Who am I?
I’m Melanie Seasons, an American ex-pat living in London. I moved in 2008 to work in social media. But as soon as I clock out for the day, I work for food. At least theoretically.
Why a food blog?
I used to be a picky eater. Really picky. When I was a kid the food on my plate wasn’t allowed to touch any other. Meat, potatoes and vegetables (what few of them I did eat) were all in their respective corners never ever to meet their neighbours. I would turn my nose up at anything that I hadn’t tried before – and if it was foreign or served at a cool temperature, it did not pass my lips.
That all changed in 2000 when I got my first restaurant job and was forced to actually try the food I was selling. Slowly, but surely I realised what I had been missing. That said, there are still a few things I won’t touch. Cucumbers, mainly. If I get within 10 feet of a fresh-cut cucumber I start to dry heave. They have a very distinct and strong odour to me – and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Some people seem to think it’s genetic. So there!
Right. So to the point, I started this food blog for a few reasons:
- My memories are inextricably tied to the food I eat. Remembering my meals is a way to help me catalogue my life experiences, which is something very important to me living in a different country
- I already take pictures of pretty much everything I eat and I can can be quite vocal about what I like and what I don’t
- Eating at home in London has been an interesting experience. Even though you can find the same ingredients here, there are slight differences I find intriguing. This especially comes true when looking at consumer food products. A favourite comparison of mine is American ‘Yellow Box’ Cheerios and British ‘Weird sorta multi-grain with a lot of sugar coating’ Cheerios. Sorry, but the Americans have it right on those. They’re infinitely better.
Where does the name come from?
It’s based on a bit of Internet culture. Om Nom Nom is the sound you make when devouring something yummy. I’m Om Nom’ing all over London. It’s also a rather funny blog about monsters.
Will you review my restaurant/product/come to my event?
Probably! I’m happy to review most kitchen gadgets or come to foodie events (mostly through Qype, but I’m certainly open to others). I don’t make ‘invite to review restaurant’-type posts a habit, as I think it’s important to have the same experience in a restaurant as anyone walking in off the street, but I have been known to make an exception – especially if you have a voucher that I can use anonymously. I also generally don’t cover mainstream food product launches or cocktails.
If you think your client may fit the bill, send me your pitch, and we’ll see from there. And if you can guarantee anonymity for any restaurant reviews, all the better. Thanks for understanding.
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