18 Jun '11, 10am
Young US food critic rates 'kid-friendly' eateries Eli may appear diminutive but he has an expansive vocabulary with whi
Baltimore,United States: Eli Knauer has a ravenous appetite for seeking out the juiciest meats and sweetest desserts in Baltimore restaurants. But at just 10 years old, he is no ordinary food critic. Standing just four feet (1.2-meter) tall, Eli may appear diminutive, but he has an expansive vocabulary with which he praises, and occasionally skewers, the eateries he visits at least once a week with his parents. The idea for his online review column flourished during a summer vacation after he told his mother he wanted to become a food critic when he grows up and she said he needed to first start a blog. "Adventures of a Koodie" -- or a kid foodie -- chronicles Eli's take on restaurants in and around Baltimore on the US East Coast, as well as other areas he visits with his family of five. Nearly a year and more than 50 restaurants later, Eli knows what to look for: "The jui...