Pictures is how I do the review. Pictures of the food I order, eat and like. If I don’t like it, I don’t post it.
Animal-Free is the primary non-negotiable criterion. Service is not what I review. If a restaurant is so dirty that I can’t stand the smell of it, I’ll walk out as if I hadn’t been there.
I recommend a dish to you, through a picture, as a dish I liked, not as a dish I think you may like. I don’t know you nor your tastes. I only know mine.
Keep in mind that a pretty picture does not translate to a good tasting dish. In my own experience developing recipes, where I take pictures throughout the process, many a dish did not taste like the picture suggested through its beauty that it would. Those get scrapped. Will I make it again? Yes, but only after I’ve reworked the recipe, and only if the recipe is worth the effort. Sometimes it’s better to move onto another one.
Writing about the food in each restaurant gets in the way. Nobody is ever satisfied. She wrote a hundred words for theirs’ and only fifty for mine. His got a better sounding, a larger, longer applaud is a place I don’t want to visit.
I’m not out to destroy anybody. If I find out later that an item had something of the animal in it, I take down that picture. It’s on the restaurant to be honest.
If they consistently make mistakes for whatever seems to them to be a good reason, I’ll stop going, but will keep the review up on the site as a reminder of what the restaurant once was and could be again.
There is only one restaurant/bar that I barred from my site – and it was more due to the improvising of food handling procedures and being consistently out of the vegan food I ordered, that their menu claimed to serve.
In future I may decide to write a few words here and there. The only things written in stone are that it contain no animal products to get me to order it, and then to taste good once I’ve eaten it.
~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, the animal-free chef