June 6, 2010

My World is Full of Colour, My Roots Are Shining Through

People can get really heated about coffee. (no pun intended)

It has been awhile since I've posted about cafe reviews. Recently, one of my reviews was received with some very intense comments and things got personal. I'm hesitant to admit that I was really hurt and affected by some of the stuff written. I'm not the type of person who likes to let others dictate my mood.

Everyone told me to ignore it. They said, "You have to toughen up if you want to be a writer." Easier said than done. I've once said that blogging, or writing is like peeling off a layer of skin and hoping no one throws a bucket of vinegar on you. Writing to me is personal, so it's hard not to get attached or worked up about it.

I'm currently reading Valerie Bertinelli's memoir Losing It, and this quote resonated with me:"You can get a thousand compliments, but it's the one criticism that will stick with you."

Needless to say I was pretty down about the whole thing, until I went to my latest review at Petit Thuet (244 King St E). The entire visit I was reminded why I enjoy doing these reviews. The people were so accommodating and the food and desserts were lovely. So check it out on blogTO with photography by Stefania Sgams. The macarons were insanely good.

Colour brightens up anyone's world right?
Lastly, I want to say that I do appreciate criticism and feedback, it can be very valuable. However, when people start equating my writing with my hair colour (yes the dumb blonde comments came about) I don't really have the patience for you. Instead of attaching a link to that review, here's a photo of me at the review taken by Cory.

My expression is a bit off. I guess this is my best, "Please don't interrupt me while I'm twirling" or my "Why did I agree to getting my photo taken voluntarily?" look. Stereotype me all you want, but I dare anyone to beat me in a quick quip contest. Double dog dare.


  1. "You can get a thousand compliments, but it's the one criticism that will stick with you"...along the same my dad used to say whe i was playing soccer and trying out for a team, you can make 10 good plays but if you make one bad play, everyone will always remember the one bad play you make.

  2. Hi Amanda! You've got the right attitude! Plus that's a great pic! I've been a little out of the loop but I'm happy to catch up on your blog again. I read all of your posts and that one in particular shouldn't overshadow all of your amazing work!

  3. You know I got your back when it comes to these stupid people commenting stupid things for lack of anything better to do. You are a great writer and shouldnt let these people get to you!