Introducing: MCyyz’s Brown Thumbs rating scale

19 Aug

As we all know, rating scales are intrinsically objective and a perfectly standardized way to evaluate virtually everything. Obviously, a source of intensely personal human pleasure with endless variations should be measured in this way.  In order to perpetuate this widely-used stupidity, I’ve decided to come up with my own rating scale to use in my restaurant reviews.

Alice gave me the idea of using brown thumbs as my rating scale icon (since I’m as brown as Belgian chocolate). A good friend of mine who’s an illustrator graciously accepted to draw them for me.  However, a far more sinister inspiration underpins the rating methodology. The French school grading scale. One would normally expect that a perfect score, while rare and infrequently awarded, is nevertheless attainable.  Not in France. A “perfect” score is around 16-17, and depends on such factors as how many glasses of Brouilly the professor had with dinner, or whether his wife withheld morning sex. A 12/20 is quite commendable, something that would trigger a nervous breakdown in a  North American student with any ambition.

Having been subjected to this systematic method of breaking down one’s sense of self-worth in increments of 1/20 for a large part of my life, I thought it fair to pay it forward.  My scale blends in my impression of the food as well as the ambience and service into one beautifully opaque score.  In keeping with the spirit of arbitrariness that often drives marking schemes, I’ve decided to scale my grades down to marks out of 5 and to be specific to the 2nd decimal point.

Enjoy!

Here at YYZ, we would all like to thank Carly Vanderlee who indulged the whims of MC and designed the thumbs in question, and did an absolutely amazing job!

We encourage you to check out her website (carlyvanderlee.comand follow her on twitter to check out how talented she is!

 

Brown Thumbs UP will be used when the restaurant receives a rating of 3/5 brown thumbs or higher.

Brown Thumbs UP will be used when the restaurant receives a rating of 3/5 brown thumbs or higher.

 

Brown Thumbs DOWN will be used when the restaurant receives a rating lower than 3/5 brown thumbs.

Brown Thumbs DOWN will be used when the restaurant receives a rating lower than 3/5 brown thumbs.

 

The Brown EFF YOU will be used if the service or ambience were bad in some way.

The Brown EFF YOU will be used if the service or ambience were bad in some way.

 

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3 Responses to “Introducing: MCyyz’s Brown Thumbs rating scale”

  1. Monica August 28, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    HAHA you came through with this! It’s awesome Cherry!

    • yyz cherry September 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      Haha! Thanks Monica!! It’s all MC + Carly’s hard work tho!

      You can tell him you like it at the end of the month!! (will send you the deets this week!)

  2. Mama charania September 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    MC why you eat out so much? You need to come home soon. Love you. Mama

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