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(Vanity Fair)   Times of London food critic bashes Michelin Guide, dubbing their starred restaurant reviews "handjobs" and geared to rewarding pompous establishments that serve "glossy plutocrats and their speechless rental dates." Yelp   ( divider line
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2012-10-04 11:24:48 PM  
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Omnivorous: It's still better than Yelp's "pay or or your ratings die" extortion.

Amazon will figure out a restaurant ratings business model and then Yelp will be a bad memory.

Yelp sounds like the BBB, oh you don't want to sign up any more, I'm sorry we just discovered all these bad things "people" have to say about you.
2012-10-05 07:18:08 AM  
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padraig: And experience is something that less and less people are willing to pay a premium for.

At the risk of pedantry, people are always willing to pay a premium for the experience. They are just less and less willing to be pay for that experience, and even less willing to be told what experience they should appreciate.
2012-10-04 10:41:30 PM  
1 vote:
There was a little restaurant in Phoenix, just a small place in a tiny set of old stores. It regularly placed second behind The Phoenician Resort for wine rating by a Michelin equivalent for French wines, as judged by a team of French guys.

The owner was crazy but he loved French wines
2012-10-04 09:17:51 PM  
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fusillade762: And don't even get him started about the James Beard awards...

Yeah, but he has a point. To my mind, feasting is a social event. You sit around and talk and laugh and enjoy the company of the folks you invited... And you talk about the food and how good it is, and how you're going to eat more tomorrow, and it's a grand old time. Feasting should not be a mere check-off of a restaurant destination. It should be FUN.

And unusual. Every so often, not as a hobby.

Food should be about nourishment, not consumerism.
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