About

melanie seasons

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

You can contact me by clicking here - just remember to take out the trusty anti-spam words.

15 Responses to About

  1. Hey Mel – I’m loving this blog. Great photos, great variety and that Waitrose FAIL made me grimace in sympathy. Shame on them.

  2. It’s what I get for buying frozen prawns!

  3. That is a really cool picture of your reflection, only just discovered your foodblog, and I still think fake plastic noodles is a great, great name.

  4. Yosevlin

    Hi Mel,

    I did what I promised! I checked out your blog tonight… and wow! Impressive!

    I honestly didn’t think that it was going to be this good… It’s more than just good! It’s fantastic! :)

    Sorry for using so many exclamation marks, hehe, it’s just that I’m very truly impressed! There, another exclamation mark… :)

    And, remember what we discussed tonight… Another blog about food and _ _ _! *wink*

    See you soon… :)

  5. Yosevlin,

    You’re such a doll! Maybe I do need to think a little bit more about how I can introduce more ___ into my blog ;-)

  6. Hi Mel,

    It was lovely to meet you on Monday at Tsuru, hope you are keeping well. I loved your review on Tajima and pics are just incredible, how do you manage to get such clear close ups?

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  7. Hi Luiz,

    Lovely to meet you as well! I’m afraid all the credit must go to my Canon Ixus 100. It’s macro function is top notch!

  8. Ali

    Hi Melanie,

    Thanks for getting my boy Charlie to eat pizza and cheese, we’ve been trying for years! Look forward to reading more about his exploits on here!

    Oh and thanks for having us to stay on the weekend! ;-)
    Ali

  9. Ali, you guys were a pleasure! DQ told me last night you’re a copywriter, so it’s a huge compliment you like my blog. Thanks :)

    You’re welcome any time! x

  10. Lianne Walsh

    Love to incite you to our cookery/wine event next week. What’s your email?

  11. Hi Lianne,

    My email is just above in the last paragraph. Just don’t want to copy it here for fear of spam.

    Thanks!

  12. Nice blog. Lots of good reviews of places. I was thinking of going to Bumpkin but have heard mixed things about it so may give it a miss after reading your post too. Looks a bit expensive for what isn’t outstanding food!

  13. JY KIM

    I’ve been the shop for 7 years the food for thought at covent garden.
    But, today is the worst experience i’ve ever had.
    Portion of food is really mean. Price is high. Quality of food is not the same as past. Service is awful. Only cash no card!
    I don’t want to spend any money in there.

  14. Hi Melanie,

    My name is David Harfield and I’m a food journalist who works for Scout London and Blue Tomato; I’ve followed your blog for a while and enjoy your posts. This is why I thought of you when I wrote the post 10 Essential Food Apps For Londoners http://iphoneappcafe.com/10-essential-food-apps-for-londoners/ for an iPhone blog that I run; I was hoping that you could take a look, offer any advice/criticism and possibly promote it on your site/social media platforms?

    Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!

    Dave

  15. Hi Melaine,

    My name is David Harfield and I’m a food journalist who works for Scout London and Blue Tomato; I’ve followed your blog for a while and enjoy your posts. This is why I thought of you when I wrote the post 10 Essential Food Apps For Londoners http://iphoneappcafe.com/10-essential-food-apps-for-londoners/ for an iPhone blog that I run; I was hoping that you could take a look, offer any advice/criticism and possibly promote it on your site/social media platforms?

    Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!

    Dave

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