HOW ARE WE UNIQUE?
DEEPEST RESTAURANT INTEL
Our users, who are all avid food lovers, collectively filter out the marketing hype and ferret out the hole-in-the-walls, temples, and everything in-between for truly delicious bites, especially from eateries flying under the mainstream food media. No glowing blog review of meal comp’ed but undisclosed. No star critic preferential treatment bias. We hunt down tasty food, not camera-worthy decor/ food, and share tips with each other.
IMPROVE EACH OTHER’S COOKING
Learn from each other’s cooking experiments and challenges. Share tips and get better at cooking. Talk cookware with gearheads. Share thought-provoking ideas on current food culture.
Join meals with fellow knowledgeable gastronauts at interesting restaurants or food events, or try out unfamiliar food or food that is difficult to sample without a group. Swap food stories and dining tips.
Drooling Q&A is our food-themed Q&A where members can have in-depth Q&As with professional critics, cooking and food culture book authors, to dissect their creative process, understand their passion and motivation, and calibrate critics’ taste based on their preferences and background.
WHO ARE WE?
We loooooooove good food! Love love love love love! And we go to great lengths to find the next delicious bites. From street eats to the temples, if it tastes good, we are there. And when we are not eating out, we cook up a storm in our own kitchen. We love it so much that we want to share our love for good food with our fellow food lovers. When we start talking about food, we just won't shut up.
Why not just read newspaper or magazine restaurant reviews?
We like good critics as well. Though some, despite their insistence in anonymity, are known to the restaurants due to their industry influence. They can receive superior food and service that you and I would never get. Also, we don't worship star critics- they are individuals with particular taste preferences, like you and I. And, we don't care for hyped restaurants with little substance.
Why not Yelp?
Every restaurant there has 3 or 4 stars so there is little separation between the crappy and the great. People rate with wildly different criteria- 5 stars for a cute server. 1 star because of mismatched expectations on the diner's part. And the signal-to-noise ratio can be low- try reading 100 reviews to find 1 good one.
Why not food blogs?
We like good blogs too. A blog contains the opinion of one person. A food discussion forum is powerful because our forum contains the collective knowledge and opinions of the entire community. Which is why we have our wonderful discussion forums where we talk about anything from eating out to cooking. As a group we know food pretty well because of our passion. But individually we don't pretend to know everything. That's why we loooooooove to learn from each other. We talk about discovering and creating great food. We discuss critics' preferences and nuances of restaurants. We want to know what makes a great Bun Bo Hue and where to find a great bowl. We discuss Neapolitan versus New York pizzas. Through all the lively discussions, we get better in finding and creating good food.
We want YOU to join in! Everyone always knows something better than anyone else. Let's start the discussions!