And so on with 2012. Ta-da (that’s a little tap dance). I am ready. I have 5 to-do lists – things to cook | places to go in London/UK | places to go in Ireland | places to travel to | projects. I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Doing the round up and the to-do lists was very interesting. Stand out was how few London restaurant reviews I did last year. I ate out a lot but I think things were so busy that I didn’t want to feel like I was working when I was out, analysing every meal. I also didn’t want to carry my bulky camera everywhere, especially given it was stolen in September and was very expensive to replace.
Unless it was an exceptional or very interesting meal or somewhere where I love to spend my time, I wasn’t inspired to spend so much time editing photos, uploading them, and then going through each dish blow by blow. Even Duck Soup, where I have become a regular, took 5 visits before I managed to review it.
I guess, really it is that I am almost 5 years at this blogging lark now, and I needed a break from the reviewing unless it was somewhere that I really wanted to write about.
I was asked recently why I never criticised places as other bloggers do. It’s clear in my about page that I choose to write recommendations, really only 25% of where I eat out gets reviewed here. A lot of readers are new here though – from buying the book or similar – and they may not realise that. Personally, I prefer to receive recommendations from sources I trust, and I aim to do the same here except give them.
Which leaves me here wondering, do I want to do it? I definitely will continue to make recommendations of places that I think are worth a visit.
What do you think? Is that something you come here for? Or do you come here for the recipes and travel?
One thing is for sure, I am first and foremost a cook that loves to travel, and that will continue to be the main focus of what I do here.