In lieu of Weekly Stumblings, I’m providing a shoutout for a few blogs and reviewers I follow and recommend. You may follow a few of these already, others might be new to you. Either way, this will give you an idea of what keeps me coming back and checking the internet.
The Impulsive Buy: This is probably the most popular of my shoutouts, and with good reason. This food and drink site has gone as far as releasing many of their reviews in an e-book. In addition to a plethora of reviews thanks to their wonderfully talented staff, they let followers play their part in the Spotted on Shelves section, which lets us know what items to keep an eye out for on shelves. Also, if you have your own blog or website, they might give you recognition in their Week in Reviews section, where their reviews and others across the internet are given some attention. The Impulsive Buy is really an all-encompassing site that the fatty in you should have no trouble falling in love with.
Candy Blog: The aptly titled Candy Blog is also very comprehensive, offering what you’d expect from a blog of said name. They haven’t been posting nearly as much recently, but their archives seem nearly endless, with almost every regular candy item having already received a review or some form of recognition.
On Second Scoop: In many ways, On Second Scoop could be argued as the quintessential ice cream blog, despite missing a few essential flavors or selections. Nevertheless, the blog has held a good run and continues to update at least twice per week. Be sure to check these guys out.
The Ice Cream Informant: Of all the shoutouts here, I’d say The Ice Cream Informant is the most overlooked. This one-person blog updates every other day to almost every day, providing plenty of reviews for eye-catching ice creams while being arguably the most up-to-date ice cream blogger I’ve found. It’s a shame comments are so scarce for this blog, because it deserves more attention and discussion. Definitely check this blog out, especially if you’re an ice cream fan (which means ALL OF YOU!).
Freezerburns: Greg of Freezerburns has been supplying reviews for frozen foods for well over 500 episodes and has gradually grown to have a bit of a presence on YouTube. Referred to as the “frozen food master,” he’s given his own take on the convenient but generally subpar selections in the freezer aisles. Additionally, he took part in the Food Stamp Challenge recently, where he survived off $20 of food for five days. If you haven’t already and want to know where your $2-$5 should go for frozen foods, definitely have a look through his videos.
Mark Kermode: Now we’re moving into film reviewer territory with Mark Kermode, who I just recently came across thanks to YouTube reviewer recommendations. Mark is the exact definition of a wholesome, professional critic who knows his vocabulary as well as his movies. His thoughts on movies are less reviews and more impressions and almost thematic observations, which gives him a nice edge compared to his peers.
Chris Stuckmann: Like other video bloggers on YouTube, Chris has done well to come into his comfort zone, offering a fairly steady stream of movie reviews that always start with a brilliant opening. Like other film reviewers I’m mentioning here, he usually gets to see early screenings which, combined with the fact he feels less like a critic and more like an everyday person, makes him an ideal go-to reviewer.
Jeremy Jahns: Jeremy is in a similar boat to Chris with how his reviews have come into their own. On occasional he’ll provide a videogame review or reporting from a convention, but he’s most often recognized as a film reviewer. In many ways he’s more composed and maybe professional than Chris but both are terrific sources to tide you over (or make waiting around more grueling) for hotly anticipated movies.
Schmoes Know: And finally we have Schmoes Know, who provide probably the most movie reviews of anyone I’ve suggested here. I’m not as big a fan of them as the above three, but they’re still very entertaining and, similar to Siskel and Ebert (and Roeper), the fact we always have both of them reviewing the same movie means they can play off each other very well. They’re humorous and an enjoyable duo, so I give them a full recommendation.