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We're just doing our jobs (or, the Buds love freebies!)

March 7, 2012 - Taste Buds
It's tough being a Taste Bud. Trolling about the Ohio Valley, getting paid to eat at all these delicious food establishments, sampling their tasty dishes and then writing about it for the Thursday Ticket. It's hard work (on our waistlines, that is)!

While we really like food from just about anywhere, we specifically love when we discover these small, mom-and-pop owned gems. Many of them are tucked away in the rolling hills and frequented mostly by town residents. Lots of them rely mainly on word of mouth advertising, and we all know two things for sure about the Ohio Valley. 1. Good news travels fast. 2. Everyone loves to eat. And that's where the Buds come in! We want to help the small eateries get their name out there.

Of course, these places are always grateful for any exposure to a broader audience. Sometimes, though, even the Buds have been surprised at the lengths some of the owners go to as a way of saying "Thanks!"

For instance, after the review of the Fairway 4 in Rayland came out, the owner stopped by our office the following day with a nice card and gift certificates to the restaurant. The Buds were excited--what a lovely gesture! Today, we received a wonderful surprise from the Yorkville Bakery, who we reviewed a few weeks ago. Not only did they send us a big loaf of crusty white bread, but they also packed a box filled with just about every pastry they sell! To say that this pastry box treasure was a hit in the entire office would be the understatement of the week!! Check out the attached photo and you'll be drooling too.

The Buds love this town, and we especially love freebies! But it's really more than that. We love that these store owners work so hard and put so much time and effort into their businesses, but yet they find the time to do a little "extra" and share some of their goods with us. And that's really what the Buds love.

As always, the Buds will be visiting a restaurant near you (or YOUR restaurant)! After all, it's our job! And...oops! Oopsie, got a little icing on the keyboard there....


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Behold the treasure trove of baked goodness from our friends at the Yorkville Bakery. The Buds (and the entire newsroom staff) send a great big THANKS!!! your way.