Laissez Fare is Moving

In case you hadn't heard, I'm moving to New York

Well, it’s been 10 years, one month and 10 days since I first moved to London. Given that I’ve lived here for the majority of my adult life, it’s come to feel like home more than anywhere else does. Most of our good friends live here too. So why the move?

Well, a lot of it is due to the recent arrival of Baby LF and the fact that neither my wife nor I actually have any family living here in London, or further afield in the UK. We looked at France, but due in part to my lack of French-speaking ability (I know, lame, right?), it turned out to be easier to move to the US, especially as this enabled me to keep my current job.

I will genuinely miss London. We’ve grown accustomed to our neighborhood and love it, plus the majority of our close friendships will continue to be anchored here for a long time…if not forever in some cases. And, of course, in recent years we’ve been exploring the increasingly exciting culinary delights that the city has to offer.

Although I never expected it to happen when I started this blog, I’ve met so many new people who share similar passions and interests, and many of them have turned into friends outside the often surreal world of social media – perhaps, then, that is the real wonder of this particular niche of technology? You can very quickly come into direct contact with a group of people who care about the same things you do and, through a bit of research and a little luck, many of these virtual contacts can end up enriching your real life as well.

In  any case, I wish I had been able to stay a little longer in London town as I feel like there are a lot of people I’ve only met once or twice who could have ended up being great friends over time – maybe some of us still will despite the fact that an ocean lies between us. But such is life, and in my book, conscious and concerted change is nearly always a good thing.

I plan to keep on blogging about food, write more about wine and add some more travel adventures to the site too (assuming of course that I actually have some), and many of these experiences will now be geographically centered in North America – though I hope through my job I’ll still be coming back to London and Europe pretty regularly.

Anyway, I’m going on a bit now – and if you’re still reading, you will not be surprised by this – so let me just say these final things:

  • Please do stay in touch – I certainly will, and will continue to monitor the goings on in the UK’s food and drink industry
  • Please do recommend people who I should be following and connecting with in New York – and more broadly in the US – as I would like to replicate the wonderful group of food and wine enthusiasts I’ve managed to meet in London on the other side of the Atlantic
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you want any recommendations on New York, or other US, restaurants
  • Please don’t make fun of me if (for the Commonwealthers) I begin to sound too American, or (for the Americans) if I sound over Anglicized – I’ll try, as always, to maintain the delicate balance 🙂

So that’s about it. I do have five or six UK-based posts to complete, so I will be finishing those off once we are settled on the other side of the proverbial pond. Then, I have a few exciting New York posts already written (in my head) to share with you, and I hope a wealth more to come.

Thus, please bear with me for a few weeks in case the site remains stagnant – this will only be because the rest of my life is quite fluid.

All the best,


The Plan

So, here’s the deal.  I am American and my wife is French, and we currently live in London.  We are probably going to be moving ‘back’ to the US in the first half of 2010.

So, before moving, I am endeavoring to eat at every restaurant I’ve ever really wanted to go to in the UK.

I know, it’s a tough life, isn’t it 😉

My mission, which I have chosen to accept, is to visit every restaurant I ever really wanted to go to in Greater London before heading back to the US

My mission, which I have chosen to accept, is to visit every restaurant I ever really wanted to go to in Greater London before heading back to the US

This means we have quite a tight schedule of some pretty serious eating, which suits me just fine.  I will keep you updated on our outings and also be posting news that I find interesting in relation to food, wine and also travel-related items.

While I have eaten in a lot of amazing places thoughout my time – and I have realized that this is one of my true passions in life – I have never really tried writing about it, so hopefully the results will be worthwhile .

Some upcoming reservations include:

  • Fifteen
  • Le Gavroche
  • Eastside Inn
  • Roussillon
  • Bocca di Lupo
  • Zaika
  • Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
  • The Ledbury

I have also started adding some of my favorite places, resources and people on the right-hand side of the site, and will continously update this.

If I have time (and that’s not all too likely as I have a fairly demanding day-job), I will also try to post thoughts and mini-reviews of places I have been before.

I hope you enjoy your time on Laissez Fare, and look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,