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Bits & Bites: Food Bloggers | Vancouver View Magazine

Bits & Bites: Food Bloggers

Noa Glow | March 2012

From daal to dim sum, gnocchi to nachos, cupcakes to coffee, Vancouver eateries serve up meals to suit every taste and budget. Now, meet a few of the bloggers who’ve dedicated themselves to helping you navigate the local dining scene by eating their way through the city—one bite at a time.

GIGI & JENKINS – HO YUMMYimage: sashimi

Blog: HOYUMMY.COM

YEARS BLOGGING: 4.5

WHAT MAKES YOU A ‘FOODIE’?

 “I’m a ‘food enthusiast.’ I really like how food appeals to some of our most basic instincts and has the ability to bring back memories of a significant time or place. I also like the communal aspect of food—it’s a great way for people to connect.”

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT VANCOUVER’S DINING SCENE?

 “I’ve only repeat-blogged about restaurants a handful of times, which speaks to the fluidity and ever-changing landscape of Vancouver’s scene.”

WHAT’S THE YUMMIEST THING YOU EVER ATE?

 “An omakase dinner I had in Tokyo. Everything was super-fresh, the fish purchased that morning from the market. The flavours and flow of the meal were just amazing.”

THREE FOODS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

 “My mom’s braised pork belly with pickled mustard greens and her chicken with salty fish and tofu. Lastly, it’s a toss-up between super-fresh nigiri sushi from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market and the creamy fresh flavours of gelato from Florence, Italy.”

TOP LOCAL EATERY:

“Le Crocodile has been my go-to place to celebrate anything special, due to its spectacularly tasty food and impeccable service. They make each meal special.”

BEST INSIDER DINING TIP:

“For my Indian food fix I go to the Law Society building on Cambie Street for some of the best butter chicken in town. It’s served at a little coffee shop called Grounds for Appeal.”

 

barbecue ribsSHERMAN CHAN – SHERMAN’S FOOD ADVENTURES

BLOG: SHERMANSFOODADVENTURES.COM

YEARS BLOGGING: three

WHAT MAKES YOU A ‘FOODIE’?

“I’m not a huge fan of the word. I’m a person who loves to eat; I know what I like and what I don’t like.”

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT VANCOUVER’S DINING SCENE?

“The huge selection of Asian food that’s available here, especially Chinese and Japanese food.”

THREE FOODS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

“Pho from Pho Tam in Surrey, burnt ends from the Hog Shack Cook House in Steveston and chef Hamid Salimian’s puffed foie gras at Diva at the Met.”

TOP LOCAL EATERY:

“The menu at La Quercia on 4th Avenue near Alma Street is simple yet delicious. The pricing is reasonable, too, especially the ‘alla famiglia’ option.”

BEST INSIDER DINING TIP:

“Pick any of the French bistros in town for really interesting food that’s sometimes even less expensive than a chain restaurant.”

 

barbecue ribsGARY & TAYA NG – EATING IN VANCOUVER

BLOG: EATINGINVANCOUVER.CA

YEARS BLOGGING: six

WHAT MAKES YOU ‘FOODIES’?

“There’s nothing we won’t try.”

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT VANCOUVER’S DINING SCENE?

“There’s something for everyone, no matter what part of the city you’re in. It’s reflective of the multicultural makeup of Vancouver.”

WHAT’S THE YUMMIEST THING YOU EVER ATE?

“The exclusive brunch at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, the day after our wedding. We dined for four hours on caviar, foie gras, lobster…and still didn’t get to try everything!”

THREE FOODS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

“Freshly roasted coffee from Kaliheo Coffee Company in Kauai, fresh young coconut water on the beaches in Thailand and laksa, a spicy noodle soup, in Singapore.

TOP LOCAL EATERY:

“Phnom Pehn in Chinatown. The food is always consistent, with large portions. The famous deep-fried chicken wings are addictive and the best in the city. It’s a must try!”

FAVOURITE COMFORT FOOD:

“Ramen from Hokkaido Santouka on Robson.”

 

Richard Wolak – Vancouver Foodster

BLOG: VancouverFoodster.com

YEARS BLOGGING: 2.5

WHAT MAKES YOU A “FOODIE”?

“I am constantly learning as much as I can about food and I believe it is important to take a special interest in knowing about the people involved in preparing the food. I am passionate about eating and I want to know where the ingredients are coming from—if local, then I want to know which farm or producer and if the ingredients are imported then I want to know as much as possible. It is all about knowing the origin. I also have a well-developed palate for picking up the unique tastes and aromas of dishes.”

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT VANCOUVER’S DINING SCENE?

“We have passionate chefs and baristas, caring farmers, creative bartenders, nearby wineries, a growing craft beer culture, a rising presence of food trucks around the city and an increasing number of tasty food and drink events. Most of all, Vancouver is a culture where people love to go out and eat.”

THREE FOODS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

“Fish, dark chocolate, espresso.”

TOP LOCAL EATERY:

“Since I have many favourite restaurants, it would be best to ask me what favourite restaurant I most recently ate at—and that would be WEST.”

BEST INSIDER DINING TIP: 

“Before dining at any restaurant in Vancouver or Richmond, make sure you check out the Health Inspector’s reports—which are listed at http://www.inspections.vcha.ca/Main. It will be pretty obvious where you should not be dining after reading these!”