Hello and welcome to my cosy little place in Cyberspace. Thanks for visiting!
I’m Tessa Purdon, an Eastern Cape farm girl living in Cape Town, South Africa. I started Girl with a Teacup in the beginning of 2011. Blogging sounded like fun! And it is (most of the time).
I graduated from The Institute of Culinary Arts in 2008 and went straight into the wine industry after spending 5 months working in a boutique wine shop in Constantia. I began selling wine through direct marketing channels and then later, to restaurants and boutique hotels for an established estate in Stellenbosch.
I travelled abroad for most of 2010 and returned to South Africa with no real ‘plan’ – as I had no desire to go back into wine sales. I enrolled for a 1 year qualification in journalism with the hope of sharpening my writing and editing, as well as enhancing my skill set by gaining more experience in digital media. I worked at Food24.com, Africa’s biggest food website for over a year and got sucked into the world of social media. I now manage the social media platforms for a big South African retail brand.
Food and wine are two of my favourite things but I’m happy to say that my life is not governed by them. I balance out the glasses of bubbly and Valrhona chocolate fondants with a healthy injection of exercise. I’m a running, trail-running, strength-training and yoga fanatic and always try to adapt recipes for a more nutrient-dense, healthy and satisfying result.
This blog serves as a platform for me to connect with other like-minded people and to share a few of my thoughts, feelings, experiences and opinions.
Contact Me: tessapurdon<at>gmail<dot>com