Thank You, Pete Wells

There are already many, many well stated blog posts about the recent Food & Wine editorial piece by Pete Wells in which he claims:

“…a good blog needs to communicate passion, and a really good blog will make the reader feel passionate as well. This should be easy when the subject is food, but it does rule out cheese sandwiches. Listen up, bloggers: Nobody cares what you had for lunch today!”

And while I agree with his critics, I won’t jump into that particular fray. Frankly, there are good food blogs and there are bad ones, just like in magazines, cookbooks, TV shows, etc. I could chastize him for failing to dig deeper and finding all the passion and purpose there actually is in the food blogging community. But again, others have done this, and done it better than I could.

I will, however, contribute this cheese sandwich. Which I likely would not have eaten today, for lunch, if it weren’t for the ever growing temptation caused by all those fantastic cheese sandwich photos on other blogs that have been haunting me all week. Every bite of this sandwich, the El Guapo from Honey Hole in Seattle, makes me say Oh, My God. I can’t believe how good this is. It’s a drippy, smoky, buttery mess caught between crusty goodness. I am in heaven.

el guapo 009

So, Pete Wells, you are my own, personal Tard of the Week (in complete [DC] spirit), and thanks for the sandwich!

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  • Eggy

    Hi, you have a gorgeous blog. ‘Love your pictures and that cheese sandwich looks just divine. Thanks for linking me too!

  • L

    Thanks Eggy!

  • Liz

    My only beef with Pete Wells was his limited selection of good blogs.

    And clearly the man does not understand that it’s entirely possible to be passionate about a cheese sandwich! When I go to visit my cousin in Seattle I am heading to Honey Hole for that El Guapo. It looks fabulous.

    Love your site.

  • kalyn

    That sandwich looks wonderful. I’m glad Mr. Wells has been able to inspire some good.

  • ms.proust

    Hey L,

    Thank you ever so much for linking my post to your inspiring site. I clicked on cookandeat as I saw it popping up on my referrers list and low & behold found you! Your blog is as welcoming & personable as the conversation we had at Barca last month.

    Your layout & photographs have real polish & appeal–much like *another* new cookbook I just have to add to my collection. My husband has threatened that I now need to rid our shelves of a cookbook for every new one I buy (yeah right) but thank goodness you can subscribe to as many blogs as you want!

    Love your concept–especially as one who would call it quits if I fell a half teaspoon short of something called for in a recipe… But then, I married a chef & have become a playful impressionist who yearns to become an abstract expressionist in the kitchen some day. I do make a mean paella though, thanks to Penelope Casas, & meatballs my Syracuse friends swoon over, due in part to Lidia Bastianich. It’s good to credit your mentors when summoning your own culinary wisdom, don’t you think?

    You keep writing, I’ll keep reading! Hope to see you again in the Seattle blogosphere…