blog, I’ve written about food and restaurants for Columbus Crave,
(614) Magazine, PC World Magazine, and guest blogs like Experience Columbus, Daily Crave, and Drink Up Columbus.
I sell my book, Breakfast With Nick:
Columbus, the complete guide to breakfast, brunch, coffee, and
donuts in and around Columbus. It was produced by myself, my wife Beth, and our photographer/designer Robin Oatts of Genre Creative. The book was entirely produced in Columbus: written, photographed, designed, funded, and printed locally (by Old Trail Printing). It was published in November of 2011.
I'm originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan (which is a fine breakfasting town), but I've lived in Columbus for eleven years.
I began blogging in 2007, mainly as a hobby to document great breakfast places we had visited. After a couple years, I built up a following in
Columbus, and in 2010 I began writing for local magazines (first (614)
Magazine and now Crave Columbus). That same year I was featured in a PBS
documentary called Breakfast Special.
As the blogging grew from a hobby, I found that I love championing small businesses. The best breakfast places are the locally owned ones, the hole-in-the-wall spots, the mom-and-pop diners, and I love being able to support
them any way possible. I especially enjoy helping readers discover a new place that they had never thought to try. I wrote the book because I realized that people needed a go-to guidebook to find locally-owned restaurants.
I've always been a writer - I studied English and communications in college - but I had never done any food writing before the blog. So I learned as I've gone along. But generally I love telling the story of a restaurant: when it was
opened, why the owners started it, what type of food they serve, and what's
unique about it.