Dining News: Former Sac Bee Restaurant Critic (Briefly) Discusses Change
March 05, 2015
Blair Anthony Robertson took to Twitter on Thursday to give his first comments on no longer being the Sac Bee's restaurant critic.
I've been off Twitter for a few days. Did I miss anything?— Blair A. Robertson (@Blarob) March 5, 2015
1/Thank you for all the kind comments. No need 2b forlorn tho. I'm looking forward to doing new things & a few old things I've missed.— Blair A. Robertson (@Blarob) March 5, 2015
2/I am very proud of the work I did as restaurant critic & believe I made a difference. But 6-plus yrs of late nites/big meals is plenty.— Blair A. Robertson (@Blarob) March 5, 2015
3/I've always considered myself a writer first. Restaurant critic was my role for those years, but there is plenty more I want to write.— Blair A. Robertson (@Blarob) March 5, 2015
4/If U R unfamiliar w/my non-restaurant writing, I encourage U to stay tuned. My greatest joy as a writer is crafting compelling stories.— Blair A. Robertson (@Blarob) March 5, 2015
Even with his duties as restaurant critic, Robertson's cranked out some really great stories over the years. It's on his recommendation that I now own an Aeropress, and wrote a heartwarming story about a father who bikes with his son with Cerebral Palsy. I look forward to reading more of those.
* Photo via SacBee.com.
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