Interview

Meet the blogger, Jess Ansell, EatingEast

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION TO START YOUR FOOD BLOG?

I moved to East London and this opened my eyes to the huge variety of cuisines on offer.  Then a very good friend suggested/nagged me to start blogging my food experiences, as she listened to how passionately I talked about visiting new restaurants. And thank goodness she did because now I am totally addicted, I love it, and looking back it is like having written memories of all my dining experiences.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE BIGGEST FOOD TRENDS OF 2016?

There are a few things that are becoming more mainstream like; supperclubs, food markets, and generally we are opening our eyes to a more diverse selection of cuisines, like Korean, Japanese. Was well as restaurants becoming more specific bait with in regions, cooking styles and even single ingredients, for example, Shanghai hot pot restaurants, or Balls and Co selling spherical food only.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT?

I love trying new things, in particular Asian cuisines; it is exciting to learn about new ingredients or cooking styles this is what draws me to new restaurants. I love tasting menus and having my dining experience left up to the chef, traditionally you would only find them in high end prices restaurants, but now restaurants like The Dairy in Clapham, and Pidgin in Hackney, offers well priced tasting menus, yet it still always feels like such a treat.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND WHY?

I can’t say I have one particular favourite in London there is always somewhere new to try, so I would probably go there, or a street feast where you can try all sorts of dishes in one evening. But a few that won’t disappoint are: Tonkotsu (for a Japanese raman), Hoppers (Sri Lanka) in Soho and the previously mentioned Pidgin in Hackney.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT BLOGGING ABOUT YOUR TOPIC?

When you go to a restaurant and it is really bad! I will always be honest in a review because I wouldn’t want someone going on my recommendation and being disappointed. So just learning to be tactful, throw in some grace and maybe not tag them on twitter when you post it.

HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOUR BLOGGING STYLE?

I would hope, honest, in good humour and friendly, with an open mind to all cuisines and restaurant styles.

HOW DO YOU KEEP COMING UP WITH MATERIAL/CONTENT FOR YOUR BLOG?

I keep eating! I go out regularly anyway and almost always East London, so it is never a chore. I am always on the lookout for new restaurants, food markets or supperclubs that take my fancy so I can bring variety to my posts and find new places that might not have been on your radar before.

NAME SOME OF THE BLOGGERS WHO YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?

So my go to bloggers, for food it would be @hotdinners as they are great for finding out new openings. For recipes @TheHappyFoodie is great. And for coffee shops my failsafe go to is the one and only, Brian from @BriansCoffeeSpot

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