In a comment under the "No Review Preview Today" entry on Sunday, Robert asked why The Sun doesn't use a guest reviewer when I'm on vacation.
It's not my decision, but I'm just as glad I don't have a substitute. I have two selfish reasons and one more altruistic. ...
The first selfish one is that I don't want to give up any restaurant to anyone else. What if the one time Happy Eater Rob goes in my place he gets the four-star meal and I miss it? (Of course, I realize how extremely unlikely this is, but I'm the kind of person who hoards chocolate. Only another foodie would understand.)
The second is that half the readers will think it's me anyway because no one looks at bylines. No matter how big the box is announcing that I'm on vacation, people will still think they remember me saying I hated that new sushi place.
The more altruistic reason is that readers rely on my opinions being consistent, so to throw in a reviewer for one week doesn't give them any context to judge whether they would agree or disagree.
I thought Robert's idea of running very old reviews of iconic restaurants an excellent one, but I don't know if relative newcomers to the city would agree.
I've also thought of writing up capsules of recently run reviews to print when I'm on vacation -- say, the last five -- but I don't know if readers would find that useful or not.
No one was able to identify the Peppermill in the entry yesterday. How about an easier one: What's the restaurant in the photo above? Would you want to read a 17-year-old review of it?