I chose not to go home this summer (back to Lincolnshire) so spent most of my time here in Birmingham. Initially after uni finished I spent most of my weekends and the odd weekday with a cocktail in my hand but once the celebrations settled down and people were going home, I was only filling my time with work. So… I decided to set up a foodie blog as I wanted to see more of Birmingham and focus my attention on food and nutrition to sort of help educate myself ready for the new academic year in September.
During my first year studying food and nutrition I noticed that some of my food habits had changed – like I stopped drinking dairy milk and now hate the tiniest bit of raw egg white in my eggs. I wanted to understand why so I spent a lot of time reading reports and writing about it and possibly linking it to a review of a breakfast I received with a bad egg! Linking reviews to nutrition was a good incentive for exploring the city for content on the blog, I made a long list of all the independent café’s and restaurants and am still slowly making my way through them all!
I then searched for food events in Birmingham opening my eyes to the most amazing food festivals the city has to offer like The Good Food Show at the NEC, Birmingham Coffee Festival at the Custard Factory in Digbeth and the Foodies Festival in Cannon Hill Park to name a few. I also took up volunteering at FoodCycle Aston, an organisation focusing on using surplus food to create a three-course meal for the homeless. I met some amazing people here and was offered the opportunity to become a team leader in the kitchen which became a wonderful way to spend my Sundays.
Putting my focus on food and nutrition this summer has exposed me to lots of opportunities including becoming a UCBlogger. Now I’d like to start thinking about where exactly I see myself at the end of my course so when uni starts I can focus my work (assignments practicals etc) on exactly what it is that I want to do! For the remainder of summer Ill be celebrating my birthday for pretty much the rest of August before heading home for at least a week before I’m back up again in September.