Ian Pike

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Comments by IanPike

The selfie way of life

PBS Idea Channel is a fantastic YouTube show: https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel Fitting that it's online, I suppose. His treatment of most subjects is cursory, but very sharp. Check the one about Bronies and masculinity.
— September 17, 2014 1:08 p.m.

Hateful Harriet on the Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

Wow. Everyone wants to jump to the defense of W&R, but only as a way to showcase how chummy he is with the chef. It's almost as if having a little social standing in the restaurant "scene" is more important to all these internet tough guys than the actual food is. Fancy that. Trying to namedrop yourselves to credibility is like asking the bouncer, "Do you know who I am?" when he won't let you into the club. There's a reason I work anonymously.... Either way, anybody who thinks there's anything "personal" about condemning W&R's concept, however good it looks on paper, is seriously missing the point. We have a serious problem with bogus "high concept" restaurants in this town (though it's not as if other cities don't suffer the same fate), especially when they foist overpriced mediocrity on a public willing to gobble it up just for the sake of being up on things in the foodie scene. I read an essay a while back. I don't remember by whom, but it was about the way "foodie" jargon and restaurant buzz is almost like sports for the hip, urban, younger crowd. Too often, people mistake the food equivalent of purple prose for pushing the culinary envelope, and that's what W&R is. Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to see someone reinvent the wheel in a way that actually makes sense, but this isn't it. Every time I go out to dinner, I hope to have my face rocked straight off of my face, and onto someone else's face, forever. Unfortch, it doesn't happen all too often, because the vast majority of restaurants are nothing but meh. And, yes, I do blame W&R (and the big, soft glossy soft journalism pieces on their website) for leading me on. You set the bar high for yourselves, and the takedown is gonna be harder when it comes.
— September 17, 2014 12:58 p.m.

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