MAY I DOWNLOAD AND USE YOUR PHOTOS?
I am flattered that you'd want to use my photos - really, I am! That said, please note that all photos on this blog are protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-
As of September 2012, I have added a watermark to my photos as a result of seeing my photos pop up on Facebook, restaurant websites...even in magazines!...without my permission or any attempt at attributing the work to me. If you would like a copy of the original photo without the watermark, please feel free to ask.
WHY IS MY COMMENT NOT POSTED?
I moderate all comments on this blog. If you submitted a comment and you don't see it after a few days, it is due to one of the following reasons a) your comment got lost somewhere in the black hole of the internets, b) I suspected it to be spam, c) I found it to be offensive or the work of a "troll." Messages are flagged as spam if they are irrelevant or nonsensical, or if there is a link attached that is unrelated to the contents of the blog. I am totally OK if you are a food blogger or work in the food industry and post a comment with a relevant link, but if you post a link to, say, a business that has nothing to do with my post, then I am forced to consider that spam. If you posted a comment that is not spam and I thought it was - my apologies! - please do post it again. Also, I may suspect a comment to be from a troll if it is rude, disrespectful, or simply not very constructive. I have no problems with someone disagreeing with me, but if you are posting an antagonistic comment just for the sake of being antagonistic, it is not a comment worth posting.
MAY WE USE YOUR BLOG POSTS IN OUR PUBLICATION?
Maybe. It depends. Let's talk. But know that I'm not looking to get hired to do freelance-type work as I already have a full-time job that keeps me quite busy. :)
WILL YOU HELP PROMOTE MY RESTAURANT/PRODUCT/EVENT/SPECIAL OFFER/ETC.??
I have been receiving a growing number of such requests, and the answer is "maybe." I try my best to help if I deem it appropriate for my blog, if it is a cause I wish to support, and if I have the time. However, it is not possible for me to comply with all requests. (I am most likely to accommodate the request if it supports a local Pittsburgh event or a local small business, though I assess each request on a case-by-case basis.) Sorry in advance!
CAN WE ADVERTISE ON YOUR BLOG?
No, sorry. I am not interested in making money off my blog.
IF WE OFFER YOU A FREE MEAL, WILL YOU WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW ON OUR RESTAURANT?
Not necessarily. From time to time I get invitations to free or discounted events, tastings, etc., and I will try to participate because I really enjoy trying and discovering new restaurants, new foods, and new things about my new hometown. However, I will only blog about it if I like it. I will never promise a positive recommendation in exchange for freebies.
WHY DON'T YOU EVER WRITE NEGATIVE REVIEWS?
Because I don't view myself as a food critic, nor do I see this blog as a "review" site. I started this blog to document recipes and restaurants I like, so I'm sticking to that. Besides, restaurants can have off days too, and I don't think it's fair for me to write critical things about them in a public forum just because they happened to mess up once.