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30 comments on “Hanna Raskin to Leave Observer

  1. Pssst… Uncle Nancy, I’m getting burned at the stake over there for defending you, but that was a low-blow on Hanna’s part.

  2. Don’t forget snide. But, technically, she wasn’t calling you sexist or snide (just that your remark was possibly sexist and snide). Must have felt pretty good to learn that her weight is a medical condition. I sure you just forgot to mention that part.

    So much animosity in the food blog world. Disappointed that the media is condoning (and even causing) this type of behavior. Food is to be shared and enjoyed together. Instead, these blogs are a forum for trolls and haters to have a field day.

    Please, please, please focus on the food.

    PS — while I don’t necessarily agree with Hanna Raskin’s choice to include you in her article (even though it does fit within the context of the article), tagging this post “Skinny bitches” DOES support her statement. While you might not find “bitches” to be derogatory in certain contexts, there are plenty of people, including myself, who do find it sexist, snide, and unnecessary in ALL contexts if it’s being used to refer to people.

  3. Thanks L for defending me however I don’t know why I should need defending. I don’t understand how calling someone skinny is sexist. Teresa Gubbins, Leslie Brenner, Kim Pierce, and the original self-proclaimed Pat Sharpe are skinny. You could say jealous and be correct.

  4. Oh no, not you again, genslay. If you’ve ever read SideDish on a regular basis, you’d know that “Skinny bitches” is a pretty common tag around here, and is meant mostly tongue-in-cheek. It’s not like she came up with it just for this post.

  5. You could have picked a better quote. One that represented the tone of her goodbye, since we’re on the topic of classiness.

  6. Burned at the stake is a little dramatic, don’t you think?

    Come on, let’s all be decent humans!

  7. @L, I have seen it, but this was the first time it contradicted the article it was referring to. Friends?

  8. Genslay, calm down. Read this

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/preview/2005-03-01/feature4

    When people find out someone is a food critic, a lot of them ask “how do you stay so skinny?” So Pat Sharpe of TexMo wrote a funny column. It may not make sense to you, but in SideDish lexicon a skinny bitch is a good thing. That’s the way we roll. It’s suppose to be fun. We are writing about food and food personalities. Hanna is a serious food writer. I think of SideDish as a show on Comedy Central. John Stewart gives me the news but he makes me laugh at the same time.

  9. Burned at the stake = shishkabob? or perhaps Argentinian BBQ?

    Focusing on the food…

    Smiles, everyone…

  10. I am sure there is more to Hannah’s story other than her wheezing. She was to be anonymous and she broke the code. Sad prevaricator, just when I wanted to buy a used car from her husband.

  11. Frank, I agree with that too. I don’t want to speculate entirely, but that was probably the beginning of the end.

  12. If her employer cared about her anonymity, Frank, why would they put her in Jason Sheehan’s position at the Seattle Weekly? Or, to take it another step back, why would they have had the non-anonymous Sheehan at the Seattle Weekly and, before that, Denver Westword?

  13. “I think of SideDish as a show on Comedy Central. John Stewart gives me the news but he makes me laugh at the same time.”

    Really, Nancy? SideDish is funny?

  14. Anon, yes, SideDish and Nancy are funny, informative, and up to the minute with relevant food and beverage news.

  15. Anon, now that’s funny. I could do a really hysterical bit right now about fake names and the IP addresses of local publications but I’m going to save it for the ratings period!

  16. nancy, i suspect it would be very entertaining to find out who the mysterious ‘anon’ is

  17. Of course Nancy is a sexist, lol…

    But to me the real issue should be how Hanna, with such terrible health issues involving her respiratory and digestive systems, could have ever been physically able to do her job. I appreciate her honesty but to quote her:

    I’ve lost 10 pounds since moving to Dallas, a result of my nightmarish reaction to short Texas ragweed and a host of other noxious plants and grasses I’ve never before encountered. Until my suffering started, I had no idea allergies could prey on the digestive system. It’s a nasty situation, and one my doctors counseled could only be solved by switching to a bread-and-water diet or relocating. Since I like what I do, I chose the latter.
    I want to be in the best shape I can be to do my job, and was deeply disappointed to discover the environment here isn’t compatible with my allergy chart. (It’s a doozy. When an allergist first reviewed it, she said, “You must feel like you have the flu all the time.” Yup.)

    Bless her heart but I have to question and wonder how anyone in her state could even taste food or feel up to enjoying a meal anywhere? And why was she was allowed to continue doing so? I feel it was very unfair to the restaurants she reviewed. I wish her the best but I am shocked.

    Is anyone else disturbed by this?????

    P.S. This is making me question what is really behind Leslie Brenner’s “Food Critic Diet” weight loss, lol…

  18. I’m sorry to see Hanna go. She was a fresh and independent voice in the Dallas dining scene. I hope the Observer hires another outsider to write about our incestuous food scene.

  19. Why does this matter? Both the Dallas Observer and Seattle Weekly are Phoenix based.

  20. I suspect, Jack, that you’re not only referring to the “tone of conversation” on only the food blogs “in this town”.

  21. “I’ve lost 10 pounds since moving to Dallas”…can I get some of those allergans?? IJS. @NN..”that’s the way we roll”…love that..love you…love the blog. good grief people life is just not that serious. really.

  22. Acrimony aside, she was winning national awards and writing circles round the current crop of food writers in this town. I thought her last review of BEE was an excellent read.