It looks like I've gotten myself a DD, and with that came along a few disgruntled comments and whatnots, to which I'll address right now.
First of all, I'd like to shout out a big "Thank you!" to =rioIu and ^Talty for suggesting and featuring Piri-Piri Chicken, respectively. I was really surprised at the choice of deviation but I'm forever grateful, so thank you
Secondly, and I guess this is the main issue, goes out to the naysayers and art critiques who feel that the deviation is not worthy of a DD. And to that I have two responses to give out.
1. To those who criticized the picture solely for its content and lack of gastronomic allure, I appreciate your honesty. It is not one of my better works and if I were to receive a DD and have some say in it, I would most likely have picked a better photo from my gallery. I'm sorry the picture rubbed you the wrong way.
2. To those who simply say "take a picture of your supper, get a DD": It was lunch. And I'm sorry, but if you're implying that the photo was the result of an out-of-whim, spur of the moment thing, then you're wrong. All of the work in my gallery thus far (if you'd actually care to take a look around) are based on careful considerations of photography methods, so to be disrespectful to one artist's entire body of work based by looking at one of their deviation is plain distasteful. But I guess I should learn to take criticism with a grain of salt.
Thirdly, and finally, I hope the rest of my followers are not too upset with the lack of updates in terms of deviations. I'm currently doing my Pediatrics rotation (3 weeks out of 8 done!) and it leaves very little time for anything else. I'll be back when things settle down a bit, promise!