I am a snob. I am particular about what I eat, especially since we hear so much about GMO food, pesticides, how much prepared and frozen food our nation consumes, how often salmonella outbreaks occur, the common understanding and acceptance that our food is injected with hormones or stuffed with bread crumbs. The list goest on about why I care about what I eat and what our local restaurants offer: wheat is changing and affecting our bodies, people are severely overweight or obese, high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated foods are the norm. Should this concern you? Well, our nation is constantly reminded that there are serious implications about what food we consume and since you and I are consumers we simply have a choice about where and what we eat. Every time you eat you are making a choice about how you feel and treat your body.
I am sure that it is obvious that I certainly am not a fan of fast food establishments. It is true that I love supporting our neighbors by eating at local food establishments. And while I have been experiencing the culinary world around SLC I have been impressed by how much feedback the owners have craved, both positive and negative, so that they can evaluate what they are doing and strive to make their offerings better. I know that we all get a little shy from time to time, but I challenge you to speak up and share your honest experience when the server comes around and inquires, “How is everything?” before you leave the next place you eat at. Perhaps the server may feel awkward and not certain on how to respond to something other than, “It’s good” or “Everything is fine” or “Could I please have a refill on X or extra of Y”. But please know that you are the consumer and your opinion matters. Why do we often not tell the truth about our dining experiences?
SO, as you have noticed, I am not just particular and snobby about the caliber of the food. I am equally interested in the ambiance, cleanliness, and the customer service. In fact, customer service unfortunately is a dying art in our nation. Every time I experience great customer service it reminds me to consider going out on the town and investing into the local economy rather than staying home and cooking. I am happy to report that I have had some outstanding service in SLC: Himalayan Kitchen, Chow Truck, Sugarhouse BBQ, Forage, and Pallet certainly stand out in this category and should get an award or even your business.
It has been two years since SLC Food Snob was launched and I am grateful for all my visitors that checked my blog out and helped me get to number 15 on the Urbanspoon blogger rankings, but alas – it is time for a new adventure. But please note that for the time being you can still find me on Facebook and Google+ as I will restart posting comments or articles every once in awhile about the local restaurants around the valley, because afterall – I have something to say about the places around town and want to share my judgement and passion with others.
A heartfelt thank you to my two editors, SELF & MDK, and all of my guest who looked forward to being a food critic once or twice a year with me. Without you all – this blog wouldn’t be possible. Also, I want to extend my appreciation to Heartbeat Nosh and IRC for being guest bloggers and contributing wonderful information by promoting worthwhile and meaningful events on SLCFoodSnob.com
My parting gift for all of you food advocates out there is the list of questions that I referenced at every visit – perhaps you can be your very own food snob and uphold a certain criteria to our local food scene to ensure that they are investing into our bodies and not just their bottom line.
How would you describe what you ordered? What did it look, smell and taste like?
Did you feel that the food was fresh?
Would you order it again?
Tell me about your server. How was the service?
How did the restaurant feel to you? Was it modern and sleek, rustic and warm, etc.
Was the space clean or cluttered?
Did the ambiance make you feel a certain way?
Given the criteria below, what would you rate the restaurant?
1. Damn, somebody needs to contact the Michelin Man.
2. I would be willing to return.
3. They should be the next contestant on Kitchen Nightmares.
SLC Food Snob