Go Eat! The best job in the world?

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By Julien Perry

How would you like to dine out four times a week at some of the city's best restaurants without having to worry about the bill?

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Until last September, that's the life Rebekah Denn lived as the Seattle P-I's award-winning food critic.

"It is 90-percent the best job in the world, and I always said I would never complain about it, but if I was going to complain about it," Rebekah laughs, "then I would say that it gets tiring to eat out all the time."

Rebekah says getting paid to eat probably sounds more fun than it actually is.

"Because there are times when you might go to the farmers market and see these beautiful things and want to buy them and then say, 'Who am I kidding? I'm not going to cook these things at home, I'm eating out the next four days in a row!'"

And while many may consider harsh reviews the easiest to write, Rebekah says that's not so.

"I'd call people up to tell them they were being reviewed and send a photographer and check some some details, and if they said, 'Oh, I hope you liked it!' then I'd feel terrible if I didn't, because what are you gong to say? 'Yeah. Not so much.'"

Not that she thinks a bad review is an end-all be-all, by any means.

"Reviewing is just one person's educated opinion. I do think there's a purpose to it and I think there's a great value to it, but it is one person's opinion. It's not this isolated, empirical, absolute judgement that it's sometimes taken as."

What about the restaurant graveyard? What place does she wish was still open for business? Fork on Capital Hill.

"Oh, my god! I loved that place! I was all set to go there for my birthday. I loved the food so much -- it was just fun, it was delicious, it was creative -- and it was only there for a couple months. I gave it a rave review and then it immediately shut down."

Rebekah, who fell into journalism by accident (she was a Judaic studies major at UCSD) is savoring her new role as the P-I's resident Food Writer:

"With the food writing job, I'm still figuring it out and sort of figuring out what I want to write, what our readers want to see and I think that's going to be an on-going process."

Places Rebekah likes to Go Eat!: Sitka & Spruce, Tilth, Columbia City Bakery, Quinn's, Boat Street Cafe, Grinder's Hot Sands, BCD Tofu House.

Rebekah's favorite cookbooks: Macrina Bakery & Cafe, Cook's Illustrated, The Perfect Scoop.


Rebekah's column:  http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/

Rebekah's blog:  http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/devouringseattle/

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