May 26th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Integrity is important, a great Boston food writer told me. In what’s become the ultimate catch-22, I’ve started getting a little bit more attention lately, gaining a few more readers, and hence, the occasional special treatment. I complained months ago about wanting the attention, desiring the hook-ups and requesting the spotlight, all for the purpose of a little burger blog. And now that I get it sometimes? I think I liked it before. But since I do have at least some integrity, and I am no whore like the Phantom Gourmet, I made a promise to myself that I wont review a restaurant if I don’t have to pay for it. I’m obligated to tip extremely well to ease the guilt, but it just never feels right to give a formal review when I may otherwise not be treated the same as a non-blogger. I swear I don’t feel like a critic most of the time, it’s not like I’m getting paid by a newspaper or anyone to do what I do (hint hint), it’s a hobby, an obsession for me, nothing more at the moment. Of course, as my brother put it, if I keep getting hooked up and not writing about it, I’m going to be out of business pretty fast.  So I guess I’ll contradict myself,  because I do like the attention, the extra burger, the super-fast service, it’s a nice life, but I haven’t earned that, not yet.

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