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Blogger Bites

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Published on July 5th 2011.

Blogger Bites

CHRIS Pople started writing Cheese and Biscuits in February 2007 after he realised venting his spleen on a restaurant blog was a marvellous way of exorcising the memory of a miserable meal. Now, somewhat of a veteran with more than 300 posts behind him, covering everything from greasy spoons to haute cuisine, from Camberwell to the Costa Brava, in his own words he writes "under-researched, hyperbolic, but hopefully entertaining" reviews of anywhere he happens to find himself. The blog was runner-up in the 2010 Observer Food Monthly awards, chosen by the Times as one of the Top 10 from around the world, and came in second place in the April 2011 Esquire UK list of ‘Bloggers Restaurants Fear’.

Where and what did you eat last night? At da Polpo, the latest in Russell Norman’s exponentially-expanding chain of Venetian bacaro. It was as good as you might expect.

Are there any food trends that you are currently obsessed with? I tend to obsess over things that are hard to find in London, such as a good US-style BBQ, West Coast burgers, Korean fried chicken. Basically, anything unavailable and unhealthy.

If you could choose to be the guest at any chef’s dinner party who would it be? Depends if the chef is cooking or not... I’d quite like to be cooked for by Pierre Koffmann, but I don’t think I’d want to try and make small-talk with him. It’s probably a pretty obvious answer, but Rene Redzepi would do a pretty good dinner party.

What’s your signature dish? I can do a good barbecue steak.

What kind of eater are you? It may be hard to believe by looking at me, but I don’t have a huge appetite, and so tapas and sharing meals are a lot easier for me than huge multi-course blowouts. Unless said multi-course blowout is at the Ledbury, in which case I’ll take two of everything.

When you are not eating, blogging or thinking about where you are going to eat and blog about next, what do you like to do? Yes, there’s not a great deal of my waking time in which I’m not thinking about where I’m going to eat next, but I try to fill in those long, lonely gaps between meals by playing the piano.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever eaten in a foreign country? Warm cod sperm. I don’t recommend it.

Is there anything that you will not try on a menu? See above.

Have you ever tried any extreme diets? No, unless you count the vegan tasting menu I had in Kyoto.

Which food blogs do you follow religiously?  Food Stories, Hollow Legs, Dos Hermanos, TwelvePointFivePercent, Gin and Crumpets and Meemalee’s Kitchen are all excellent reads.







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AnonymousJuly 5th 2011.

Sorry, what? Cod sperm?? Why would you eat that?!

Chris PopleJuly 7th 2011.

They didn't tell me what it was until I'd already swallowed it. To be fair to them, this was in Japan, and I didn't really know what I was eating most of the time.

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