Category Archives: food writing

Articles about food and restaurants.

April 28

Jikoni. Coming in from the cold.

Is that the  Italian? I am asked this question each time I mention I am going to Jikoni. Full disclosure:  I am asked it four times. This puts it into the category of a slight issue.   Try saying it next to “Cecconi”. See?

September 14

Burgundy, reloaded.

PROLOGUE I have form with Burgundy. I’ve been here before, the last visit almost 14 years ago, at the time of my 40th birthday. That particular trip was with a man who turned out not to be The One. It seems no time at all since that memorable birthday lunch at L’Espérance, back in 2002. […]

September 11

What Nicky does next.

Now that I’ve hooked you in with a picture of the perfect pain au chocolat, I thought I’d let you know what I was doing. It’s been a bit quiet on the blog of late, whilst I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Writing always helps me come to a conclusion. I’ve […]

December 23

Taking a journey on the Darjeeling Express. Making a difference.

It’s not often that I meet someone who can out-talk me but Asma Khan is that woman. I’m very glad that she is, however,  because I have come to Soho to interview her, during the temporary residency for her erstwhile supper club, The Darjeeling Express, at The Sun and Thirteen Cantons in Soho. I’ve eaten at […]

I’m a food blogger not a food blagger (or why there’s no such thing as a free lunch).

“ And yes, I’ve gone off on one, like a wet-lipped food blogger angling for a job,” A recent line from Jay Rayner. He doesn’t like bloggers who review food without paying for it. The whole storm in a teacup about freebies started before I went off to a conference a week ago and I […]

Whose restaurant is it anyway?

I made a mistake. Not the sort of mistake which will end up in my being sued you understand, but nonetheless embarrassing for a lawyer, where accuracy is my stock in trade. I said in a review that Yauatcha was owned by legendary restaurateur, Alan Yau. I hadn’t checked it out. I was wrong. My […]

The Company of Strangers. Quo Vadis.

When I write a post, I know that there are people who follow it and get an actual email telling them I’ve dropped a blog.  Some of them I may even know in real life, but most of the time I don’t really think about my “followers” actually reading what I write. Even though I […]

Dad, food and me.

My father loved food. His shape for much of his life was testament to that. Before he reached the age of 70, he was quite substantially overweight and he’d always joked that he’d only be able to lose it if it was a matter of life and death. And when he was 70, he was […]

A curious person’s guide to the Urbanspoon Top 10.

I made a mistake. Not the sort of mistake which will end up in my being sued,  but nonetheless one which I shouldn’t have made. My review of Yauatcha referred to it as being operated by that well-known restaurateur, Alan Yau. My subsequent digging around on the interweb led me to the sale of Yau’s interest in […]

This food blog. The what and the why.

Since becoming slightly obsessed in an unhealthy way with my lowly place on the Urbanspoon London Food Blog leaderboard, I have been giving some thought to the what and why of my blog. My fairly competitive nature meant that I was unhappy with that lowly spot and as a consequence, I looked at other people’s […]