Reader: Enough with the food porn! Enough with the "People's Republic"!

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Lori Midson
Does looking at food porn make you hot?
People love looking at food. Food they might possibly make for dinner, food they'll never get close to -- like this "Altitude-high food porn from the Taste of Vail." That's why pictures of food are often labeled "porn," as in Laura Shunk's "Food Porn: Pizzeria Basta" post that accompanied her recent review of Pizzeria Basta.

But the term "food porn" alone was enough to get WFK all hot and bothered:


Please, please please!!!! STOP using the term "food porn"... it is soo soo lame, played out and not even a little edgy. Yes, the pictures are rad, and it all looks beyond delicious, but that "trendy" phrase needs to be shut down. Please tell the rest of the Westword staff also. Thank you.

And WFK wasn't done. He returned to the Pizzeria Basta porn to post again:


Also, with even more emphasis, stop using the term "Peoples Republic" to refer to my hometown. It is amateurish and you come off like a knuckle dragging Aurora neo conservative. Please stop it!

So, should we stop using the term "food porn"? Should we stop referring to Boulder as the "People's Republic"?

Should we stop eating in Boulder at all? Readers are still complaining about staff writer Joel Warner taking a toddler to a Boulder restaurant. (Those who aren't complaining about him taking his toddler out at all, that is.) And after the review of Pizzeria Basta, a reader complained about Shunk's choice:


Sweet, another review of a Boulder restaurant, thanks Laura. This is the "Denver" Westword right?

For the record, we also feature Centennial and Golden and Aurora restaurants in the Best of Denver -- and we draw from the entire metro area when choosing places to review.

Still, too much Boulder? Too much porn? Discuss below.

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Bitchilla
Bitchilla

Don't mind the term "food porn," and please continue to review Boulder and the suburbs.

Jayskeeham
Jayskeeham

Christianboland is right on the money. Kate Kennedy seems to be the only one that is located in the Denver metro area, that can, or is willing to review a different place each week. Plus, she isn’t afraid to piss anyone off either.

lipster
lipster

Since you're asking for opinions... I'm decidedly not a fan of the term "food porn," especially when it's used to describe photos on this blog (which, no offense, are often crappy and poorly lit). Beautiful, delicious, well photographed dishes absolutely can make me feel all hot and bothered, but poorly photographed food, no matter how breathtaking in real life, just makes me feel bothered.

Christianboland
Christianboland

Ms. Shunk has written approximately 20% (7 out of 35) of her full reviews on Boulder restaurants. This is incredibly disproportionate to the size of the Boulder readership not to mention the amount of restaurants that are located there and in Denver.

My point is; If you want to say Boulder is in the Metro area and review places there then you need to do so in a proportionate manner.

Amu, South Sun Brewery, Mountain Sun Pub Brewery, Salt Bistro, Sushi Tora, Flagstaff and Pizzeria Basta were all reviewed Boulder restaurants and done so in less than 9 months on the job. Is that necessary? Is that overkill for this smaller locale located almost an hour away from Denver?

Like I said before, we know Ms. Shunk (typo before my apologies) worked in Boulder and possibly still live near there, but move on, or better yet, ease up.

GFTW
GFTW

Continue using these terms. Food porn is silly, but it's such an apt term. And People's Republic is very apropos; really funny that one of its citizens thinks WW is neo-conservative! LMAO.

rain
rain

I've got no problem with Westwrod reviewing restaurants and writing blog entries about restaurants in Boulder. There's a lot of good stuff going on there. I think people see more coverage of Boulder and the northern suburbs and think that this somehow takes away from Denver coverage. Think expansively, it's not a zero-sum game here. The blog allows *more* coverage than we get in the printed version, I like it.

There are good restaurants and exciting chefs in Boulder, Louisville, Westminster, and (yes, really) Longmont and Niwot. You can cover (and should!) cover these without neglecting Denver.

If you clearly tag the entries as being about Boulder, people who hate the place can easily skip the articles. And you *can* skip articles, people. Nobody forcing you to read everything.

Christianboland
Christianboland

I would say that the amount of reviews about Boulder restaurants since Skunk took over (because she worked there and has ties) is very disproportionate. Move on Laura.

Emily
Emily

"Food porn" is just kind of stupid. So it makes me think the pictures/articles are stupid and I'm less likely to read them.

Review all the Boulder restaurants you want, I'll still avoid that shithole. "People's Republic" my ass. That makes me laugh. Boulder is one of the most conservative towns in Colorado. Take away the University and it would be more conservative than Colorado Springs and it would certainly be the whitest town in Colorado (sorry Parker). The long-time residents do all they can to keep new residents out, and the so-called hippies are more militant than any proselytizing Dobson groupie. Just look at the disapproval heaped on Joel Warner for taking his kid into a Boulder restaurant. Everyday is Judgment Day in Boulder.

Jeff
Jeff

People get outraged way too easily. Besides, anyone who responds to "People's Republic" with "knuckle dragging Aurora neo conservative" loses any right to complain about insults.

I can understand the argument that the paper is the "Denver Westword", but that should mean it carries items of interest to Denver residents. For example, the Westword covers skiing, and last time I checked, the ski resorts aren't in the Denver metro area.

The focus certainly should be on Denver restaurants, as that will best serve the Westword's audience. However, Boulder is just a few minutes further than some Littleton and Parker destinations (and closer for Westword readers in the northern metro area), so it seems pretty reasonable to include some Boulder restaurants. The only question is finding the right balance, and reasonable minds can differ as to what that balance should be. Personally, I think the balance is fine - and I live south of town.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I'm in favor of ditching "food porn." Maybe subsitute with "money shots."

I've also come to accept that Boulder is no longer a separate city, but has become absorbed by the festering sore of suburban sprawl. What I object to is reviews of any places too far from my house to consider getting drunk at. I will be submitting a map that will indicate an adequate radius for your reviews to cover that will allow me to get home by means of walking, bicycling, or riding a bus, rickshaw, taxi, light rail, or gondola (or any combination of those). Please start with Newbarry's on the corner of Federal and Jewell; they have a full bar.

Carly
Carly

You guys can use the phrase "food porn" all you want...you're the professional food writers after all. But I'll continue agreeing with WFK that it's overused here. The Anthony Bourdainisms were cool a couple of years ago and now they're just tired.

Boulder is a tricky one. Having so many dining options, they should (and do) have their own food coverage. If Boulder was considered fully for "Best Of" they'd win far more "Best Ofs" than they do.

Centennial, Aurora, and Golden are actually in the Denver metro area. Boulder (like Fort Collins and Colorado Springs) have their own metro areas. If we're including everywhere, it should just be called "Best of Colorado".

But I'm definitely not as passionate about the Boulder thing as some readers are. I rarely make it out there these days, so it's nice to know what's going on from the blog perspective.

BSquared
BSquared

I have on a few occasions thought about calling out that this is the Denver Westword, but that was because I felt overdue in taking a shot at Shunk and was running out of ammo. I did realize I enjoy the suburban reviews and lets face it, we are all one big city these days

I am okay with Food Porn, unless my boss is looking over my shoulder. Somehow, the word Porn doesn't fly regardless of the type.

rain
rain

I used to think that Boulderites were provincial and not interested in going to Denver, but I see it's just as bad the other way 'round. Maybe worse.

Boulder is not "almost an hour from Denver", it's about 25 minutes from downtown. Depends on where you're starting and ending, I guess, but an hour? No.

I find it refreshing that Laura Shunk is willing to review places north of I-70. In the past, it felt like it was damned near impossible to get a Westword review of anything north of Evans.

Bon Appetit named Boulder "Foodiest Town in America", so maybe Boulder has earned a little local attention? Good thing Bon Appetit didn't care about driving a few extra miles....

Mantonat
Mantonat

In addition to ditching the phrase "food porn," I suggest a moratorium on the completely juvenile transformation of Shunk to Skunk. Really not funny, even in middle school. If you want to insult Laura Shunk, why not criticize her writing or her taste in food?

CU alum
CU alum

it *used* to be about half an hour away. Has it been awhile since you have driven the Turnpike to Boulder (yes, I am that old that i refer to it as the Turnpike - always will)? When i was in school (and i was there for the championship team), you could go from central denver to Boulder in about 30 minutes. Not anymore! Crazy, crazy traffic!

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