Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time for another post I guess

I took a nap and woke up, and it looks like about a year has passed since I wrote my last post. So I guess it's time for my yearly update!

Okay, so, yeah, definitely things like Yelp and Google reviews and other things killed the short-lived food blog era.

Here's the thing, though. The people who post on Yelp and in Google reviews are IDIOTS. They are idiots! Their opinions are stupid and terrible, and they are terrible people.

And remember, this blog started because idiots would post on AOL about restaurants that I had been to, and these people were clearly stupid and had no idea what was good food and what was garbage. I would post on those web pages, and tell the people how stupid they were, and I think my comments got deleted or something, I don't know. Screw them. So I was like I'm going to create a website and set people straight!

So I got in early in the food blogging days. But with the rise of Yelp, blah, blah, the food bloggers lost their influence.

One of the first was kipblog or something, which went from blogging to just a list of food bloggers. One was the amateur gourmet, who apparently had some small fame for a short time and now does whatever. There was a french chick. I don't know what happened to her.

Anyway, where are we in 2017? We are back to the same awful place we were back in the early 2000's, with idiots posting their stupid opinions for consumption by the gullible masses. We have traveled a full, cruel, merciless circle of culinary stupidity.

I weep.

Friday, July 15, 2016

More on the Death of Food Blogs

I guess a fairly obvious answer to the death of food blogs is the rise of things like Yelp and reviews on Google and Google Maps.

The good thing, especially with Yelp, is that you can see potentially lots of reviews, all at once. The bad thing is that those apps make everyone a food critic, and people are idiots.

For instance, I searched for "restaurants" on Google Maps. The app gave me a bunch of local restaurants with ratings from people. A certain Chinese restaurant was rated 4.9 out of 5.0 stars. I'm like WTF? Those reviewers are idiots. That place is average at best. And if 2.5 out of 5.0 means average, it deserves a 2.5.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

OMG Why?

OMG who still comes to this thing?  It makes me almost want to start blogging again. Just because I feel bad for the people coming here and seeing a vast wasteland.

2 new posts in one day! Unprecedented!

Where's Everybody Been?

So how's everyone's summer? Haha omg who even looks at this thing???

But seriously ... Have recently been checking out food blogs that were once popular, like in 2005. I see many have folded. But not me! I'm still around!!! This post is proof!

I'm old enough to remember when people thought they could actually make a living writing about food or wine on stupid blogs, like a stupid blog such as this.

Not that I ever thought I could. And never intended to.

The reality? No one cares about food blogs. They sure went away fast huh? And I'm sure whoever currently gets paid to write posts about food makes squat.

Anyway, I'm still around (i.e. I exist on this earthly plane). Maybe more posts to come. You never know.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BJ's laughs at my salted butter purchase

Yeah, I got some salted butter. It's not that funny, BJ's.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hamburger at Pace's = Shockingly Good Deal

Had lunch at Pace's in Hauppauge recently. Never been there before. Weird decor (i.e. law books) but whatever.

Got the hamburger for lunch. I think it was $10.75. The burger was big and comes with a good amount of fries and cole slaw. I added cheese for (I think) a buck 25.

Can't believe I'm saying this, but an expensive steak house actually has a good deal --> the lunchtime hamburger. It's not the greatest hamburger, but it's a good-size meal, and I'll take that deal all day long.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Just in time for Christmas!

As usual, I'm probably late to the party, but just saw a commercial for the StufZ burger maker.

Just in time for Christmas, for the person who is incapable of stuffing things inside a hamburger without the use of a mechanical device.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Revel in Garden City

New place, opened on Tuesday (Sep. 17), on Franklin Ave. in Garden City (TD Bank building). Had lunch there on Friday.

The dining area is small, so they try to create the illusion of space with an open ceiling and big mirrors on the walls. A big bar spans almost the entire back of the dining area.

They also did a good job of hiring all cute waitresses, a la the hostesses at Insignia. That's smart, of course. Older, successful businessmen (and their male clients) want to be around young, pretty girls.

The decor is an overall gray and dark blue/green, which I didn't really dig, though my lunch companion liked it. Unusual for a Franklin Ave restaurant. I guess it's trying to be city, edgy, modern--even the font of the letters. They seem to be targeting the local finance and other professional crowd for lunch and dinner.

The seats are covered in a fabric that was on a couch my grandma had when I was a kid (which she called a davenport). So my first thought was "cheap". Maybe that's unfair.

The menu is big and ambitious and a little strange. Grilled octopus sandwich? With olives on it? Sounds f*cking gross.

Prices for lunch are $2-3 more per dish more than an average Garden City place. Dinner is priced like an upper-tier Long Island restaurant (though not the most expensive). Dinner entrees average around $27. Much more for steak.

I had the 1855 hamburger ($14.00!) because not much else on the lunch menu sounded very good for under $15. The meat was dry, the bun was dry and crumbly/stale (hate that), and way too big for the hamburger. There was no cheese, and instead of onions, there was a red wine shallot marmalade, which didn't really add to my enjoyment. So, it was OK, not great.

My lunch companion had the chicken & avocado BLT ($12.00). She said it was OK but was dry and needed some kind of sauce.

The sandwiches are served with "waffle fries." They are not waffle fries, more like french fry pillows. They also come with a little mesclun salad and a mustard vinaigrette. That did nothing for me.

If I were the owners, I'd scale down the menu and concentrate on getting each dish perfect. You're a small restaurant, and it's Garden City. And if you're trying to stand out with the flavors of the food, don't get too crazy. (I'm sure they don't care what I say.)

2.5 out of 5 stars
Revel Restaurant & Bar
835 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY