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Monday, May 4, 2009

Food Blog Code of Ethics

There’s been a lot of buzz around the food blogging world for the last few days. If you want to know why, you can click the link and read all about it.

Food Blog Code of Ethics

While the basic idea of this code is common sense honesty, and I’m sure—written with good intentions--there are a few things about it that rub me the wrong way. I’ll touch on those first, then give you some links to other blogs who have posted about it, as well. I urge you to also read through the comments—they’re well thought out and may bring up some points you haven’t thought of.

1) This Code of Ethics was written by two trained journalists that also blog about food. So naturally, they lean towards journalistic ethics. And that’s fine! If you’re a journalist. Which I am not. I write this blog for fun. I look at it as friends having a chat about food.

2) The authors of the code say they had heated discussions with other food bloggers before putting it in writing. What food bloggers? I wasn’t one of them. I don’t think I know any one else that was asked to weigh in on it. I think that before one word of the code was released, it should have been put out there for all food bloggers to offer up opinions on. Granted, there would have been a lot of opinions to wade through, but I think if you’re going to set up “guidelines” that you’d like to apply to all food bloggers, then you ought to give them the option to know about it and be a part of it before you release it to the world. That’s common sense.

3) Honesty. It’s a very good thing! I’m an honest person with integrity. I don’t think that if I put a little badge saying “I Follow The Code” in my sidebar, you’ll all rest easier at night. Will you? I give my readers way more credit than that! You guys can discern between bullshit and the truth. It seems silly to me to have to tell you that I’m an honest person. You’ll either think someone is or not. But more importantly, you’ll form that opinion on your own. I actually read a comment by someone who was all aboard for the code, and said it was a way to *set themselves apart as having standards* they write by.

Well, excuse me (!), but I have standards already, and don’t need a code to proclaim it! Being ethical, honest, and civil are qualities you either have, or you don’t. And no code is going to help you if you don’t already possess those attributes.

4) While we’re on the subject of honesty…I really don’t expect that the thieves out there that steal blog content and photos will suddenly say “Oh, there’s a CODE? Well, that changes everything! I’ll stop stealing your content right away and never do it again!” Please. They’re going to do it anyway, because they’re unethical, and no badge or document will stop them. They have to want to do it.

5) The authors of the code think that restaurant reviews by food bloggers should be fair. I can’t argue with that at all. But they suggest visiting an establishment at least twice before reviewing. Which would be fine if I were a journalist with an expense account. But I’m a stay at home mom, and our budget for such things come out of my husband’s paycheck. I suggest that restaurants learn consistency and put out quality food every time a plate leaves the kitchen, or own up to it—and not get pissed at the food blogger that happened to get a bad plate of food.

6) I fund this blog. Which means I’m “Supreme Ruler and Dictator” when it comes to what I publish on it. If I want to be crude (which I’m not, for the most part) I will. If I don’t want to be civil, I won’t. Please refer to my title in line one, section six if you’ve got an issue with that.

7) From the code:

“As the blogging world expands exponentially, more and more people in the culinary world believe that food bloggers—as a groupare unfair, highly critical, untrained and power hungry individuals empowered by anonymity.”

I’m betting that the ones who think food bloggers are unfair and critical are the very ones being criticized by food bloggers. They call us hacks. I have a simple solution for them. Put out better food, better books, and better products. And put on your grown up panties and realize that not everyone will kiss your ass and tell you you’re awesome! If you’re putting yourself out there publicly, be ready for criticism. It’s part of being in the public eye.

8) The badge. For the time being, they’ve decided to hold off on releasing it, and thank GOD for that. They say: “We’re conflicted about the negative message the badge might convey.”

Negative message is right! Can you imagine new readers coming to a great, honest blog—not seeing the badge, and thinking “Oh, this must be written by an unethical, dishonest hack. I must go elsewhere.”

This badge should never, ever become the defining “badge of honor.” Because there are millions of honest, ethical and civil food bloggers out there, and they don’t need a badge to proclaim it. I’ll say it again. I think 99% of food blog readers are extremely smart people and can tell when someone is trying to bullshit them—and the 1% are trolls looking to piss people off. But for someone who just starts reading food blogs—well, I hope they never have to look for a badge of honesty to decide whether to read a blog or not.


I guess that was a little more than a few. But I feel very strongly about this. Now, the authors state plainly that these are guidelines, not rules. But really, if someone decides not to follow and jump on the bandwagon, does that make them unethical? Dishonest? Uncivil?

Hell, no! But it’s a slippery slope they’re on—trying to govern a very large group of people and hold them to standards that journalists follow. And with all due respect to these ladies, rather pretentious. I don’t know the numbers, but I’m betting most food bloggers aren’t trained journalists like the authors of the code. Will people embrace it, follow it, live by it? Or will the hype die down in a few months as we’ve all moved on to something else? I don’t know yet.

Here are a few links to check out. I hope you’ll go read them, and don’t forget the comments! There are many opinions, and things for you to think about. Whether you’re a food blog writer or a blog reader—you should know about this code, and decide if it’s important to you or not. As a reader, especially. Will you look for the badge of honesty? Or will you let the blogs speak for themselves, and use your intelligence to see when someone is lying to you?

Eating L.A.

Bitchin’ Avocado


Sky full of Bacon

I’ll leave you with this: I’m an honest person. I’m ethical, and civil. And I care about my readers—I won’t lie to you. But I won’t subscribe to someone else’s idea of what a food blogger should be like. I’ll be me, without a shiny badge, and hope that you’ll still come back to read about what I have to say. And thanks to those that do!

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Ellie said...

Very well-put.

RecipeGirl said...

What? You're not following the *code*? I'm not coming back. Heh, heh!

I didn't really weigh in on it... not sure I really care about any sort of 'code' out there, and I'm not sure it's at all needed. I can't really think of a good reason to have one in the first place. So I'll remain 'codeless' as well :)

Elle said...

Thank you, Ellie and Lori!

Maria said...

I don't need a code of ethics or guidelines. My blog is MY blog. I am a big girl, I can take care of myself!

Elle said...

Yes, Maria-you're absolutely right! And thanks.

corrin said...

If you're blogging about those meals, I hope you're keeping recipients. Tax right-off, baby!

Back on topic...I think it's a nice guideline, and working in the food industry we have lots of guidelines. Ultimately, it's the blogger's choice and what the blogger does determines the blog's fate. If they aren't upholding some kind of ethics, their blog isn't going to go anyplace fast, and that's the way it should be.

Elle said...

It is a nice idea, Corrin. Slightly flawed, but nice. And you're right--the crap blogs will usually end up at the bottom of the pile.

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

I don't really see the NEED for a "code". I mean in my experience - we can tell who's "really" doing it and who's not.

April in CT said...

I thought food AND blogging were supposed to be fun??

I wish people would get the chopstick outta their hiney and get over themselves. :o)

Elle said...

Kristy--yes! I don't think dumbing down our readers and holding their hands is necessary.

April! How the heck are you? And I completely agree with you. ;)

Dawn's Recipes / Been There, Dawn That said...

Very well stated, Elle

I already follow my own code, and I consider myself an honest blogger. I certainly have no intention of putting up some silly badge to say so.

By the way, I wasn't consulted either. I wonder who these food bloggers were who got to participate in the "heated discussions".

Lalycairn said...

If after a few times reading a blog, or trying recipes and I like it and they turn out, I'll keep reading. If I see the recipes they post are off someone elses blog repeatedly without giving someone else credit, I tend to quit reading. I like reading "real" blogs that give honest reviews. I think it stinks that some people steal other people's original ideas, recipes and pictures - but I also don't think having a badge on one's page guarantees your safety, or that nothing on that page has been plagiarized from someone else.

In a world with too many regulations, I tend to think we don't need any more. :)


Elle said...

Dawn--I don't know who the bloggers were, but it was news to me when it was published, so unless they were very tight-lipped, no one I know was aware of it, either.

Heather--same here. We're smart enough to know BS with or without a badge.

Dawn said...

you're a meanie by not following the code--I'm not coming back because you aren't lifting my spirits or making me happy, you are making me want to listen to death metal music and jump off a bridge.

love you Ms. Elle!

Caleb said...

Thanks for writing this Elle.

I like to think anybody that needs to be told the things in the Code wont listen anyway. So if it isn't going to be an effective vehicle for changing food bloggers it only serves as a vehicle for self-righteousness.

And if a food blogger is blogging on their own time, they can damn well be as uncivil as they please. We can always unfollow and unsubscribe.

kat said...

This whole things seems a little crazy. I mean who made these people the deciders of what code I should use to write my blog. I do it for fun, I never claim to be an expert or a journalist. If someone likes what i do yea! but if they think less of it because I don't have a certain badge, well see ya

Joy said...

Elle, I've been mulling about my post on this, but I could not bring myself to write it yet because like you, I feel strongly about this. You nailed my points of contention.

I don't need anyone to validate my website for its content or to govern what I write. That is why I have my own website and talk about things that matter to me. Should we start policing political bloggers then? Celebrity bloggers? They're putting more questionable information out there than we could even begin to think of ruining a restaurant because of our bad experience. A bad experience is a bad experience...people talk about it on message boards...gah... Oh well, I guess I should write about this soon. LOL.

But thank you so much for this post. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels so conflicted about this.

Elle said...

Dawn--I know, I'm a meanie. But I'm not one to just leap w/out looking first. and you shouldn't, either--so get off that bridge! hehe

Caleb--yes, and yes! And thank you. It's not like we're forcing readers at gunpoint to stay and read, and return to read more. They're not going to stay for BS.

Kat--That's another sticky point for me. No one should be self-appointed. It should have been a group effort. It's an extremely large group, but that's just the way it is.

Elle said...

Joy, I've been mulling this post over for days. I had sort of decided to wait on it, but when I sat down to write a food post, this just started coming out.

You just can't police bloggers, it's an impossible task. I know they say that's not what the code is for. Call me crazy, but I've seen it happen. A few do-gooders will see what they think is a post that doesn't follow this "code," and start making waves--tattling and snitching. Like I said, it's a slippery slope.

Joy said...

Oh, and PS -- I wanted consulted about this either. When I read their premise to writing the code, I really did not feel like I was part of these group of food bloggers they speak of. I am not one of them! I didn't even know we are "bad"! :p

Elle said...

Joy, I'd heard little bits--here and there about bloggers being called hacks. Particularly by a certain pony-tailed chef in orange crocs, and there are probably more, I'm sure. I don't know what things were said about him to piss him off, and really don't care. But if you're putting yourself out there, you must know that not everyone is going to love what you do. Part of the business.

And mostly, i don't think you can call it a code for the food blog community when the community didn't have a hand in writing it.

StephanieSells said...

If I wanted to read pablum, i would read a journalist. I do not I want to read someone who writes like they think. Someone who does not have an editor making things nice. I want raw, well actually I do not like the whole RAW food but you know what i mean. I want to read someone who wants to write what they want in 10 words or 10,000 words. That is why food blogs are so popular, i can find the people i like and support them! Like you!

Elle said...

Stephanie, thank you! I definitely don't write like a journalist. Don't even review like one. So following a journalists code of ethics seems silly.

Peter M said...

I read this "ethics" bit last week and while their intentions were good, the "badge" etal is flawed. Discussions like this are a starting point.

For me...I go by the old Greek saying, "tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are".

I look for a good copy, delicious recipes and appetizing photos. I also look at who frequents a blog, comments - who you keep company with.

I'm grateful for the people who regularly read my blog and they are always in mind when I write a post. That's my badge, my code and a little of my ethics.

VeggieGirl said...

Amen, Elle!!

Elle said...

Peter, those are all good things to look for. This is a great way to get discussions going, at the very least.

Liz, thank you!

Lori E said...

Well I do post some recipes (if you can call them that) plus many other things on my blog so I am not a food blog. I don't pretend to be anything other than a friend of sorts that is telling you that we had a great dinner or cake or whatever and here is the recipe or method. Half the time I don't even put the amounts in. Toss in some basal, sprinkle with olive oil.
If I find a food blog I need to make my own judgment about whether it is one I want to come back to. Some badge on the side of the page isn't going to make me change my choice one way or the other.
Besides how can it work when you say po-tay-toe and I say po-tah-toe.

Michelle said...

Great job Elle!

And thanks for the links, I read each of them twice and might go back for a 3rd time.

Ingrid said...

WOW! I came here to print out a recipe, chicken with herbs de provence and I find out about some "code" that I am supposed to be following!
I've never been one to go along blindly with what I'm "supposed" to be doing. Especially when someone else arbitraily has done the deciding for me. I intend to be me, good, bad, right, or wrong. Like it or leave it!

Thanks for passing along the info and so eloquently.

toontz said...

Because I regularly "tweet" with you, I was aware of "The Code"(I am sorry, but every time I hear that I think of Pirates of the Caribbean)! It just seems like such a non-issue to me. I have to say that all of the bloggers I have communicated with have been nice, kind, helpful and seemingly genuine people.

“As the blogging world expands exponentially, more and more people in the culinary world believe that food bloggers—as a group—are unfair, highly critical, untrained and power hungry individuals empowered by anonymity.”

I am not sure who these bloggers are (see above), but I certainly don't know them. There are rude, arrogant people from every walk of life, and I have not run into very many in the blogger world so far. Maybe I hanging out with the wrong blogger crowd, lol!

toontz said...

Oops, meant to say Maybe I am hanging out with the wrong blogger crowd.

BJ said...

you are AWESOME!!!

RJ Flamingo said...

I'm not a "food blogger", though I love food and sometimes write about it. I might share a recipe I've tweaked (I think for the better), or a restaurant I've eaten at recently, or talk about a cookbook (you might call it a review) I've run across (I own over 200 and my passions run amok). In fact, I'm going to write about another one, soon.

I also blog about bad driving, politics, gardening, Project Runway, and whatever else I damn well please at any given moment in time. I don't have your following or traffic, and I'm no pro. Sometimes I even blog for money. Does that make me a hack?

I blog as an outlet, a means of reaching out to my friends, both old and new. But mostly for myself. It's my opinion, dammit. As long as I don't slander or harass anyone, then I'll write what I please, thank you. If Congress won't regulate me, then why should I let some other strangers in the blogosphere codify me? Nor do I think any of you "real" food bloggers should, either.

I'll read what I please, and I'll take to heart what I please. Badge? I don't need no stinkin' badge. And neither do you. I'm adding you to my blogroll, for what it's worth.

Damn. I think I just wrote a blog post. Select, copy, paste. Sorry.

Bob said...

This is the first I've heard of it and can't say it sounds like something I'd get involved in. I'll certainly do some more research, but this type of stuff doesn't sit well with me. I really don't think I need to advertise my honesty.

Grace said...

what nonsense. i had no idea this was going on, and i have to say that i'm behind you, elle. it's as if you took the words right out of my mouth. :)

Elle said...

Lori E--great point. There are too many blogs out there, and it's like trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

Michelle--thank you. Some good reading there, right?

Ingrid--thank you for saying so.

Toontz--i think you're right. I haven't come across any yet, either.


RJ--thank you! I love how you put what you wanted to say into words. I'll be along to check out your blog shortly. :)

Bob--definitely do some research. For some bloggers, it's what they've been looking for. But you seem like an honest guy that doesn't need to advertise it. You just are.

Grace--thank you!

Cheri Sicard said...

First I have heard of it, but I couldn't agree with you more.

Elle said...

Thank you, Cheri!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Brava, Elle! I agree with every point you made and couldn't have said it better myself. I was never asked for my input either. Frankly, I haven't come across anyone who was.

I find the whole thing presumptuous and a bit arrogant.

Anonymous said...

This is the first I've heard of this--I followed your link to read it from the horses' mouths, as it were. Still trying to decide how I feel about this; seems to me that we're a self-policing lot and don't need any outside code imposed upon us. Will continue to mull this over as I unpack all of our moving boxes. Thanks for such a thought-provoking post, Elle.

Elle said...

Susan--thank you! I know you and I feel the same way about this whole thing.

OPC--thank you! And yes, at the very least, the word is getting out about the code and people can decide for themselves if they want to follow it or not.

Bunny said...

If this code is so darn special how come nobody knows about it?? If i didn't come here I wouldn't have known. This is crazy, I'm an adult and can decided for myself what blogs are worth reading and what aren't. There is no way that the information about this badge will get to every single blogger out there which is going to hurt alot of people who don't know about it and therefore don't have a badge. Those of us who have ethics will continue to have ethics...without a badge.

Debbie said...

Yes...very well put! I thought I was just having fun. And I'm honest too.

Debbie said...

And also....I guess if I have to, I'll just be a "blogger" who posts mostly about food. Because that's what I am. Not an official "food blogger".
Dang... can't we all just get along? (those people make me nervous)

Annie said...

Couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for bringing this to light.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, Elle, this is very well said - I think all of your points are very true and valid. I think the people who created this code, created it from a very different mindset than those of us who are food bloggers. I don't doubt that they do blog, but they are first and foremost journalists, who are getting paid by people to write a bout food - which makes me question their integrity.

That being said, I also don't know of any food bloggers I know ( and I know about 4000 of them) who were asked to weigh in on this "code".

finsmom said...

I thought this was supposed to be fun?!?

Michele said...

"Badges??? We don't need no steeenkin' badges!"

No one ever asked my opinion...and until they do, and actually listen to my opinions...then I must be the enemy and don't want to be a part of their asinine badge of honor. Ppppffffttttttt!

Love ya Elle! You rock, girl! :)

tallmisto said...

Here here!

I think a little badge stating your "honesty" is just silly.

Perhaps they need to step off their high horse and realize food bloggers are full of passion, and a desire to share. If you need an honesty badge for that something is wrong with the world.

Bren said...

i'm a trained journalist that happens to blog about food! you kick hiney with this...i won't say more as others seem to have covered the range of sentiments! ;)

get it, gurl! (oops, bad writing habits!)

Chez Us said...


Well said - I applaud you!

Swedish Mike said...

You have just put my thoughts into writing!

I hope that my readers have enough individiality and intelligence to make up their own minds whether or not my blog is honest or not. They should not need a badge.

Very well written. I hope you don't mind me Twittering the link for more to see.

// Mike

Elle said...

Bunny--exactly. and a badge won't make you more ethical, you have to be in the first place.

Debbie--I don't think the code was written with any ill will, but if it's going to be applied to the entire community, then it should have been run by the entire community in the first place.

Annie--you're welcome, and thank you!

Jenn--thanks for weighing in. You know I value your opinion very much!

finsmom--it's not going to stop me from having fun, and hopefully not you, either. ;)

Michele--thanks! You rock, too!

tallmisto--I think you've hit the nail on the head. :)

Bren, ChezUs--thank you so much!

Mike, thank you! And that's the bottom line for me--our readers are intelligent enough to know truth from fiction. A badge won't make anyone smarter, or more honest or ethical. You either have it or you don't. Thanks for the retweet, too.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

DAMN right - Well said. You are a role model that other bloggers should follow!!

Rhyleysgranny said...

"The authors of the code say they had heated discussions with other food bloggers before putting it in writing. What food bloggers?"

Probably a couple of people from their office who just happen to have food blogs.
I don't know what makes them think they have the God given right to do this. Hitler is alive and well and wearing a chef's hat LOL If you do not follow the code you will be shot or sent to the blogging badlands.
What a load of old rubbish. I blog because I love to cook and I want to create a recipe book for my grand daughter. I shall do it whatever way I please and will not be conforming to some idiot code of pratice.

Thanks Elle for drawing attention to these morons

Deborah said...

When I first read about this new "code", I thought it might not be such a bad idea. The more I thought about it though, I came up with some of the same points you have and was thinking that overall it might do more harm than good. As you said, if readers start expecting every blog to boast it follows the "code" what happens to those that choose not to?

Also, I have my work stolen all the time, and in fact I had my entire website (all hundreds of pages) stolen this year, which was replicated on another site that even included my own bio! The folks that steal content like this are not going to follow ANY code of ethics because they do not have an ethical bone in their bodies!

I did read about the restaurant reviews and thought it was quite silly to require two or more visits before posting a review. Unless someone is going to pay for my reviews, I feel I am justified to state what my actual experience was after a single meal. I doubt any review posted on my blog is going to anyone from actually visiting a restaurant if they desire to do so.

Although I feel the intentions were good ones in putting this code of ethics together, I feel it needs a great deal of thought and discussion before all food bloggers feel comfortable accepting it in any form.

Deborah Mele DebIFF

Nick said...

I completely agree with you Elle, but at the same time there's always people that believe they know the way things should be. I'm sure they have the best intentions, but I hate people telling me what to do let alone how to act!

Deborah said...

I must be really out of it, because this is the first I've heard of this "code".

Last time I checked, I started my food blog as a hobby. And it is still a hobby. Why all the rules and guidelines? I don't really get it. Maybe I can see a code for professionals - people who do this for a living, but for all of us every day at home cooks? I just don't get it.

Kristen said...

Well said Elle!

My thoughts, a little late, stem from the fact that blogs are not traditional media. I do not feel that they need regulating like the media. You will not get followers if people don't like what you have to say. It is the bottom line.

All the bloggers out there in cyberspace have different reasons for blogging, not all are centered around the financial aspects. There will always be scoundrels who don't care if they steal, pull hair, or put a knife in your back to get ahead. I believe in what comes around goes around and the bad karma following those no-gooders will catch up to them sometime.

How full of yourself can you be as a couple of journalists to set out to "regulate" food blogs. I find it amazing. I have no reason to subscribe to their whims.

You go girl, glad to see that you have your big girl panties on and are the Supreme Ruler around these parts!

Chris said...

Well said, especially about the badge. If any real number of food bloggers ever adopted such a badge, I imagine we'd have a civil war on our hands between honest bloggers who were offended and those who weren't. That said, I do feel that the authors of the code did the right thing in "releasing it to the world". Yes, it would have been nice if every food blogger on earth had received a sealed copy and been able to provide feedback before publication. But, as you said, there are millions of us; how would they even identify all of us, let alone sort through our concerns? Sometimes the best thing to do in this media age is to throw an idea out there and deal with the backlash after the fact.

Steph said...

I totally agree with everything you just said! Restaurants should have better consistency. I'm starting to find that bakeries don't exactly produce better cakes or cupcakes either?

Reeni♥ said...

I couldn't of said it better! I think the whole things a load of crap.

Medini said...

Ok so you share great music on #MusicMondays and write with your it ! Great to know that there are people who don't need affirmations form the world to know that they are doing the right thing! Love that you are straight and down to earth! Lovely knowing you!

Gina said...

I agree with you 100%. Can you really please everyone??

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

Hi Elle, thanks for your reflection. I do also think a lot of it is common sense. Anyway, I think we should all be nice to each other and not bitchy to each other.

Chez US said...

Bravo! Well said & to the point!

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

My blog started out for me. I wanted to document the good parts of life that happen in the kitchen in MY home. My blog is an extension of MY home with MY memories about MY family. There is so much negative and crap in the world that I'm focusing on what's good in life...goodLife {eats} is focusing on what's good in the kitchen, so I don't really run into the issue of negative reviews, but all of my positive reviews/comments/whatever, are genuine and I would hope that it comes out in my writing and attitude without a shiny badge posted on my sidebar. Sure I make and comment about recipes that are not my own, but I also post a lot of MY own recipes. I've got integrity, respect, and common sense. I don't need someone else to tell me how to be a good person.

So "code" for goodLife {eats}. I follow my heart and conscience.

Anne said...

#5 - Girl, I am WITH YOU on that! I brought up the same when I criticized Outback Steakhouse for their not-so-good chicken. Someone asked why I ordered that at a steakhouse and my reply was, if it's on the menu- do it right, or don't do it at all.

#7 - Untrained? Do they mean that I don't have formal training where writing is concerned? Well, true. But where culinary training is concerned, I have a degree I can wave at them.

You know what they say about assumptions. I think they should have included quite a few of us in this 'code' before putting it out there.

Elle said...

Thank you, everyone, for your input and opinions. At the very least, this gives us all a few things to think about and discuss.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

Yo Elle...long time no see

Oh gosh, the term "food blogger" made me feel so labeled and pigeon holed. purrrr purrr

Code of ethics eh? How about those printed publications which recommend any eatery as long as it paid a certain price, no matter how good/bad? Is printing a tiny "advertorial" sign at the corner sufficient? Is that ethical? I hope they weren't wearing their badge when they were laughing all the way to the bank. lol

I have more than 20+++ yrs of experience in eating. Hehehe. I knew shit when I tasted it ^_^ and I would write accordingly

However, I've witnessed the bads and the uglies resulted from negativities in the food blogging world, so nowadays I simply try to focus on the food fun, and make love, not war (trying =/= achieved) ^_^

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