Who is “An American in London”:
I’m an American who moved to London in August 2005 with my husband, also an American.
Our goal in London is to make new friends, eat, drink, and see Europe while our jobs provide the moolah to keep the fun and games going. We try to travel outside the UK at least once a month, and I’m keeping this blog to share the good, bad and ugly, with a slight focus obsession on the food front. (Subtext: Here’s yet another amateur who fancies herself a food and travel writer.)
What’s with the URL:
My URL is a marketing/branding disaster, but it pays homage to R.W. Apple because we should all be so lucky as to eat, travel and write for the New York Times while abusing its expense policy in a legendary fashion.
How I choose restaurants and travel destinations:
In London, I rely on word-of-mouth from friends, other food blogs, and the “pros” (e.g., Time Out London, the Observer, the Evening Standard). Serendipity never hurts, either. As a side note, I like that TimeOut reviews anonymously and don’t get why all the other pros include their photo near the byline.
To pick places to eat outside of London, I’m a fan of using recent (i.e., dating from the past year) travel articles in the New York Times and the Guardian, postings on Chowhound, eGullet and Slow Travel, and last but not least, writeups that I find through google blog searches.
What’s the policy on freebies and why do I blog:
I pay for all meals and trips using my own hard-earned cash, and I’m motivated to write this blog (which is a time-and-money suck but a labor of love nonetheless) because I enjoy talking about travel and food. I also have a consumer advocate streak: iIf a hyped-up resto stinks, I’d hate to think someone else wasted their money there, and on the flip side, if a resto is excellent, I’d love to encourage everyone to go and “support” delicious food, attentive service and proportional-to-quality prices.
Photo-taking habits and equipment:
I snap photos very quickly (generally using a small Panasonic Lumix), and I avoid using flash because drawing attention to myself in a restaurant is embarrassing. In other words, I’m an anonymous diner who gets no preferential treatment when I eat out (just on the one-in-a-million chance that a resto actually cares what a one-in-a-billion food blogger thinks).
My target audience:
I hope this blog comes in handy for anyone else eating or traveling where we’re eating and traveling. And if you’re doing neither, I’d still love to know it serves as some escapist procrastination if you’re stuck in front of a computer all day.
Not that I know what that’s like, of course.
To contact me, send email to AmericanLondon1 [at] gmail [dot] com