Hi, I’m Diane, a blogger who’s originally from the Welsh valleys. Growing up in a Chinese family, food was always a huge deal. We used to have tables full of food to share at home, and also loved going for yum cha every Sunday afternoon at our favourite Chinese restaurant.
Since childhood I’ve always loved taking photographs, starting off with one of those cameras that used 110 film, whether at school with friends, but especially on holiday and of nearly every meal I have out. I just like to remember the great food I’ve eaten and it helps me reminisce about happy memories, on my Facebook account I even used to have photo albums titled ‘Yummy Food’.
Visiting new places in the UK and abroad, eating out and obsessively taking photos of everybody’s food are amongst my favourite things to do. So a few years ago my husband said I should start a food blog, even coming up with the blog title, but I just dismissed it. Then over the last couple of years more people asked me if I had a food blog, and when I said I didn’t, they told me that I should write one. After pondering this idea for a long time I decided to bite the bullet.
It’s taken me a while to work out the format of the blog and how I would like it to work. Obviously I’m not a chef, but I like to cook. I know the difference between a plate of food which is yummy and one that isn’t, but also what ingredients work well together. For each review I will try comment on the quality of food, the service, atmosphere, value for money and whether I would recommend it.
Since starting the blog, my interest in the food world in general has developed even more. I’d like the blog to be a place where you’ll read reviews from food establishments, news about the food scene in the local area, whether it be championing local independents, food and drink communities or documenting local festivals.
I’d also like the blog to be here so I can share my travels with you, locally, nationally and abroad. Talk about the interesting places I visit, people I may meet and if that involves some yummy food along the way, then so be it.
For the last two years the blog was mainly focussed in Leeds and its burgeoning independent food and drink scene, but I’ve recently moved to Surrey and slowly finding my feet in a new part of the country.
The blog posts (unless invited) are written by myself, I don’t expect you to agree with them, but please don’t shoot me if you don’t.
I have had my writing published in Olive Magazine, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, The City Talking and Social and Cocktail.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @dimingwong