Huzzah! The Liebster is an award for up and coming bloggers, chosen by their online peers. I was very flattered to be nominated by GlutenfreePSD, who also writes about the best gluten free offerings in London (check out his amazingly comprehensive product reviews).
The rules of the Liebster Award are to thank the person who presented the award to you (Thanks Mr PSD!), answer the questions and provide some factoids about yourself, and then pay it forward by choosing five of your favourite blogs with less than 200 followers. I think this is a great way to share our favourite up and coming blogs and hopefully give each other some new readers.
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started Gluten Free in London simply because I was so often asked for recommendations of gluten free places to go in London. I wanted to create a resource that I could send to gluten free friends and friends of friends who needed a helping hand navigating the city. I also love writing and having my own projects, and blogging is a great creative outlet.
2. Favourite cuisine?
I love Mediterranean food, especially Italian and Greek. I would happily eat pizza every other day.
3. Drinks or desserts?
Desserts, OF COURSE.
4. If you could only watch one tv show for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Can I have Netflix? Ru Paul’s Drag Race / The Good Wife.
5. What is your favorite meal to cook?
Pizza! I use Isabel’s pizza base mix,and top with a mixture of tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, oregano, and occasionally adventure with prosciutto ham, red peppers, spinach or a sprinkle of Parmesan. Yum.
6. What is your favorite book?
Not a book, but the script for When Harry Met Sally by Nora Ephron is pretty much perfect.
7. Have you ever been out of the country?
Yes. I have traveled around bits of Europe and America, and I took an interrailing trip along the Mediterranean coast a few years ago. Travelling as a coeliac isn’t always easy, and it can mean lugging about emergency food and dietary cards…but it IS possible! I never wanted to let having coeliac disease hold me back.
8. What was your first post on your blog?
It was a love-in for Wholefoods. When I first discovered Wholefoods, my dreams of aisles and aisles of gluten free food came true. It is still a novelty to have so much choice; when I was growing up there was no Freefrom section, gluten free food was only really available on prescription.
9. Which of your childhood memories is the prettiest one, please be brief.
Summer holidays. Playing with my siblings and friends without a care in the world.
10. Which incident has touched you most in your life?
My interrail trip. I went solo, and it forced me to become more independent and confident.
My Nominations for The Liebster Award are…
GlutenFreeB One of the blogs that inspired me to start my own, featuring interviews with freefrom companies, detailed reviews and thought pieces.
Curious London Great writing, Emily’s posts have genuinely made me do embarrassing laughs in public.
Make Money Without a Job A new blog from the creator of ‘From Aldi to Harrods’ about ‘side hustle’ we can do to earn extra money, something I am very interested in.
Domestic Food Goddess – Beautiful photos of gluten free and FODMAP-friendly meals, with recipes that are actually doable for a normal person with a tiny kitchen.
Gluten Free Gathering – A venture to curate exciting and delicious gluten free events in London, definitely worth following.
Go go go!
Random facts about me:
I was once in a music video for a semi-popular band.
Two years ago I met one of my heroes and told him that I REALLY REALLY LIKED HIM.
I used to present a radio show, and would love to get back into podcasting/audio editing.