I had an experience last week that left me a little rattled. Working late at work, I ordered take-out from a restaurant I know and respect. The food was delicious, but, to my shock and dismay I fished an open staple out of my mouth. Naturally, this could have cut my mouth, I could have swallowed it - a lot of terrible things could have happened. As it turned out, I caught it and it was fine, but my trust and confidence in that restaurant was compromised. It's too bad because their food is delicious.
As a food blogger, I don't think it's fair to use this platform to tear apart restaurants. I know that one bad review can make or break a business so I try to write about things I love and things of value, keeping pollution to a minimum.
Last year I had a violent and gut-wrenching food poisoning episode from eating Pad Thai at a popular downtown restaurant with a strong reputation. I was out of commission for days and my inclination was to tell the world what had happened, making the restaurant pay for their irresponsible practices.
However, I held back. I won't go back there again and I might mention the incident to my inner sanctum, but people have rightly pointed out to me that food poisoning is difficult to attribute with 100% certainty so it's reckless to take a stand and write a scathing review.
As for the staple incident, I think I'm going to tell the restaurant what happened so they are aware. I'm interested in your thoughts. What would you have done about this staple incident? Would you write about it and name the restaurant? Do you think it's the responsibility of food bloggers to tell honest stories about their negative experiences? Or do you think this is unfair to restaurants?