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Friday, December 28, 2007

More on Chalk...

More on Chalk...
I'm happy to hear that the space -- which is in my neighborhood -- won't be empty! Polly wrote of great squid she'd had this year; I had a great squid appetizer in the bar at Pho Paris a couple of months ago.


at 4:50 PM Blogger Rachel said...

I kind of get the origins of the name - the French chalkboards and all. But when I hear of a restaurant named "Chalk," I don't think "Mmm appetizing." I kind of think, "Oh, I hope the food doesn't taste like chalk."

Maybe not the best of names there.

at 5:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, I had the same reaction: 'chalk' evokes images that of something drying, alum, squeaky, pale, dusty...Indeed, not too appetizing, but I'm sure the food will be great!

at 6:16 PM Blogger Mary said...

Why are all the new restaurants simply one word? Is our attention span getting shorter? Melt, Honey, Red, Aqua, and now...chalk.

I have to say that I am thrilled though. I live around the corner from Pho Paris and I've never liked that place. I've tried to, but the food just never excited me and it was rather pricey for what it was. Apparently I'm not the only one who felt this way.

at 6:22 PM Blogger Mary said...

Oops, I'm reading these posts backwards. Someone else already pointed out the one word name phenonemenon. I believe that this was a trend in larger cities awhile back, but its time has passed.

at 8:30 AM Blogger valereee said...

I'm finding the one-word name phenomenon silly, too. Especially when it makes the restaurant impossible to look up on the internet. Remember 'Restaurant'? How silly was that? I ate there. The food was great. But how do you find them online? I don't know if One had the same problem (I probably would have assumed it was impossible to look them up online) and Red, but don't these independents have ANYONE in their group of advisors who is saying, "Yeah, great name! But first, let's see how many hits you get if you google it."

at 1:50 PM Anonymous linda said...

in regards to the one word title, who cares?!

considering what's on the front page of this paper *everyday* there is definitely something else in the world that you could get riled up enough about to comment on.

as for chalk, i'm thrilled!
"french-vietnamese" just wasn't ever really my thing....

if i want vietnamese i'll go to song long, if i want french, i'll go to pigall's. i've never been so indecisive to want them both at the same time.

i wish jean-robert and his team good luck in the new year!

at 3:46 PM Blogger Mary said...

Linda, this is a food blog and it's called banter. The troubles of the world are indeed great, but my commenting on one word restaurant names on a blog neither contributes, nor detracts from any of those issues. If, however, the everyday (not sure why you added asterisks)issues that appear on the front page of this paper trouble you so greatly perhaps your time would be better spent attempting to solve those problems rather than snarkily contributing to the Foodie Report.

at 11:35 AM Anonymous rms said...

Thank you Mary!
SO on target.......

I am always fascinated when I, myself, post something on any one of these blogs and someone pipes up to imply that I am somehow mentally deficient.

Or that I am somehow warped for caring about a particular point or issue.

at 3:31 PM Blogger Mary said...

It's absurd when people write things like that RMS. I work for a nonprofit and my entire day is spent solving societal ills. Geez, can't we just have a cooking and eating hobby without being accused of being shallow or unconcerned about the larger world? Notice that she went on to contribute her opinions on Pho Paris/Vietnamese food completely unaware of the irony of her words.

at 9:51 PM Anonymous foodiegirl said...

I am going to Chalk tomorrow for their opening night. Yummmmmmmmmm. I'll let oyu know how it goes.

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