My name is Jane, and this blog – HungryCityHippy – is my little passion project; a corner of the internet where I can write about the things I love and the things I think are important. It’s primarily a Cardiff-based food blog, but with a focus on sustainability, and individual environmental responsibility.
By day, I work as an independent PR consultant, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. I mainly work with third sector organisations, independent food and drink brands, festivals and restaurants – a portfolio of clients I have built out of a genuine passion for sustainability, and food & drink. For more information, please visit www.janechicomendes.co.uk.
Like lots of people, in my spare time I love cooking, eating out, and travelling to new places – so the blog covers all of that! But I also believe that we all have a responsibility to enjoy those things without causing damage to the world around us. I’m a bit of a nature geek, so I’m big on supporting local, seasonal & organic food, and here, I explore how eating that kind of food can connect us with nature in a really tangible way.
Though it has certainly changed and evolved over the years, you can read a bit more about who I am and why I blog in this interview with The Guardian which I did back in 2014.
In 2018, I was included in Blogosphere Magazine as one of the food editor’s favourite bloggers.
That year I was also shortlisted as a WWF ‘Earth Hour Hero’ for my efforts to raise awareness about green issues via the blog (see here). I ended up being ‘Highly Commended’ and coming second place in my category which was a real honour.
In April 2017 I was shortlisted for ‘Best Green & Eco Blog’ at the UK Blog Awards – I didn’t take home an award but I did get to party like it was 1999, which is always good.
Waaaaay back in 2014, I picked up two Wales Blog Awards for Best New Blog and Best Food Blog. It feels like a lifetime ago, now.