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Inside Shiki Sushi in Victoria, BC

Now that I’m back in the swing of things, taking photos and writing up short posts about great places to eat in Calgary and beyond, I’d like to open up this blog to anyone who would like to join me!

I’m looking for a few guest bloggers – either those who want to write an article once in a while, who maybe want to write once a month, or even those who just want to share one or two things that really excite them!

How it works:

You write an unbiased (but hopefully positive!) article about a topic you think would interest our readers. Food, cooking, recipes, spotlights on new food-based businesses, or even a critical-thinking piece about food service/etc.

  • If you have a WordPress account, I can add you as a guest writer.
  • If not, you can email me your article and I’ll write an introduction for you, post your article, and link to your blog or website.

I’ll also need at least one nice, clear photo (sized for web please – I usually stick to about 600pixels on the long side at a dpi of 72 – if you don’t know what this means, feel free to send me your photo and I can edit it). Your watermark can absolutely be included… it’s your photo… I’m just publishing it here with your permission.

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Posted by on July 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Calling BS…

Maybe you caught the article(s) about wine-tasting lately, one in particular asking:

“..wine tasting: is it bullshit, or is it complete and utter bullshit?”

The author of Wine tasting is bullshit. Here’s why, Robert T. Gonzalez came to his conclusion because of a few different points,

  1. Wine experts contradict themselves, having the opportunity to rate wines in a blind taste test they rated the same exact wine in a variety of ways.
  2. Wine experts, given a red wine and a white wine dyed to resemble red wine, couldn’t distinguish a red from a white.
  3. Wines were rated higher or lower based on characteristics of the consumption experience other than taste.
  4. …and finally, he noted that even wine critics agreed that there is no hard science, no tests, no quantifiable way of rating wines – that even wine critics agreed that reviews are “bullshit”.

So… bringing that back to sushi, tea, and all the other things that Happy Sushi Belly shares, what does that mean?

It’s all just subjective

Tasty raw oysters

I think raw oysters are delicious.. that doesn’t mean you have to!

When we give a great review to one California Roll, and a negative one to another, it’s all just coming from our own perspective.  If we think that one shop has a great atmosphere and another doesn’t, it’s all just one individual’s perspective. If we think the service in one establishment is fantastic and at another it’s slow or inattentive, that’s just one person’s thought from one particular experience.

One review isn’t going to make or break a business, nor should it make you put down your favourite cup of tea just because someone else doesn’t like it.  Instead, this is a great opportunity to share your opinion.

Comment and reply!

If we give a poor review to your favourite spot, take the opportunity to share your positive opinion in the comments.  If we give a glowing recommendation to a place you have had a bad experience with, share that too. While we’re not looking for flames or insults, just like we hope our readers understand that our opinion is just that – ours.. we also respect that your opinion might be different, and that it’s just as valuable to share as our own.

… and just think – you’ll be sharing a more well-rounded perspective to the individuals who read after you!

And if you really want to share your opinions, consider becoming a guest blogger!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Guest blogging

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Have something to share?

I thought I’d add a quick post about guest blogging – although I’m the primary writer for Happy Sushi Belly with some great posts from Connie, I thought it would be fun to include some additional perspectives on sushi, tea, or just great food in general in the Calgary area.

If you are a writer with a blog focused on Calgary or Alberta in general (not necessarily food-specific) or a blogger from anywhere focused on food, cooking, or recipe-sharing, I’d like to invite you to consider guest blogging with us on Happy Sushi Belly!

How it works:

You write an unbiased article about a topic that would interest Happy Sushi Belly readers, and I’ll publish it along with an introduction of you, and your blog, with a link to your blog.

What you’ll get:

There’s no financial compensation here – what you’ll get is an extra tool to expose your blog, and maybe the chance to make a new fan! If you are also looking for guest bloggers, let me know, and maybe there is something I can write about for you too!

One caveat:

I’m not interested in sales pitches. If you just wrote a book of recipes, I’d love to have an article about a fantastic related recipe, but I’m not looking for you to write a (glowing!) review of your new book. If you own/work in a restaurant, I’d love an article about how to pour the perfect chai latte, but I’m not interested in an article specifically about your restaurant.

If you’re not a blogger?

No problem! If you would like to write an article, but don’t have a blog, I’d still be happy to hear from you. I can link to your website or Twitter feed (etc) instead if you prefer.

Photos:

Photos make a good article even better! I’d love at least one clear photo to include in your article. I don’t publish huge photos, so a 600 pixel (on the largest side) at 72 dpi with your watermark is great.

Interested?

Add a comment below, and I’ll get back to you!

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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