I love food. Love eating, love cooking, love discovering, talking about, recommending, and reviewing food. Food is everything: culture, history, art, science, politics. In these uncertain times, I think sharing a good meal is something everyone can find common ground over, even if they’re diametrically-opposed foes on every other topic. So here’s one more food blog that can possibly even contribute to the shared human experience in this tumultuous world.
I live in the Orlando, Florida area. Orlando has been unfairly dismissed for far too long as being “chain restaurant hell,” a destination for theme park tourists and not much else. But I’ve lived here since 2004, and I love our rich, diverse, multicultural city, which has a TREMENDOUS culinary scene. We have amazing restaurants far from the gates of the parks (and a few that are closer), so the main point of this blog will reviewing my local food experiences. I don’t make it out of town very often, but when I do, you bet I’ll review whatever I eat in more exotic locales.
I might also share recipes I create or find, or even review groceries that everyone needs to know about. And occasionally I’ll just want to recommend or review something else: a good movie, TV show, band, comedian, book, or comic book. I’m a librarian by trade and a lifelong nerd, so I tend to get enthusiastic about the stuff I like, and I want to share information and tell stories.
I’m a mediocre photographer with an even more mediocre phone camera, so I’ll try to share my culinary adventures with you as best I can, primarily using my words. Hopefully you’ll read and follow this blog and feel inspired to try something new for yourself. There’s so much good food out there, and you need to eat anyway, so why not treat yourself to something awesome? Sometimes a good meal, or even a snack, can be the highlight of the day — either something to help you celebrate or cheer you up. You might not always agree with me, but I look forward to hopefully building a following and a community, with all the constructive feedback that goes along with those.
Just a few warnings:
1. I don’t like hashtags. This will be one food blog where you can always expect complete thoughts in complete sentences.
2. I don’t drink and I’m allergic to mushrooms, so don’t expect booze-and-shrooms content.
3. Nobody is paying me to do this, so everything I write is my own opinion, which I stand by with a clear conscience.
So what’s the deal with the title? What the heck is a saboscrivner? Well, I’m also a lifelong comic book reader (“This guy? The hell, you say!”), and one of my favorite comics of the last decade was Chew, written by John Layman, drawn by Rob Guillory, and published by Image Comics. The whole series is complete, and you can buy the volumes from your local comic book store or on Amazon, or check them out from your public library or on the Hoopla service. It’s an action-adventure-crime-horror-sci-fi-comedy, set in a food-obsessed world where most of the main characters have food-related super powers. Everyone’s powers got a polysyllabic name and a description, and one of my favorites served as a bit of a personal inspiration.
From her first appearance in Chew #2: “Amelia Mintz is a saboscrivner. That means she can write about food so accurately, so vividly and with such precision – people get the actual sensation of taste when reading about the meals she writes about.”
That food writer ended up playing a key role in saving the world, but I’m just a regular guy trying to share information. I hope you’ll decide to follow my blog and turn to it for restaurant reviews and recommendations in Orlando and beyond.