Has anybody talked to Logan about this? I hope this review didn't hurt his feelings. I guess they'll heal! LOL!
Who are you to tell me what I should or shouldn't do? Or to tell any writer how they should write their own words? You are talking about one specific term that has synonyms, a consistency that can be described in dozens of ways. I can use whatever words, terms, and descriptions that I want when I write. If you need to see words that ~you~ want to use to describe something, go ahead and write your own review. (And link, pls!) And if you don't like how I write, don't read what I write.
I don't know that term, but I do know 'al dente.'
You absolutely do not have to like my writing or approach, but I have 650 words to include information about food, atmosphere, and space---which, yes, I usually do before the description of the food, because that is the order that people generally experience a restaurant---and if I didn't include anything about the physical spaces, people would be bitching about that. Seriously: don't read stuff by writers you don't like. Your life will be better for it! So will the writer's!
I will say, though, that "everything is always great" is not how I would describe my reviews. It is very rare that everything is great. And, for the record, pho noodles ~are~ squishy. All noodles are. They are soft. They are pliable. Squishy doesn't have to mean the absolute absence of firmness. The fact that pho has an assortment of texture---the squishiness of noodles, the firmness of meat, the crunch of sprouts---is part of what makes the dish such a great one. It's only a problem if things get too squishy. Or "smushy." (Which is a word I did not write.) As for writing "spicy" too many times in a single paragraph, yeah that sucked! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
An independent grape grower is one that is not tied to a winery.
Screw tops were often used on wines that are meant to drink young, that don't require the breathing that cork allows, but there are actually a lot of screw tops and cork alternatives that are breathable so it's more commonplace. And cork is expensive and the quality is no more guaranteed than using a screw cap or plastic cork. The assumption that real cork = quality is quite outdated: It's just a packaging choice. It only matters if you are more concerned with the appearance of your wine than the quality.
Lastly, if you think wine from California tastes like wine from Nova Scotia tastes like wine from Oregon tastes like wine from Ontario, it's weird to act like a snob with a refined palate. Each of those regions have strengths and weaknesses and grow certain grapes better than others, just like Old World regions do. Maybe you just haven't had luck with the winemakers you've purchased from. For instance, I tend to prefer Old World wines, but I've had some really beautiful California reds. And while Nova Scotia has a hard time with reds, but the sparkling and ice wines from here tend to be very nice. And some people even ~do~ like the reds, because every palate is different.
Hey Crystal. You are correct. I made an error there: it should be 10, not 15. I was going by foggy memory + Joint Stocks, but didn't realize they registered in CB before Halifax. It was brought to my attention post-publishing. It's fully my bad. An edit and note of error should be online sometime soon.
A note about the Aspy Bay oysters we didn't have room to expand on in this week's issue: The reason the Aspy Bay oysters have been so scarce is MSX. A disease caused by a water-borne microscopic parasite, MSX made its way to the Bras d’Or lakes in 2002. The disease---long name: Multinucleate Sphere X---was first discovered in the 1950s in the US, is present from Maine to Florida, and has previously decimated stocks in Chesapeake Bay. It isn’t harmful to humans, but it damages the soft tissue growth of oysters, weakening and subsequently killing them. After showing up in 2002, it all but stamped out the Bras d’Ors fishery, killing around 90% of the Dunphy’s Aspy Bay oysters. As noted in the article, they expect to be back at market next year!
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