Maturing with age

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am

Part of the fun of following food blogs over a period of time is watching how the blogger matures - or doesn't, as the case may be. We first started following Robyn (www.roboppy.net/food) - also known as The Girl Who Ate Everything, named after the Jeffrey Steingarten book The Man Who Ate Everything - when she was majoring in food studies at New York University (NYU). She was like the pesky but lovable kid sister we never had, full of teen angst and doubts.

She's since graduated from NYU, started working at the online food-zine, Serious Eats, recently celebrated her 23rd birthday and is still pesky (but slightly less so) and lovable. Her sometimes stream-of-consciousness ramblings - complete with some made-up words (but very little txt spk, thank goodness) - are funny and entertaining, covering France (where she spent a semester during university), other places in Europe, her travels in the United States, and restaurants in New York, where she's living.

Robyn's tastes in food are still developing - she eats an unhealthy amount of sweets and pastries (even this dessert-obsessed writer thinks so) and doesn't like any type of alcohol (how did she get through university completely sober?) but to honour her blog, is willing to try (almost) anything.