About


About


I’m Sally and, somehow, it has taken me 7-years to write my ‘about me’ section. Below covers off the different sections of the site and other things I like to get up to but, in a nutshell, those things are: cooking, walking, writing, reading, and meeting new people. Oh, and cafes and cats, of course.


If you’d rather just talk directly to me, I’m usually hanging around on Twitter or Instagram so don’t be shy, just say hi.

In a professional capacity, I am a Master Storyteller for JING Tea (that's just a fancy way of saying I do everything marketing-related but I'm not complaining).


The Cafe Cat


I started the blog in 2009 when my boyfriend at the time a) pointed out that my previous blog Sally Spoon had ‘interesting’ connotations when you put the two words together in a URL (I’ll let you figure it out) and b) moved across Spain to Pamplona, leaving me in Zamora, Castile y Leon, with little to do. I decided to review cafes across the region in an attempt to make friends, practice the language, and travel. Unfortunately that summer the major national bus companies all went on strike, leaving me more or less stranded in a very small city.


The Cafe Cat became what it is a today: a mixture of stories, culture, travel, food, and cafes, with an interest in independent establishments. It also led me to my current role in digital content marketing, and as a freelance contributor to a variety of on and offline publications in London, Barcelona, and Kent.


Occasionally I will collaborate with brands or tourism boards - project depending - so, if you’d like to work with me, you can email me by clicking the little email icon on the top right or get me directly on Twitter.



Something Different London


I write the content and manage the social media for a new website that I recently started with my twin brother, Jonathan. It’s an excuse to get out and about, really, and to spend time with each other exploring this great big city. If you’re looking for different and interesting things that won’t break the bank, Something Different London will point you in the right direction.


If you have any suggestions of your own, let us know by using the hashtag #SomethingDifferentLondon


Celia’s Saucer


In my kitchen I never have - and never will - cook by the book. You’ll always find recipes that are either completely made up, or warp the integrity of what another actual chef has put together. I like to throw in whatever I feel might instinctively work and this (usually) serves me very well.


Where did this love of food originate?


It comes from generations of my family and love, both of which can't be quantified. The foodie sentiment has been passed through more than a century, and nurtured. We've nearly all been teachers, but with a great passion for food. How much further back than that we are unsure of, but there is one thing that is certain: it is in our blood.


None of us are master-chefs by any stretch of the imagination but we have all emerged with a love for food and, more-so than this, a profound joy in sharing it. In fact, it is this force and not the food that drives us so eagerly.

For me, this came from the hours spent with my grandma in the kitchen learning how to bake, or before special events where my mother, grandmother and I would put all hands on deck and set to work.


Our own mealtimes were often quite basic but if there were guests to be entertained, mum and grandma would charge to the supermarket with me in tow and, returning, bundle me into the back of the car with countless bags almost crushing me. Chops, slices and piles of peel later, we'd be prepared for a splendid meal around a maddeningly frenzied kitchen table. There sure are some feisty characters in our family.


And so it is, since flying the nest and moving more times than I care to count (actually I have and it's 30 times in ten years), I have turned to sharing food not only as a passion, but as my chance to find 'home' in impermanent places; any kitchen table will do.




#CapturedInWords


I have a terrible habit of never finishing what I set out to write and you know what? That’s fine. For me, writing is a progressive, evolutionary act and so I try to publish in short, first drafts to give myself less of a hard time and the freedom to capture whatever I feel at a given time.


You can follow along on Instagram with the hashtag. I’d love it if you added your own, too.





#AWeekendWalk / #ALondonMorning / #PostcardsFromKent


Well, this is pretty self-explanatory. Something of a stroller, I like to walk without any destination in mind unless there’s a cafe I want to check out. Come with me?





LYRA Magazine


I consult LYRA Magazine on a freelance basis for their incredible new magazine that promotes bold, inclusive perspectives around gender, sexuality, culture and political affairs. If you’re looking for a magazine that isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo and celebrates wonderful and interesting writers and artists, you can find out more here: http://www.lyramagazine.co.uk/





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