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Comment Archives: stories: Chow

Re: “Standing O

HumanBean, its been a bumpy road with you but I appreciate the feedback. Getting more comfortable with the honor and responsibility of being the Chow writer and allowing myself to relax a bit while sticking to guidelines.

Above all...thanks for reading and your support!

22 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Mark Whittaker on 06/01/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Standing O

It's still just a press release.

15 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by donkiyoti on 06/01/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Standing O

Mark! This review is a huge step in the right direction! Thank you for being receptive to your readers, you rock!

14 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 06/01/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

"First off, no, there is no such thing as a pinecone fish..."

Yes, Virginia, there is, in fact, a species called the pinecone fish. I've seen them in public aquariums. Per Wikipedia: "Pinecone fishes are small and unusual beryciform marine fish of the family Monocentridae. The family contains just four species in two genera, one of which is monotypic. Their distribution is limited to tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. Pinecone fishes are popular subjects of public aquaria, but are both expensive and considered a challenge for the hobbyist to maintain."

Some species are bioluminescent as well.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 05/31/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

China Pacific used to be in this space and we were sad when it closed. Have been eyeballing this place when we get our groceries at nearby Safeway -- will make a point to dine here real soon.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/31/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

Anybody with two fingers has become a published author. What a decline in civilization. Sad to see.

1 like, 11 dislikes
Posted by Android on 05/31/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

Where do the locally-sourced dogs and cats come from? Local puppy mills? PACC? Pet stores?

1 like, 21 dislikes
Posted by G. DiNardo on 05/28/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

Hmm...I am new to the weekly (and Chow) but tend to agree with HumanBean, although his initial email was a tad brusque. I saw that this was a "Chow Feature" so I did not expect a review. But after some browsing, I see that they do not have a "review" category. Perhaps they should.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by RH on 05/28/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

+1

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by anonemouse on 05/26/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

First of all, my issue is not with Mark. He is a talented writer and obviously fully capable. My issue is with the editorial decision to focus on personalities behind the food instead of the food itself in lieu of any actual reviews. I think these pieces that talk about the background and personal stories of the people behind a restaurant have a place but they should be complimentary to a solid review process. Nobody is going to restaurants because of the Chefs life story, they are there for the food, and if the chef happens to have a great story, that is even better. These stories should not go away, but they should take a back seat to a more traditional restaurant review process.

These are very soft pieces of writing and come off as advertisements. It is a legitimate question to ask if the Weekly is being paid and how these restaurants are chosen. It matters. I think the Chow section could use some investigatory backbone, for example, if a restaurateur makes a claim that they are sourcing their food locally they should be asked more details about that, this sort of 'green washing' is rampant in the restaurant industry and deserves attention. Mark should know that. It is not about bashing or attacking the restaurant but it is about holding them accountable to their customers.

Obviously The Weekly does not subscribe to the the broadly accepted paradigm n in the food world of the reviewer remaining anonymous. Most food reviewers at major outlets know that anonymity is the best way to insure the integrity of their reviews; it prevents restaurants from treating them differently than other patrons, preparing things with better ingredients, or any of the other myriad of changes a restaurant would make knowing that a review was being written. The Weekly has chosen an approach that gives all the power to the restaurant and takes away the power and independence of the reviewer.

What does all of this mean to me the reader? Whether these are paid advertisements or not, I cannot trust the small portion that actually addresses the food and even if the food is great it is marred by an inappropriate relationship between the reviewer and the restaurant.

That is my opinion, obviously a lot of people agree with me and a lot don't. I would encourage those who disagree to consider the relationship between a reviewer and a restaurant, and how that relationship can impact the veracity and quality of a review. Are you really going to get the same experience that Mark gets? Maybe we should all start notifying restaurants that we will be publishing a review when we make our reservations. Don't forget to schedule an interview too...

19 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/26/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

While I will agree that the story last week about Old Chicago pizza was putting lipstick on a pig, I felt this was a solid review. For those people who cannot figure out how to google the restaurant to see the menu, here you go Human Bean....https://www.facebook.com/SkyDragonChinese/…. Seriously, HB, why don't you try your hand at writing a restaurant review and let everyone else pick it apart.

19 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by RobG on 05/26/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

To HumanBean:

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by John Peter Zenger on 05/25/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

This humanbean asshat needs to be blocked

17 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by DinaM on 05/25/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

HumanBean the intrepid Chow section troll.

Good job idiot...

20 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Turd Ferguson on 05/25/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

These advertisements masquerading as reviews are getting sad and tired.

How much were the meals you ate?

Mr. Wong has been helping to launch restaurant start ups in Tucson for 20 years? What restaurants?

You quote them as saying they source their food locally and in the same sentence she says she flew in Lobster from Maine? Where are they sourcing their food locally? What are they sourcing?

Is this an advertisement? A review? A fluff piece? It is definitely not journalism, I hope they paid you for the blow job.

18 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/25/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Southwest East Coast

Was that Erv Silverstein? Great story.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Betty J on 05/23/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

I've had the misfortune to eat here a few times recently with relatives and I can safely say that the food at Old Chicago is truly terrible and likely comes frozen out of a Sysco truck. Preparation and presentation are lacking. The servers have been nice, though.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tucson resident on 05/19/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Life After Pat

Read the YELP comments; this place is not doing good; they will close within the next year; 2018 it will close it' doors.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by george.gonzalez.3367174 on 05/19/2017 at 2:56 AM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Litteraly sitting at OC reading this! Great artical! We love OC and had no idea it was Mama Louisas!Keep up the great work!

3 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by DinaM on 05/18/2017 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Small Town Big Business

Hopefully Jim can fix the food section now that he is the editor. These advertisements are getting old and I hope you guys are at least getting paid for them. It wasn't that long ago that the Weekly would mock the Star for doing this exact same thing! Bring back actual reviews!

13 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/18/2017 at 4:59 PM

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