I started writing here five years ago as a way of sharing my eating experiences with friends and family but also, if I'm honest, auditioning for a job as a paid restaurant reviewer. That happened soon enough and I'm so grateful to Simon Wilson, the editor of Metro for giving me a shot.
While I was writing monthly for Metro I could do the blog at the same time but, as regulars will have noticed, postings have fallen away since I've got two new weekly deadlines in New Idea and Sundayu Star-Times and today I start a third, as eating out editor for Viva in the Wednesday NZ Herald.
There's truly no time left to blog and nothing to say here that I can't say in my new weekly review. My new editor has given me free rein to write as tangentially and critically as I like, so it's a good time to jump off the blog and onto viva.co.nz and, of course, into the weekly hard copy edition.
Thanks for the encouraging words and occasional tips. I'll leave the blog up for the time being - I had to look up my own quinoa porridge recipe just last week - but there'll be no more guilt about not contributing more often. Good night, and good luck.