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Letter of the Century – How Does Taste Evolve?

March 26, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Critics, Food For Thought, Letter of the Week 4 Comments →

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Dear Eating Las Vegas,

You recently wrote a caption on a photo you posted on Facebook, “I think I could eat ‘modern Japanese’ food every day of my life and not get bored.

It made me wonder how you, as a food critic who’s refined his palate over the course of many years, came to appreciate a cuisine like this which, admittedly, is not a commonplace offering in most of America?

At what point does taste get refined to appreciate the subtleties of a cuisine like Modern Japanese, or even to start exploring? Any art form (film, music, art, etc.) has levels of refinement, as the curious audience member ventures off to more significant, and more difficult to interpret, levels of appreciation. How does it happen with food?

Inquisitively yours,

Curious George

ELV responds:

The best way we can answer the question(s) is to give you a brief tour of what ELV calls: The Evolution of a Critic.

Our good friend, author, food writer, Esquire magazine food critic and noted chronicler of the history of American food and drink,  John Mariani says there are 3 kinds of food critics: “The slobs, the snobs and the oh goodie goodies.”

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ELV’s Thought for the Day

January 30, 2014 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day 1 Comment →

I’m not sure who discovered water, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a fish.Marshall McLuhan

What in the world am I swimming in?

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And what are they staring at?

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ELV’s Thought for the Day – Restaurants are Like Marriages

December 08, 2013 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day Comments Off

Restaurants are like marriages.

Some are bad ideas from the start:

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Some seem to be a perfect fit and still fail:


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And some make it to a ripe old age due to a combination of talent, perseverance and that special something:

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ELV’s Thought for the Day

December 07, 2013 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day Comments Off

Comparison is the root of all unhappiness.Cicero

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ELV’s Thought(s) for the Day (for Mom)

June 07, 2013 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day 2 Comments →

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The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

I’m a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.

I am no more humble than my talents require.

I never read bad reviews about myself, because my friends invariably tell me about them.

ELV’s Thought for the Day #2

August 08, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day Comments Off

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There should be two requirements for wearing a Greek fisherman’s cap: one, you should be Greek, and two, you should be a fisherman. - Roy Blount Jr.

ELV’s Thought for the Day

August 08, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day Comments Off

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Everything in Greece takes just twice as long as it would anywhere else. In this country they just do not use time at all. – Evelyn Waugh

ELV’s Thought for the Day

August 07, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day Comments Off

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His great aim was to escape from civilization, so, as soon as he had money, he went to southern California. – Anonymous

ELV’s Thought for the Day

August 06, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day 4 Comments →

I never eat in a restaurant that’s over a hundred feet off the ground and won’t stand still. – Calvin Trillin

The farther off the ground you get, the worse the food is, with airplanes being the best example. – Russell Baker

ELV’s Thought for the Day

August 01, 2012 By: John Curtas Category: Thought for the Day 1 Comment →

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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. – Gore Vidal (1925-2012)