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In Topic: The Sam Sifton thread

16 October 2009 - 04:48 PM

You are arguing with things I didn't say.

QUOTE(Pink Pig @ Oct 15 2009, 04:40 PM) View Post
And you know, that might ultimately lead to a more representative assessment of the restaurant's general capabilities than a Times critic inadvertently being on the receiving end of the bad meal or service disaster just about every restaurant occasionally executes.

My opinion.

In Topic: Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

15 October 2009 - 07:07 PM

She gave a very good impression of being sick and tired of the case. Maybe I am gullible.

One of the highlights, very late in the long drawn out proceedings, was that the center dealing with my (employment-based) application expressed skepticism that my philosophy degree was in the humanities. I suggested to my attorney I send them my fucking thesis so they could fucking read it and make up their own fucking minds. She was impressed by this idea, but we eventually agreed to draw their attention to legislation on arts and the humanities and invite them to challenge Congress on the subject.

I think I mentioned before that the same center lost the results of my first, utterly pointless medical, but waited until the validity of various shots and/or tests had expired before telling me.

In Topic: The Sam Sifton thread

15 October 2009 - 07:05 PM

Yes, an amazing number of servers at different restaurants have proudly boasted to me of Bruni's visits. I probably eat at new-ish restaurants during the likely review period more than many people.

Looks like Cuozzo has it about right.

In Topic: The Sam Sifton thread

15 October 2009 - 04:00 PM

QUOTE(oakapple @ Oct 14 2009, 04:25 PM) View Post
Four years after declaring stars irrelevant, the Post's Steve Cuozzo has brought them back from the dead, awarding three stars to the new Oceana. That's fairly complimentary, but the old place had four—the last to receive that honor in the Post.

Cuozzo's reasoning:

What pushed me was that there are no "anonymous" reviewers any more. When I dropped star-giving four years ago, one reason was that I was recognized in too many restaurants after years of making the rounds. Not every other critic was. Now they're all recognized. Every new restaurant has a squad at the front to spot them. I know from my sources when X or Y was at a certain place last night -- some times, what they ate and drank.

So, the recognition-playing field is level again.

quoted on Eater

In Topic: Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

15 October 2009 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE(Anthony Bonner @ Oct 15 2009, 10:41 AM) View Post
QUOTE(Wilfrid @ Oct 15 2009, 11:23 AM) View Post
QUOTE(The Scream @ Oct 11 2009, 02:51 PM) View Post
So, 3 months to get citizenship for a dude with a "funny name". 3 months for American born citizens to get their passports. Go figure.

It took me seven years to get a green card. That's with an attorney and paying to expedite everything. Seven years.

I have a buddy who took more then ten years from when he applied - with an attorney and his employer paying for everything. By the time it was done he was married to an American with a kid. Moved to the states at 15 for prep school. Green Card at 33. From W. Europe.

I sometimes wonder if I'd have abandoned the whole thing if I'd known it would take seven years.