Every blogger made the decision to start their blog. What we wanted to know was how they decided what would be their first post – and to reflect on something that has been hidden in their archives ever since. Sharking for Chips & Drinks are running the feature ‘Back to the Start’ over the next few weeks where we will introduce you to bloggers from Melbourne, Australia and much further afield. These are all great bloggers so I suggest you subscribe to their blog and follow them on Twitter.
Why I started and why Hibiscus was first. Two years ago I rediscovered my love of photography when I bought a decent SLR before a family trip back to the UK. On the one trip I took well over a thousand photos and haven’t looked back since. I’ve always loved food and would happily photograph it but the camera on the iPhone 3 was garbage. Just ahead of a business trip back to the UK I upgraded to an iPhone 4S and then had the means of taking good sharp food photographs. But having decent photos meant I wanted to share them so a blog seemed a good way to go. Hibiscus was the first restaurant that I’d booked on that trip so it had to be my first blog post. I used to be uncomfortable taking photos of food but eat so often by myself on business trips that it became one more way of making dining alone more pleasant. I use the Epicure app to take notes so the blog is very much based on what I felt at the time.
I wanted to call the blog – Come to the Bar after a Pete and the Pirates song but the address was taken. I looked for a name that combined food with my love of music but it didn’t work. In the end I went for the Toast to Roast name because it could be seen two ways (From Toast to Roast or A Toast to Roast) and the web address was available.
I prefer to stay anonymous so the photo is my Twitter photo. It is a red squirrel that was helping itself to food that had been put out for the birds at an Osprey viewing platform in Cumbria. Nature photography is another of my enthusiasms. My blog banner is Allonby beach in Cumbria – I’m not sure where the original photo is.
My first post was lunch at Hibiscus in Mayfair
My First Post
The food was good, cooked very well but lacked a real wow factor.Would I revisit Hibiscus?
Don’t know. I want to know why other people really, really rate it but I didn’t. However, there are many other much better places ahead of it to go back to.Overall Rating – 3/5
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