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Questions and Suggestions - an Open letter


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Questions and Suggestions - an Open letter

Jeff Heller | Jun 30, 2001 08:03 PM

I have been visiting this wonderful and important site for several years and have on more than one occasion happily followed a Chowhound lead (and subsequently got to play Dr. Know with friends). But, as with many of the restaurants discussed here, I am rarely wholly satisfied. I get a little weary actually with the never-ending search for/description of culinary thrills. I mean, there's so much else I'd like to hear about concerning the foods and nabes of ethnically-dense Queens and Brooklyn. For example, there is quite a large Dominican population, in and around Corona. Yet, has there been even one post about this cuisine or where best to get it?

I'm not saying I'm disinterested in opinions. I just think it is that much more rewarding when opinions are balanced by hard information - ingredients, dishes, culture, history - especially as these pertain to the (over 40!) different cuisines and nationalities in this, the most cosmopolitan region on the planet. I think this is why the best area food writers - Sietsema, Asimov, Rosengarten, Schwartz, Leff - are educators and not merely engaging reviewers, pushing this restaurant or that. I think moreover that food, like sex, is to a large degree mental: the more you know, the more you love; the less you know (and love), the more it can seem like managing an addiction.

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