My name is Jane and by day, I am a freelance content marketing and PR consultant, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. I mainly work with independent food and drink brands, festivals and restaurants – a portfolio of clients I have built from a genuine love for food & drink. For more information, please visit my personal twitter, @janechicomendes.
This blog – HungryCityHippy – is my little passion project; a corner of the internet where I can write about the things I love, the things I hate, and the things I think are important. It’s primarily a Cardiff-based food and travel site, but with a focus on sustainability, greener living and environmental responsibility.
Like lots of people, in my spare time I love cooking, eating out, and travelling to new places – so there’s lots of that here on my blog – but I also believe that we all have a responsibility to enjoy those things without causing damage to the world around us.
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Absolutely loved working on this feature about Cardiff’s thriving indie food scene for @visitwales last year, and it’s so nice to finally see a copy in print! 🥰 When @departuresdesign got in touch to ask if I’d be up for doing a photo shoot to go with it too, I wasn’t that keen – but it turns out that @jonathancherry can even make ME look photogenic 😅 You can find a link to the full feature in my bio.
We’re living in scary times when it comes to the earth’s depleting resources, and the effects of our warming climate are already being felt, but there is so much the average Joe or Jane can do to help. I try to profile these little lifestyle changes we could all be making on my blog (either subtly or explicitly) with the content I share.
Though it has changed and evolved a little over the years, you can read about who I am and why I blog in this interview with The Guardian which I did back in 2014. In early 2018, I also gave a talk at Creative Mornings which covered lots of info about who I am and why I blog, which you can watch in full by clicking here.
In my spare time, I also do a bit of freelance food & travel writing which you can read about here.
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.
Back in 2014, I picked up two Wales Blog Awards for Best New Blog and Best Food Blog, which was a lovely surprise!