I’m Dan and I blog.
I guess you could say that I first started blogging 17 years ago in 2001. I was on a round the world backpacking trip and decided to let people know what I was doing by keeping a record of where I was and what I was doing.
My posts were uploaded to an MSN page known as travelling Dan. Pictures were few and far between, as each one had to be developed and then scanned and uploaded – not the easiest things to do when backpacking.
After returning I saw no point in continuing the posts, because surely only people I knew, read anything I put up, and I now go to see and speak to these in person.
Facebook then started and MSN closed its ‘groups’ along with MSN Messenger – my posts and pictures were deleted forever.
Between 2005-2013 I moved overseas – I had been passionate about travelling since my first trip in 1999 to New Zealand, I had made the decision to travel more by working for a travel company.
For the 8 years I travelled from country to country – Holiday Rep in Brazil, Concierge in Mexico, Accounts Clerk in India, Airport Supervisor in Greece and even a Tour Leader in the Middle East.
Throughout the travels, my other passion kept growing – and that passion was Food.
I started cooking at a young age – cooking food for my older brother and his friends when he was meant to be babysitting me – experimenting with anything I could find – all of this at around 9 years of age.
I then had many jobs in hospitality throughout my younger days. Cafes, bars, pub kitchens etc and I almost did an HND in Catering and Hotel Management – however for some strange reason I decided to to a Maths Teaching Degree instead!
Instead of teaching I ended up in Sales – which did ended up paying for most of my trips abroad. It wasn’t until the extended time working and living overseas however that I really got my Passion for food to new heights.
Experiencing new cultures and ingredients just opened my eyes further and further – Travel and Food were MY thing.
When I moved back to the UK in 2013 I found myself moving to Manchester – I didn’t know anyone apart from my girlfriends family and knew nothing about the area.
After a few years I started to be active on twitter, within a couple of years I had started to experience the food delights that Manchester offered – and finding lots of others that shared these passions, along with people that actually enjoyed reading about my experiences.
Then I started to want to write a little more than Twitter allowed – and so this blog was launched.
I still wish all those early posts from 2001 were available, I wish I had never stopped writing things up all those years ago, maybe if I had continued, my writing would be much better than it actually is right now, but above all I hope people enjoy the posts and get something out of them.
Oh the name? Well I’m a South Londoner living in Manchester – although I now feel very at home in the City, I felt like a tourist for a very long time – how many others move here or visit here wanting some hints and tips – The Manchester Food Tourist is born
Thanks for Visting
Dan – AKA The Manchester Food Tourst