Food.Fun.Stuff: Authentically Made

[ 0 ] October 8, 2009 |

Tonight we learned two things…that the blogging world has some new restrictions and the food blog community in D.C. is growing like a toddlers shoe size. The new restrictions: bloggers now have to report in their posts when they receive something new (*Ahhh!!! We had to scream @ this one…). As for the growing number: well, let’s just say Washingtonians do not have to look far for anything food related…there’s a blog for your beer, your cocktails and even your desire for some good chicken wings.

The new restrictions post a good and a bad side for us. The good news first: When we read other blogs from now on, we will know these are authentic posts. By authentic we mean not scewed by the fact that some company or restaurant has sent the writer some nice “incentive” to say something nice about their establishment. The bad: We can be guilty of this. Hello, we’re JKGF, and we accept gifts (*Eeee!*guilty look*) Don’t judge. If you’re a blogger, a good blogger that is, you have received a gift or two in the past to nudge a good review of the product or service. Being how we try to find the good in just about everything (*We’re really trying to do this with beer…), it was hard for us in the past to not at least say a small blurb about something good about each product/service/etc. Now don’t get us wrong, we love our readers so we hold off on making a big deal about “gifts” sent to us and keep it authentic with our Pick of the Weeks, Happy Mondays, recipes, etc. Now we can’t mention any blurbs about these “gifts” without telling you about our relationship with the company/restaurant. We look forward to an open relationship.

The massive spread of food bloggers has us thinking too. It’s so pleasant to sit in the company of folks who don’t give you the side eye for owning three food processors. Also, it doesn’t hurt to learn about what and how people decided to write their blogs. Our visit to Commonwealth (*Who by the way, has a waitress that has the memory of an elephant…how did she remember over 20 orders without a pen and pad and actually got the orders right??) put us back on the right track. Authenticity. We are right back where we started with recipes, drink mixes and restaurant reviews. Maybe not as frequently (*writing @ night can be tiresome, maybe we’ll switch to mornings…), but something authentic and delicious.

Category: Food.Fun.Stuff., Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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