Originally posted by ayersian
Ceci, you're right many times over. Of course I wish they'd tried the BPT, but we can't expect user reviews to be on par with the Sterns' articles. They get paid to review and have built an entire career out of it. Myself, I can't afford to order one of everything on a menu just to be able to write about it, nor do I have the inclination for waste, nor the stomach space to handle all that food. Michael certainly doesn't do that all the time; I've read plenty of his reviews that discuss maybe one or two items, and he just mentions a few others, or gives one of his patented "the menu offers (b), (c), and (d), but we can never get past the incredible (a)"...a tactic that I've mimicked sooo many times in my own reviews!
Now Chris... obviously I'm not getting into a war with you on this
but I can't say I have ever seen a Stern review that only mentioned one or two items... so tell me where and I'll be lookin'. I'd guess they probably try 3-4, sometimes more, and often many more. But I totally
agree, we can't be expected to buy a bunch of things just to review the place... on the other hand buying only a milkshake seems a bit odd. Maybe it's just me, but I would never try posting a review if that's all I had. I'd feel guilty! Now maybe if I added a burger or a dog, or even fries... then I'd feel better about it. I confine myself to trip reports for that reason - I can give out the info and no one expects more.
As negative as I am sounding in this thread, with apologies to Bruce & Sue, I'm a really positive person and I look for the best in everything! Bruce, I don't expect Roadfood.com reviews to be as thorough as in magazines & books, but since there is a button I can press if I feel that a review - which covers only a milkshake and none of the food - is not helpful to me, I use it.
I think it's funny that people feel no one should press that button, after all, if y'all didn't want to know, you wouldn't put it on the page!!!
p.s. Re: Labels/Captions: Is it just the browser I use? I always see photos with captions & labels etc so I don't really understand that confusion...??