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October 01, 2007

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LGaudin

Whoa, that's insane! If Azimov is exclusively a wine writer for the Times, why is he writing on food culture? Regardless, for this recent article Azimov is a food writer and clearly in violation of the NYTimes "Company Policy on Ethics in Journalism." Journalistic Integrity? Bah. I think the NYTimes food section has beaucoup problems and any ethics policies have gone the way of the Dodo Bird. Boo hiss.

Matt Davis

That's one of the most hostile "Mr.Allman"s I've ever seen. And I'd say Mr.Asimov should be looking for another job about now. Your research does more than raise questions, I'd say it pretty much exposes blatant shilling. And for a favorable grade on his child's piano lessons! So cheap!

Pederson

Rumor has it that Mr. Asimov also stayed at Paley's home while in town...guess he'd know first hand what that pool looks like.

Claire Walter

I suppose, to paraphrase a former president, "It depends what your definition of 'close friend' is." If Asimov stayed in the Paleys' home, I suppose that would qualify. If the relationship were just via piano lessons, maybe that wouldn't be deemed "close." It will be interesting how the TIMES deals with this.

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Edward Allen

I don't think Paley's Place is really that good for rave reviews like this. I have had better, and at cheaper prices.

Charlie

Paley's Place has long been the most overrated restaurant in Portland. I have had dinner there several times, and have never had an outstanding meal there. It did not hold a candle to the late, lamented Alberta Street Oyster Bar. Many other Portland restaurants consistently deliver higher quality, more imaginative dining -- Bluehour, Castagna, Lucy's Table -- just to name a few.

BobH

So your blockbuster connection is that the restaurant owner's mother teaches piano to the critic's child? And the restaurant owner used the phrase "good friend" in a promotional piece (which are never known for exaggeration...).

That's embarrassing -- for you, Kevin.

peter

Never been to the restaurant or even the pacific north west, but would wonder if the same ethics litmus test is being used for the political coverage at the Liberal Grey Lady

Rabbit

It's an interesting quandry for me, because of my job as a reviewer. It can be tough walking the tightrope at times.

That said, it does sound like Asimov (yes, I stopped myself from writing Isaac) might be a little close to be penning two rave reviews in such a short period of time, especially since he's supposed to be a wine critic.

My question is, not being that familiar with the Times, how often does he review restaurants? Is this a usual gig for him, or is he going out of his way to do a restaurant story?

vic

Asimov wrote about restaurants in the Times for many years before taking over the wine beat from Frank Prial.

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I don't think Paley's Place is really that good for rave reviews like this either. i do all my deals via last minute travel and they are really good.

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