First off, I enjoy reading Michael Bauer. I'm a foodie and I enjoy reading his restaurant reviews in the Chronicle. Even if I disagree on some of his opinions, he writes well and makes lucid points. He's very good.
On Tuesday, he went overboard on a curious topic. It was Mike's birthday the other day and he spent it having dinner at a local ritzy restaurant with Nancy Pelosi.
Cue the divine intervention of predictable comments from SF Gate's notorious commenters. (Uh, editors, what the hell did you expect?) Of course at the Gate, page clicks pleases advertisers and this one is sure to get a multitude of doozies.
Bauer is entitled to a birthday party. I'm not sure writing a thousand words or so about dinner with Nancy Pelosi is, well, Bauerish? I thought he was a reviewer, occasional food and wine blogger. And no matter what you feel, whether you like or dislike Nancy Pelosi as a politician is not the issue here, (although I'm assuming the Chron's editors knew the potential backlash was possible considering Pelosi's polarizing stature--maybe they wanted it).
Again, that's not the issue. Bauer is way, way too giddy here. And in an economy that has a bunch of working people, (and un-working people too), having a hard time putting food on the table and making rent, it's a bit out of place to know, courtesy Bauer, that Pelosi has a thing for dark chocolate. Humn.
Was it interesting? Yes. Sort of. I'm just thinking the subject matter might have bordered on the out-of-place arena. Timing is everything too. Maybe Bauer needs to read the room a little better.
Happy Birthday, Mike.
PS: Who left the tip?
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