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foodblogger asking for free food

Postby foodlovee » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:56 pm

I came across some blogs,informing a well known food blogger asked for a waiver of the food bill,because he is a foodblogger. :roll: :lol:
http://www.hungryepicurean.com/2010/08/ ... d-blogger/
http://myfoodsirens.wordpress.com/2010/ ... free-food/
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby Tiantianchi » Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:26 pm

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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby kiasu » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:01 am

applaud to bloggers who made their stand except the line is still blurred. it is okay to be invited for free meal in exchange for good review but not okay to ask for it? :lol:
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby Bubao » Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:49 pm

You give me free of course I eat lah. I didn't ask for it mah.

http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/2010/08/23 ... ge-online/

Xiu Gar lor. The whole world even know the name. :o

But the winner is the restaurant and those bloggers who fired the first rounds. Must have been informed by their restaurant owner friend. Hahaha. Better than 100 bloggers writing a review or taking part in best blogger contests. :lol: :lol:
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby Tiantianchi » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:40 pm

Strangely it is incidents like this that I get to know of other bloggers. :lol:

http://blog.omy.sg/danielang/archives/1608

A different take. And I agree totally with the comments from the responses:

Some vitriolic comments are certainly uncalled for, and publishing his personal details online especially unwarranted and should not be condoned.


I personally do not like invited reviews and believe that bloggers should pay for their own food to maintain objectivity. Where possible, an invited review should be followed up by a self paid review to balance out the post.
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby foodlovee » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:01 pm

The ladyironchef with his reply: :wink:

http://www.ladyironchef.com/2010/08/24/truth/
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby foodlovee » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:01 pm

double posting sorry!
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby asian-malaysian » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:00 pm

Anyone managed to copy his statement before the blog was suspended?
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby kiasu » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:26 pm

Apology to Brad of Ladyironchef
Published on August 24, 2010

(This was sent via email to Brad)

Hi Brad,

On Sunday night, I wrote a piece on my blog, with regards to a food blogger requesting for a free meal and voiced out my personal opinions against the actions that allegedly took place. For the record, at no point of my blog post did I make any reference to both the blogger and/or the restaurant.
On hindsight, it was my mistake to only hear one side of the story and not to approach you to get the full picture.

As of Monday, 23rd August at 1800hrs, I had closed the comments to my blog post and at 2100hrs on the same day, I had removed the post.

The media, including the article on a prominent search engine, has sensationalized what was a simple mis-communication between the restaurant and yourself. To that end, some quarters of both online and offline media has intruded into your personal space, for which I am deeply apologetic.

For all the inconvenience to you that I may have caused, I sincerely apologize.

Humbly yours,


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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby kiasu » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:32 pm

I am aware of the articles that have been circulating in my absence, regarding an accusation that I visited a restaurant and asked for a waiver on their meals. I would like to make certain clarifications here.

1. The Basis of Food tasting events

Food tastings in the Singapore food scene are regularly organized and non-obligatory events. Any food blogger who has been invited to one to sample delicacies of the particular restaurant will agree that it is akin to inviting someone into their house. According to the dictionary, an invitation is, “The act of inviting; solicitation; the requesting of a person’s company”.

2. Invitation to the restaurant

Story: The articles seemed to suggest that I paid the restaurant a visit on my own accord, that I walked into the restaurant and announced myself as a food blogger.

Fact: This is not true. I was invited to a food tasting session by Melanie, PR Manager for the Restaurant. The first invite came June 2nd. I was unable to make it then and it was not until Friday,
August 20th that I scheduled the Sunday brunch. In the invite, i was told to bring a guest.


Story: I had informed the restaurant that as food blogger, I assumed that the bill for all 4 of us would be waived

Fact: Following up on the food tasting email, I had duly informed that there would be 3 accompanying guests on that very day. There were no claims or requests made for “free food” since it was a direct invitation to sample the items on the new menu. It was an oversight to assume to that no acknowledgement from Melanie about my 3 accompanying guests would mean that their meals would be on the house too.



4. Asking for waiver for myself and my dining partner

Story: It was reported that the restaurant had decided to “waive the fee” for me and my dining partner out of goodwill

Fact: This was an invitation to a food-tasting session. There is no hard and fast rule stating a plus one for a food tasting. However having attended previous food tastings before, I assumed that the meal would be, at the very least, on the house for myself and one dining partner. I was not expected to be billed for and then “waived” off from what was disguised as a “food tasting session”. When questioned, Melanie then cited this to be in-line with ‘industry standards’ of food tasting sessions: that the restaurant would only pay for my +1.

5. Asking for waiver for myself and my other guests

Story: I had informed the restaurant that I was a food blogger, therefore assuming that the bill for all 4 of us would be waived.

Fact: In truth, I had asked for no waiver. I paid for my other two companions. The bill for 2, inclusive of sparkling wine, came to $260. Out of goodwill, they did decide to waive the wine and I eventually paid $160 for 2.

6. My attitude towards the staff

Story: It was reported that I had said: “I always get free food wherever I go“.

Fact: This was never said. Nevertheless, I must admit the hostility while paying (I had tossed my credit card on the table) was uncalled for and I sincerely apologise.

***

An eye for an eye makes the world go blind. I would like to not point fingers at anyone – it was simply a case of miscommunication. When I dine out, I pay for my food like any regular consumer. When I am invited for food tasting sessions, it is a mutual understanding between the inviter and myself, that I would be attending as the identity of media for a possible food review.

I would like to urge all parties to view this situation objectively. I hope this post clarifies any misunderstanding that this might have caused.


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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby kiasu » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:42 pm

STOP asking for free food!
August 22, 2010 by myfoodsirens
Dear fellow food bloggers and whoever is reading this,

I’m writing this post with much annoyance.

A little bird told me a very disturbing piece of news today:

A rather “famous” food blogger (X) went to a restaurant with a group of friends for brunch this morning. When the bill came, X asked for a waiver cuz he’s a food blogger. Like, seriously?! In the end, they were given a 50% discount and X had the audacity to tell the chef something along the line of “I always get free food wherever I go“.

Omg, can you believe that???

Hello, wake up. Just because you take photos of food and blog about it doesn’t mean you are entitled to free food. Anyone can be a food blogger these days, all it takes is a camera and a blog. Even my grandma can do that. Does that mean restaurants have to sponsor everyone for their meals?

I do not know X personally, nor do I care to. But I’m taking this personally cuz it’s spoiling the reputation and good name of food bloggers. All the bloggers I know are extremely nice people and I know that they are not as shameless as X.

I’ve no idea how long such tasteless solicitation for FOC meals has been going on behind the scenes. This is actually not the first time I’ve heard of such a thing. I was amused the first time, but I’m certainly not laughing now cuz it’s plain disgusting. I’m fine with restaurants inviting bloggers for tasting events but definitely not the other way round. Integrity is the word, people. If you really truly blog for the passion of food, this issue is a moot point.

I believe that my fellow blogger friends will agree with me that we eat within our means. If you can’t afford restaurants, go to hawker centres. If you can’t afford hawker centres, cook at home and blog about your kitchen escapades. If you can’t afford to do that, DON’T blog and just read others’ reviews. So why go to a restaurant when you have no intention of paying in the first place?

Some of you may be aware that the so-called Annual Bloggers’ Dinner is taking place next week. I’m pretty sure that X will be attending and I’m so glad that I won’t be. To share a table with such a person is bound to give me indigestion. I’m just wondering, is Michaelangelos’ Restaurant going to waive that $50 price tag for you JUST BECAUSE you are a food blogger? Sheesh.

To X: If you happen to read this and decide to take your petty revenge by writing a lousy post slamming that restaurant, I dare you to. Count yourself lucky that the kind chef gives you and your bunch of friends that 50% discount. If I’m the chef, you can wait until the cows come home for that discount.

To restaurants out there: I sincerely apologise on behalf of X and any other food bloggers who have exploited their “status”. Not all of us are such bad eggs. You can give us complimentary items out of goodwill but please do not accede to anyone’s request for a free meal! It’s ridiculous.

P.S. The blogger X is a ’he’, but his blog sounds like a ‘she’. If that’s not clear enough, I don’t know what is.

Peace.


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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby asian-malaysian » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:17 pm

I wonder who is fibbing here. I also wonder if in previous reviews, a clear distinction is made between "blind" reviews and "invited" reviews. I think in most cases, it is very clear which are invited events because often the food will be different from what is usually available but its should e made clear right from the start.How much weight is placed on the point after that is in the eye of the reader.

Btw, if you are going to accept such an invitation, I do think that you are morally obliged to write some sort of review.It doesnt have to be a glowing review but I think to simply makan "as the identity of media" and not write at all is an abuse of influence for free makan and goes to your integrity.

Finally, polite guests invited to other people's houses dont assume for themselves the largess of extending the same invitation to their own personal guests unless expressly invited to do so by the host.
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby suede76 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:02 pm

Certain publications do prominently state that the reviewer is there incognito and the meal is paid for by the publication. In the absence of such a declaration, I would really just take whatever 'reviews' I read as a result of as a 'sponsored' meal. In any case, reviews are just reviews - whoever hangs on to every word anyway?

Reviewers/writers/editors are also invited to tastings which they are not obligated to write about as some kind of rapport building exercise. I don't think one is morally obliged to write some sort of review; in fact, it's better than they didn't.
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby asian-malaysian » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:34 pm

Are there really such "rapport building" exercises? What is the purpose if not to obtain a review? If there are such exercises, the "rapport" should be disclosed if the reviewers/writers/editors ever do issue a review regardless if it was later done on an incognito self paid basis. After all, the restaurant initiated (to its costs) the "rapport" that eventually led to the review. Even if not, the existence of such "rapport" would reasonably color a reader's reading of the review. The point is integrity through transparency. As the net stands now, it is all too easy to have advertisements disguised as reviews. This forum is no stranger to poorly executed and crude examples of this practice.
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Re: foodblogger asking for free food

Postby pauline » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:39 pm

i am not a blogger so i am quite intrigued by all this. is it true that it is "standard market"practise for 1+1 complimentary.
also the comment that the brad apologises for "throwing" his credit card says alot about him - there must be a reason why he did that. ordinary folks would not do such a thing...hmmm hmmm. the saga continues.
meanwhile, we await PR, Melanie's response... stay tune folks.
btw, is anyone interested in knowing if the food is good at all - has anyone been there?
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