Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Spotted Dick Meme

In case there was any doubt that I did the right thing in changing the name of my blog, this is from a Eater.com, dated last July:

Third time the charm for restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow in the shuttered Rocco's and Caviar & Banana space? Reports Braden Keil, "This fall, he plans to open an authentic British gastropub at 12 E. 22nd St., which he wants to name The Spotted Dick, after a steamed pudding served with currants or raisins in Great Britain. His savvy publicist, Karine Bakhoum, says she fears the moniker could be something of a sticky wicket here in the States. 'I'm practically on my knees begging him to name it anything else,' she says." [PLYWOOD/Keil/NYPost]

7 comments:

Mike said...

Some guy's publicist says it's an ill-advised name for a restaurant, so you conclude that it's also a bad name for a blog?

With all due respect, I'm reminded of the 19th-century astronomer looking at Venus and reasoning: I can't see the surface, because the whole planet is covered with clouds; it must be a wet planet, probably swampy -- any fauna there would be something like dinosaurs. Carl Sagan, in 1980, summarized the line of thought as "Observation: I see nothing. Conclusion: Dinosaurs."

(Sorry. I just ate me half a loaf of Irish soda bread with honey-almond butter. I feel like Nero Wolfe.)

Rob said...

It's not just that. This is the guy who recently took out a full page ad in the New York Times (at a cost roughly equal to my salary) to protest a review Frank Bruni wrote of one of his restaurants. Thus outing himself to the foodie universe as a wanker. By continuing to call my blog "Spotted Dick" I would have run the risk of being identified with him. It only makes it worse that he thought of the name first.

I still haven't committed to "Spotted Dog," for that matter, especialy since there are a whole slew of pubs, restaurants, and other businesses with that name.

An Briosca Mor said...

I cower in shame knowing that I'm the one who raised the Speckled Richard moniker as an option in the first place...

Rob said...

You jokingly mentioned it. I was the one who picked it up and ran with it.

An Briosca Mor said...

They have a term for what I did. It's called Enabler. I believe I'll use that as my title on the next set of business cards I order, after I use up the current supply that says Wanker.

As an alternate source of blog names, perhaps you could select from the series of "words" that commenters must type into the Word Verification field when submitting their comments. Today I must type luanfpg...

Rob said...

Luan Fpg? My god, she was our homecoming queen in my senior year of high school.

Your idea has merit. To leave this comment, I have to type igxsjwz, which has a certain ring to it.

An Briosca Mor said...

Oh, you knew Luan Fpg too? Obviously, the girl got around. But once I learned that her family name was contracted at Ellis Island from its original Fatpig, I decided to stay away from her. Because even though she was a real babe at the time, eventually the genes will always win out.

This time, it's woeiv. (And there's no truth to that rumor that I had to type in anbrioscamor the first time I logged in to set up my blog, BTW.)