Food Truck Follies, Candy Conventions and Salt Savories: RFT Readers Chew the Fat

FEATURE, JULY 28, 2011

CANDY LAND

The crème de la crème: This is the best article I have read about the 2011 candy and snack convention ["Take Me to Your Feeder," Aimee Levitt]. I, too, was in Chicago as an exhibitor. In fact, I have written a whole chapter on the 2011 trade show for my upcoming book, A Man and His Beans: The David Klein Story, which will be a companion for our documentary, Candyman: The David Klein Story.

Keep up the great writing style. Thank you.

David Klein, via the Internet

Sugar rush: I can't believe I just sat here and read a seven-page article on a candy convention in Chicago. But it was well-written and interesting — which is more than I can say for most AP articles these days. Good story.

Kel, via the Internet

All snacks are evil: Healthy candy? Still teaches the candy habit.

DinaRose, via the Internet

So glad you noticed: I liked the fact that sources for this article included a professor named Nestle and an author named Almond.

AaronL, via the Internet

GUT CHECK, JULY 28, 2011

TRUCK YOU

Siding with the food truck: I know that I will never eat at Mangia Italiano ["Mangia Italiano Dismisses 'Media Circus' Tactics of Mangia Mobile," Nicholas Phillips]. They must be very insecure about their establishment or think that the public is stupid or misinformed to think that anyone would confuse the two.

As far as toasted ravioli, every restaurant in the city offers it. Did Pizza Hut sue Pizza Inn? Did Walmart sue Walgreens? Ridiculous.

April, via the Internet

The lawyers win: All of the rhetoric is just good fodder to keep the media interested and the attention on Mangia Mobile. It's a bunch of publicity, albeit at high legal prices. This latest salvo just shows the attorney is as media savvy as his client. When given a lemon (the lawsuit), make it into lemonade (the settlement that no attorney would take). The hours just keep adding up...

stljl45, via the Internet

CAFE, JULY 28, 2011

SALT OF THE EARTH

Good eats: I couldn't agree more with your review ["Duck Yeah," Ian Froeb]. Had a fantastic dinner at Salt last month — service was fantastic, and we loved every dish we tried (and we tried most of them). Glad to see this place is doing so well, and I can't wait to return!

Natalie(thesweetslife), via the Internet

A question for Wes Johnson: I love, love, love Salt. The food has been outstanding, and you can't beat the price point. I had brunch there on Saturday, and the biscuits and gravy were stellar.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: best biscuit I've ever had outside my grandmother's kitchen. He makes it flaky and pillowy soft at the same time!!! How do you do that, Wes Johnson?!? HOW!!!!!!!!????????!!!!!!

Annie Denny-Lehrer, via the Internet

A different experience: Wow. You must have eaten at an entirely different restaurant than I did — or maybe I just missed out because I'm not a recognizable food critic. Our food was bland from beginning to end, with the meatballs you loved tasting like something out of a '70s Crock-Pot. The mussels weren't close to fiery, and the chorizo was nonexistent. The duck fat frites were burnt to an acrid flavor. And the worst...the worst...was the steak. I don't know who butchered it or who thought it should be served, but I couldn't even cut through it with my steak knife. The server took it away immediately — which made it even more shocking when she brought our check and let us know that she kept the steak on the bill and asked if that was OK. It was beyond disappointing because I've always liked Wes Johnson's food.

St. Louis just has too many restaurants for me to ever go back again.

jw, via the Internet

 
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