Most people trust recommendations from someone they know often valuing it higher than any review they might read elsewhere. With good recommendations come the fair share of bad ones too. I have compiled a list of people whose recommendations I wouldn’t trust and you shouldn’t either.
1. They don’t know the difference between falafel and mushroom. Especially if it’s labelled on the packaging and they clearly can’t read.
2. They eat the exact same lunch and dinner EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. If you only have a two choice variety of chicken salad/steamed chicken & veg for the entire week, it is obvious that ANY meal out that isn’t this will be Michelin star dining to you.
3. My personal favourite are those that don’t know the difference between macaron and macaroon. Or know what a meringue is. I won’t be trusting the dessert recommendations of someone that probably spells it desert.
4. People who don’t eat the restaurant’s speciality. A salad at a burger joint. Fish at a steakhouse. Steak at a pizza place. You get my point. Also if the only meal they order anywhere is steak they probably don’t know anything about food.
5. Those that think franchised restaurants are fine dining.
6. When their favourite restaurant is one you hate, just smile, nod and forget everything they ever recommended.
7. People who don’t pay for their food. It is often the case that bloggers don’t use their own pictures, write detailed stories on vision, decor and everything under the sun except the food. The food part of the review will contain a description as per the menu. Bloggers aren’t professional food critiques so it is difficult for them to be critical of the place they are reviewing. I don’t trust the freebie food reviews especially when it hasn’t been disclosed and it’s glaringly obvious it is sponsored.
Macaron & Macaroon,