A wonderful bi-product of writing the blog is that I have met some really great people, a handful of whom have become firm friends. Even in Hong Kong, miles from home, I managed to knock back a few with some fine tweeps I regularly converse with, but had not yet had the pleasure of meeting. One of them was the lovely Janice (of the well-penned e*ting the world) who nominated me for Tripbase’s My 7 Links Project. I immediately said yes – it sounded fun, and I had just passed the two year mark with the blog so thought it an opportune time to take stock of all that I had written.
The premise is simple. Provide links to 7 blog posts under pre-assigned categories, don’t over-think it, and pick five other bloggers to do the same. Here are my seven:
Most beautiful post: Noma
This one was tricky, as I’ve been to more than my fair share of restaurants where the food were literal works of art. After much um-ing and ah-ing I’ve decided to go with Noma – René Redzepi’s exquisitely crafted plates are really a sight to behold.
Looking at my site stats, there’s no competition on the popularity front – my post on Spiced Sweet Potato Fries takes it, with a whopping 20K more views than the second runner up. As you can see this is also the “post whose success surprised me” as it was a quick recipe thrown together to use up some leftover root veg. It’s the enticing photo that did it I think – they look a lot crunchier and crustier than they actually were (I mean, c’mon they’re OVEN chips).
My most controversial post: Rocksalt
Generally my posts aren’t terribly controversial. When I publish something that is less than favourable I usually just get fewer comments. So I was quite taken aback by the commotion that ensued from the rather mundane review I wrote of Rocksalt (my disinterest in the meal itself shows in the quality of my writing). I don’t want to go into it, but basically the chef read mine and DH’s review, got his knickers in a twist and had a good tweet about it. If you want to know the details, someone actually blogged about it here. I wasn’t even all that harsh (B reckons I held back and was far too nice) – imagine the uproar if I had laid on some proper criticism.
I started researching London restaurants’ corkage policies for purely selfish reasons – with all the wine collecting dust at home I thought it useful to put together a list of places that would allow us to bring our own tipple. Unlike the US, it isn’t the norm here to advertise corkage information and many establishments discourage bringing your own bottles, so it took a bit of effort to compile the list. I still update it quarterly (or when I remember) to include the latest restaurants in the city.
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: B’s Fried Chicken
B’s Fried Chicken deserves all the love in the world. It is moist and juicy with a super crunchy golden coating. Everyone should make it. It’s just so darn tasty.
I’m cheating a bit with this one as what I’ve chosen is actually a series of posts -my Sushi in London posts where I compare and contrast five chirashi from five different Japanese eateries. I’ve written three so far (a fourth is in the works), and the feedback has been brilliant – I have enough suggestions to last me plenty more posts!
So that’s all folks! It’s been fun sifting through my back catalogue in search of contenders for this post. I now pass on the torch to five fabulous blogs, all food-related but each with their own unique style: