Log
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- Learn how to properly cook with rhubarb and strawberries.
- Learn how to properly cook with rhubarb and strawberries. — Epicurious
- What makes a great bartender? — The Atlantic
- One reviewer wonders: are newspaper restaurant critics becoming obsolete? — Serious Eats
- Celebrate the Obama's 100th day in the White House with a delicious dinner menu. — Chow
- A wreath made out of radishes is a surprising Spring decoration. — The Kitchn
- When it comes to perfect plating, white pedestal servers are incredibly versatile. — Simply Stated