Yeah, I know what you must think. She has the best life ever. Traveling around from country to country, wining and dining in the best restaurants – she must be living the dream. Yes, I am. I will never deny that and I am very grateful to all my lovely followers, who are interested in everything I post and to the epic venues I visit.
The life of a global food critic, however, has a lot of cons beside all the obvious pros. It can be a lonely ride when you travel to another city in another country.
I started 18 years ago and began writing and filming my experiences in 2007.
Every single restaurant is a new experience and the owner or chef is sometimes anxious, sometimes hostile and sometimes nervous to host me. Most of the time, they are happy to be reviewed because they see the benefits, however I have experienced a venue owner banning me from their place because I called one of her venues a joke – not knowing that 1600 of my followers, triggered by curiosity, went to that same venue and agreed with me.
I like how my followers tweet back at me and confirm my opinion. I have to say, of course everyone is entitled to an opinion and a review is simply that. If you can’t deal with democracy you might want to re-evaluate what you stand for in life. In most cases my restaurant reviews are actually beautiful advertising article, so just let me do my work!
Something else I’ve noticed is how people try to rush me out of their venue – perhaps they are scared I will see something I am not supposed to see and will tweet back to my followers. I think if you believe in your product and yourself, you have nothing to hide.
The other day I went to a Chinese restaurant – super high end and expensive with $50 dishes. I clearly stated that I have an allergy to shellfish, especially shrimp. They completely ignored me and prepared the noodles with shrimp paste. It tasted heavenly but that’s where I almost ended up – in heaven – because I had an extreme anaphylactic reaction. Usually, I would take an extra antihistamine when I know there may be shellfish in my food, but that day I didn’t. Now, I’m not the kind of food critic to mislead you on flavor in this case, but restaurants have to be honest with customers to avoid any law suites!
Another thing I want to make clear is that I pay for my meals because I do not want to be influenced. I do appreciate when venues restaurants make me try some of their signature dishes so I can write about it, but this girl always pays for herself. So, yes, the life of a food critic might not be all that, but to me it’s a dream come true!
Bon apetito From Peggy with LOVE!