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She Tells It Exactly the Way She Tastes It

March 15, 1998

I consider fine food a very important part of my life, and I cherish S. Irene Virbila's informed and--most important--honest opinions (Restaurants, SoCal Style). She is the best I've encountered in this country and a far cry from what's often found published elsewhere--ill-informed nonsense or virtual expressions of gratitude for a freebie.

I don't always agree with her--our views certainly differ on the garlic crab at Crustacean, the quality of the food at Splash and the fact that Provenal cooks differently--but I always respect her opinion as being sincere and based on her vast knowledge of the subject.

Robert L. Citron

Los Angeles

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