Eat, drink, sleep Mallorca seemed the perfect title for my second blog, as it brings together some of the things that give me a great deal of pleasure, living here on the Balearic island of Mallorca – my home since 2004.
My other blog is all about the life I share with The Boss and a glaring (a very appropriate collective noun) of cats on a Mallorcan finca. Eat, drink, sleep Mallorca is where you can read articles, comments, and news about some of my other interests: anything foodie, wine, and hotels – all Mallorca-related.
I’ve always been interested in cooking and foodie stuff – although the ‘inventive’ cod and banana dish (yes, I’m afraid so) that I devised as a young newlywed ought to have been grounds for divorce. These days, people don’t need to be too scared when they’re invited for a meal!
Experience in the hospitality industry
My UK CV includes a few years in PR in the hotel industry (alongside a broadcasting career), and although quite a few years have passed since I swapped PR for journalism, hotels are my not-so-secret passion. Ask The Boss, who is used to me diving into unfamiliar hotels to have a scout around.
Whilst I was working in the hotel business during the week, I began a future broadcasting career at the weekends (yes, I am a bit of a workaholic). I went on to become a radio presenter on weekdays, whilst still writing for some hospitality industry clients. When I left the UK to move to Mallorca, I’d been presenting a daily weekday programme on BBC local radio for five years, following five previous years in the independent radio sector.
For the past two-and-a-half years I have hosted a weekly one-hour show on Mallorca Sunshine Radio 106.1FM.
Writer and blogger
My work as a freelance writer for local lifestyle magazine abcMallorca (since 2008) keeps me up to date with the gastronomic and hotel scene on the island, as well as other tourism-related subjects. This blog is not intended to be a guide to restaurants on Mallorca though and, if that’s what you’re looking for, do check out the abcMallorca 2017 guide to the 101 top restaurants here – a project I spent a lot of time working on!
As well as abcMallorca, I have contributed articles to the following off-island publications and websites: The Telegraph (expat edition), The Business Travel News, Spain magazine, Food & Wine Journal, to name a few. I have had several hundred articles published since I moved to Mallorca, and links to a few samples are below:
This blog includes some reviews of restaurants and hotels, based on personal (and with very few exceptions) paid-for visits The Boss and I have made.
I have seen some amusing English translations of dishes since I’ve lived here – one of which was so hilarious that I start giggling whenever I remember it. I’m doing it now!
If you’re a restaurateur on Mallorca translating your menu from castellano to English and want to be sure your customers don’t fall about laughing as a result, I am happy to proofread for you. Let’s talk!
Looking for a writer about Mallorca?
Gastronomy, hotels, tourism, and more. Please get in touch by email. You can rely on me to meet deadlines and provide my own hi-res images to accompany articles.
If you’re just interested in reading about one person’s personal experiences of eating, drinking, and staying on Mallorca, I hope you’ll become a follower of this blog.
Email me using the form below to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find me on Twitter: @MallorcaJan
Find me on Instagram: mallorcajan.
I own the copyright to all written material – and photographs, unless otherwise attributed – published on this blog.