Chasing Pineapples

an English girl tasting her way around the world


May 2013

Make Today Delicious

Before leaving work today an article about M&S’ new Summer Food caught my eye. This post is not in fact a disguised plug for my employer, however a short summary of how this recently launched campaign completely fits with how I feel about food. The phrase I have chosen from the article is that “Great food can transform the mundane into something special.” Here is why I agree whole heartedly with this statement..

Over the past few months I have loved getting into the swing of two completely new aspects of my life… living in chaotic London and fully entering the working world! Both are fast-paced, roller-coaster experiences that are at the same time thrilling yet with a danger of becoming mundane and repetitive. Whilst searching for a stable place to live I had temporary accommodation here and there, living with people who I did not know or who had very different timetables to me. Therefore I would often find myself coming home from work with a whole empty evening ahead of me. Rather than falling into the trap of a daily routine (don’t worry, I am not going to tumble into a rant about loneliness, I have plenty of lovely people surrounding me), I choose to rustle up a plan of some sort.

I have always followed the philosophy that you should make every day count, therefore I do not allow myself to shut my eyes before I have done something that made that particular day special in some way. This sounds exhausting but it really doesn’t need to be. Yes, my friends and I are gradually discovering and ticking off restaurants and bars on our hit lists and having a jolly good time of it, but doing this every night would be both extremely expensive and exhausting. All you need to have is one little experience that makes the everyday a little different.

I have had many a moment since my arrival in London that makes the everyday delicious; whether it be popping into La Fromagerie‘s Cheese Room to select some creamy treats with the knowledgeable affineurs to eat later that evening, or chatting to the vendors on my Thursday lunchtime trips to the pop-up street food market next to work, or visiting Clifton Greens grocer to find a beautiful and delicious baby aubergine to accompany my dinner. The list goes on and on because, at the end of the day, that is really what my blog is about; the little moments and the passionate people that surround food and make every day delicious and exciting!

Therefore I personally don’t believe that there is any excuse for people to be down in the dumps because they are bored with working life as there is an abundance of opportunity out there to add a dash of excitement. (Plus great food doesn’t have to be expensive, but that’s for another post..!)

So onwards I shall travel, tasting my way around wherever I may be, on the pursuit of foodie happiness and to make today delicious!

Here is the advert, illustrating that we don’t have to wait until the weekend to treat ourselves to something special…

And the article that inspired this one:


Unravelling the Food Industry, One Character at a Time!

As may be evident due to my lack of posts over the last few weeks, I have recently been a little lacking in inspiration. This does not by any means suggest that I have not eaten some incredible things in fantastic places. The main reason I started writing was to document my adventures on our Food and Wine Tour around France and Spain and give myself that extra push to go and find out more about this product or that farmer, this restaurant or that chef, this little shop or that entrepreneur. With no immediate project to explore another land other than embarking on my career in the Food Retail Industry (quite a large project in itself!), I am no longer scooting across foreign cities and fields meeting local producers who can tell me of their own adventures in the world of food.

Hearing the stories of all of these fascinating people on my European travels was so inspiring that my long term career ambition has recently evolved. This idea is still young, however it does involve working with personalities of all sorts in the Food Industry. Upon my wanderings of London’s streets, markets and food festivals; I have met an enormous wealth of personalities with individual tales to tell and who are passionate about their foodie products. I have therefore decide to explore this treasure trove of market hideouts, back street cafés and bustling specialist shops to take my posts in a new direction, centred around the people at the heart of the food I eat and what has lead them down these paths. In this way I hope that I will be able to demonstrate the beauty of the diversity of the people behind our food in the city of London, the UK and beyond..

Always Inquisitive Ready to Discover a New Story
Always Inquisitive Ready to Discover a New Story

If you know anyone with a foodie story to tell (or have one of your own!) I’d love to get in touch and discover some interesting products and ventures!

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