Eating Across the Internet
What do you call a blog put together by a foodie? A flog? Whatever you call it, local foodies are taking to the internet to share their love of eating with others. There’s a lot to check out, as the local culinary discussion is alive and vibrant through the seemingly endless world of blogs.
Our favorite site is Ping Island Strike (pingislandstrike.blogspot.com) where Sean Brock and company over at McCrady’s offer a detailed account of their trials and tribulations experimenting with and reconstructing familiar and not-so-familiar foods. They chronicle techniques such as sous vide, a process that resembles a science fair project more than a meal preparation. Some of the fruits of the experimental labor over at McCrady’s include foie gras tea with roasted peanut cotton candy, hollandaise gelatin strips, crispy carrot juice, olive oil encrusted in solidified sugar, and melt-in-your-mouth puréed oysters frozen in liquid nitrogen. Fascinating stuff.
On the other end of the spectrum, “A Foodie in the Lowcountry” (lowcountryfoodie.blogspot.com) details the stove-top adventures of a local woman whose day job is in the marketing industry, but who has an avid interest in all things culinary and a desire to share her wisdom (and recipes) with others. This blog recounts the results of numerous hours in the kitchen, from everyday simple recipes to holiday favorites. She also provides helpful facts and tips as well as commentary on local culinary events and destinations of choice.
A funny rant of sorts that focuses more on the psyche of the individual behind the apron is “Ya Damn Pastry Chef” (yadamnpastrychef.blogspot.com) where a local pastry chef vents on life in general, offering a humorous if bitter(sweet?) account of the life of a professional pastry chef.
Al Forno (alforno.blogspot.com) provides a straightforward and clear-cut offering of simple recipes, helpful tips for novice cooks, and even interesting food-related news updates and happenings, both local and beyond. The site is easily navigable and just short of professional in appearance. While often more instructional, it is easy to read, giving advice and descriptions of simple meal ideas and techniques. Al Forno also provides commentary on all sorts of food and bev issues, from the controversy of tipping to recent restaurant trends.
Rotten Oysters (rottenoysters.wordpress.com) offers no-holds-barred reviews of area restaurants from a local’s perspective. Their profile claims, “We are two highly opinionated, hateful critics with nothing but love in our hearts for good food and pure hate for everything else.” One thing is for sure, these guys give it to you straight with no filter. Brutal reviews of local dining venues get lots of space here while the good spots usually get only a paragraph or two.
Perhaps you’re thinking about sharing your opinions, but are just too damn lazy to start your own blog. Well, you’re in luck. The CP‘s website (charlestoncitypaper.com) now lets readers post their own reviews of bars, locations, events, and restaurants. Right now, you have to hunt a little bit to find this feature. For restaurant reviews, click on the cuisine section, find the dining guide, and search for your favorite restaurant. Then, login and post your review. In the near future, we’ll be redesigning the site so features like these are much easier to find and use. –Matthew Gannon