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Jean Wandimi, wine and food blogger

Best thing about being a wine and food reviewer?

I get to eat in restaurants and try a vast array of wine and other drinks. I also love the different people I brush shoulders with while at work. I have made some invaluable contacts since venturing into food and wine writing.

One thing that many people do not know about you?

I’m a Jill of all trades and I am a serial multitasker. I juggle three things. I am a digital marketing consultant, a cofounder of a company called Attisfire, I work in a wineshop called SW Wineshop and I also own the blog.

Biggest misconception people have about you?

That I just get invited to restaurants to eat and drink. There is so much time and energy that goes into curating quality content. You can’t fake the funk.

The highest career moment you ever had?

Being invited for Cape Wine 2015 in South Africa and having the title ‘Leading Kenyan Wine Blogger’ was a milestone that I thank God for.

Best thing about being in love?

It brings such colour and excitement to life, especially when you are sure it is mutual and unconditional. Knowing that someone has your back and accepts you with your flaws, no matter what, is priceless.

Best advice you ever got?

My dad once told me that God makes everything beautiful and worthwhile in it’s time. All you have to do is be patient and trust that it will be okay. That advice has helped me overcome the darkest of times and it always works out well.

Annoying habits?

I peel my lips. I also hate being told what to do. I am brutally honest and sometimes it comes off as if I am rude.

What is your best physical feature?

I would say my bum but I have lost so much weight in the last two years. It would not qualify. So, let’s stick with my hair.

Type of food you cannot live without?

Rice and beef. I cook it at least twice a week.

Your favourite wine?

2008 Kenwood Vineyards Zinfandel and the KWV Mentors Chardonnay.

Lowest moment of your career?

When I am having a writer’s block and when I lack inspiration. It is agonising. As a writer today, one has to develop fresh and new content every week and sometimes, you get overwhelmed and hardly come up with anything for weeks.

Lowest and highest amount of money you ever made?

The highest is Sh275,000 in one day. As for lowest, it was in 2013, when I was just fresh from campus. I worked on a promo job that paid me Sh300 a day. After deducting lunch and bus fare, I was left with Sh35. Humble beginnings.

Best way to relax?

Any time I spent with the people I love and my family is therapeutic.

Sweetest act anyone has ever done for you?

Earlier this year, I fell ill and I happened to mention it to a friend. They took a day off from work to take me to hospital. That was proof that we have angels amongst us.

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