Tuesday, March 08, 2005

On Criticism

I found this interesting discussion of the role of a critic and a reviewer. Based on their use of the terminology, I guess I am endeavoring to be a restaurant reviewer, rather than a critic - I have little formal training in food, and don't believe that this is important to producing articles of interest to other people who just want to hear about others experiences before deciding to spend their money at a particular establishment. I've always believed a passion in any topic (and therefore the motivation to research and explore a field on one's one) is of utmost value. Another thing the article talks about is the power of a negative review on a restaurant. I am actually a fan of scathing, sarcastic reviews - they're fun! - but I'm generally inclined to be more excited about a good restaurant discovery, and promoting something that I want to last. The bad ones, in the Vancouver market, should crumble soon enough all on their own.

9 comments:

SaabKen said...

Is there a way to create our own restaurant reviews (ie: make 1st posting) ?

Dale said...

I've pretty much quit reading local print media, but when I did I found all of the restaurant reviews totally boring. I love what's happening here and at VanEats.

Go Nancy!

PS Is Ha Gow's sidekick Siu Mai?

Dumpling_Girl said...

Ken,
Thanks for your question. I don't think there is. But it sounds like you need a blog of your own! I'd definitely follow it if you started one. :)

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Dumpling_Girl said...

Dale,
Thanks for your support! Yup, Ha Gow definitely has Siu Mai on his team. He's not exactly a super hero, though. Just a very active dumpling, ready for adventure.

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SaabKen said...

All this talk about siu mai and har gow (AND seeing Roland's new post about Sun Sui Wah next door on his Vaneats.com) is making me hungry .... what ... only 11am ?

I'm still interested in reviving my dim sum club idea. Anyone else ?