About On The Frog
About On The Frog
After an extended break from food blogging at World Foodie Guide, I’ve decided to focus more on travel with some food nibbling on the side. So welcome to On The Frog!
You’ll find plenty of ‘traveleating’ tips for London visitors both here and on my On The Frog To London iPhone app, a free guide with 50 tips for discovering some good old British traditions alive and well in modern London.
Trips are filed under Short Hops and Long Leaps , while my favourite travel books, maps, sites and products are featured under Travel Tools. And I’ll cover food and recipes in Food, as well as highlight the best Souvenirs collected on my journeys.
All photos are mine unless otherwise stated (the above photo was taken by Garson Byer).
If you were wondering about the name, ‘On The Frog’ is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘On The Road’ (‘frog and toad’ = road). It dates back to at least 1859 and appears in John Camden Hotten’s ‘A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words’. And ‘ribbit’ is the noise that I associate with frogs, although my husband thinks it should be ‘gribbit’. This matter still hasn’t been resolved.
One leap at a time…
About Helen Yuet Ling Pang
Currently based in London, I was born in England, grew up in Germany and have lived and worked in Beijing and New York. I live as a dedicated carnivore with a vegetarian husband, who does all the cooking at home. I’m a Film Examiner at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) where I have worked for the last eleven years.
In 2009, my former food blog World Foodie Guide was shortlisted for the prestigious Guild of Food Writers New Media Award. I was the only non-professional shortlisted alongside many well-known published writers. My iPhone app On The Frog to London is a free guide, beautifully designed by Everplaces, with 50 tips for discovering some good old British traditions alive and well in modern London. It was also featured in the App Store’s Travel section for the first few weeks. Other projects include a fortnightly series for Le Cool Londonfeaturing my top five recommendations for breakfasts, Sunday pub lunches and other fun London places. I researched and wrote the text for Herb Lester’s Copenhagen: The Good Life map, and was the consultant on Chinese ingredients for Dorling Kindersley’s The Cook’s Book of Ingredients. My guidebook a ‘traveleating’ journal: japan, based on the original World Foodie Guide Japan posts, is now free on iTunes.
- Cool Hunting – review of Herb Lester’s Copenhagen: The Good Life map – ‘Lester’s guide immediately became an invaluable tool to have on hand, and later on, a souvenir worth framing…their fixation on high design doesn’t end with smart layouts and handsome typography—the content inside is reason enough to pick one up‘
- Old Brand New – Helen & Garson’s Hertfordshire Home – ‘I’m often scrolling and drooling over her delicious instagram photos around two in the morning before going to bed‘
- The Telegraph – Couples Who Agree To Disagree – ‘Argentina will be the big test. My plan is to eat steak every single day,’ says Helen, with relish. ‘I have no idea what Gary will be eating.’
- Design Sponge – In The Kitchen With – ‘Helen Yuet Ling Pang, author of the World Foodie Guide blog, is an expert on the dumpling, how to make them, and where to eat the best ones in London‘
- Lastminute.com – Top 10 Travel Blogs – ‘It has some gorgeous photography and is a record of five years of eating and travel and lots of great reviews of restaurants. There’s a good focus on London too so for the out of towner foodie heading to the smoke, this is a must‘
- The Good Web Guide – ‘Her no nonsense reviews have recommendations for places to eat across the globe, from London to Beijing‘
- The Guardian’s Word of Mouth on the Guild of Food Writers New Media Award 2009 – ‘Tim (Hayward) had stiff competition from the charming and erudite Helen Yuet Ling Pang, whose blog, World Foodie Guide, I already follow and love, and the judges described as “great fun to read and hard to leave”‘
- Time Out London’s best food blogs and websites 2009 – ‘While WFG is a self-proclaimed ‘traveleating’ blog, it has its feet firmly planted in London. Mixing local and international restaurant reviews with recipes and guides, Helen Yuet Ling Pang has created a site that is as resourceful as it is enjoyable to read‘