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. Turns out I'm not cool with being surprised like that. If you would like a copy of the original photo without the watermark, please feel free to ask. Like I said, I'm happy to share.
WHY CAN'T I COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG?
The comments feature has been turned off as of October 2013. While I value your input and opinions, and while they have been a tremendous help to me on occasion, the unfortunate fact is that I get far more spam comments than comments from real readers. Remember that this blog is a hobby of mine, not a job that makes me a living. Thus, it is simply not worth my time and energy to deal with the amount of spam comments I get.
There are other ways to comment and connect, however: I am on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
DO YOU ACCEPT GUEST CONTENT ON YOUR SITE?
The quick answer is no. I have been contacted a number of times by companies asking to post articles on my blog. I started this blog as a way to document and share my own adventures in cooking and dining out; the goal was never to simply attract more readers by posting more stuff. As such, I don't feel that this is the right place for guest content from unknown sources. That said, this doesn't mean that I am not open to potential collaborations with other local bloggers, as long as there remains a personal element to the blog.
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.