Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Okay, admit it...

Bird on Cocoa Beach Pier

Matt Preston's article comparing Melbourne foodies to species of fictional birds in today's Epicure was pretty damn funny.

Which genus are you?

11 comments:

Agnes said...

I had a little chortle. Guess it's pretty obvious which one I am!

claire said...

I tried to figure out which one I was... at times I'm a bit of a Dollarbird (but I don't want a Thermomixer and can be just as excited about a $5 bowl of pho as a night at Interlude), a bit of a Spangled Drongo (but I don't get worked up when food journos belittle food bloggers), a bit of a Greater Restaurant Tit (but can't stand Gordon Ramsay and don't like going to restaurants where it's impossible to get a table)... I liked the article though! :)

Thermomixer said...

Well, I don't do chocolate or Peruvian salt, but yes have the Thermomix. Guess I have been infected & now have Spangled Drongo characteristics, tho' not for reviewing restaurants. as yet. That may be a latter stage of the disease.
It is funny, but what species are food journalists & restaurant reviewers?

Another Outspoken Female said...

Obviously restaurant reviewers and food journalists are the greater spangled drongo!

Dani said...

I eat in all but a couple of times a year. I have a thermomix. I would love to be able to afford all organic but that would require me getting a real job of the paid variety. I migrated a few KM further north of North Fitzroy to breed so I'm guess my closest species would be the Common Green-backed Tree Creeper. Makes sense. I've been called a tree hugger enough times over the years.

Thermomixer said...

Actually AOF, Matt P did have a category for reviewers, but space was limited (and possibly he didn't want knives in the back)

"Black-Throated Butcherbird, aka The Painted Snipe aka The Superb Bare-Faced Lyrebird aka The Total Bustard. Common Name: The Restaurant Reviewer.

Habitat - Seldom found in the same place twice. Anywhere new. Anywhere that takes American Express.

Habit - This avian is carrion, loving to pick over a carcass and is closely related to vulture and the UK’s Sharp-Tongued or Wandering Tattler.



Status - Luckily quite rare.

neil said...
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neil said...

Guess what? Matt's choice of bird for bloggers isn't fictional at all, rather a sly dig at us, check out wikipedia. Like thermo said, shame he didn't cover himself, but I've fixed that up for him. Saw the original story, but didn't read it as that sort of parody doesn't do it for me, it was only when I read the comments here that I realized we'd been slagged.

Thermomixer said...

Hi Neil, I don't think that Matt is being nasty, He did have more material - he started his origianl article saying that Prof Robin Becasse (yes both birds - Becasse is french for Woodcock - great eating) had conducted 5 years of research.... and did have an even nastier category for Reviewers as listed above.

Reminds me I owe you an email.

claire said...

LOVE that description of the Black-Throated Butcherbird, Thermomixer!

And for those of you that haven't yet read it, check out Neil's description of the Greater Spangled Drongo... :-)

neil said...

The Spangled Drongo is the only Drongo to be found in Australia. "Drongo" is Australian slang for "idiot", possibly referring to the bird's uninhibited and ...

Do you think he chose that by coincidence?


Maybe I'm too cynical, but I've heard it from too many food writers, they don't just not like bloggers, they hate us.

Am awaiting email with baited breath, if Ed couldn't say, it must be good.