Best Media Trend 

Local Food Blogs

Food isn't just the universal icebreaker: As Middle Tennessee's burgeoning foodie blogosphere proves, it's also the gateway to almost any topic you'd care to discuss—politics, as on Nicole Sauce's The Tennessee Waltz (; globe-trotting, as on Lannae Long's Lannae's Food & Travel ( and Joy Ramirez's Joy of Cooking (; music, every Thursday on the great Ulika BBQ blog ( The increased scrutiny is no doubt a mixed blessing for local chefs, as the comment threads on the Scene's food blog Bites ( sometimes resemble a culinary Dodge City. But it can't be coincidence that Middle Tennessee restaurants are bringing the heat now that the online community is watching—especially Claudia Young, whose cook eat FRET ( has a national rep among the foodie elite. An informed citizenry is the best thing that could happen to local restaurants—and to local eaters. —JIM RIDLEY

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