I’ve never wanted to be a restaurant critic.
Having to eat, think, take notes and dine out night after night, or lunch after lunch, has never had any appeal.
Too many rich, buttery, artery-clogging, pound-inducing, uber calories and late nights for me. Not a comforting combination.
I’ve dined on countless occasions with my colleagues who do review restaurants, and I can only say I admire their desire to keep up with new trends and their ability to dissect entrées, service and ambiance.
One job I definitely wouldn’t want is the new critic's chair at the New York Times.
Yesterday, the paper announced it had hired its first perfume critic, who will write “Scent Strip” for the Sunday magazine. Perfumed candles will get reviewed, too.
Perfume is officially an art form.
As it is, I’m not a huge perfume fan. I can take it in subtle doses. But no one who is serious about wine can bear a strong scent outside the glass, however exotic or alluring.
It used to drive me crazy when my kids lit incense in their bedrooms while we were in the middle of a dinner party, dining and drinking wine.
And I hate magazines that have perfume ads that release the aroma whether or not you want to smell it
How about you?
Michael Krogh — Eden Prairie, MN USA — August 24, 2006 5:30pm ET
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