Earlier this term I took a weekend course with Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold. With lines like “What is lasagna fritta? Apparently rolled lasagna sliced into thick discs, crisped in trans-fat-free boiling oil and served with a marinara dipping sauce. Words for once fail me,” his writing is evidence that food writing need not be pretentious.
As a food writer, Gold has the opportunity to take his time when writing a review. He’ll go back a few times or, on occassion, seventeen times.
I am going to approach this blog as a student which is fitting—seeing as I am one.
Obviously, as a student, my first priority is having enough money for beer (Ok, so I’m allergic. But it sounded poetic. I usually stick to cocktails) and to drink as much coffee as humanly possible when I’m sober. Or not sober. Being conscious of this, I am going to make it a goal to write a review in just a few visits. I’ll share the ingredients and the tastes, the smells and the prices. I’ll describe the decor and the atmosphere.
Ultimately though, the question will be “would a college student eat here?” This means, beyond the review of the actual food, I will be looking at value—is the food worth spending extra money on? Does it taste fantastic for a reasonable price? Or OK for a stellar price? Is it healthy?
Oh and then there’s the one that’s been bugging me forever: what the hell is up with Monroe Street Cafe? It seems totally creepy.
Stayed tuned for all this and more!