I offered to write some restaurant reviews for Coeliac in the City. That was months ago. I still haven't written the reviews. Why not?
It turns out to be quite a complicated business. I chose a restaurant, ate the food, and started writing the review as I sat eating. However, early on in the meal I was told that one of the side dishes had been prepared incorrectly to be gluten free and it was whisked away and replaced- but not before I had taken a mouthful. It was just that they had used the frying vat that they also fried the breaded calamari in. I enjoyed the excellent food and the lively but unfussy ambiance, but by the time I was walking home I was definitely feeling a bit unwell. I wrote to the restaurant chain to ask what they and any customer could do to reduce the chance of errors ---and then waited about a week for the full response. The wait removed the impetus to write, the reply wasn't as useful as I would have liked, and the review remains incomplete.
So, try another restaurant. I don't normally eat out as it is so hazardous, but I hadn't anything important to do so tried an Italian restaurant that advertised gf pizza, pasta, deserts etc. They seemed very keen and there was quite a lot of choice. They would even offer cheese made with non-cow milk or soya for those with dairy problems. I tried the pizza, my partner had the normal pizza, both of us a bit unimpressed. It hadn't really occurred to me that I might want to say that the food was mediocre when the restaurant staff present themselves as caring mightily about food.
How do I write a review in my home town that is less than complementary, but still helpful? I didn't get ill at all, so that is pretty impressive.
Next issue. With dozens of restaurants within walking distance of my home, how do I decide which ones to write about and which to miss? Do I eat in them all or just interview them to find out their approach?
It simply hadn't occurred to me that this would be a complex issue. More fool me.