Dallas Morning News Critic Leslie Brenner Really Hates Queso

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Dissension in the cheesy ranks
Leslie Brenner laid down the gauntlet today publishing a blog post that promises to inflame an entire state. "Queso is awful," writes Brenner saying she's ready to come out of the queso closet. She goes on to defend queso fundido, which often makes use of higher quality cheese, but that Velveeta based stuff that forms a skin as it cools? No bueno.

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Last year, Robb Walsh defended cheesy Tex-Mex, and Velveeta in particular. His blog post spurred a video response by one of Robb's readers explaining the importance of Velveeta in Texan food history, particularly among low income families.

I've pointed out Matt's Bob Armstrong dip in the past as a particularly lazy version of queso, and also picked on certain guacamole presentations to the consternation of my readers, but Leslie's published distaste for all Tex-Mex queso seems particularly inflammatory.

Velveeta sure isn't fancy, but it's definitely traditional for many families. Whether or not the Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas are honoring family tradition, or just leveraging a low cost ingredient to bump up their profits, declaring a distaste for the entire genre seems pretty brazen to me.

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CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Soooo... What's her opinion on fondue? 

turko102
turko102

Leslie only will like a restaurant if it they suck her proverbial cock.  She's biased, is not an independent thinker and according to Anthony Bordain....she's was "kicked out" of NY & L.A. (And hopefully soon to be kicked out of Dallas).  Her awful reviews are her way of trying to assert her "authority as an expert" out of spite.  And not necessarily to legitimately review food or service for what it is. Unfortunately for her, the Dallas dining scene sees right through her.....and now knows why NY and LA couldn't stand her and  never agreed with her either. 

stephenb51
stephenb51

Hands down the worst food critic I've ever read. Great job DMN.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

Brenner has demonstrated time and time again that any food writer who doesn't like [insert broad genre of food here] has no business being a food writer.

 

If you don't have the passion for ALL food, and can't distinguish between good food and food poorly made, go back to writing about high school sports.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This story brings to mind the wonderful movie "Infamous", when Truman Capote goes shopping in a small Kansas town for cheese.  The cheese section in the store was this gigantic pyramid of Velveeta blocks.

csatterfield3
csatterfield3

@alisoncook Hell, no wonder she doesn't like queso. Her Velveeta doesn't even have any Rotel in it.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

from LB's website:

 

"LESLIE BRENNER is the author of five books about food and wine, as well as the highly acclaimed novel, Greetings From the Golden State. At the end of August, she will be leaving the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for five years, most recently as Acting Editor of the L.A. Times Magazine. "..............

 

.....................SHE DOESN'T GET THIS!  She doesn't have clue how "this" works!  LB commenting on queso is like LDD commenting on eastern seaboard (no offense LDD) delicacies. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Who doesn't like queso?  That's like saying you don't like pizza-just stupid!  And people who don't like queso and pizza, also don't like:

 

-waterfalls

-foliage

-baby's

-flowers

-bacon

-chocolate

-cool, brisk fall days

-laughing................................

...............................................what is not to like about queso?  too cheesy!

 

 

ps-Jordan, did you ever get that pony?

kollarj
kollarj

@alisoncook @dallas_observer And I'm a football player that doesn't like football. #absurd.

jordanrhyner
jordanrhyner

@Dallas_Observer This is SO messed up. Backwards. Imagine living in a state where NO ONE has heard of queso. #quesodeprived

Storm_71
Storm_71

Growing in a poor East Texas family I remember the blocks of government cheese, butter and powdered milk. My mother and grandmother would make magic happen from them.

tysonstuart
tysonstuart

@cityofate Wow. Not sure I can trust her anymore... I mean, the white queso at Maraca's (Monica's)... come on.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Seriously?  Ok some queso is shitty, like at pepe's  but fuck, to out right put on blast all your readers who endear themselves to queso (its an easy way to make a kiddo happy too), #thatshitcray

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship . No offense to you Kergo, but I have complete confidence in LDD's ability to do comment justice to the Eastern Seaboard. The ES would probably benefit greatly from increased Dallas foodie tourists. I would be especially interested in ES oysters, scallops and urchins. I hope the Village company funds a road trip for LDD and Sara. That would allow comments on all kinds of LA goodness, MS dirt recipes, etc. As for queso. I never understood the love for gloppy ersatz cheese, when real cheese heaven ("queso" is an inappropriate, misleading word for a varieties of melted Velveeta) can be found in the grace of the well made bean/cheese/jalapeño nacho. Queso is for kids.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Loved me some of that free honey too, must of ate a  honey and pb sammich every day after school growing up..way out there in NE Tejas.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ScottsMerkin 

 

kids love that shite merkie!

ps-And my 3 year old will stop down for bacon nacho's and mac n' cheese.........ANYTIME!

 

#antitantrum 

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