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Battistini | Feb 10, 2003 02:49 PM

The response to my third negative review from Josh and Foodie invites some discussion. Perhaps I misunderstood the subject of this discussion board. I thought we are supposed to discuss food in the area. I did not know that we are only supposed to discuss food POSITIVELY. Perhaps there is a separate board for negative remarks I am missing?

Seriously, I think these ad hominem remarks are very impolite and reflect badly on the people of the Twin Cities. They make you sound like a bunch of unsophisticated yahoos, and I know that people of the Twin Cities are considerably more than this.

Is the issue that you think that I have contempt for your native town? Because I do not. I appreciate very much the cuisine here. I love ethnic cuisine and it is much better here than it was in Philadelphia, my previous home (and my favorite city in the world). I have recommended several exceptional establishments. Two, China Crown and Krua Thai, I claimed were better than anything comparable in NYC, and this remark also invited an ad hominem remark, presumably from some partisan of New York.

I think that posters should confine their remarks to the post and not the poster. I find very hard to believe that ANYONE who HAS been to a NYC deli could like Cecil's. Furthermore, I would be surprised to find any supporters of Peking Garden in a city with so many better choices in Chinese restaurants. Finally, my wife, an excellent cook, is an upbeat and positive person, and she was revolted by the slop at Yarusso's.

I have liked most of the restaurants I have tried in the Twin Cities, if for one thing only. I have just had a run of bad luck lasting a few weeks. I am not sure why posters should hold this against me. Should I balance my criticisms of bad establishments with compliments to soothe your tender feelings? I appear to have done that and I think I remarked about the very sweet staff at both Cecil's and Yarusso's. I even complimented the tiramisu at the latter.

I for one certainly hope that people make honest remarks about the establishments they eat at and are just not flattering and empty. I eat out a lot and I have no friends here to guide me to the better places. I need to hear about disasters so I can avoid them.

I sense an underlying insecurity, as if you have to hear about the excellence of the Twin Cities dining scene. You should not need this, and I hardly think this is the place for such reassurance, but take comfort in the fact that I do appreciate your city though I do not think it shall be my home for very long.

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