Blog Dissatisfaction!


In this post over on Chowhound, which I referred to here, I got a comment about the quality of the content over here on Small Bites. (Whoops! In the time it took me to write this post, that comment was deleted!) Anyway, here is what it used to say:


Hey Liz!
What is up with your blog???
I loved your blog and I use to read it all the time but it has become very boring. What’s going on? The topics need to be more varied. There was a time when there would be allot a feedback and comments and now it seems that no one replies at all! Jump off the high end wagon and focus on the tried and true places that make Westchester “home”. On that note did you see the review in the NY Times on Morgan’s Fish House……….Ouch! I really like Mark Filippo and I was extremely surprised when I read that review. What do you think because I know you are fond of him?


So — what do you guys think? What would you prefer to read? What’s boring? What should I stay away from? I’m always open to suggestions.

<p>Oh, and as far as Morgans, it seems the food was uneven. I think Mark is a very talented chef and I happen to like him and the people at Pearl Management a lot. Maybe they’re still finding their groove. MH was right when she said Morgans is a very different restaurant from Meze. Perhaps they’re still adjusting.</p>


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. i for one would appreciate more restaurant reviews.This might not be your forte.I seem to remember their being more reviews under the dining section

  2. My issue, is that the reviews that are done, are more of the seemingly High end restaurants. I for one, like a normal restaurant that cares about the customer. APpearance and 30 dollar meals arent my bag all the time. Romolo’s comes to mind, fancy nice place, so-so food.

    A discussion of food likes and dis likes that is open and honest would be good. And discussions on how we would like to cook or how we could find the proper ingredients.

    You used to give us suggestions of places to go, then the food shows kicked in. I really dont like watching food shows. The only 2 food shows I ever found appealing was: The Galloping Gourmet and Yan Can cook.

    The food shows today arent that great. I have caught a few but they just dont grab me.

    Also, a discussion of what we like to use to cook, something like that.. This would get more participants instead of just reading the blog like a news paper and not having feedback.

    All, in all, I enjoy your blog, but lately there hasnt been anything which required interaction. In my opnion.


  3. the ones with the photos and comments are fine.There is a blogger called midtown lunch.Who does a great job finding inexpensive great food in the area.I personally know a number of less expensive good restaurants.Im always looking to hear of more.I like an upscale restaurant as much as the next person,But since i eat out about 4 times a week.You get my drift:)

  4. I agree with the previous comments. I am tired of the weekly Farmer’s Market loot entries. I would love to see more in depth Westchester restaurant reviews that span all price ranges. Westchester and the neighboring counties have so many restaurants to choose from, there should be at least one new review each week. This site would also benefit from more inside scoop/behind the scenes restaurant details. I come to this website to get the most up to date dining happenings in the area – and I feel like all the information available here is stale and unoriginal. Since it’s fall, I would think there should be information on buying pumpkins and apples flooding this page. It just seems like you are not interested…

  5. I have found the blog is too Rockland and Putnam-centric for my personal liking. I realize that you live in Rockland and we are not talking about a place far, far away from Westchester, but it’s not a place in which I spend a lot of time dining. Also, the Farmer’s Market loot entries are generally Farmer’s Markets in Rockland– the idea has probably run its course.

    I don’t care much for the videos either, not something I’d consider safe for viewing at the office. I’d like to see less high-end reviews also. It would be great if you had a program or something where your readers could tag along on one of your dining out experiences (and I’d be at the head of the line for that). Do readers write you with questions? That might be of more general interest as well.

    And while I’m on a rant, I would love to see the return of some sort of rating system in the restaurant reviews. Take a stand!

    Thanks for being open to suggestions, Liz.

  6. Would you like feedback and suggestions of places to go from readers. I for one go to many area restaurants (work related)and fun related.

    You have to try the new Italian restaurant on Church Street in White Plains. La Bocca. It is the same owner as Spiritoso’s in Yonkers but a different dining concept. Small in size but the food is excellent. They only opened a couple of weeks ago but feedback is positive. Friendly and good prices.

    Also Trotters on Main Street reopened as a tapas bar and restaurant. Same owners but you won’t recognize the place.

  7. Liz,

    Perhaps the blog could become a little more “edgy” or critical.

    One thing I find very frustrating is going out to a “fine restaurant” – having a terrible experience – then “paying the price”.

    A while back I had an awful experience at a “fine” Scarsdale Restaurant – wrote about it on this blog – and got a response by the owner/chef (he wasn’t too happy – but then again – neither was my wife and I).

    Perhaps that’s what’s needed here.

    Good Luck – I’ll be reading.

  8. Kathy,
    Brilliant idea. I would welcome reader input on where to go, and feedback once I’ve been. Also, I don’t know if you guys know, but we have a “food” category on our photo-submitting page. If you want to take photos of restaurants or what you cooked for dinner, I can see to it they get on a photo gallery here on the blog. Cool, huh? Would you guys want to do that?

    RK, I remember that. Even though I’m sorry you had a bad experience, I was happy to see the interaction.

  9. I have a critique question:
    Liz, you really enjoy High_end restaurants and that is your right. However, when going to a less than high-end restaurant are you taking your high-end ideals with you? or are you being unbiased and knowing you are at a less than posh restaurant treating the ambiance and food accordingly? Quality of food @ price ,wait staff etc etc etc.
    because honestly, I have been to some places where the ambiance is so-so, but the staff and food very good for the price. But I can see that not happening for many people.

  10. Hey Steve.

    I really only enjoy high end restaurants when they’re good. In fact there’s nothing I hate more than paying a lot of money for crappy food or bad service.

    I go to the Olde Village Inne in Nyack at least once a week. Usually I order the chicken Caesar, but sometimes I get wings or a burger. I’m also a big fan of the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains. Believe it or not, the thin-crust pizza there is really, really good.

    One of my favorite restaurants in Rockland is Video Guadalajara in Spring Valley. It’s a bodega in front and a restaurant in back. You get your soda from the cooler and go to the formica table. I like to order the soft tacos. My meal costs less than $10.

    And I’ve covered a lot of restaurants on the blog that people don’t consider elite. Like the burger story. Like the Thai places.

    If I’m evaluating a restaurant, I take into consideration what the restaurant is trying to be. Certainly the goal of Rodrigo Godinez (the owner of Video Guadalajara) is not to have the best wine list in Rockland. It’s to have the best tacos and to provide a place where those of us who love to cook Mexican food can find the ingredients that we need.

    Hope that helps!

  11. Hi Michele! I’ll post one tomorrow. I’m crazy busy today with the last-minute stuff on the show and also our new dining guide….. But tomorrow I’ll link it.

  12. Hey Liz,

    I kinda of knew that you would see my post, I posted it about a dozen times in the hopes you would catch it and it was deleted each time! I was surprised and happy when you posted my comments on your blog, the happy part is due to all the replies this thread is receiving. Liz, you have a loyal following and the potential for this blog is enormous, just listen to your fans (the bloggers) and soon your site will make people say “chowhound who?”

    Sausage King of NY

  13. Liz, add me to those who would like to see more reviews of the ‘non-upscale’ restaurants. Celebrity chefs and pricey restaurants are nice to read about now and then, but I’d bet that most of your readers don’t eat at those types of places on a regular basis.

  14. I don’t mind the Farmers Market stuff, but maybe there could be more about what’s fresh and in season at the markets.

    Also, as a beer lover, I’d like to see more on the restaurant’s beer selections, both here and in the paper. It’d be nice to know if a place has more than the usual Bud/Miller/Coors offerings, and if they make an effort to carry a variety that enables better food pairings.

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