I often have readers from the TCRB ask me what restaurants think when they see me taking photos of food and their restaurant, etc and what it is like to go out to eat with me when I am doing a review.
I thought it might be fun to put a piece together on the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog from the perspective of various people I have gone out to eat with, so I asked them to respond to a few questions. Here is a sampling of the responses I got (mind you that the three people I go out to eat with most often did not respond)….
What is it like to go out to eat with Kristi? Pros? Cons?
“It is fun to go out to eat with Kristi because we don’t see each other often so when we do it is great. Going out to eat with Kristi usually means we both will be trying a new restaurant (for me, because I don’t get out much, and for her because
she hasn’t reviewed them yet!) It’s like being undercover…”
“I noticed Kristi takes a while to choose a dish, she wants to be sure she is getting something good! She definitely asks questions about the menu.”
“It is Great eating out with Kristi because you are able to try different things that you normally wouldn’t order. Cons are that you can not touch your food until all pictures are taken =)”
What behaviors have you come to expect?
“Some talk will be about the restaurant pros and cons and what we think, otherwise it is dinner as usual. The camera is always near by!”
“I’ve come to expect that whatever is to go in my mouth must first be photographed, whether it’s a bite of lettuce or a big piece of cake!”
“Some people will stare and wonder why you are taking pictures of your food or the restaurant atmosphere. It is also expected not to touch your food until all pictures are taken.”
“Kristi has the unique ability to detect subtle amounts of seasonings, aromas, flavorings, etc. when critiquing food.”
What do you think of having your food photographed before you can eat it?
“I thinks its great, especially for the blog because then readers can see pics of the entrees. The hardest part is not nabbing a fry off the plate until after the photo has been taken.”
“I don’t care if you photograph my food, just do it fast and don’t take a picture of me stuffing my face! I wanna eat!”
“I do not mind at all, take a picture and preserve it’s “all about the presentation” or lack there of at some restaurants!”
“Having been in the food business, we had all day food photo shoots with the ad agency. Having food photographed at a restaurant creates a nice and lasting visual affect.”
“No big deal, it’s photo worthy”
What do you think of the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog? Do you use it for your own purposes?
“I LOVE it. My husband and I use it to find fun new restaurants in areas of the twin cities we aren’t familiar with. We are not chain restaurant eaters so the blog offers great variety.”
“I have referred to TCRB on many occasions to find a specified cuisine in a certain city for when my husband and I go out. It’s nice to know what Kristi thinks, even if her palate is more well-rounded than mine.”
“I think that it was a Great idea and is wonderful when you cant decide where to eat for a food reference guide in the Twin Cities, Metropolitan area! I really trust Kristi’s views and will decide sometimes based on her review!”
“I click on the TCRB web site prior to going to a restaurant to see if it has been reviewed. Disappointed when I don’t see it on the list.”
“I think it’s awesome and love seeing reviews/food/restaurants!”
It was fun to read the responses I got, I hope you enjoyed this little insight as well.
If you have gone out to eat with me but didn’t get a chance to respond to my questions, please feel free to respond in the comments section. If you’d like to come out to eat with me sometime for the full experience, let me know!
– Kristi Sauer