Hello there. How are you?
Things you may want to know:
- I lived in Thailand for eight months when I was twenty-one, which resulted in a multitude of rich experiences, documented in a thick journal punctuated by memorabilia. Other countries that have stamped my passport include Laos, Cambodia (for a two-hour border run), Vietnam, the Philippines, Mexico and, now, the United Kingdom and Ireland. I seek to add to this list at the nearest opportunity.
- As a child, I lived for seven years in Japan: three years in Yokosuka, four in Okinawa. Because of this experience, I have a huge affinity for Japanese culture, design, language and anything psychotically twee. This may also have sparked an eternally restless nature.
- I attended the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and completed their Anthropology of Food Master’s Programme. I even got a merit. My dissertation for my Master’s degree was on CAMRA, real ale and authenticity. No, really. It was called Brewing a Heritage: Ale and Authenticity with the Campaign for Real Ale. However, I won’t let anyone read it as it’s not very good.
- In summer of 2008 I obtained a little position as Stardust’s weekend baker. Due to wrist difficulties, I had to give up my modest post for months, but returned February 2009, only to leave again when I moved to London. It was a wonderful job with wonderful people, and allowed for me to periodically refer to myself as a baker, despite a lack of formal training. I managed to return to work as the baker once more from December 2010 until August 2011, when I moved back to London. You can see some examples of my baked goods in posts on this blog from that time.
- I also managed the website for Stardust Video & Coffee and did much of its web content from January 2011 until I left in August of that year.
- I am always reading. If I don’t have a book to read, I feel very lost.
- My photography blog, Abandoned in London, has nothing to do with food or drink. Neither does my other blog, London Dear. You should look at them both, anyway.
- I have written intermittently for The Other Side Magazine, and have also written in a professional scope for Slow Food UK and Great British Chefs, and I may begin to write for other folks.
- I am an only child, which may explain everything.
Other places you can find me online, although I can’t comment on how often I update all these:
- Tumblr – Abandoned in London
- Instagram (Followgram)
- Personal blog – London Dear
Should you feel a profound urge to e-mail me, you can find me at tastyfever at the gmail dot com.