Disclosures

A note on copyright

We retain the copyright on all our original writing and photography. We’re happy for you to share it with others, just please be sure to mention us and/or link to our site when you reference our content. We’ve included many easy sharing tools so this should be a breeze for you.

As a sign of respect and appreciation for the efforts of other creative folks out there, we make every attempt to properly credit the sources of the information and supplementary material we use on our site. If we miss properly attributing something (or just couldn’t find it!) please tell us. We’ll fix it and thank you for it!

If you’re curious about the ‘stickmen’ figures throughout the site, they are licensed from Shutterstock and created by NLSHOP.

Disclosures in regular, every day English

We blog because we love to eat and write and share our experiences with other people. We also blog because we are writers, and writers always want people to read their stuff – whether in book or blog format. Writers are also generally a little light of pocket change, so if you do want to buy our books because you like our blog, well – we wouldn’t mind that.

We don’t get paid to talk about places, people or products on our blog. We may sometimes get free food or event tickets (oh the lucky days!), but what we choose to say about that food and/or event is not influenced in any way by the people providing them.

We agree with our moms – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If we do receive something free and don’t enjoy the experience, we will simply not talk about it publicly (but we will share our detailed feedback with the company or individual who provided it in the hopes of future improvements) so we are not put in a conflict of interest situation where we feel obliged to say nice things we wouldn’t mean.

We value our integrity, our readers and our reputation for transparency too highly to compromise in this area. 

We don’t work at, for, or with any of the restaurants or companies we are reviewing (although we frequently give them our money in exchange for food and beverages). If it’s somewhere we used to work, then we will mention that.

Sometimes if we’re recommending something that we think is awesome, (like a book on Amazon) we will make use of an affiliate link. This “income” helps us to be able to buy more books/products/whatever to review for you so we can spend our own money on dining out more! We hope you understand and support that.

If ever we are actually paid to review something, WE WILL TELL YOU. It’ll be obvious, no skull-diggery or tricks. We’ll flat out tell you…and then you can make your own judgements about how many grains of salt you’ll need while enjoying the article. 

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now, Disclosures in Legalese

This policy is valid from 18 March 2012
This blog is a collaborative blog written by a group of individuals. For questions about this blog, please contact Crystal Stranaghan (crystalstranaghan at me dot com).

This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is (sometimes) compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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