Ahhh dear @TheCookie, you flatter me. The posts we create on this board are prescious to food maniacs - I think that’s a fair description of us.
Reviews by “critics” can be imperfect (they are human) and even if their writings are spot-on, they are static at best. And this group of writers can be all over the map. Some critics are pretty consistent and relatively unbiased, others opine by emotions at times, and one - probably the most humble -metamorphisizes poetry from food.
Yelp is opinion by democracy - like what’s happened Great Britain and the US, yelp’s methodology is far from perfect and the results often paint a fuzzy, inaccurate picture. But with so many participants who offer up photos, picture is worth…
Groups like FTC really have no agenda other than telling our perspectives, which by themselves are static as well, but are living by the fact that others post to confirm, refute, update, or broaden our perspectives, like it or not. We revisit, chat, counter-chat and maybe even kick up a little dust. Our ability to confirm, contest or broaden points is what makes FTC so valuable.
At the end of each day, we all gain something. A new understanding of a place, a cuisine, a certain dish. Previous views are altered, maybe some honed to further sharpness, some altered dramatically.
Through all of this - like any other shared journey, we learn things from each other, grow to like some, wonder about others, forgive and forget, and move on for the sake of our shared passion. Pretty much like real life, eh?