We are back with another Instafoodie! This time, we speak to Emily Green who runs foodieemilyy on Instagram. Emily is a food blogger who focuses on food and drink in the Wakefield area. She is simply ‘just a girl who loves to eat’ and Wine & Dine Yorkshire had a chat with Emily to find out more about how motivated her to start and page.
When did you start your Instagram page?
I started my Instagram page in November 2019.
Why did you want to become a food blogger?
I’ve always considered myself to be a huge foodie! Even when I was younger I was always infatuated by food and have generally never been picky. It wouldn’t take me long to finish a full plate! And I was always visiting these amazing restaurants and I didn’t have anywhere (apart from close friends and family) that I could talk to about it, so I just decided it would be a good idea to make an Instagram where I could document where I eat and what I eat and recommend it! It was the best thing I ever did.
What do you love most about food and drink?
Well, this question is quite tricky to me because I’m not the typical food blogger who’s always had a good relationship with food. I’ve been struggling with disordered eating ever since I was 18. It all started because I thought that dieting and losing weight was the best thing since sliced bread, but recently I’ve realised that having a healthy and generally good relationship with food is so much better. I still struggle with food to this day but for the past five months or so I’ve been in ‘recovery mode,’ where I’ve single-handedly tried to abolish all the restrictive thoughts I have around food in my head all by myself. And I think (and hope) I’m doing quite well!
But I do think the thing I love most about food is a sense of community it brings. Going out for food with friends and family is one of my favourite things to do, and thankfully I can enjoy it now without obsessively worrying about my weight and calories.
What is your favourite place you have visited?
This is a hard one! I would say my favourite place would have to be San Carlo in Leeds. I visited for my 20th birthday in 2019 and not only is the carbonara the best carbonara I’ve ever eaten in my life, but the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous inside. We’re going back there at the end of June for my boyfriends 25th, so you can bet I’m excited!
I also love Fino in Wakefield (my home town), as they have some of the most authentic Italian food I’ve ever eaten and the service is always excellent.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I would say my favourite thing about blogging is being part of a community. I’ve met so many nice people over the past two years whilst documenting my experiences with restaurants and food, and everyone I’ve spoken to have been so lovely and friendly. It genuinely makes you feel like you’re part of a small, foodie family!
What is your proudest achievement since you started your page?
My proudest achievement isn’t anything to do with numbers or awards or anything like that (as much as I am so appreciative of it!) – it’s just genuinely being able to better my relationship with food and eventually stop viewing everything I eat as a restricted amount of calories for the day. In 2019 when I first started my page I had a very ‘good food’ ‘bad food’ outlook on whatever I ate – and I’d say at the moment that has been completely eradicated (thank God!) So I would say that is my proudest achievement to date. Just being able to enjoy food without worrying about it for the first time in 3 years.
What would you say to someone thinking about creating an Instagram foodie page?
Do it, do it, do it, do it! It is genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done! And always be honest if you’re ever thinking about creating one. I sometimes feel bad for writing brutal, honest reviews as I do work in hospitality myself and I know how hard it can be in the industry. But at the end of the day, people dine out for an experience, and if the restaurant, service, or food doesn’t bring that to the table then people deserve to know!
What are your plans for the future?
Well, that is a very good question. I have just finished my last year of university and will be graduating in February, so really, I don’t have any idea of what I could go onto doing in the future. I have a few things in consideration such as internships in writing, a Master’s degree in creative writing or doing a teaching course full-time… but for now I’m just enjoying life at 21 and eating out as much as I possibly can!
To find out more about Emily and her insta page, please visit foodieemilyy on Instagram