By: The Food HunterI'd like to take a minute and clear up any misconceptions there might be about myself and/or this blog. First and foremost I'd like to stress that this is a personal blog written by me for my pleasure. This is NOT my job and I do NOT get paid. I have a professional career as a Law Librarian; which is how I support my lifestyle.
I have an undergraduate degree in Journalism and can assure you this is not a newspaper/magazine or any other form of literary prose and I don't treat it that way. This is my sounding board; a place where I can express my thoughts and opinions. It's a place where I can say what I want to say, however I want to say it and no one can tell me otherwise.
Because of this blog I will occasionally receive products/services for free and I'm proud to say that even though they are free my opinions are still my own. I realize some people can't understand this, can't see past the free aspect and give honest feedback. I have to admit I feel sad for these people, that they can be bought for a $50 pan or a $100 dinner.
I'm assuming this all comes down to me being fortunate enough at this point in my life to be able to buy products and/or meals for myself; and strong enough in my ethical beliefs to realize that a product/meal is good or bad no matter what the cost to me. In other words I don't need to pay for something to give you my honest opinion about it.
I have strong beliefs about what I will put into my body and I am never going to compromise those beliefs for any amount of "free product". I'm not shy about telling a company their product is not a good fit for me and my life goals, nor am I afraid to tell a restaurant (even if they paid for my meal) that I won't review it because it doesn't meet my standards.
I want to be clear about one thing...I will not under any circumstance bash a restaurant/product on this blog. From time to time I may mention that something is not my thing but I will always choose not to write about something rather than say something derogatory. I realize that we are all different in our views, tastes, expectations and values. That we are all human and often make mistakes and that I am by no means an authority on most things. Who am I to say something negative about a product/meal and possibly do irreversible damage.
This is what I believe and what I practice. It may not be everyone's policy but it's mine and I'm sticking with it. I hope you as a reader can respect me for standing up for what I believe in. If not, I understand, and respect your decision to move on. But I do hope this gives you a better understanding of who I am and why I do what I do. Going forward I will try to do a better job of disclosing when products/meals were given to me for free. Either way know the opinions are still mine.
This is my happy place and I want to keep it that way.